Skip to comments.THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL CHARADE AND FARCE!
Posted on 10/19/2013 8:32:39 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
By way of explaining to those who do not understand this insidious so-called omnibus spending bill nonsense, (because reinventing the wheel is such a pain) I present, verbatim, the following from Wikipedia.
An omnibus spending bill is a bill that sets the budget of many departments of the United States government at once. It is one possible outcome of the budget process in the U.S.
Every year, Congress must pass bills that appropriate money for all discretionary government spending. Generally, one bill is passed for each sub-committee of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. Ordinarily, each bill is passed separately one bill for Defense, one for Homeland Security, and so on.
When Congress does not or cannot produce separate bills in a timely fashion (by the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1), it will roll many of the separate appropriations bills into one omnibus spending bill.
Some of the reasons that Congress might not complete all the separate bills include partisan disagreement, disagreement amongst members of the same political party, and too much work on other bills.
Often, omnibus spending bills are criticized for being full of pork (unnecessary/wasteful spending that pleases constituents or special interest groups.). The bills regularly stretch to more than 1,000 pages. Nevertheless, such bills have grown more common in recent years.
In 2009, a $410 billion dollar omnibus bill, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 1105), became a point of controversy due to its $8 billion in earmarks. On March 11, the bill was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama into law as Pub.L. 1118.
(End of Wiki cite and on to my RANT!!)
I'm old enough to remember when government was small enough that the INDIVIDUAL departments and branches prepared their budgets, presented them for individual consideration to the House (per Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution), the appropriate committees held any necessary PUBLIC hearings and actually DRILLED DOWN into the nuts and bolts of those budgets to determine if they were legitimate and in furtherance of FULLY CONSTITUTIONALLY PROPER activities of the central government. These individual budgets were then subjected to open debate by the full body and passed or defeated and sent back to committee to be adjusted. As you can see from the Wiki entry, this original process has been short-circuited.
The omnibus process has led to several undesirable outcomes for those of us who favor a government to paraphrase Mr. Jefferson bound from mischief by the chains of the Constitution:
1. As noted in the Wiki entry, it produces such a HUGE document (over 1,000 pages) that, like Obamacare, Pelosi nor anyone else will actually read it, allowing equally huge amounts of pork to be concealed within it. As we know, nearly all of that pork consists of special favors for major political donors and others with the resources to hire squads of K-Street lobbyists to advance their interests. We taxpayers and ordinary citizens foolishly believe our representatives and senators advance OUR interests.
(Pregnant pause accompanied by the soft chirping of crickets.)
2. Equally troublesome is that while one huge omnibus bill may save our alleged representatives time to perform other legislative tasks, the sad and dangerous fact is that those other legislative tasks almost always involve creating new and devious ways to GROW GOVERNMENT. And because with that growth comes more power and prestige for them, the last thing on their alleged minds is the cost of creating this new agency or that new department, or expanding existing ones into areas well outside the Founders' vision of legitimate and proper activity under the Constitution they paid so dear a price to TRY to leave us.
To cut to the chase, it affords them the time to EXPAND GOVERNMENT AND LEGISLATE US OUT OF OUR GOD GIVEN LIBERTIES!
And here's a thought: If they can't take the increased workload, get the hell out and get a REAL job if they can find one in this over-regulated, overtaxed, over-governed shell of a once free market economy. I mean, they DID campaign for those jobs.
Unfortunately, it turns out it isn't the job for which the campaigned: It is the backdoor riches that come their way as they champion lucrative causes for those previously mentioned donors, lobbyists and other rent-seekers who, like the pigs that they are, dine at the public trough.
Before I repair to the kitchen to put my head in the oven (it's electric so it will take a long time), I would ask you to consider two questions:
Why is it that those who leave congress voluntarily or the small numbers who are actually voted out ALMOST NEVER LEAVE WASHINGTON?
With some exceptions, why is it that those elected to congress almost always LEAVE OFFICE FAR WEALTHIER THAN WHEN THEY ENTERED?
It's time to go SCRAP the Omnibus Spending Bill scam.
Harry Hopkins was FDR's closest adviser for many years. While a few drinks over his limit at a Maryland horse track, a reporter asked him to describe his (and obviously FDR's) theory of government. Harry candidly responded that We shall tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect. The people are too damn dumb to know the difference.
I thought Harry died. Apparently he survived and is now advising obozo!
Apparently he didn't, he just changed his last name from Hopkins to Reid.
Short version; Omnibus Spending Bills are the hallmark of laziness and corruption.