Diary

BOOM! We Just Spent $1 Trillion of Your Money

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In the dark of the night, two weeks before Christmas, the GOP consummated their betrayal of our trust.  We voted them a majority for the next two years, and they thanked us by a backstabbing so heinous, that it moved the seismic needle on the Democratic party, splitting [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] against [mc_name name=’Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’H000874′ ] and the White House’s minions.

The CRomnibus was so bad for the GOP that even

Hoyer said it was “better to pass it than to defeat it.”

Ostensibly, the Democrats opposed CRomnibus over the amendment to modify the Dodd-Frank Act, a gift to Citibank, who appears to have written part of the legislation.  That bill had been floated before and died in the Senate.  Now attached to CRomnibus, with only two days to pass it, the Senate will likely swallow the pill and the President sign it.

I wonder how much Citibank paid in lobbyist fees?  According to SEIU, the big union Democrat backers and Obama’s muscle, it’s at least $5 million ($4.9 million in 9 months back in 2008).  OpenSecrets.org shows Citigroup paying just over $4 million in 2014.  Apparently the subtle change to Dodd-Frank will yield them a return on that investment.

The knife-plunge into our backs was so profound that The Hill wrote

The bill’s passage, as a result, was a remarkable victory for both Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] (R-Ohio) and President Obama, who were able to cobble together the votes for passage.

You’d think that Boehner and Obama were on the same team.  And apparently they are.  I’ve long suspected this.

Confirming that this was done with full knowledge of the implications for voters who gave the GOP a solid majority in the next Congress, this:

“It’s always messy to see it made, to see legislation come to life. It’s not a pretty sight, and the closer you are to it the uglier it’s seems,” [mc_name name=’Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000435′ ] (R-Fla.) said after the vote.

“Our voters don’t like anything about this process, but it’s how hard work gets done,” she added. “And at the end of the day — boom! — we got enough votes to pass the bill.”

BOOM!  We just spent $1 trillion of taxpayer money.  Just like that.

Now Congress gets to do its Christmas shopping while we sit dumbfounded at their brazen treachery.