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Worst. Omnibus. Ever.

Posted on | March 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

How bad is the $1.3 trillion “omnibus” deal Congress passed yesterday? It’s an abomination, a swindle, a political failure, a fiscal catastrophe, a crime against God and man — an omnibus that will live in infamy.

Mitch McConnell and the other so-called “Republican leaders” in Congress who “negotiated” this disaster do not deserve to be in public office. They deserve to be in Guantanamo Bay, subjected to waterboarding or whatever. Here’s the Senate roll call so you know who to hate. In the House, 90 Republicans voted “no,” and you can find the roll call here to see how your representative voted.

One of the “arguments” (actually, excuses) offered in defense of this corrupt pork-laden deal is that it increases funding for the military. In other words, we are expected to believe, it is patriotic for Republicans to betray the voters who elected them. As bogus as this excuse is in terms of policy, however, it’s absolute folly as politics. This “we-support-our-troops” defense of the budget disaster will also be exploited by Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who not only got a GOP-approved patriotism certificate from this deal, but also got Republicans to abandon any pretense that they ever intend to do anything to stop the immigration invasion. It was a complete sellout by the GOP, as Dan Stein says:

“This omnibus was an appropriate vehicle to provide full funding for the construction of a border wall — an essential tool for regaining control of our borders and stopping illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and terrorism. Instead, it contains a paltry $1.6 billion for repairs, drones, and pedestrian fencing — no wall construction. Even worse, the measure explicitly restricts funding for any of President Trump’s border wall prototypes, only allowing spending for designs deployed before the prototypes were constructed. If Congressional leadership told the president he was getting money for his signature campaign promise, he was lied to.
“And while adequate funding for the wall was not included, powerful business interests are inappropriately using the must-pass spending bill to expand their access to cheap foreign labor. Congressional leadership included a provision in the omnibus that allows the Department of Homeland Security to double the number of H-2B visas available in the current fiscal year. Opening the door for a significant increase in guest workers is not only unwarranted, but harmful to the interests of American workers. Moreover, this controversial provision has no place in a spending bill and should instead be debated openly along with other unsettled immigration matters after the government is funded. . . .
“The bottom line is this: there are no immigration-related provisions in the omnibus that are consistent with what President Trump and congressional Republicans told the American people they would do when they were sent to Washington.”

Everybody who voted for President Trump has been stabbed in the back by the Republican “leadership” in Congress. At this point, I don’t know why anyone should care if Democrats win the November midterms. If the GOP is so worthless, why should conservatives even bother voting?




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