I thought this deserved it's own thread.
For the fourth time since Bush took office, the Republican dominated Senate voted to raise the legal limit on our national debt, to just under 9 trillion dollars.
At this point everyone in America owes roughly 27,000 dollars towards the Federal debt... Every man, woman and child. With the raise in the debt ceiling, that amount is projected to grow to 30,000 dollars per person, next year.
Virtually every single Democrat in the Senate (the 44 Democrats are the minority) voted AGAINST raising the debt ceiling. Independant Jim Jeffords of Vermont voted against it, and so did 3 Republicans.
52 Republicans voted FOR it.
I've got a hunch that runaway spending in Congress will be a campaign issue in future elections, and with Republicans dominating Congress they will have some fast-talking to do. Budget pork does buy votes back home though. Voters want it both ways, they don't want to pay taxes but they want those outside tax dollars coming into their states.
Some pork projects can't be explained away, like the Alaskan so-called Bridge to Nowhere that was going to cost 230 million dollars to connect a small island in Alaska to the mainland (an island with a population of 50 people, who usually get back and forth by boat). With 230 million tax dollars, the federal government could have bought them all their own private jets. Most people know that the Bridge to Nowhere project was pulled from the federal budget after the public made a fuss. But Senator Stevens of Alaska shit a brick, and ALL OF THAT MONEY was quietly put back into the budget, only without the earmark that it's going to be used to build a bridge to that island. Instead, it's earmarked that Senator Stevens can use it for any state projects that he decides. What are the odds that he decides to use it to build a bridge???
I gotta admit it's funny to hear Republicans talking about how good the economy is doing. It gives me ideas...
Maybe I will get a bunch of new credit cards, and buy a new wardrobe, a new car, and a big new house. I'll just run it up on my credit card. Easy! Then I can go around town bragging about how well-off I am.