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Politics of the Purse String
Author: BobR    Date: 09/28/2016 13:53:11

It's that time of year again, when lawmakers have spent the summer doing nothing (seriously - they were off for seven straight weeks!! over the summer) and come back to find that - oops - we are once again about to run out of money. So - once again - they are grudgingly opening the purse strings to fund the government for the next two months. Yes, they've spent the month of September arguing about funding the government for 2 months - when they'll have to do it all over again in November. Why not allocate spending for an entire year? Maybe because the elections are just over a month away?

Anyway - the bill was voted down by Democrats because it did not contain funding to help Michigan with its poison water crisis. The Dems rightfully argued that red-state Louisiana got flood relief funding for rain flooding that occurred a month ago, and Flynt's water woes have been ongoing for a year. McConnell said they would provide the funding in a separate bill AFTER the election, but really - are we supposed to trust him? I certainly wouldn't, and kudos to Reid for standing up to him.

Meanwhile, over in the House, the Republicans are taking this a little more seriously (how's that for an episode of Freaky Friday?), and are putting together an amendment with the Flynt money included. The catch here is that it is for a Water Resources Development Act bill that won't get passed through until the lame-duck session. In other words - it won't be in the emergency spending bill. The concern is that the amendment or the bill itself gets bastardized between now and then, and Flynt has to wait another 2 months for help.

There are so many things wrong with this. At the very core - is this any way to run the country? Why are we cobbling together emergency spending bills every few months to keep the government limping along? It's governance by ongoing crisis. It's also created a vehicle for riders and amendments and all the "pork barrel spending" that politicians deride from the stump, and then lard onto these spending bills. They also use them as political weapons, adding "poison pill" amendments to ensure the opposition has to vote for or veto a bill that on the surface looks helpful, just so they can criticize them for it in campaign ads.

Add to that the adoration of "first responders" (the en vogue term for firefighters, EMTs and police), and all the "thoughts and prayers" that go out to the victims of natural (and man-made) disasters, juxtaposed against their refusal to provide funds for the recovery and rebuilding of the communities of these people (the victims AND the First Responders). This seems to especially be the case for "blue state" areas (NY, NJ, MI), with funding always seemingly available for red states (LA, FL, OK, TX). Did the Dems do the reverse of that when they were in power? No.

Finally, if we look back at that Senate calendar, it's shocking how little they actually work, for as much as they make, and for as little as they want to do to help those who need it most. Poor people vote too, unless they can't get off work to do it (something the Republicans try to do at the state level - making voting difficult). They complain about spending and raising the minimum wage (while giving themselves raises), and are loathe to help blue states, even though that's where most of the federal tax dollars come from. There's word for people like that...

Stingy, lying, hypocritical, devious, deplorable bastards.

Okay, that's more than one word.

16 comments (Latest Comment: 09/28/2016 18:24:25 by Raine)
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Comment by Raine on 09/28/2016 13:19:19
Comment by Mondobubba on 09/28/2016 13:21:54
So, it turns out "bigly" is a real word, but Trumpie was using it incorrectly.

Comment by wickedpam on 09/28/2016 13:39:48
Morning

538 is no longer my happy, safe place - they show OH and FL as red now and for election day.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 09/28/2016 13:43:44
Good morning, bloggers!!! I hope that everyone is well.

It seems that Trump was saying "big league" but the BBC has an article on the word bigly. Some of the meanings are appropriate to Trump.

But they were wrong. "It's a word," says Fiona McPherson, a senior editor with the Oxford English Dictionary.

"Bigly" can mean "with great force", she says. Thomas Hardy uses it in Far From the Madding Crowd to mean "proudly, haughtily, pompously," McPherson adds. The OED lists an adjectival definition: "Habitable, fit to dwell in; (hence) pleasant."
The US reference book company Merriam-Webster agrees that "bigly" is a word.

"Yes, 'bigly' is in the dictionary," it tweeted after the debate. It defines "bigly" as an adverb meaning "in a big manner" or, archaically, "in a swelling blustering manner".
But it also added in a separate tweet, "That's not what Trump said."


Comment by Will in Chicago on 09/28/2016 13:47:19
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

538 is no longer my happy, safe place - they show OH and FL as red now and for election day.



Mala, the race is still fluid and many surprising things can still happen. To my surprise, the Arizona Republic has endorsed Hillary Clinton. This is the first time that the paper endorsed a Democrat for President since it began publishing in 1890.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 09/28/2016 13:49:34
In some sad news, Haaretz reports that former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres has passed at age 93. May his memory be for a blessing. May his dream of peace become a reality.

Comment by wickedpam on 09/28/2016 13:50:03
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

538 is no longer my happy, safe place - they show OH and FL as red now and for election day.



Mala, the race is still fluid and many surprising things can still happen. To my surprise, the Arizona Republic has endorsed Hillary Clinton. This is the first time that the paper endorsed a Democrat for President since it began publishing in 1890.



I know it is, I am just very scared that hate and ugliness is overtaking reason and hope.

Comment by BobR on 09/28/2016 13:53:50
Comment by Raine on 09/28/2016 14:04:30
Good morning!


Comment by Will in Chicago on 09/28/2016 14:14:54
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

538 is no longer my happy, safe place - they show OH and FL as red now and for election day.



Mala, the race is still fluid and many surprising things can still happen. To my surprise, the Arizona Republic has endorsed Hillary Clinton. This is the first time that the paper endorsed a Democrat for President since it began publishing in 1890.



I know it is, I am just very scared that hate and ugliness is overtaking reason and hope.



I am afraid that some of Trump's supporters, whether Hillary Clinton wins or not, will become violent after the election.

BobR, the GOP argues that government can't do anything right and act in ways to prove it.

Comment by Scoopster on 09/28/2016 15:53:45
Mornin all.. Don't mind me I've got a lil cold.

Comment by Raine on 09/28/2016 16:50:55




Comment by Raine on 09/28/2016 17:54:11
HAs anyone watched The Choice on Frontline yet?

I am 10 minutes is and it is quite educational.

Comment by Mondobubba on 09/28/2016 17:55:55
Michael Moore, washed up has-been? Discuss!

Comment by BobR on 09/28/2016 17:57:07
Quote by Mondobubba:
Michael Moore, washed up has-been? Discuss!

I think he's a victim of the Peter Principal

Comment by Raine on 09/28/2016 18:24:25
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Michael Moore, washed up has-been? Discuss!

I think he's a victim of the Peter Principal

Moore needs to stop with chaos activism.


Trump did not come out on top with this debate.. YEs Trump can still win, but saying he is going to win helps NO ONE but reactionaries.


It's goddamn time for some common sense and time to stop pandering to toddlers --

Every four years (since W) this same script is replayed -- I tire of it.