Bill O’Reilly led off his program The Factor last night with a denunciation of the pork-laden omnibus spending bill introduced by Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid at the last minute. O’Reilly called the 1,924-page $1.2 trillion bill an “outrage” and urged his viewers to press for its defeat. He was right, but also a bit late. In what was obviously a taped segment, O’Reilly was urging a protest against a bill full of obnoxious earmarks that Reid had pulled hours earlier.
The people were already outraged at this very lame-brained, lame duck Congress, which should be put to sleep immediately to end our miseries.
Thanks to the Internet and the tireless efforts of Tea Party activists, Congress was flooded with protests. Reid realized that he didn’t have the votes to push through his nearly 2000 page monstrosity this time. So, thankfully, he caved, but not before denouncing the Republican opposition and insisting that earmarks are what Congress is supposed to do under its “congressionally directed spending” authority.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives passed and sent to President Obama the bipartisan package extending the Bush tax cuts across the board for two years, providing additional tax cuts including a one-year payroll tax cut for most American workers, reducing the estate tax and extending unemployment benefits. This measure is a mixed bag. While certainly a far superior means for stimulating the economy than Obama’s failed spending program, we will be going into further debt as a result. Offsetting spending cuts must be one of the first orders of business of the new Congress next year.
It’s now time for this very lame, lame duck Congress to adjourn and go home. Unfortunately, however, Reid and Pelosi are determined to torture us with attempts to ram through such pet projects of theirs as the partial amnesty for illegal immigrants known as the DREAM Act. We all must keep our guard up until one of the worst Congresses in American history limps over the finish line and is finally put to sleep.
Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam