Defilade, What Defilade?

Finally, here’s a real magic bullet, not something concocted out of Arlen Specter’s imagination.

GIs testing ‘smart’ weapons that leave nowhere to hide

The combat zone just got a little more high-tech as soldiers in Afghanistan began testing and training on five prototype weapons that fire smart bullets.

Army officials are calling the XM25 Counter Defilade Targeting Engagement System revolutionary since it is the first time soldiers will have a smart weapon in their hands. Smart weapons have some form of a processing unit that allows them to be self-guided or, in this case, have self-adjusting sights and programmable rounds.

The XM25 — which is not much bigger than a standard service rifle — fires 25 mm rounds that can be programmed to explode on impact, in front of or behind an object. The weapon allows soldiers to kill enemies hiding behind walls or other cover by firing above, or to the side, of the wall from up to 700 meters away.

“We call it a game changer,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Lehner, the project manager for the XM25 with Program Executive Office Soldier. “From the dawn of direct-fire weapons, soldiers have always been taught if you’re getting shot at or something is being thrown at you, get behind cover, whether it is your shield or a wall. We are essentially taking cover away from the enemy forever with this.”

See also:
‘Nowhere to Hide’: U.S. Army Testing New ‘Smart’ Weapons in Afghanistan
‘Smart weapon’ rifle debuts on Afghanistan’s battlefields
XM-25 Goes To War
U.S. ground soldiers to test ‘smart’ rifle
U.S. army’s XM-25 soon be seen combating in Afghanistan
XM25 Airburst Weapons System
XM25 grenade launcher / air bursting assault weapon (USA)
XM25 Individual Airburst Weapon System

Afghanistan would seem to be the perfect place to test this new weapons system. I wonder how the Taliban feel about being the lab rats?

/don’t bother to duck, you’ll just die hunched over

Suck On It Benedict Arlen, And Take Your Scottish Law With You!

The Democrats raped him for his vote and then shunned him like the turncoat whore he is. Hey Arlen, get your [expletive deleted] nasty old wrinkly weasel ass out of my government! Karma’s a real bitch, eh mister shameless political mercenary?

Arlen Specter Loses Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary to Joe Sestak

Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator, lost his bid to run for re-election as a Democrat to Rep. Joe Sestak, the Associated Press reports.

With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Sestak received nearly 53 percent of votes, the AP reports, to Specter’s 47 percent.

Sestak’s victory marks a striking triumph over the establishment candidate, who just last month had a more than 20-point lead in polls.

After serving in the Senate for nearly 30 years as a Republican, Specter switched to the Democratic party in order to salvage his career. He won the support of the Democratic establishment — including Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who worked on his behalf to mobilize voters in Philadelphia, a critical part of the state for Specter.

President Obama also supported Specter, but he never joined him on the campaign trail.

While the Democratic establishment worked to elect Specter, Sestak seized on the 80-year-old senator’s party switch to portray Specter as self-interested. He ran a bruising political ad that showed Specter with then-President George W. Bush.

See also:
Arlen Specter loses Senate race in Pennsylvania
Specter Loses Pennsylvania Senate Fight
Arlen Specter’s party switch and subsequent fall
Specter loses as the “Tea Party”‘ wins in U.S. voting
Sen. Arlen Specter loses Pennsylvania primary
PA Gov Not Surprised by Specter Loss
Sen. Arlen Specter Concedes After Losing Democratic Primary
Buh Bye Benedict Arlen
Arlen Specter, Poster Boy For Term Limits

/quick, someone drive the wooden stake home before Specter, fresh out of any major party support, declares a Senate run as an Independent

Buh Bye Benedict Arlen

Dennis Miller had it exactly right when he said Arlen Specter looked like a raccoon rummaging through a trash can. Well, payback can be a bitch.

Ridge considering campaign against Specter

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is seriously considering a run for the Senate for the GOP nomination against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), according to Roll Call:

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is considering running for the Republican Senate nomination in his home state, according to a senior Republican aide with knowledge of the situation.

National and Keystone State Republicans have been publicly and privately urging Ridge to consider a Senate bid since Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) announced earlier this week that he was switching parties and would run for re-election as a Democrat in 2010.

