Saturday, April 04, 2009

Omnibus Appropriations Act 2009 - Huge Spending Increase

In mid-March, Congress passed (and Obama signed) H.R.1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. It passed 245 - 178 (8 no votes), mostly along party lines with some dissenters (thankfully my Democrat Representative Matheson voted no).

The House Committee on Appropriations under the leadership of Rep David Obey, authorizes the final appropriations for the current fiscal year for the following departments: Agriculture, Commerce/State/Justice, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior, Labor/Health and Human Services, Transportation/HUD, State/Foreign Operations and Legislative Branch.

Not surprisingly, the bill increases government spending. The Omnibus bill is $410 billion, an represents an increase of $31.5 billion, or 8.3%, over 2008 appropriations. Many of the allocations are driven by the Left's agenda of environmentalism, global warming, urban programs (aka ACORN), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the billions in earmarks (from the Left and Right). Add to this the "stimulus investment" of $270 billion for these departments. Bottom line: fiscal year 2009 appropriations for these departments will increase 79.6 percent.

The problem is that most in government still think they are the answer to all our woes. They lack the fortitude to create and implement responsible fiscal and monetary policies. They erroneously think that the nation needs this. It is considered inaction to cut spending, taxes, money printing.

This is just another step on the financial spiral toward national bankruptcy?

1 comment:

Rachel Hauck said...

Ug, it makes my heart sick. . .