Sunday, February 14, 2010

Business as usual

First there was the Louisiana Purchase, then came the Cornhusker Kickback. Now via The New York Times comes news about a political payoff for Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the so-called jobs bill:
The events began with Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana and chairman of the Finance Committee, and Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, Mr. Baucus’s occasional Republican partner in bipartisanship, when they released an $85 billion plan that included the payroll tax holiday and a slew of other provisions.

Among them were the extension of billions of dollars in corporate tax breaks, but some were even more off the point of job creation, like agriculture assistance for Arkansas, where Senator Blanche Lincoln, the Democratic chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee, is in a difficult fight to hold her seat.
Then again, anyone surprised by this ought to just go ahead and burn their voter registration card.

1 comment:

CrisisMaven said...

It was hard work, and it mightn't even have worked as at one stage there was a small budget surplus about a decade ago, but with politicians as these we finally managed to bankrupt the nation!