The Obama administration today told Congress to pass an omnibus spending bill containing $8 billion in earmark projects, even though just a few days ago the president said one of the lessons he learned from the 2010 midterm elections was to take more seriously the public’s disapproval of – and his pledge to oppose -- earmarks.
“We wish there were no earmarks and are troubled with their presence” in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, an administration source told ABC News. “But Secretary Gates has told the President that the alternative bill” – a continuing resolution that for one year funds the government, which is due to run out of cash at the end of the week – “doesn't have the funding critical for several national security priorities.”
The term of the month has been "hostage situation." Well, yeah. Apparently national security is hostage to earmarks and $1.1 trillion in spending. This is standard operating procedure in Washington and precisely the sort of thing that the last election was about.
We don't have the money, kids. Nor do our kids, who actually get the bill for a lot of this nonsense. This Congress needs to go home. Kill the omnibus spending bill, pass the continuing resolution and deal with the issues in the next Congress.