The House Appropriations Committee just posted its $410 billion 2009 Omnibus spending bill. It’s a doozy. This is the bill that will fund the government’s operations until the end of the fiscal year. It’s larded with thousands (so many, I can’t count them all yet) of earmarks and adds up an increase in overall discretionary spending of more than 8 percent, the biggest one year increase since 1978 (with the exception of the spending boost after the September 11 attacks).
And this is a bi-partisan feeding frenzy. Roughly 40 percent of the money for earmarks (i.e. pet projects inserted by individual lawmakers) have been inserted by Republicans.
Don’t these people ever learn?
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