Specter said he switched parties because he could not win a primary against conservative former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is popular with the party’s base but whom many national Republicans believe cannot win the general election — especially against a 29-year incumbent who is viewed favorably and gets high marks from Democrats. Ridge’s moderate politics and national profile would make him a more viable candidate in the general election.

A former six-term House Member, Ridge is still popular in Pennsylvania, where he served as governor from 1995 to 2001. He left office to be President George W. Bush’s first secretary of Homeland Security but retired from the Cabinet in 2005 and joined the private sector.

The Republican efforts to recruit Ridge indicate they’re actively looking to find a more moderate alternative to former GOP Congressman Pat Toomey. Both Ridge and Philadelphia-area Congressman Jim Gerlach have been mentioned in the last week as potential primary challengers.

See also:
Ridge Pushed for Specter Seat in Stop-Toomey Bid by PA GOP
Are Moderate Pennsylvania Republicans Paging Tom Ridge Yet?

Even the Democrats don’t like Specter.

Tom Harkin Tells Arlen Specter “Over My Dead Body”

Harkin and Specter have also fought together to have larger sums of money restored or added on to depending upon the year to the budget of the National Institute of Health. Of course Harkin and Specter both would prefer to be the Chairman of the Health, Labor and Workforce Appropriations Committee and this would be their point of contention. Now with Specter as a Democrat he has four years of seniority that out ranks Harkin and thus would qualify Specter to be Chairman of that vital Appropriations Committee. When Harry Reid and others told Harkin about Specter becoming Chairman of the committee Harkin reportedly said “over my dead body.” as noted by the Wall Street Journal.

/if the Democrat primary doesn’t put Specter out of his miserable misery, Tom Ridge surely will, the writing is on the wall

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

Arlen Specter, Poster Boy For Term Limits

Arlen Specter switched parties? How can you tell?

He’s not prepared to have his record decided by Pennsylvania Republican primary voters? You bet your ass he’s not because he knows he’d lose badly. Specter has no principles or core values whatsoever, it’s all about him and his own self-preservation, he’s nothing more than a rank political opportunist and whore, who’ll turn tricks for whoever pays the most. Blaming conservative Republicans for his plight is just damn pathetic, especially after all the help the party gave him in his last election.

Not only has he now defrauded all the Republicans that voted for him, but remember, this is the jerk off that saddled us with Obama’s bloated, pork laden “stimulus” bill. What a mealy mouthed, sanctimonious, ass crack licking piece of weasel [expletive deleted]. Good riddance, he couldn’t even spell Republican anyway, let alone be able to define it.

See also:
Specter Joins the Democratic Party
Specter joins Dems; AP: Obama ‘thrilled’ with Senate pick-up
Official: Biden Pressured Specter to Join Democrats for 6 Years
Specter Switch Fulfills Rendell’s Wish
Biden, Casey, Rendell Lobbied Specter to Switch
Biden, Rendell and Specter
Specter’s Switcheroo
Obama will campaign for me, Specter says

So despite being poked and stroked, wined and dined by Democrats to switch parties for six years, watch Specter lie his ass off in a March 17th interview.

And just how big a hypocritical, amoral, malodorous scumbag underwear stain is Specter? Check this out.

Specter condemned Jim Jeffords’ party switch in 2001

When the Vermont Republican became an independent, Specter lost a committee chairmanship in the Senate’s resulting power shift. An angry Specter proposed a ban on such party switches.

When a Senate Republican left his party in 2001, elevating the Democrats to majority status, one member of the GOP was especially vocal about his displeasure: Arlen Specter.

Specter said then- Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords’ decision to become an independent was disruptive to the functioning of Congress. He proposed a rule forbidding party switches that had the effect of vaulting the minority to majority status in the middle of a congressional session.

“If somebody wants to change parties, they can do that,” Specter said at the time. “But that kind of instability is not good for governance of the country and the Senate.”

Now it is Specter switching parties, proclaiming himself a Democrat. While the move won’t throw one party out of power, it could potentially hand the Democrats a 60-vote majority and deprive the GOP of the ability to block legislation through a filibuster.

Eight years ago, Jeffords’ decision cost Specter his chairmanship of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Specter said at the time that he wanted the rule change to prevent a party switch that could decisively swing the balance of power in the Senate overnight, disrupting U.S. domestic and foreign policy.

