Reid Thinks He Has The Votes To Pass Crap Sammich, Today (Updated)

The Politico is reporting:

As new jobless numbers Thursday testified to further deterioration in the economy, Obama’s impatience showed through during a talk at the House Democrats’ retreat in Williamsburg, Va., Thursday night, when he demanded prompt action and accused his Republican critics of wanting to return “to the same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin.”

With God as my witness…that mindboggling  b.s. actually elicited applause from the Dems when he said it.

What does Obama think his crap sandwich is going to do to the national debt?! And whose policies threw our economy into a tailspin?!

Rich Lowry reminds us of what Obama told us back on the campaign trail:

The president should read the transcript of the third presidential debate. He claimed his program represented “a net spending cut.” He called himself “a strong proponent of pay-as-you-go. Every dollar that I’ve proposed, I’ve proposed an additional cut so that it matches.” He added, “We need to eliminate a whole host of programs that don’t work.”

How does this man sleep at night?

Reid warned that he would not allow the president’s program to be held “hostage.” Asked if he had 60 votes already to ensure Senate passage, Reid said. “We believe we do.”

This is what’s being “held hostage”: 90% pork, welfare, and Democrat empowerment spending like ACORN. This is no stimulus bill, and the Democrats know it. Excuse the Republicans for desperately trying to talk some sense into these maniacs before they torpedo our already besieged economy. Remember the Democrat golden rule: What’s bad for the country is good for Democrats. So even though the American economy as a whole will suffer as a result of the passage of this bill, key Democrat constituencies will become more dependent on government, and that’s all that really matters to them.

Will the nearly trillion dollar porkulus abomination pass, today? Well, Senator Demint couldn’t even get one line stripped from the bill that discriminates against students of faith  on college campuses.

Gateway Pundit reports:

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after Democrats voted 43-54 against his amendment to strike language from the economic stimulus bill that discriminates against students of faith. Senator DeMint’s amendment would have eliminated a provision that bans any university or college receiving funds to renovate buildings, from allowing “sectarian instruction” or “religious worship” within the facility. This would in effect bar use of campus buildings for groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Student Ministries, Hillel, and other religious organizations.

Nearly all of the Democraps (+ Olympia Snowe) voted against Demint’s amendment; not a good omen.

Here’s Senator Demint, making too much sense to be taken seriously by Democrats:

Pissed yet?

You can still take action.

Our Country Deserves Better:

Stop the “Stimulus”

News reports indicate there may be an effort to pass the nearly $1 TRILLION pork-laden “stimulus” package TODAY.  We’ve got to take immediate action to tell the Senate to VOTE NO on the “stimulus” plan.

The staff of the conservative group, Our Country Deserves Better Committee, has put together a database of phone numbers, fax numbers, and emails for each Senator.  See the listing below, contact the two Senators from your state and if you want, work through the rest of the list as well.  In terms of effectiveness, phone calls and faxes are most important, followed by emails.

Contact info for your Senators, here.

Good news:

Michelle Malkin reports that the Senate switchboards are busy, if you can’t get through the first time, keep trying.

Must Read Of The Day:

Charles Krauthammer, The Fierce Urgency Of Pork (not because there’s anything he says you don’t already know, but because it’s all said so well). A sample:

And yet more damaging to Obama’s image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package. He inexplicably delegated the writing to Nancy Pelosi and the barons of the House. The product, which inevitably carries Obama’s name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.

(Yeah, I used the same word).

It’s not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections, one of which would set off a ruinous Smoot-Hawley trade war. It’s not just the waste, such as the $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction.

It’s the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus — and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress’s own budget office says won’t be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish. He said.

How did it come to this?

UPDATE:

Ugh. Via Ace:

“They’ve Cut A Deal With Three Of Our Guys”

UPDATE II:

Hmmmm:

A freshman blue dog Democrat from NJ says the stimulus bill is 80% waste, and has proposed his own stimulus bill. His price-tag? $174 billion.

UPDATE III:

Hot Air: Can’t get to Cloture ?

Ace:

Stalled; No Vote Today? Carl Cameron reporting that Reid can’t get Collins, Snowe, and Specter on board.

This is good news. The Republic is safe…for now. Since the Crap sammich gets more unpopular with every passing day, we should be in a better position to defeat it on Monday.

AWWWWWW!:

Bam’s not happy!

President Barack Obama decried as “inexcusable and irresponsible” the delay of his economic recovery legislation in Congress with an estimated 3.6 million Americans losing their jobs since the recession began.

Obama’s remarks were some of his most direct and pointed in support of the massive economic package that the Senate considered Friday and tried to pare down below its $900-billion-plus price tag. Obama acknowledged it was not perfect and pledged to work with lawmakers to refine the measure, which he called “absolutely necessary.”

“But broadly speaking, the package is the right size, it is the right scope, and it has the right priorities to create 3 to 4 million jobs, and to do it in a way that lays the groundwork for long-term growth,” Obama said at a ceremony in the White House East Room.

It’s funny how much he’s been using that word, “irresponsible”! What’s inexcusable and irresponsible is his sad farce of a stimulus bill.

