Pulled pork for Christmas

Huge spending package yanked, but voters should still keep pressure on

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A psychological boost is better than a kick in the head.

Freezing current tax rates for two years, as Congress and the president just did, can't be claimed to directly stimulate the economy. Except for a small payroll tax cut, they largely extended the status quo.

But maybe, even coming belatedly, it will stimulate a little confidence -- and the magic of the private sector can take over from there.

Thank goodness, too, that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., retreated from horrifying plans to pass a larded-up $1 trillion spending bill that included more than 6,600 wasteful pet projects -- which would've been a landmark slap in the face to voters who are nearly ready to revolt over Washington spending.

Reid's "Son of Porkulus," a bookmark to Congress' failed porked-up $1 trillion "stimulus" of 2009, would have been a fitting memorial to a Congress many believe is the worst in living memory, if ever. But thank the heavens Mr. Reid fell short of the votes to build it on our backs.

We can thank, in large part, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint -- a stalwart representative of the people who had the courage to endure the wrath of his colleagues to promise that he would require the entire spending bill be read aloud, all 1,900-plus pages. It would've taken days.

DeMint's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment likely saved taxpayers billions -- and no doubt staved off a steep deterioration of the country's financial condition. Who knows what might have happened to the fragile economy if Harry Reid had gotten his way.

Sadly enough, it's clear Mr. Reid and his free-spending cronies -- even after the Nov. 2 shellacking -- didn't get religion so much as just show up in the back of church: They only gave up on the spending bill out of a lack of votes, not any epiphany about the country's condition.

What does it take with these people?

Economic reports this week provided a glimmer of hope on the horizon, with favorable snapshots of layoffs, manufacturing and consumer spending. Congress may have helped that optimism along, despite itself, with the extension of the current tax rates and the extinguishing of Reid's spending bill.

The result, hopefully, will be an improving psychological outlook -- as well as a politics-free zone this Christmas.

A word of caution, though: It seems many of our leaders in Washington are still oblivious to the state of both the country's finances and public opinion -- and that they agreed to the lower tax rates and to trash can the spending behemoth only because of unrelenting pressure from voters and conservatives in Congress and the media. We'll need to keep the pressure on, even as the wave of Tea Party-era leaders arrives next month.

Reid & Co. still don't get it.

We need to keep sending it.

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soldout
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soldout 12/17/10 - 11:08 pm
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Good letter. My guess is we

Good letter. My guess is we are still headed for a double dip recession though but I am sure willing to be wrong.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/17/10 - 11:25 pm
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Yes Reid didn't get his way.

Yes Reid didn't get his way. Chambliss didn't either, with 42 pork pieces, Isakson had 22.

There is enough blame to spread to both sides of the aisle. Repubs ARE NOT ABOVE REPROACH.

GGpap
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GGpap 12/18/10 - 12:50 am
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"Jim DeMint -- a stalwart

"Jim DeMint -- a stalwart representative of the people who had the courage to endure the wrath of his colleagues" (and to many of the citizens of SC as well as the nation as a whole).

Mention of Mr. DeMint brings words such as traitor, treason, unfit, and unbalanced to mind.

GGpap

OJP
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OJP 12/18/10 - 04:34 am
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For honesty's sake, let's see

For honesty's sake, let's see a breakdown of earmarks by party. Despite the strong innuendo in this note by ACES, the GOP is guilty of massive earmarking.

They helped lard it up and the complained about it. The Senatorial GOP is as mature as the members of your average Real Housewives episode.

OJP

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/18/10 - 05:09 am
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At some point the spending

At some point the spending must be curtailed.

At some point there must be sanity in the way the goiverment is run.

Taylor, you all in the Libertarian Party have some good policies, but why don't you post more links to the party platform and such on here when stories like this are printed?

Brad

carcraft
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carcraft 12/18/10 - 05:19 am
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OJP- this bill can be laid

OJP- this bill can be laid squarely at the feet of the Democrates that run the House and Senate. They failed to produce a budget or provide for the funding of government. The Democrates were to busy trying to make political hay out of the tax structure of America and the unemployment insurance program. The Democrates thought that they could push the spending bill through and tie the tea party people up for the next year with this bill where the spending had been already appropriated. You do know that under the constitution the House is required to produce a budget right?

carcraft
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carcraft 12/18/10 - 06:15 am
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Shame on the Republicans that

Shame on the Republicans that voted for or put earmarks in this bill! The extension of the current tax rates will stimulate the economy because business people will be able to figure what their tax structure for the business will be, and then know how much money is free to expand and hire!