He also said that Jeffords’ move would put Senate staff members out of work as committee chairmanships changed hands, and that he had already seen “a lot of crying” among staff members worried about their future.

And hey, looky here, this isn’t even the first time Specter’s sold out for political expediency.

Arlen Specter, not fit for a toilet seat, let alone a Senate seat. Any more pejorative adjectives would just be wasted on this assmunch of a huckleberry.

/this is exactly why we need term limits, to keep these corrupt political ticks, in both parties, with an unearned, sense of hubris and entitlement to their seat, from getting so entrenched in the Washington woodwork like this that they can’t be easily extracted when they develop the attitude that they’re above the will of the voters

Be Careful What You Wish For

So, does Eric Holder want to open this can of worms? Is giving a legal opinion now a criminal offense? Really?

Holder: Justice Department Will ‘Follow the Law’ in Probing Interrogation Tactics

The Justice Department will “follow the law” in investigating the Bush administration officials who cleared harsh interrogation techniques, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

Holder reiterated his position a day after President Obama opened the door for potential prosecution against the lawyers who drafted memos that justified harsh interrogation tactics.

Obama has said the CIA operatives who employed those tactics using the legal guidance provided will be safe from criminal charges, but offered no such assurances to Bush administration lawyers.

“We’re going to follow the evidence wherever it takes us. We’re going to follow the law wherever that takes us,” Holder told reporters.

“No one is above the law,” Holder said.

Critics have said trying to prosecute lawyers for offering legal advice is a slippery slope toward criminalizing opinions.

“Will Democrats also investigate the members of Congress who were briefed on interrogation tactics in 2002 and raised no objection? If the lawyers are threatened with an investigation, why not the politicians who approved their actions?” asked Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas.

What about Congress?

Congress Debates Fresh Investigation Of Interrogations

Obama had hoped to put the whole matter behind him, first by banning those interrogation methods early in his presidency and then by releasing the memos last week with the proviso that no CIA official who carried out interrogations should be prosecuted.

Instead, the latest decision has stirred controversy on the right and the left. Obama has drawn sharp criticism from former vice president Richard B. Cheney, former CIA directors and Republican elected officials for releasing the memos. Those critics see softness in the commander in chief. He faces equally strong reaction from the left, where there is a desire to punish Bush administration officials for their actions and to conduct a more thorough investigation of what happened.

The controversy moved to Capitol Hill yesterday as lawmakers debated the wisdom of launching a fresh investigation into the Bush-era practices. Several top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), withheld judgment, noting that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has begun an inquiry.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), however, endorsed the idea and said witnesses should not be immune from prosecution.

Even Speaker Pelosi is on the bandwagon.

Pelosi backs anti-terror ‘truth commission’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed today the establishment of a formal “truth commission” to investigate Bush administration anti-terrorism policies, including an examination of former top Justice Department lawyers who crafted the legal justifications for what critics say was torture.

Such a probe could target UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush Justice Department who was instrumental in crafting the interrogation memoranda, and his former boss, Jay Bybee, now a judge on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Pelosi’s endorsement follows President Obama’s signal Tuesday that he was open to the idea. Obama’s shift, in tandem with last week’s release by the administration of past memos describing brutal interrogation techniques on terror suspects, has touched a match to the seething controversy over whether there should be a public or legal accounting for Bush administration policies on torture and detention.

But wait Nancy, didn’t you approve of these interrogation techniques, are you going to investigate yourself?

Top legislators knew of interrogations

The CIA briefed top Democrats and Republicans on the congressional intelligence committees on enhanced interrogation techniques more than 30 times, according to intelligence sources, who said those members tacitly approved the techniques which some Democrats in Congress now say should land Bush administration officials in prison.

Between 2002 and 2006, the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees “each got complete, benchmark briefings on the program,” said one of the intelligence sources who is familiar with the briefings.

“If Congress wanted to kill this program, all it had to do was withhold funding,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the closed-door briefings.

Those who were briefed included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia and Rep. Jane Harman of California, all Democrats, and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, all Republicans.