And no, the package is not the “right size”…is he kidding? A bloated $900 billion?  He’s not willing to compromise at all on that? The whole thing is gonna slip through his fingers….

Oh. My. Gah.

You’ve GOT to be kidding me:

Congress Daily:

A group of Senate moderates working on an amendment to cut up to $100 billion in spending from the economic stimulus package have completed a tentative proposal that will be presented to Senate Democrats at a 5:30 p.m. caucus meeting, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad told reporters. “There is a proposal that is sufficiently fleshed out and we will have a caucus and discuss it,” Conrad said after emerging from talks in Senate Majority Leader Reid’s office. Democrats hope the proposal, developed by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Ben Nelson, R-Neb., will attract several GOP supporters and be acceptable to all Democrats, which would allow for passage of the plan as early as tonight.

They’re going to cut up to 100 measly billion?

ARRRRRGHHHH!!!!

Mel Martinez, Collins, Snowe, and Specter are the RINOs causing the trouble. But they’re balking…Apparently none of them want to be the 60th vote.

What does that tell you?

UPDATE IV:

So Collins and Specter have signed on. Incredible. Even by RINO standards they’re reprehensible turncoats. And now,  Teddy Kennedy has been roused from his sickbed in Florida to cast the 60th vote, reportedly to happen tonight.

This may turn out to be Teddy’s last action in the Senate. It seems fitting for him.

UPDATE V:

It’s official. A deal has been reached. The country’s descent into madness is now complete: A pork filled spending abomination of 780 billion to 827 billion, disguised as an emergency stimulus bill is a done deal in the Senate, thanks to three Republican turncoats,Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

To pretend that this was in any way a bipartisan effort, with only the support of these three RINOs is a joke.

So is this:

Don’t worry, Florida…Carl Levin will make sure you get your waterpark.

… Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, told reporters he and others hoped that some of the funds on the chopping block would be restored next week when negotiations open on a House-Senate compromise.

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Democrats:Now Is The Time For A Luxurious Retreat

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Nice timing, idiots.

Now may not be the time for profits, but it is the time for the Democrats to have some R&R,  at taxpayer expense:

The House Democratic Caucus spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money over the past five years for its annual retreats at resorts in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

On Thursday, Democrats will head to the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in historic Williamsburg, Va., for the three-day planning powwow. The resort boasts multiple championship golf courses, a full-service spa and six restaurants.

Individual lawmakers pay for most of the expenses related to retreat lodging through their campaign committees, but the Democratic Caucus subsidizes some of the costs for what aides consider “official business” — to the tune of nearly $100,000 each year, according to a Democratic aide involved in retreat planning.
For instance, the caucus picks up the hefty transportation tab, as well as the thousands of dollars in expenses each year for guest speakers, food and entertainment, according to financial disbursement records.

Democratic leadership sources were reluctant to talk about any aspect of the trip, but they defended it as an important planning session for the entire country.

“This retreat is strategic planning for the country,” said Democratic Caucus spokeswoman Emily Barocas. “The president, vice president and three Cabinet secretaries will be meeting with the caucus to plan the direction we are taking the country in.”

The topic is particularly sensitive this year after several Democratic lawmakers slammed American International Group (AIG) executives for spending more than $440,000 at a company retreat in Monarch Beach, Calif., just days after the federal government bailed the company out with $85 billion in taxpayer funds.

Yes, several Democratic lawmakers did slam AIG rather brutally, last October. For instance:

“They’re getting their pedicures and their manicures and the American people are paying for that,” said an indignant Cong. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at the time.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) held a hearing where he waved around a photograph of the resort, and bitterly complained about the expensive rooms:

“Less than a week after the taxpayers rescued AIG, company executives could be found wining and dining at one of the most exclusive resorts in the nation,” Waxman said. “We will ask whether any of this makes sense. “

Montana Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat had huffed:

“I want to know who we can fire and how we can get this misspent money back. This kind of behavior is an insult to taxpayers, whose dollars are used to protect and preserve private companies.”

But Democrats,  residing at the luxury resort in Williamsburg, this weekend on the taxpayers’ expense, during a recession, are working for us, you see:

“We’re very mindful” of perceptions, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson told reporters Thursday camped outside of the sprawling Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., where House Democrats were on their annual three-day retreat, which by some estimates has cost $100,000 in the past. “It’s serious and it’s from morning till night. We’ve been dwelling, rightfully, on the economy,” said Larson, D-Conn.

Uh huh.

In case you’re wondering, yes, Republicans go on an annual retreat, as well….but not on the public dime:

Republicans spend no public money on their retreat, which occurred last month at the historic Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va., spokesman Matt Lloyd said.

Lawmakers pay for their own transportation and room costs, roughly $190 per night, including food, according to one Republican who attended but spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the trip were not made public.

But Republicans allow special guests to join them: lobbyists who are part of the Congressional Institute, a nonprofit organization that arranges events for both political parties. They pay $25,000 to join the institute, which allows them to attend the first night’s dinner at the Republican retreat as well as other events throughout the year.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit