Really, that headline should be in all-caps, since it's so rare to get anything except liberal advocacy from the AP. Still, credit where due:
House Democrats unveiled a $410 billion spending bill on Monday to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, setting up the second political struggle over federal funds in less than a month with Republicans.
The measure includes thousands of earmarks, the pet projects favored by lawmakers but often criticized by the public in opinion polls. There was no official total of the bill's earmarks, which accounted for at least $3.8 billion.
Democrats defended the spending increases, saying they were needed to make up for cuts enacted in recent years or proposed a year ago by then-President George W. Bush in health, education, energy and other programs.
So it's George Bush's fault when Congress raises spending in direct defiance of "President" Obama's recent "fiscal responsibilty" summit? Man, someone is full of sh*t here, or is it everybody that's full of sh*t?
Gateway Pundit has some of the pork for you to nosh on:
$200,000 for “Tattoo Removal Violence Prevention Outreach Program,”
Maine lobster earmark in the omnibus,
$5.8 million earmark for the “Ted Kennedy Institute for the Senate
National Council of La Raza, $473,000 earmark from Sens. Bingaman and Menendez
Ah, Menendez! When it comes to slime, Jersey always represents, boy!
But wait! There's more! Buy now (or vote without reading) and you can also get the following:
$14.5 million for National Animal Identification
$178 million for climate change research
$317 million to reduce abortions, to counter increased monies for abortions in a previous bill
$240.2 million for light rail
$7 billion for welfare housing (not including the elderly and disabled, who get a little over a $billion between them)
$120 million for "Hope" to revitalize deteriorating mixed-income neighborhoods
$5.5 billion for overseas AIDS prevention and treatment
$1.5 billion for UN Peacekeeping
$82 million for "international family planning", i.e. abortions
$2 billion for climate change research, in addition to and under a different section of the bill from that listed above
Love the monies that are being spent on abortions - let's spend to encourage and discourage!
This is how liberals spend your tax dollars....and it's only going to get worse...and worse....
Update: Meanwhile, the New York Times runs its crooked polls and shills for the hard line:
President Obama is benefiting from remarkably high levels of optimism and confidence among Americans about his leadership...Most said Mr. Obama should pursue the priorities he campaigned on, the poll found, rather than seek middle ground with Republicans...
Who'd they poll, the guys in the newsroom?