See also:
Holding Pelosi Accountable For Torture
Opinion: Nancy Pelosi encouraged CIA water boarding

Oops! Hey Obama, still think opening this Pandora’s box was a good idea? If this gets any real traction, it will surely scuttle your presidency and you’ll never be reelected. Emotions are that strong on this issue.

Presidential Poison

Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret.

Elections settle those battles, at least for a time, and Mr. Obama’s victory in November has given him the right to change policies on interrogations, Guantanamo, or anything on which he can muster enough support. But at least until now, the U.S. political system has avoided the spectacle of a new Administration prosecuting its predecessor for policy disagreements. This is what happens in Argentina, Malaysia or Peru, countries where the law is treated merely as an extension of political power.

If this analogy seems excessive, consider how Mr. Obama has framed the issue. He has absolved CIA operatives of any legal jeopardy, no doubt because his intelligence advisers told him how damaging that would be to CIA morale when Mr. Obama needs the agency to protect the country. But he has pointedly invited investigations against Republican legal advisers who offered their best advice at the request of CIA officials.

“Your intelligence indicates that there is currently a level of ‘chatter’ equal to that which preceded the September 11 attacks,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, in his August 1, 2002 memo. “In light of the information you believe [detainee Abu] Zubaydah has and the high level of threat you believe now exists, you wish to move the interrogations into what you have described as an ‘increased pressure phase.'”

So the CIA requests a legal review at a moment of heightened danger, the Justice Department obliges with an exceedingly detailed analysis of the law and interrogation practices — and, seven years later, Mr. Obama says only the legal advisers who are no longer in government should be investigated. The political convenience of this distinction for Mr. Obama betrays its basic injustice. And by the way, everyone agrees that senior officials, including President Bush, approved these interrogations. Is this President going to put his predecessor in the dock too?

Mr. Obama seemed to understand the peril of such an exercise when he said, before his inauguration, that he wanted to “look forward” and beyond the antiterror debates of the Bush years. As recently as Sunday, Rahm Emanuel said no prosecutions were contemplated and now is not a time for “anger and retribution.” Two days later the President disavowed his own chief of staff. Yet nothing had changed except that Mr. Obama’s decision last week to release the interrogation memos unleashed a revenge lust on the political left that he refuses to resist.

Just as with the AIG bonuses, he is trying to co-opt his left-wing base by playing to it — only to encourage it more. Within hours of Mr. Obama’s Tuesday comments, Senator Carl Levin piled on with his own accusatory Intelligence Committee report. The demands for a “special counsel” at Justice and a Congressional show trial are louder than ever, and both Europe’s left and the U.N. are signaling their desire to file their own charges against former U.S. officials.

Those officials won’t be the only ones who suffer if all of this goes forward. Congress will face questions about what the Members knew and when, especially Nancy Pelosi when she was on the House Intelligence Committee in 2002. The Speaker now says she remembers hearing about waterboarding, though not that it would actually be used. Does anyone believe that? Porter Goss, her GOP counterpart at the time, says he knew exactly what he was hearing and that, if anything, Ms. Pelosi worried the CIA wasn’t doing enough to stop another attack. By all means, put her under oath.

Mr. Obama may think he can soar above all of this, but he’ll soon learn otherwise. The Beltway’s political energy will focus more on the spectacle of revenge, and less on his agenda. The CIA will have its reputation smeared, and its agents second-guessing themselves. And if there is another terror attack against Americans, Mr. Obama will have set himself up for the argument that his campaign against the Bush policies is partly to blame.

Above all, the exercise will only embitter Republicans, including the moderates and national-security hawks Mr. Obama may need in the next four years. As patriotic officials who acted in good faith are indicted, smeared, impeached from judgeships or stripped of their academic tenure, the partisan anger and backlash will grow. And speaking of which, when will the GOP Members of Congress begin to denounce this partisan scapegoating? Senior Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Richard Lugar, John McCain, Orrin Hatch, Pat Roberts and have hardly been profiles in courage.

Mr. Obama is more popular than his policies, due in part to his personal charm and his seeming goodwill. By indulging his party’s desire to criminalize policy advice, he has unleashed furies that will haunt his Presidency.

