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Dems Will Give Public Unions $26B (More)

From a cheering New York Times:

Senate Clears Way for $26 Billion in State Aid

August 4, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a $26 billion package of aid to states and school districts, and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said she would summon members from their summer recess to grant final approval to the bill.

The measure had been hung up by partisan wrangling between Democrats, who said it was necessary to avert layoffs of teachers and cutbacks in services by strapped states, and Republicans, who objected to another round of government spending and characterized it as a political payoff to unions.

Don’t you just hate “partisan wrangling”?

And never mind that most of Mr. Obama’s original ‘stimulus’ money has gone to these very same public sector unions. It was not enough. They are still not happy. (Hint: it will never be enough.)

Also, lest we forget, half of the original ‘stimulus’ money still has yet to be spent. So why not use that, instead of doing yet another ‘stimulus’ by another name? (How many are we up to now?)

The procedural vote in the Senate was 61 to 38, with the Maine Republicans, Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe, joining Democrats in support of ending debate. The Senate is set for a final vote on Thursday before adjourning for its recess.

The vote quickly prompted calls for the House, which adjourned last Friday, to return to Washington. And in a Twitter message Wednesday, Ms. Pelosi said lawmakers would reconvene next week to approve the bill and send it to President Obama.

Of course this vote could be put off until after the House returns from its August vacation. But that would mean too things.

First, the Democrats would have to vote for yet more spending after they have rubbed elbows with the rubes back home their constituents for a few weeks — however, inadvertently.

Second, Ms. Pelosi and company would rather get this vote over now rather than in September, so that the rubes back home their constituents will have more time to forget that it ever happened.

In other words, Ms. Pelosi and the Democrats know full well that they are acting in direct opposition to the will of the people they supposedly represent. But after all, their union foot soldiers must be paid if they are going to ‘get out the vote’ come November.

The legislation would provide $10 billion to retain teachers who might otherwise lose jobs to cutbacks, and an additional $16 billion to help states struggling to close budget deficits.

That is, these billions in taxpayer money will go to paying the public sector union thugs their outrageous and underserved salaries, and help keep afloat their gold-plated healthcare and pension plans.

And the money to pay for it will be taken out of the hide of people with real jobs with probably lousy benefits – if any.

While the move will interrupt summer campaigning, the vote will give Democrats a concrete accomplishment that they can trumpet at a time when unemployment remains high

Somehow, apart from the union halls, we doubt that this vote will never be mentioned by the Democrats, let alone trumpeted. Certainly, not if they want to get re-elected.

Mr. Obama praised the Senate’s action, saying in a statement that it would save teacher jobs and ensure “cash-strapped states can get the relief they need.”

Of course, by “states” Mr. Obama means ‘unions.’

“We had a choice,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. “Either teachers could be in the classroom or they could be on the unemployment lines.”

Because there are just no other jobs to cut, except for teachers. We all know that.

“We saved people’s jobs,” the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said after the vote. “The bill,” he added, “keeps hundreds of thousands of teachers, firefighters, policemen and other civil employees from being fired or laid off.”

In her Twitter message, Ms. Pelosi said that duty called. “I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers’ jobs and help seniors & children,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has been warning the Republicans not to demagogue the issues.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dems Will Give Public Unions $26B (More)”

  1. Georgfelis says:

    Hm. Interesting thought here. How much of this “emergency” money is going to Blue house districts, and how much is going to Red ones? Anybody want to take bets? Buller? Buller?

  2. Swamp Thing says:

    This is wrong on so many different levels. It rewards states like California that have been irresponsible and punishes, through future taxation, anyone who has not been. It also delays the inevitable lay-offs that have to come for these irresponsible states to get their fiscal houses in order.

    It is pure and simple bribery, a la Mary Landrieu, to get government union members to vote democrat in November. The fact that two republicans helped to make this happen just boggles the mind.

  3. proreason says:

    More redistribution.

