As expected at the 11th hour, a bipartisan majority of parasites in Congress, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, passed legislation in a deal to end the phony government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling one more time, and keep the spending and borrowing party rolling along as usual until the next hysterical “crisis” pops up in about 3 months time.
And just like almost every other piece of congressional legislation this “clean” bill passed with plenty of pork heaped upon the parasite party platter.
The lawmakers, for example, made sure that each one of the 800,000 federal workers who were “furloughed” over the last 16 days will receive full back pay “as soon as practicable.” Thus, all received a two week plus fully paid vacation at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.
Dubbed by some conservatives as the "Kentucky Kickback," $2.2 billion in additional funding, a sum which more than triples the original $775 million originally allocated for a dam project on the Ohio River was gratuitously inserted into the bill.
That river, of course, just happens to run through Sen. McConnell's home state of Kentucky.
You have to hand it to a Congress that finds no bill is off limits for pork.
The parasite political swine just can’t help themselves when it comes to pure pork spending with other people’s money. "These people are like alcoholics. They can't resist taking a drink. It's ridiculous. It's absolutely ridiculous," says Arizona Sen. John McCain. "It shows that there are people in this body who are willing to use any occasion to get an outrageous pork-barrel project done at the cost of millions and millions of dollars. It's disgusting."
Residents of the State of Colorado will be happy to learn that the bill allocates $450 million in pork on top of the $100 million from the Department of Transportation Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, for rebuilding projects on the Colorado River affected by recent flooding.
A similar bill died last month after the House declined to vote on it, according to Colorado Sen. Mark Udall. So U.S. taxpayers will now be footing the bill for pure pork projects, not originally intended by Congress, benefiting the citizens of Colorado.
A generous slice of pure pork prize in the sum of $174,000 will go to the widow of the late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, one of the richest members of Congress, who died last June. This guy was worth more than $59 million as of 2011, and his parasite pals are giving away a tidy sum to augment his widow’s vast fortune at the taxpayer’s expense.
There’s lots more pork on the platter too, hundreds of $millions more, but you get the picture. It’s disgusting; obscene; parasitical; and irresponsible.
Add to it all the fact that a provision to deny the lawmaker’s and their staff’s generous healthcare insurance subsidies which allow them all to escape the consequences of ObamaCare was scuttled in the final hour, and you have even more congressional unjust enrichment at the expense of the commoners.
By the way, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which was halted because of the shutdown, will be back, along with her famous White House kitchen garden, which went untended during the last two weeks and is now an overgrown mess.
That’s the same garden that she employs with the help of her White House army of servants to harp endlessly on the American people about what they ought to eat and what they ought not to eat.
Well now her garden has gone to seed; the tomatoes are rotting on the vines; and the squirrels ruining the beds. No one is available to tend it. Plans for the annual autumn harvest party -- during which school kids help the First Lady pick everything from okra, sweet potatoes and squash to turnips, garlic and chili peppers – will have to be cancelled.
But if it was so damned important to her and her nanny message to the American people, why didn’t she take her own fat ass out there and tend to it herself? Why didn’t she bring her able bodied teenage daughters out there with her to give them a taste of some honest work for a change? She might have brought along a large group of her elite socialist friends to help out as well.
She surely didn’t have to sit around and wait for it to deteriorate.
That’s part of the trouble with parasites. They don’t like to do honest work.
They simply wait around with their hands out for the parasite party pork platter to pass.