See also:
Obama’s torture memo two-step
Obama pressed to back torture investigation
Torture Cases Would Face Legal Hurdles
Prosecuting Heroes

And hey, what about our extraordinary rendition programs? You know, where we send bad people to countries like Egypt to undergo real torture. Are we going to investigate that too?

/wasn’t Bill Clinton the one who first authorized extraordinary rendition, are we going to persecute the Clinton administration too, as long as we’re at it?

Tuesday Trifecta

Today was a good day for common sense, truth, justice, and the American way.

House bonus bill is buried by the Senate

President Obama and Senate Democrats have buried a bill passed last week by the House that would have heavily taxed executive bonuses at bailed-out firms.

Despite the public outcry over $165 million in bonuses awarded at troubled insurer AIG, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) showed little inclination Monday to bring the explosive issue to the floor this week or next. Instead, Reid is likely to delay action on executive compensation until late April, after the Senate returns from a two-week recess starting April 4.

The lack of enthusiasm to expedite the bonus legislation comes after Obama said over the weekend that he didn’t think it was a good idea for Congress to target individuals with tax proposals.

“As a general proposition, I think you certainly don’t want to use the tax code … to punish people,” Obama said in the interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.

Reacting to a frenzy of media coverage, the House last week passed a measure that would levy a 90 percent tax on bonuses received this year by executives at AIG and other companies collecting more than $5 billion in federal aid.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) last week introduced a less stringent proposal that would impose a 35 percent tax on bonuses. Both employers giving bonuses and executives who receive them would pay.

But even this modified proposal is being placed on the backburner.

So much for that overreaching travesty.

Specter delivers death blow to ‘card check’

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced Tuesday he will oppose card check, giving an apparent death blow to the most important congressional issue to organized labor.

Specter made the dramatic announcement in a floor speech. His opposition means Democrats can count on a maximum of 59 votes to move the bill forward, one short of the 60 required to clear Senate rules.

Winning 59 votes would require Democrat Al Franken to beat Republican Norm Coleman in the still-contested Minnesota Senate race. Democrats also would have to count on holding the rest of their votes, and several centrists have raised doubts about the bill.

In his floor speech, Specter noted that Franken’s likely win could give him the 60th vote required to make the bill law.

“If so, the decisive vote would be mine,” said Specter, who told The Hill last week in an interview that his would be the decisive vote.

“It is an anguishing position but we play the cards we’re dealt,” Specter said Tuesday on the floor.

Hmm, I wonder what the Republican leadership is blackmailing Specter with to keep him on the reservation and get him to double cross his union buddies?

Democrats Take Knife To Obama’s Budget

Key Democratic leaders were performing major surgery yesterday on President Obama’s first budget plan in an effort to bring skyrocketing annual deficits under control, while preserving the option of enacting some of the president’s most significant and costly domestic priorities.

In the budget blueprints they are scheduled to formally unveil today, Democrats in the House and Senate said they plan to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Obama’s spending request over the next five years. They also are scrapping Obama’s plan to devote more cash to the financial sector bailout. And they are restoring some of the money-saving budget gimmicks the president said he eliminated last month when he unveiled his $3.6 trillion request for the fiscal year that begins in October.

The moves come as Republicans are pounding Obama for proposing a rapid increase in government spending and taxpayers are voicing anxiety and outrage about the gargantuan sums that Washington is already pouring into the economy and banking system.

In the Senate, the result is a leaner package that would drive the annual deficit to $1.2 trillion next year, compared with $1.4 trillion under Obama’s policies. By 2014, the deficit would plummet to just over $500 billion under the Senate’s plan, requiring the nation to borrow $3.8 trillion over the next five years, compared with about $4.4 trillion under Obama’s proposal.

To meet those goals, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he would leave out new spending for Obama’s proposed expansion of health care coverage, a program likely to cost in excess of $1 trillion over the next 10 years, as well as the president’s proposal to make permanent an $800 tax credit for working families.

Hey, every little bit cost trimming helps and it’s encouraging to see that even the Democrats realize that Obama’s budget, as is, would create unsustainable deficits and national debt. Of course the cuts don’t go far enough but, considering the precarious political position Republicans find themselves in, it’s a good start.