    There was a time in this country when political leaders represented all of their constituents, not just the ones who vote for them.

    We need to start thinking about Constitutional Amendments that will prevent this kind of criminal activity from ever happening again.

    1. Term limits
    2. Repeal the 17th amendment
    3. Balanced Budget amendment
    4. Ban bureaucracies not explicitly authorized in the Constitution
    5. Limit federal spending to 15% of non-governmental GDP
    6. No officeholders who have been convicted of any federal or state felony. No exceptions.
    7. All candidates for public office must demonstrate publicly that they meet the Constitutional requirements.
    8. Every tax must be voted on every year.
    9. Every tax must be publicly described at all times, including the cost to the average citizen.
    10. Ban taxation of all entities except citizens (because all that does is hide the tax from the citizenry)
    11. Ban withholding. Make all taxes payable 100% annually by birth month.
    12. Every citizen must pay at least 10% of the average tax % for the country. (if tax rate is 20% of income, the minimum would be 2% of income).
    13. Ban federal sales taxes.
    14. 2 or 3 year terms for Presidents
    15. Presidents must appear before Congress and be subject to Congressional questioning twice a year.
    16. Eliminate Congressional ability to disallow oversight or set super-majorities to overturn laws
    17. no laws can authorize spending that isn’t directly required by the provisions of the bill (i.e., disallow earmarks)
    18. all laws must be publicly published 1 month prior to final vote. No changes allowed past that point.
    19. automatic impeachment for a president who refuses to enforce the law.
    20. automatic impeachment for any elected official who cheats on taxes.
    21. every federal activity required to be self-funding within 5 years (i.e., Medicare spending cannot exceed receipts)
    22. ban federal inter-departmental borrowing
    23. automatic shutdown of government programs when debt service exceeds 10% of the deficit. No exceptions.
    24. President restricted to a staff of 100, not including security personnel
    25. Congressional representatives restricted to a staff of 10 people, not including security personnel
    26. 100% of personal wealth of all elected officials to be placed in blind trust that can only be invested in state or federal bonds. No exceptions.
    27. No compensation increases for elected or non-elected officials when GDP is negative. No exceptions.
    28. Ban defined benefit pensions for all government officials.
    29. Congress and bureaucracies must be subject to all laws. No exceptions.
    30. Congressional compensation restricted to 3x national wage average (which is currently determined by the SSA)
    31. Every person in the federal government subject to Congressional approval annual if Congress so requests.
    32. Speaker of the House and Senate leader to be voted on by the entire house. Super majority of each party required (i.e. 60% of Democrats must approve and 60% of Republicans must approve).
    33. Ban quotas of any type in the federal government.
    34. Ban unions from the federal government.
    35. Supreme Court justices must receive a 60% vote from Congress.
    36. 20 year term for Supreme Court justices, extendable by 60% congressional vote.
    37. make the 10th amendment more explicit (i.e., restrict interstate commerce to actual interstate commerce)
    38. no federal laws can mandate State activities. Period.
    39. federal funds for State can be allocated only on per capita basis. i.e., “compliance” is not allowed
    40. no federal buildings to be named after a serving member of congress
    41. no federal limitations on public communication, including the inernet, radio and future communication mechanisms
    42. no federal funding of any form of cummications.
    43, congressmen cannot vote on bills with special provisions for that state or district
    44. all special provisions for a state and district must be permanently publicly publicized, including costs

    • Petronius says:

      Excellent suggestion, Pro. May I offer a proposed amendment of my own?

      45. The Federal Government shall take its boot off the neck of the American people, the States, and American businesses, and keep it off.

  4. finebammer59 says:

    “with the Maine Republicans, Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe, joining Democrats”

    sounds good, doesn’t it? one can dream.

    considering our nominee in ’08, one of these two will likely be the republican standard bearer in ’12.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Nancy Pelosi (aka Crazy Eyes): Can somebody get her perscription bill? It can’t be wrong! Democrats do it all the time, don’t they?

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