From an article in USA Today:
"WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Saturday threatened to veto a massive spending bill being assembled by congressional Democrats, saying it's unacceptable to add billions of dollars to domestic programs.
The White House has not seen details of the $500 billion-plus measure — which senior Democrats are constructing behind closed doors — but reacted to it based on media accounts."
Go figure, our Master and Commander wants to veto a bill he hasn't even read yet. Why? because the $11 billion dollars in question are going to Americans, and not warmongering. Read on:
"The White House statement came after The Washington Post reported Saturday that the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, supports the idea of allowing domestic spending increases if Democrats support $70 billion or so in war funding.[...]The Saturday development signals Republicans will play hardball to try to scale back the additional domestic spending. Still, many Republicans, especially the pragmatists who populate the appropriations committees, see Bush's budget as too stringent, and it's commonly assumed that Bush will ultimately agree to some additional spending as the price for obtaining war funds."
I'm sure we can all see just how seasoned, adult, and mature our government has become over the years. While Americans are now dealing with a recession, struggling to keep "Food on their families", and wondering how they will afford medical care, our government has fallen into a tit for tat game with our tax dollars.
If you give me what I want, I'll think about helping your constituents out a little.
What, has America turned into gang-land? Bribery and blackmail? Oh! Dumb me, Thats whats been going on for years now...sorry for my memory lapse. I cna't afford my mental medication any more *wink wink*.
Really though, the problem starts with us. Yes, our government is full of two-faced, back-stabbing, greedy prats - however our own activities or non action has brought this upon ourselves. Just read what some have said about this:
"I have always made my own way, never taken anything free from the gov. I bet I pay more taxes than your total salary. Furthermore, who said we should hand the money that we are throwing away in Iraq to the do nothings in America. How about if it just sits in the treasury and draws interest for a rainy day."
How compassionate, I'm overwhelmed by it. Yes, single mothers (many of whom may be single mothers at the hands of the war in Iraq, by the way), poor grandmothers, babies, and the recently laid off, and suicide ridden unemployed Veterans are all "do nothings" and deserve nothing at all from our government.
If our government, and our society didn't worship the all mighty dollar and its partner in crime capitalism, and their cousin privatization, our friends and neighbors might actually have the chance to do it all on their own, without any help from the government. However, our administration has done this, caused this mess or at least allowed it to happen - therefore they should be responsible for fixing it. Idiots that are so blind, so greedy, and so entitled as this guy here have probably never had a rough day in their life.
Or perhaps they have, but they are so desperate to cling to the American Dream that they must use wealth and entitlement to put themselves above others in the caste system we aren't supposed to notice exists.
"Poor people are all do nothings" and "Immigrants are the cause of all our crime and problems" and "Muslims, Pagans, and Heathens are the reason for the rest of our problems"
Sound familiar? Its the underlying platform rhetoric of the current administration and the wealthy elite that pay for their elections.
Wake up America!
P.S. Jim, I hope your like this graphic better LOL!