See also:
Drive to Tax AIG Bonuses Slows
Is That 90% Tax On AIG Bonuses Dead?
The 90% Bonus Tax Looks Dead
Tax May Not Be Needed If Bonuses Returned, Hoyer Says
Hoyer Signals AIG Tax Bill May Have Achieved Its Purpose
Specter shifts stance to oppose card check
Specter Says He Won’t Back Unions’ ‘Card-Check’ Bill
SPECTER DEALS BLOW TO CARD CHECK
Key G.O.P. Senator Reverses Course on Union Organizing Bill
A Specter of Hope on Card Check
Senate Dems propose cutting Obama budget by billions
Conrad carves up Obama’s budget
Democrats in Congress Are Ready to Pare Budget
Deficits spook Dems, spur budget whittling
Sen. Gregg says Obama budget will bankrupt US
Gregg continues budget-blasting of Obama

So, 90% punative, retroactive, unconstitutional tax on lawful bonus payments, dead! Card check, daed! Obama’s budget . . . not dead, but seriously wounded. All in all, not bad for a day’s work if you care about the future of America.

/now it’s on to cap and trade and universal health care and let’s kill those!

Senate Republicans Tell You To Bend Over Again

Senate passes earmark-loaded budget bill

The Senate approved a $410 billion spending bill Tuesday that will fund the federal government until the end of September, overcoming the objections of Republicans who argue the bill costs too much and is chock-full of pet projects.

Utah’s GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett stood in opposition to the omnibus bill, which ultimately passed on a voice vote and will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Hatch zeroed in on earmarks, while Bennett objected to the overall price tag. Bennett defends the earmarking process and says that some in his own party use it to “mislead” the public.

Their disparate views show a rift among Republicans on earmarks, which has dominated the discussion over the budget bill.

The omnibus bill funds transportation, health, energy, education and a slew of other programs. It includes an 8 percent funding increase over the previous year, not to mention 8,500 earmarks worth about $7.7 billion.

Hatch called it “a big huge spending boondoggle,” singling out the pet projects in explaining his “no” vote.

“There’s a lot of stuff in there that’s just thrown in to take advantage of what happens to be a financial crisis,” he said.

But Hatch sponsored 42 of those earmarks worth $63 million and 40 percent of all earmarks were requested by Republicans. He said that many of the earmarks are legitimate, but others “are slipped into the bill at the last minute.”

See also:
Senate passes omnibus bill
Senate passes $410-billion spending bill
Obama gets omnibus and earmark fight
GOP Cross-Overs Have Earmarks to Gain in $410 Billion Spending Bill
H.R.1105

The final passage was by voice vote so we’ll never know who the cowardly weenies were. However, the cloture vote, required to cut off debate (filibuster) was 62-35.
The guilty?

YEAs —62

Alexander (R-TN)
Bond (R-MO)
Cochran (R-MS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Please note that between the Stimulus Porkapalooza and this latest $410 billion dip at the debt trough, Obama toadies Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter have personally cost American taxpayers, with interest on the debt, well over a trillion dollars!

/if the Republican party stood for anything resembling conservative economic values and fiscal restraint, this $410 billion porkfest could have easily been stopped dead in it’s tracks

Bend Over And Assume The Position

Deal announced on stimulus; weekend vote likely

“The American people want us to work together. They don’t want to see us dividing along partisan lines on the most serious crisis confronting our country,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, one of three Republican moderates who broke ranks and pledged their votes for the bill.

Democratic leaders expressed confidence that the concessions they had made to Republicans and moderate Democrats to trim the measure had cleared the way for its passage. No final vote was expected before Saturday or Sunday.

. . .

In addition to Collins, Republican Sens. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Olympia Snowe of Maine pledged to vote for the legislation.

That’s three, count ’em three, Republicans in the entire Congress who will be voting for this racing down the road to socialism travesty. And they’re barely Republicans at that. Bipartisan my ass. Whatever happens now, the Democrats own this mortgage on our long term future, paid for with imaginary money we don’t even have to begin with.

See also:
Senate Reaches $780 Billion Compromise Package
Senators Reach Tentative Deal on More Than $800B Economic Stimulus Bill
Bipartisan Deal Eases Way For Stimulus Bill in Senate

Anyway, at this point, it’s all but inevitable.

/so, as they say, you may as well just relax and enjoy it