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Reminder to Libertarians and Independents of What the Democrats Stand For
This is just a friendly Sunday reminder to our libertarian and independent friends that in addition to spending hundreds of billions (or trillions) of dollars on a government takeover of healthcare, and in addition to spending hundred of billions of dollars on failed economic stimulus programs, and in addition to implementing worthless environmental regulation that has the effect of a massive tax increase, the Democrats are still wildly in favor of massive increases in government spending on, well… everything.
Senate Democrats overcame a Republican filibuster to clear the way for a vote Sunday on a huge end-of-year $1.1 trillion spending bill that gives budget increases far exceeding inflation to much of the government. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 60-34 on Saturday to end the GOP filibuster that threatened to hold up the legislation. The final vote would send the measure to President Barack Obama.
The measure pays for Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and boosts spending for the Education Department, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and others.
Right after the vote Sunday, the Senate planned to return to legislation to overhaul the health care system, an issue that Democrats hope to reach consensus on in the final days of this year.
In the coming week, Congress may try to take a defense spending bill and attach a measure that would raise the $12.1 [trillion] debt ceiling and initiate new spending and tax cut efforts to stimulate jobs.
Folks, no one is more conscious than we are here at RedState of the failures of the GOP to hold the line on small-government issues. But the last 11 months have shown us that even at their worst, there remains a huge difference between the level of fiscal irresponsibility between the Democrats and the Republicans, and the Democrats are on the wrong side of that ledger.