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Congress Approves $3.5/6 Trillion Budget

From a rapturous Washington Post:

[AFP photo and caption:] Job seekers line up at a store in New York City on April 02, 2009. The US Senate and House of Representatives passed separate versions of a massive budget Thursday signaling broad support for President Barack Obama’s climate change and healthcare overhaul ambitions.

Congress Approves Budget

$3.5 Trillion Spending Plan Paves Way for Obama Goals

By Lori Montgomery
Friday, April 3, 2009; A01

Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama’s ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation yesterday, endorsing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to pursue his most far-reaching priorities.

Voting along party lines, the House and Senate approved budget blueprints that would trim Obama’s spending proposals for the fiscal year that begins in October and curtail his plans to cut taxes. The blueprints, however, would permit work to begin on the central goals of Obama’s presidency: an expansion of health-care coverage for the uninsured, more money for college loans and a cap-and-trade system to reduce gases that contribute to global warming.

The measures now move to a conference committee where negotiators must resolve differences between the two chambers, a prelude to the more difficult choices that will be required to implement Obama’s initiatives…

The House voted 233 to 196 to support the Democratic budget proposal, with just 20 Democrats voting with Republicans in opposition. The Senate approved its blueprint 55 to 43, with all but two Democrats voting yes.

The biggest dispute between the two chambers is whether to use a powerful procedural shortcut that could allow Obama’s health, education and energy initiatives to pass the Senate with 51 votes rather than the usual 60, eliminating the need to win over any Republicans.

The House yesterday voted to include the procedure, known as reconciliation, in its budget plan to speed health care and education legislation. But Senate Republicans — and some Senate Democrats — argue that the maneuver would make bipartisan cooperation all but impossible on some of the most significant measures to come before the Senate in years…

It’s interesting how the media varies between calling this a $3.5 and a $3.6 trillion dollar budget. (It’s actually $3.6.)

After all, what’s $100,000,000,000 – more or less?

It’s taxpayer dollars anyway. Not real money.

By the way, look at the long drawn out battle Mr. Obama had to fight to get his budge through.

Lest we forget, Mr. Bush’s budget for 2009 was just approved last month.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Congress Approves $3.5/6 Trillion Budget”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    So uhmm, if oh say, The One ™ is found to be a fraud and thus fraudulently elected – does that mean that this $3.6 Trillion budget is thusly also a fraud and fraudulently put into consideration?

    Either that or the Depression that this idiot and the Klownposse in DC is driving America at breakneck speed toward – will make any kind of budget moot.

    I can always dream.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Heavy sighs!!

  3. pdsand says:

    Looks like they just xeroxed his budget and voted on it if you ask me.

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    So much for the “Nuclear Option” being the worst possible fate for America. But that was when the Republicans were in power. Its ok now that the Dems are, because they know best. I’m really dissapointed that the Repbulicans didn’t even attempt to fillabuster. The world’s most effective bloodless coup?

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Per your direction SG: Please highlight this.

    I just finished a recount of my German mother’s immigration & noted the Versailles Treaty obligated the German people to 393 billion dollars in reparations (1). Unfortunately the German GDP in 1913 was only 237 billion (2).
    Germany’s collapse into absolute poverty that “a wheel barrow of cash wouldn’t buy a loaf of bread” is renowned throughout history. Within a year, the German Worker’s Party changed their name & brought in a new leader (we know them as NAZI’s & Adolf Hitler).

    Subsequent years saw the reparations reduced by a little more that half, which did little to stop long term bank closures, hyper inflation & the consolidation of the fascist party’s power.

    I then compared 1919 Germany to Obama’s various bail out commitments & the
    recently approved 3.6 trillion dollar budget I referenced the NY Times.
    the link:


    The bail out commitments’ 7.8+ trillion dollars & the 3.6 trillion budget came to 11.9 trillion or 78% of our 2008 GDP. This does not take into account the rolling payments on interest in the out years & the ongoing hemorrhaging of Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.

    I think the two circumstances and the unsustainability of both their economic structures are fearfully alike.

    Unless there is a dramatic turn of events here in America, this may be moment where we all realize that our ship, this nation is lost. Do the math.


    “It’s been an honor, Gentlemen.” Nearer My God to Thee, indeed.


    (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_reparations
    (2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_regions_by_past_GDP_(PPP)#1913

    • proreason says:

      The difference this time is that the obligation is being imposed by der “leader” instead of an outside party, and the Reichstag has already been burned down. That happened in Sep/Oct 2008 when the brownshirts destroyed the world’s banking system and burned 12 Trillion in savings and equity in the U.S. alone. 4 days later, der “leader” grabbed power, like 1933, mostly peacefully.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Pro – the numbers are shocking! They want the public to stay calm, but I confirm what the CBO declared. They are unsustainable. Using Titanic as the metaphor – that moment when the passengers finally knew their fate (when the engineer knew all along) gave me a chill. That’s why I posted that youtube scene. It could very well be where America is right now. The only difference being the ACLU wouldn’t let our band play “Nearer Thy God to Thee”.


    Look at it again folks. “This is It, Rose!”

    It’s sad. So sad.

    • proreason says:

      Add in the $12 Trillion in poofed savings and home equity, and the numbers are equivalent to the burden from the Versailles Treaty.

      And there’s more……the intent of the Versailles Treaty was to punish the “bad” Germans. OUR burden is to punish the “bad” Americans, us, who have had the audacity to create wealth that the deadbeats represented by The Moron never could and never will create.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      You Nailed It Pro! Like the Nazi’s, the new DNC demonized Americans as a means of gaining power! Hitler did the same to the Jews. Like him, the left has changed the definition of private enterprise from initiative to greed.

      By the time the rest of the population realizes it, it may be too late. It may already be too late.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    I guess its off to the re-education camp for me because I AINT PAYING NUTHING TO NOONE. ITS THE CRIMINAL LIFE FOR ME!!
    I insist that everyone stop paying taxes right now. What are they gonna do? Throw everyone in jail? Cheat, grovel, lie, steal, ……..tune in, turn on and drop the eff out!! Twist the system brothers and sisters!!
    THEY……….won’t win!!

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