12.13.2009

Wampum, Dinero, Continentals

Whatever you want to call it, recession and deficit be damned, Senate Democrats are looking to spend it on federal agencies.

Republicans sought (unsuccessfully) to filibuster the spending package passed today, a package that seems completely inappropriate at this time for its lack of restraint:

The $1.1 trillion measure combines much of the year's unfinished budget work, only a $626 billion Pentagon spending measure would remain, into a 1,000-plus-page spending bill that would give the Education Department, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and others increases far exceeding inflation.

And Joe Lieberman, scourge of progressives, was willing to do whatever it took, apparently, to keep spending.  While it's great imagery, it's an unfortunate act:

Democrats held the vote open for an hour to accommodate Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an Orthodox Jew who walked more than three miles to the Capitol to vote on the Sabbath after attending services at his synagogue in the city's Georgetown neighbor Lieberman wore a black wool overcoat and brilliant orange scarf — as well as a wide grin — as he provided the crucial 60th vote.