Bush pushing for $820 Billion dollar bill before Dems get chance to read it

dmcowen674

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Oct 13, 1999
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I got this E-mail today, what $820 Billion dollar bill are they talking about?

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Bush is now pushing Congress to approve one of the biggest spending bills in its history -- 820 billion dollars. He's also cutting lots of last-minute, back-room deals that would reverse our victories on overtime and on media ownership, while taking corporate giveaways to a whole new level.

And he's trying to force votes on this 400 page bill before Democrats have had a chance to read it.

Join us in calling on Congress to stop this bill, at:

http://www.moveon.org/looting/ <http://www.moveon.org/looting/?id=2172-2854094-AMmTCjOWqlRzp0PWXlvkiw>

Giveaways in the bill include:

Allowing media giants to monopolize even more local media outlets than before. Companies like Fox that have bought more outlets than current law allows would now be allowed to keep them. In fact, this bill raises the limit to just the amount that Fox needs. (Washington Post, 11/30/03 <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24131-2003Nov30.html> )


Rolling back rules requiring that people be paid for overtime. Eight million hard-working families count on these fair compensation rules.

These terrible provisions, and others, were added at the last minute by top Republican negotiators. The final bill was first shared with Democrats the day they were leaving for Thanksgiving (Tues., Nov. 25th), in an obvious attempt to force an immediate vote, sight unseen.

Instead, Congress is returning for a special session next week. The House is expected to vote on the bill on Monday, December 8th. The Senate is being asked to approve it on Tuesday the 9th.

But as Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said, "A legislator would have to have rocks in their head to agree to something they haven't yet read."

We couldn't agree more.

Especially when you consider that majorities in both houses of Congress have already rejected both the media ownership change and the overtime rollback -- with strong support from MoveOn members in both cases. President Bush couldn't get what he wanted through a straight democratic process, so now, once again, he's trying to force his agenda down our throats with strong-arm tactics.

Process aside, the spending itself is also outrageous. It's part of a long pattern of Bush spending billions of our tax dollars to reward his friends and campaign contributors, a pattern the Nobel prize-winning economist George Akerlof has described as "a form of looting." (Der Spiegel, 7/29/03 <http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/080303D.shtml> )

And our nation is suffering as a result.

Congress recently approved $87 billion for the Iraq war, much of it going to contractors like Halliburton through expensive no-bid deals. Now, other countries won't help fund the Iraq effort because they know their money will go to American contractors -- not reconstruction. And when we could be developing a real middle class in Iraq, 60% of Iraqis can't find work because multinational corporations are sucking up all the jobs.

We're hurting at home too. While Bush deals out giant subsidies to corporations and tax cuts for the super-rich, our kids go without healthcare, our teachers get laid off, and the deficit gets bigger and bigger. So the kids we're shortchanging today will get stuck with the bill tomorrow.

You just can't govern a nation this way. And even the Republicans know it. That?s why John McCain and other Republicans will likely vote against the bill. This isn't a partisan issue. It?s common sense.

Please join our call to Congress to stop the looting, at:

http://www.moveon.org/looting/ <http://www.moveon.org/looting/?id=2172-2854094-AMmTCjOWqlRzp0PWXlvkiw>

Thanks for all you do.

Sincerely,
- Carrie, Eli, James, Joan, Noah, Peter, Wes, and Zack
The MoveOn.org Team
 

glenn1

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He's also cutting lots of last-minute, back-room deals that would reverse our victories on overtime and on media ownership, while taking corporate giveaways to a whole new level.
"Our" victories? How about putting it in terms of what's right for the country as a whole, asshat? Statements like this make we want to oppose the author even if i would otherwise agree with the point of view he expresses.
 

SuperTool

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This is what you get when you don't have checks and balances.
But I guess that's what Americans want since they keep electing Republicans, so that's what they are gonna get.
 

SuperTool

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Originally posted by: glenn1
He's also cutting lots of last-minute, back-room deals that would reverse our victories on overtime and on media ownership, while taking corporate giveaways to a whole new level.
"Our" victories? How about putting it in terms of what's right for the country as a whole, asshat? Statements like this make we want to oppose the author even if i would otherwise agree with the point of view he expresses.
How do you know he doesn't mean the American people's by "our" ?
You don't think overtime pay is a victory for the working man?
 

CADsortaGUY

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Oct 19, 2001
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Originally posted by: dmcowen674
I got this E-mail today, what $820 Billion dollar bill are they talking about?
I got an email today too:) It was an invite to Chuck Grassley's Campaign Headquarters opening celebration.:D

Should be a good time:D

CkG
 

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