Who’s In Your Wallet?

Today, with little fanfare, Congress gave Obama his 100 day anniversary present.

Congress Approves Obama’s $3.4 Trillion Spending Blueprint

The Democratically controlled Congress yesterday easily approved a $3.4 trillion spending plan, setting the stage for President Obama to pursue the first major overhaul of the nation’s health-care system in a generation along with other far-reaching domestic initiatives.

Despite a persistent recession and soaring budget deficits, Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed the president’s request for hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending over the next decade for college loans, early childhood education programs, veterans’ benefits and investments in renewable energy aimed at reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

Lawmakers also agreed to use a powerful procedural tool known as reconciliation to advance the president’s proposal to expand health coverage for the uninsured — a move that ensures Republicans would not be able to filibuster the legislation. Unlike in 1993, when then-President Bill Clinton unveiled a universal coverage plan that went nowhere on Capitol Hill, Obama has a strong mandate for change from both chambers of Congress and a mid-October deadline for key congressional committees to send legislation to the full House and Senate.

“This is very exciting,” said DeAnn Friedholm, health reform director for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. “Some of us have spent our entire careers trying to make sure we have a decent health-care system, and I think we’re on the precipice of being able to get that this time.”

The budget resolution didn’t win a single vote from Republican lawmakers, who were enraged that the deficit is projected to exceed $1.2 trillion next year. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called it an “audacious move to a big socialist government” that piles “debt on the backs of our kids and our grandkids.”

Still, the measure passed the House by a vote of 233 to 193 and the Senate 53 to 43. Only 17 Democrats in the House and three in the Senate voted against it, as did Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who announced Tuesday that he would leave the Republican Party.

See also:
Congress Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget
Congress adopts budget plan endorsing Obama goals
Congress passes budget, a boon for Obama
HOUSE PASSES BUDGET WITH NO GOP VOTES
UPDATE: US Chamber Of Commerce Urges Congress Reject Budget
Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees
Spending Like A Drunken Sailor On Crack
The Blueprint For The Total Destruction Of The United States Of America

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Well, so much for fiscal responsibility. In fact, now, with a filibuster proof Senate, Obama and the Democrat Congress can now totally ignore Republicans and ram whatever they damn well want down our throats.

Pelosi: now we don’t have to ‘explain process’

Sen. Arlen Specter’s decision to switch parties will make it easier for Democrats to move forward with their agenda, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday.

Specter’s switch will give Democrats 60 caucus members in the Senate (assuming Al Franken wins his legal battle in Minnesota). That is enough votes to end debate on a bill and overcome Republican filibusters.

“Very exciting, very exciting for the American people, because now we can get things done without explaining process,” Pelosi told CNN’s Candy Crowley.

So now the Democrats will get busy behind closed doors turning Obama’s vision for bankrupting the country into spending legislation reality.

/this is what you get when 52% of the electorate votes to flush America down the toilet