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CNN'S Heidi Collins: Monstrous Spending Bill 'Is a Hold-Over From the Last Administration'
NewsBusters.org ^ | 3/6/2009 | Mike Bates

Posted on 03/06/2009 1:41:35 PM PST by Mike Bates

On this morning's CNN Newsroom, anchor Heidi Collins gave Barack Obama some cover by characterizing the omnibus spending bill, larded with thousands of earmarks, as left over from the Bush administration:

A controversial $410 billion spending bill hits a snag in the Senate. This is the bill we've been talking about with about $8 billion in earmarks. Republicans and a few Democrats are mad about all that pork barrel spending. That led members from both parties to push President Obama to veto the bill.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid says the measure will be opened up for changes next week in an effort to gain more support. The bill is a hold-over from the last administration.

Collin's reporting comes straight from the Obama playbook. Last Sunday on "This Week," Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag defended his boss's support for the measure:

"This is last year's business. We want to just move on. Let's get this bill done, get it into law and move forward."

Time's Michael Grunwald got it right in explaining why the budget from last year is still pending, and it isn't President Bush's fault:

It was originally drafted last year, but congressional Democrats didn't want to send it to President Bush, so it will only fund the government from April through September.

Paul Kane at The Washington Post points out that the bill is "leftover from last year's congressional agenda."

And the Associated Press reported yesterday on Senator John McCain's attempts to defeat the spending bill:

McCain took aim at the $410 billion spending bill to keep the government running, specifically Obama's willingness to accept thousands of pet projects that it would fund. Orszag, McCain noted, called the so-called earmarks "last year's business."

"Last year's business? Does that mean last year's president will sign this pork barrel bill?" McCain railed from the Senate floor. "It is the president's business. It is the business of the president of the United States."

No, Heidi, the omnibus bill working its way through Congress isn't a hold-over from the Bush administration. Your saying so is evidence of what's become increasingly apparent: When it comes to covering up for Obama, the news readers at CNN are shovel ready.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; bhobudget; budget; heidicollins; ignorantmedia; obama

1 posted on 03/06/2009 1:41:36 PM PST by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates

As if we needed any more proof (of the MSM’s complicity.)


2 posted on 03/06/2009 1:42:55 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Mike Bates

Heidi doesn’t appear to be very bright. Perfect for CNN.


3 posted on 03/06/2009 1:43:25 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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To: Mike Bates
Paul Kane at The Washington Post points out that the bill is "leftover from last year's congressional agenda."

Oops, guess who controlled Congress last year, too?

4 posted on 03/06/2009 1:43:55 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It has nothing to do with President Bush. Look to Congress and replace them.


5 posted on 03/06/2009 1:44:28 PM PST by RC2
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To: Mike Bates

“This is last year’s business. We want to just move on. Let’s get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.”

so put Bush back in the WH and tell him to sign it


6 posted on 03/06/2009 1:44:30 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: Mike Bates
The Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate for the last two years. The crap in those bills is their crap. They knew Bush wouldn't roll over for their spending spree. They held back until they could count on Obama's rubber stamp on anything they want.
7 posted on 03/06/2009 1:44:49 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Mike Bates
Gotta give McLame a little nod here. before I was halfway through the article I had already said to myself - Regardless of who's albatross it is, wouldn't you want to be the Knight in White Armor and say "Wait - I am not signing this waste?"

Instead, we get Captain Party Animal who wants to say "Hey, it was not mine, so I'll sign it."

The class just keeps rolling off of these people...

I am feeling more and more stimulated every day...but not the way they want.

8 posted on 03/06/2009 1:48:09 PM PST by IrishPennant
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You’re right. Just trying to document the MSM’s bias, mainly for those who sometimes have to give their doubting friends “examples.”


9 posted on 03/06/2009 1:52:24 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

The omnibus bill is a resolution to the last of the spending authorization from the final Bush term. It is in Zero’s best interest to jack that number up as high as possible as it will allow him to inflate the Bush deficit to complain about. More importantly though, it provides a higher baseline for Zero’s budget to begin its growth, since federal budgeting is a last year cost plus shell game.


10 posted on 03/06/2009 1:52:51 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (Government employment exists to provide a middle class lifestyle to otherwise, unemployable people)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Heidi doesn’t appear to be very bright.

She does have other, more important for TV, attributes.

11 posted on 03/06/2009 1:53:20 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Myrddin
The Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate for the last two years.

Now you've let the cat out of the bag. That's supposed to be a top hush-hush secret. And will be if the MSM have their way.

12 posted on 03/06/2009 1:54:50 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: IrishPennant

McCain’s doing better now than he was during his campaign. Still a RINO much of the time, but he occasionally trips into doing the right thing.


13 posted on 03/06/2009 1:56:14 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

If the bill is a holdover from the last administration, then when does the “change that we can believe in begin?


14 posted on 03/06/2009 1:58:32 PM PST by Saltmeat
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Using undiscovered evidence, CNN has discovered that the administration's attacks on certain private citizens, like "Joe the Plumber" and Rush Limbaugh are actually "hold overs" from the Nixon administration's "enemies list."

Mark

15 posted on 03/06/2009 2:05:41 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Mike Bates

What difference does it make?


16 posted on 03/06/2009 2:06:18 PM PST by Terry Mross (I Hate All Politicians, Republicans Included.)
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To: Mike Bates

Bull Puckey! The DhimmiRats own this, just like all the other bailout, over-spending, insane legislation since the election of the LibTard majority in the Congress.

It’s time to take back the country.


17 posted on 03/06/2009 2:08:28 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: IrishPennant
Instead, we get Captain Party Animal who wants to say "Hey, it was not mine, so I'll sign it."

THAT is the other MSM failing.....Obama partying while the country's economy is in flames.

The MSM would NEVER, EVER let a Republican hold weekly parties in the White House while a recession was on!

18 posted on 03/06/2009 2:13:23 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Agreed - we need to protest n front of the media!!!


19 posted on 03/06/2009 2:24:58 PM PST by IrishPennant
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To: Mike Bates

Poor babies... They are still trying to blame George W.


20 posted on 03/06/2009 2:43:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Mike Bates

AND WHO WAS IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS???? Oh that is right, “THE DEMOCRATS”.


21 posted on 03/06/2009 3:52:52 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Mike Bates
CNN'S Heidi Collins: Monstrous Spending Bill 'Is a Hold-Over From the Last Administration'

No, it's not, Heidi, you lying cur. It's irresponsible 'Rat spending all the way.

22 posted on 03/06/2009 7:49:06 PM PST by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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