I remember liberals talking about what a profound waste it was when Bush was requesting $87 billion to fund the war back in late 2003 (the same $87 billion that became a headache in 2004 for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry).
It looks as if those happy times are here again:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration will ask Congress for another $83.4 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of September, Democratic congressional sources said Thursday.
The request is expected to pay for those conflicts for the rest of the 2009 budget year, two Democratic congressional sources said.
Paul Broun (93%), John Linder (87%), Tom Price (85%), Nathan Deal (83%) and Lynn Westmoreland (83%) all receive Friend of the Taxpayer honors. Kingston (79%) and Gingrey (77%) fell just short, while John Barrow (28%), Jim Marshall (22%), Hank Johnson (15%), John Lewis (13%), David Scott (9%) and Sanford Bishop (5%) rarely vote in the interest of taxpayers.
Both Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson leave a lot to be desired, voting in the interests of their constituents only 53% and 50% of the time.
Earlier this year, Congress passed H.R. 2 - the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 or CHIPRA (an expansion of S-CHIP). It was signed into law by Obama on February 4 after sailing through both the House (on January 14) and the Senate (on the 29th). According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on January 13 which analyzed the bill as it was submitted by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the legislation will add an average of $6.4B per year (yes, only ten digits!) to the federal budget. This will be offset by excise tax increases on tobacco products.
When Obama first rolled out his tax policy during the election, we were inspired to create this graphic. It’s more relevant now, and I have had more requests than ever to use it for the Tax Day Tea Party protests.
Feel free to make whatever you would like out of it for next weeks festivities. I’ve included the PSD below. Have fun.
We hope you enjoy it. Feel free to run with it yourself by downloading the PSD, please just toss a little credit our way when you do.
I’m in the middle of working on another post, and The Rachel Maddow Show is on in the background. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is not-so-affectionately nicknamed by conservative radio host Mark Levin as “Chucky Schmucky”, is making an appearance. He was just discussing how he hopes that more of the “mainline conservative” Republican Senators will be willing to break party ranks from the “hard right” and vote their conscience.
I’ve finally gotten around to publishing my Pocket Guide for Politicians. Some of my readers will recall that this project has been sitting on my shelf gathering dust for years. Well, the first edition is finally complete. You can purchase copies by clicking HERE or on the book cover to the right.