Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial nails it:
The 111th Congress’s Final Insult
The 111th Congress began with an $814 billion stimulus that blew out the federal balance sheet, so we suppose it’s only fitting that the Members want to exit by passing a 1,924-page, $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill. The worst Congress in modern history is true to its essence to the bitter end.
Think of this as a political version of the final scene in “Animal House,” when the boys from the Delta frat react to their expulsion by busting up the local town parade for the sheer mayhem of it. Bluto Blutarsky (John Belushi) did go on to be a U.S. Senator in the film, and a man of his vision must have earned a seat on Appropriations.
Letting politicians who got defeated return to DC and vote on more bills is like sending convicted pedophiles back to Chuck E. Cheese for a couple of months before they have to go to jail.
Meanwhile, President Obama, who said he’d never sign a bill chock full of earmarks, signed the Stimulus in spite of all the earmarks, and he signed last year’s $447 billion spending bill in spite of all the earmarks. So there’s no reason to believe he’ll suddenly stick to his campaign promise and veto the current $1.1 trillion spending bill (kind of makes last year’s $447 billion omnibus not seem so bad, eh?).
Remember all the Obama promises about earmarks? Our loyal reader Ken from Texas might say this guy’s “all hat and no cattle.” Actually, Ken might say something worse, but we’ll leave it at that: