Friday, July 29, 2005


The United States Senate has joined the House of Representatives in giving Bush what he wanted in the form of corporate welfare to the energy industry. They actually gave the chimp more than what he asked for. He originally wanted $6.7 billion and those thieves gave him $12.3 billion. Thats another $5.6 billion folks. Chump change, take it out of petty cash. Sure thing, nooo problem.

This is just great. Those bastards can make sure all their campaign financial backers get the help they want, but can't do a fucking thing for the working poor who are without health and medical coverage. Screw the voting public and their kids again. Anybody besides me getting tired of taking it in the ass? I sure hope so, and that you remember this at election time. Got one coming up next year.

Not all the senators voted to pass this idiotic bill. The vote total was 74 for and 26 against. A measly 25% of the Senate tried to prevent this bill from ending up on chimpy's desk. Twenty-five percent, that's really sad...better yet that's really really sick. That also means that there were several democrats who voted with the repukes. And here I thought that the dems were supposed to be for the little guy. Silly me.

"We won't have any answers if the question is what are you going to do tomorrow morning about gasoline prices," Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. said. This is the jerk who led the Senate negotiations with the House in crafting the legislation. He also said that the bill would provide financial incentives and federal policies "that we as a nation will benefit from not tomorrow, but for the next five or 10 years."

Oh yeah, who's going to benifit? It sure isn't me or my neighbors. It's not the couple with two kids across town who both work but don't have any health or medical insurance. It's not my wife's retired parents living on a fixed income either. The only people this is going to help are the energy industry, the stock holders, and those politicians who get financial election support from said industry.

I am proud to announce that there was at least a couple of bright spots in this whole screwing of the American working stiffs. The Senate avoided a certain fight by leaving out one of the chimp's top energy goals: opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling. But the down-side to that is that House Republicans promised to bring that issue back up again this fall.

Another one of the bright spots was what three Democrats said and did. First Sen. John Kerry D-Mass., said the bill "falls far short of what is needed by not addressing climate change and including nothing that would increase the fuel economy of automobiles, the biggest guzzlers of oil."

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said "The bill is a series of missed opportunities." He also was the only Senate Democrat to oppose the compromise legislation in the House-Senate conference that crafted the final version this week.

Last, but not at all least, was my favorite Senator from my home state of Wisconsin, Sen. Russ Feingold. He tried to block the measure because he said it violated the Senate's own budget rules. His attempt was rejected 71-29. "The cost of this .... is staggering, " said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.

You may remember Russ from when the Unpatriot Act was passed the first time. He was the only Senator who had the balls to stand up and say that they shouldn't rush it through so fast, that time was needed to study it to make sure it wouldn't rip apart the Constitution. When the time to vote came the final talley was 99 for and 1 against. Russ Feingold was the only one smart enough and brave enough to take a stand and say NO. I am very proud of him for that, that he was more concerned with our freedoms than pushing something through the senate that would only benifit the fascists in the White House.

Don't forget people, there's a mid-term election next year. It's time for some new blood in the House and Senate. Hopefully some new progressive blood.

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