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 12/18/10 - 05:43 am
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I am against earmarks, BUT,

I am against earmarks, BUT, it must be admitted that they accounted for only 1% of the budget, thus being against them is like being against a raindrop while it's flooding.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 12/18/10 - 06:18 am
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The earmarks may only be a

The earmarks may only be a "raindrop" but over time those raindrops accumulate to one huge water bill if not turned off or the faucet is not repaired.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/18/10 - 07:04 am
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Brad, I post from my

Brad, I post from my Blackberry, so its a real pain putting links in.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/18/10 - 07:16 am
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Eramarks are such a stupid

Eramarks are such a stupid hollow issue. Much ado about NADA!

Hey guys! Look over here at my left hand (all the while they are picking your pocket with thier right hand)...

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

They will only impress me when they CUT CUT CUT until there is no borrowing to fund the giverment..oh wait, we borrow our currency from the FED and pay interests on it to boot, so no matter what we do we will be in debt.

Debt IS slavery!

We must throw the yoke now or I fear we are really heading for a devo on a massive scale. We won't collapse but we will just slowly slip into a huge third world banana republic sort of nation. One with haves and have nots over loaded with illegals, poor, and an enslaved former middle class strapped with so much debt that we cannot EVER work our way out of it.

Once the illegals are granted citizenship there will be NO turning back will there? Once the populations figure out they can vote in folks that will vote to give them everything on the back of the working class.

Oh well, what are we doing in this handbasket? Where are we going and why is it so hot?

Brad

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/18/10 - 07:25 am
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This loaded pork sandwich was
Unpublished

This loaded pork sandwich was killed, no thanks to Harry Reid. Taylor, you're right that Repubs are not guiltless, but you fail to mention that the fight against this pork bill WAS LED by Republicans. Guess that didn't make for good reading, eh? Funny, Republicans haven't even take office yet for this next congress, and the libs are already getting their panties in a wad. I guess they don't like this kind of "change."

Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/18/10 - 08:26 am
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Southern, which republicans?

Southern, which republicans?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/10 - 08:34 am
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Shame on the Republicans for

Shame on the Republicans for not passing Harry Reid's internet gambling. However, Obama is coming along. He sits there like the layman guest on the space shuttle who is told not to touch anything, but enjoy the ride.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 12/18/10 - 08:50 am
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GGPAP--Traitor, treason.

GGPAP--Traitor, treason. Those are serious accusations. Bring me up to date. What has Mr DeMint done to deserve those remarks?

dani
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dani 12/18/10 - 09:04 am
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scooby..He is connected to

scooby..He is connected to the TEA Party movement and you know how afraid the Libs are of that group.

The earmarks are requested by members of both parties so they won't be outdone. If the Republicans put none in, then the Dems would get all the perks...

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 12/18/10 - 09:43 am
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I understand, dani, and I

I understand, dani, and I thank you for responding. It troubles me , though, to see irresponsible remarks made without any attempt to back them up with facts. People who do that should not be allowed to post. I see the same people doing this over and over again.

chascush
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chascush 12/18/10 - 09:57 am
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Reformed, ‘I am against

Reformed, ‘I am against earmarks, BUT, it must be admitted that they accounted for only 1% of the budget, thus being against them is like being against a raindrop while it's flooding.’
Rain drops are what causes floods. First a couple then many

Jane18
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Jane18 12/18/10 - 10:00 am
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Poor ole GGpap, he's one of

Poor ole GGpap, he's one of the princes of irresponsible remarks. He can't help it, he's been deceived for a long time. I'm hoping one day he will wise up.

chascush
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chascush 12/18/10 - 10:01 am
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scoobydo, ‘GGPAP--Traitor,

scoobydo, ‘GGPAP--Traitor, treason. Those are serious accusations. Bring me up to date. What has Mr DeMint done to deserve those remarks?’
DeMint has opposed Hussein so therefore he is a traitor. GGAP, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
By the way I'm not a repub.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/18/10 - 11:19 am
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Nobody has said Republicans

Nobody has said Republicans were above reproach. But we have apparently hit them in the head enough times to get their attention. We are doing to them what many parents should be doing to their kids. DISCIPLINE....constant, consistent, and continous DISCIPLINE. Politicians, just like kids, can be trained but it takes vigilance and effort on the part of the parents.....err voters. We have taken a few good steps but we have to keep wrapping them across the back of their hand everytime they reach for the cookie jar. If that don't work then we get out the 2x4 and go upside their head. And apparently, to paraphrase an old joke, we hit the Republicans so hard the Democrats fell down. Good for us.

