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Since taking control of the United States Congress, congressional Democrats have waged
an undeclared but aggressive policy war that poses a rising threat to millions of American jobs
and the prosperity of millions of American families.
It is a war necessitated by the Democratic Party’s ideological quest for increased
spending and bigger government, and its reluctance to finance its ambitions by cutting spending
and reducing existing waste, fraud, and abuse.
It is a war that turns a blind eye to the economic insecurities of working families, as
politicians seek to take more from workers’ paychecks and small businesses at a time when
families are already struggling with rising mortgage rates, mounting debt, skyrocketing gas
prices, and soaring health care costs – forcing workers to surrender an even larger share of
their economic freedom for a government expansion they didn’t ask for and don’t want.
It is a war fueled by the Democratic Party’s preference for government over the private
sector, and its mistaken belief that American jobs are created by government policies and
programs rather than small business and free enterprise.
The following report is the first comprehensive look at the full scope of the attacks
launched against the American private sector by the Democratic Majority since it assumed
power in January 2007. It catalogs and chronicles the weapons congressional Democrats
deployed during the first session of the 110th Congress to finance their expansionist agenda –
an arsenal of tax hikes, increased regulation, expanded bureaucracy, and new avenues for
lawsuits and litigation.
Collectively, the Democrats’ broad and reckless use of such weapons of economic havoc
constitutes an undeclared war on American jobs – one likely to culminate in shrinking
paychecks, job cuts, higher energy prices, and increased economic anxiety for tens of millions
of working Americans.
“[T]his new Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunities for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.” (Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, 1/4/07)
Diversion of Funds from Bridges to Non-Priority Items (Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill). At a time when the nation’s roads and bridges need attention – as demonstrated by the recent collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis – the federal government continues to divert large amounts of money to bike paths and other cosmetic projects that could be funded locally. More than 73,000 bridges across the United States are considered structurally deficient. Yet according to Transportation Secretary Peters, only about 60 percent of the Highway Trust Fund is directed toward highway and bridge construction. The Congressional Budget Office [CBO] also has reported that while transportation spending has increased, funding for infrastructure has declined. The House Transportation appropriations bill for fiscal year 2008 also contains more than 1,400 earmarks at a cost of $2.2 billion.
The World Bank’s Misdirected Priorities (State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill). The United States is the leading contributor to the World Bank, and will spend more than $1 billion helping finance the lending institution in 2008. But the Bank has strayed widely from its mission of providing funding for the world’s poorest countries and those who cannot receive credit elsewhere. More than 80 percent of the Bank’s loans flow to middle-income governments instead of those who need help most. Two of the top loan recipients – China and India – are among the stiffest competitors to the U.S. in a globalizing world. China has the second largest [GDP] in the world and is awash with foreign direct investment. Yet China continues to receive more than $1 billion a year in subsidized loans from the Bank. Iran has been a top 10 recipient of World Bank subsidized loans in recent years. Despite all this, the State-Foreign Operations bill does nothing to redirect the World Bank toward its original mission.
Intelligent Earmarking: PAC Contributors Get Earmarks in Intelligence Bill. “A new political action committee [BEST PAC] created by the brother of [House Intelligence Committee Chair] Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) raised $50,000 this spring almost entirely from staff and clients of powerhouse lobbying shop PMA Group, and within weeks, those same donors reaped millions of dollars in earmarks from Reyes and other Members of Congress closely affiliated with PMA … Most of the donations were made on May 7, four days before the Intelligence panel approved the 2008 intelligence authorization bill, which included earmarks for several donors to the PAC … Many of the donors to BEST PAC also are long-time supporters of Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.).” (Roll Call, 10/1/07)
Originally posted by saltheart foamfollower
I found this report from this site-John Boehner-Republican Leader
I guess I have some reading to do. I am beginning to think ol John Boy would fit in nicely here at ATS.
A Special Report By:
Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-FL)
Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Originally posted by saltheart foamfollower
reply to post by maybereal11
And your use of an attack on the source, is typical.
Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by saltheart foamfollower
One day, you're going to wake up and realize that you've been lied to all along.
Until then, people will continue to call you out on toeing a party line.