Tea partiers, conservatives and just regular Americans ticked off at the government pork party in Washington, D. C. can rejoice tonight in this season of miracles.
That is because we thwarted the senate from ramming through a $1,200,000,000,000 spending plan to fund the federal government for the next year.
Known in the Beltway as an omnibus bill, senate majority leader Dingy Harry Reid pulled the bill when he realized that he did not have the 60 votes to pass it. And of course Sen. Dingy Harry went on the blame the Republicans for failure to pass the earmark-laden bill.
Sen. Dingy Harry claimed that he had as many as nine Republicans on board with the scam, er bill. Of course he did not mention that he began to lose support of members of his own party. And he did not name any of the nine GOP senators he claimed to have on board.
According to this on National Review Online, it appears that the real reason Sen. Dingy Harry caved is because of the threat that the entire 1.924 page monstrosity would be read aloud in the senate chamber.
And with that, over $8,000,000,000 in earmarks that would embarrass a helluva a lot of senators, Democrats and Republicans.
Before everyone gets apoplectic, senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Dingy Harry will work on a one-page, two month continuing resolution that will keep the government running until at least February of next year. No shutdown of the federal government. Damn!
The most amazing aspect of this victory is the hard work of, yes, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain in exposing the earmarks of his colleagues and railing against the whole process. For once, this is where I am with you, Sen. "F--- You" McCain. You told your colleagues a big f--- you. And also getting credit is Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Jim DeMint. They also exposed this whole process.
Tonight we who have been railing against this reckless spending and bill cram-downs from this pathetic congress can celebrate and wait until next year to get a real spending bill, sans earmarks and the dirty stuff, and the federal government functioning.