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For Viagra, For Union Bailouts, “And For Other Purposes”

H.R.1586 began its life as an “ACT To impose an additional tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients.” My oh my, has she come a long way since 2009. Now, she is the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, and carries with her $26.1 BILLION dollars in Teacher bailouts (and for other purposes).

By a vote just completed in the House (247 yay to 161 nay), and after Speaker Pelosi intimated that she “hoped” food stamp monies would not be cut in order to pay off the Unions that helped her and the Democrats get elected in ’08, the House just agreed to the recently passed Senate amendments and readied this bill for the steady left hand of President Obama.

Remember now, the money will be going to Teachers (including the ones insisting on Viagra benefits) and it will be going to Police and to Firefighters too. “It’s for the Children” they cry…and with this money perhaps we can avoid any future preventable deaths of children like the one recently in Philadelphia; an innocent child dead because the closest Firehouse was closed due to lack of funding.

I have already described the actions of this Congress as impudent. I, along with many others, believe the idea of “bailouts” has become far too pervasive in our Political culture…and I believe the disconnect between the Political aristocracy in America and the rest of us helpless rubes is going to ruin this country for generations to come…unless major change takes place very soon.

That a “bailout” of this magnitude can’t stand on its own merits and must – instead – be buried in an FAA funding bill speaks volumes. That Democrats running Congress these days, desperate to avoid being fired by the electorate, would continue spending money we don’t have…even if it means taking food off the tables of an already economically devastated “class” of Americans…only proves they have nothing but their own interests in mind, and not one clue about the effect of their actions on the people they no longer adequately represent.

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