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House Democrats: Are they mentally ill?

Posted by sanityinjection on February 24, 2009

The bizarre behavior of Democrats in the House of Representative leaves me scratching my head in disbelief. Only days after Our Leader President Obama spoke boldly of cutting the deficit over the next several years, the Democrat House leadership has unveiled a $410 billion continuing budget resolution to fund government programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2009. What is incomprehensible about this is not the fact of the bill itself – passing a continuing budget resolution is an entirely responsible thing to do – but its size and composition. The $410 billion figure represents an increase of 8% over the level of federal spending in fiscal 2008. Now ask yourself: What other personal, household, corporate, or governmental budget is increasing by 8 percent this year in the middle of a recession?? Insanity!

On top of that, the bill is loaded with the kind of earmarks President Obama has promised to abjure. And because of the large Democratic majority in the House, it will be up to the Senate to try to put the brakes on this runaway spending train.

It is known to psychiatrists that certain mental illnesses can cause reckless behavior in those who suffer from them. Such behavior often includes profligate, impulsive spending and an inability to consider the consequences of one’s actions. With this in mind, I cannot help but suggest that House Democrats should schedule themselves for a thorough psychiatric evaluation.

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6 Responses to “House Democrats: Are they mentally ill?”

  1. sanityinjection said

    Yahoo! News tells us the tale of John McCain and the other Republican Senators who fought valiantly but in vain to cut the budget bill down to size:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090303/ap_on_go_co/congress_spending

    You should read the whole article, it’s not long, but here are some juicy bits:

    “Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said McCain’s call to hold spending level with a year ago ‘doesn’t account for inflation.’ As an example, he said some programs would have to be cut if federal workers were to receive a pay raise.”

    C-C-C-Cut a f-f-f-federal p-program?? Oh My God! Catastrophe! I’ve got news for you Senator – local and state programs are cutting both programs *and* pay raises. Wake the f**k up and get a clue!

    “While Republican opposition in the House focused more on the bill’s overall spending, McCain and allies turned the Senate spotlight squarely on earmarks.

    ‘How does anyone justify some of these earmarks: $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa; $2 million ‘for the promotion of astronomy’ in Hawaii; $6.6 million for termite research in New Orleans; $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York,’ he said.

    He also noted the legislation includes 14 earmarks requested by lawmakers for projects sought by PMA Group, a lobbying company at the center of a federal corruption investigation.”

    But the Democrats would have you believe that Senate Republicans are buffoons who simply follow orders from Rush Limbaugh…

  2. […] Passage of this legislation would put pressure on President Obama to live up to his rhetoric on fiscal discipline. But it would also give him a powerful tool to cut out waste and pork such as some of the nonsense in the current budget bill. […]

  3. sanityinjection said

    Democrat Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana gets it and urges his colleagues in the Senate to reject the bill as presently written, or if it passes, hopes President Obama will veto it:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123612545277023901.html

    I salute Senator Bayh for telling the truth about this bill and putting the good of the country ahead of partisan allegiance. However, I think if he is counting on Obama to veto the budget he is going to be sorely disappointed. The President has so far shown no interest whatsoever in reining in Congress’ spending, despite his talk of deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility, as Slate’s John Dickerson explains:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2212850/?from=rss

  4. sanityinjection said

    UPDATE: Add Senator Russ Feingold as a second Democrat who is opposing the omnibus budget bill on principled grounds. No one has ever accused Feingold of being anything but a liberal – but I have always found him to be a straight shooter and a person of integrity.

    Meanwhile, the majority of Senators refused to strip out earmarks sought by a lobbying firm that is under investigation for illegal campaign activities. Their excuse? It would slow the passage of the bill by necessitating more conference negotiations with the House. So once again, the Democrat leadership is trying to ram through bad laws by pleading the need to act swiftly. Anyone who has ever had to mow a lawn or shovel a driveway can tell you that somethings are better done properly even if it takes a little bit longer.

    Full article (not too long) is here:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090305/ap_on_go_co/congress_spending

  5. sanityinjection said

    Shocking no one, the Senate passed the omnibus budget bill with all of its irresponsible spending in place:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031002653.html?hpid=topnews

    Nevertheless, there are some Senators that deserve to be recognized for doing the right thing on this issue. In addition to McCain, Bayh, and Feingold whom I’ve already mentioned, Democrat Claire McCaskill also voted against the bill. She was also one of only five Senators, including McCain, Feingold, and Republicans Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who did not have any earmarks put into the bill.

    Proving once again that his deeds do not match his words, President Obama said he would sign the bill “despite having misgivings about the earmarks.”

  6. sanityinjection said

    McClatchy has the lowdown on the real reason President Obama couldn’t veto the earmark-laden budget bill: because some of the earmarks were put in by his own staff!

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090311/pl_mcclatchy/3186392

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