And don't bother with GGap. His irrational, unsubstantiated comments have relegated him to irrelevant status. His only course is to attack individuals but he seems to miss the big picture. He and Harry Reid both didn't get the message but even Harry is waking up to reality. Here's the relevant big picture for you GGap. We don't care if you like Jim DeMint or not. It doesn't change the facts that taxes did not get raised, the pork laden budget is dead, GITMO is still open, Obamacare stands a real good possibility of either being found unconstituional or being defunded or both, and there will be spending cuts in the next budget or we will be getting out our 2x4s. That is the current big picture. But you can continue to rant about DeMint, Palin, or any other individual you wish while the rest of us watch the trend of the big picture. It's like the stock market. The trend is your friend. Watch the trend and you will know when to make a change (or hit someone with a 2x4).

carcraft
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carcraft 12/18/10 - 12:21 pm
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Taylor B_ Try Jim DeMint

Taylor B_ Try Jim DeMint

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/18/10 - 12:39 pm
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TAYLOR B, Senator John
Unpublished

TAYLOR B, Senator John Cornyn(R-Texas), and John Thune(R-South Dakota) That fact is NOT reported by Fox News, but by CNN. These guys led the fight, but others, like Jim DeMint, joined in. Next question?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/18/10 - 12:43 pm
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SCOOBY, GGAP made the remarks
Unpublished

SCOOBY, GGAP made the remarks about Jim DeMint because DeMint is a Republican. Don't you know Republicans are the center of evil in the world?

Chillen
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Chillen 12/18/10 - 01:29 pm
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ggpap. The only thing DeMint

ggpap. The only thing DeMint is unfit to do is pass your communist & socialist agenda. Get used to it. As we purge congress & the senate you'll see more folks like him. Sorry, but your liberal/communist "rule" is over in 2 weeks (thank God!).

GGpap
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GGpap 12/18/10 - 01:37 pm
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Any ONE politician that

Any ONE politician that attempts to intimidate 99 others by threats of stopping the works of government in order to exert his narrow minded "my way, or the highway" attitude is in fact threatening every citizen of the United States with the loss of a government by the people, for the people and of the people.

I expect that Jim DeMint will continue in this manner to the detriment of...eventually...all of us.

Dichotomy, since I rarely agree with your comments would it be proper for me to refer to you as one relegated to irrelevant status? Just asking.

GGpap

Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/18/10 - 01:41 pm
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Man, I hope you guys aren't

Man, I hope you guys aren't going to rely on the Repubs to turn anything around, or Democrats for that matter.

ameliaf
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ameliaf 12/18/10 - 02:23 pm
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"and the magic of the private

"and the magic of the private sector can take over from there."

Hmmm. I am still waiting for all the jobs the Bush tax cuts were going to produce when they were first passed. Seems to me that jobs kept flowing overseas - the company I worked for sent manufacturing to Mexico, IT to India, and accounting to Sri Lanka in the last four years. Guess all those tax cuts did help them out - they are still in business, they just have about one-fourth the jobs they used to have. Having fewer jobs means they contribute less to the economy because they are paying a lot less in wages to people who would pay taxes. They faced no tax penalties for sending jobs overseas. the top guys get millions in bonuses for cutting costs so much. In fact, they get to write off taxes paid in foreign countries against U.S. taxes. But, for some reason, we need to cut their taxes more.

Still waiting for the jobs promised years ago and still waiting for that larger economic pie that would pay for the wars we are in. Remember, Bush said what we could do to support the war was "go shopping", so we did, to the tune of the highest personal debt we have ever known. And then his Vice President, Cheney, said "deficits don't matter." And we still trust their tax policy.

We have the greatest concentration of wealth since the Great Depression, we had 80% of increases in income going to the top 10% of households for most of the last decade. We have middle income familes seeing no increase in income for most of the past decade. But, we still trust those tax cuts.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 12/18/10 - 04:45 pm
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GGPAP made a remark that Jim

GGPAP made a remark that Jim Demint is guilty of being a traitor and treason. I said that GGPAP was disgusting for saying it without proof. My comment was deleted. GGPAPs is still with us . Go figure.

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augusta citizen 12/18/10 - 05:09 pm
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What's wrong with standing up

What's wrong with standing up against 99 others? I've had to stand up to many people over the years over many things. If standing against earmarks means stepping on toes, so what? I see plenty of fault in both parties and both parties are guilty of inserting earmarks, but at some point whoever is willing to take the heat and fight this needs to be backed up.

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