Day By Day


  • Deplorable B Woodman

    As the lions nudge each other, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”
    We could only wish that it were the senators. Especially the leadership.

    • Delilah T.

      I missed the perfect opportunity to holler ‘Toga party!’

  • Too Tall

    Buried deep in the Omnibus spending bill is the money to construct a new inner circle of hell where Mitch McConnel and Paul Ryan get to spend eternity.

    • cfm56dash7

      But mostly, it’s money for bread and circuses. (There’s probably a handsome bribe for the Praetorian Guard as well.)

  • Bren

    Between both Trump and my congresswoman supporting the omnibus bill and then Trump’s DOJ illegally banning bumpstocks, my desire to remain on the Trump train is at an all time low. Now what? He was about the last hope we had to peacefully (relatively) drain the swamp. If it’s eaten him, where do we go from here?

    F’cryinoutloud, VERMONT passed a gun control law!

    • Too Tall

      Unless 12,000+ very senior Democrats, RINOs, and GOPe members are indicted, arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced well prior to the November elections, the Democrats are going to exceed their wildest expectations.

      It will be a blowout for the Progs, and a bloodbath for the feckless punching bags who style themselves as the far too loyal opposition.

      Not that it matters, as there apparently aren’t enough Conservatives in the Federal government to fill a phone booth.

    • eon

      Hate to tell you this, but Vermont is deep blue. Bernie Sanders is the Senator from there precisely because he’s been a no job, no income, frothing at the mouth Communist his entire life.

      If a natural disaster were ever to hit Vermont, it would be Katrina in New Orleans all over again. Demanding that “the government DO SOMETHING!!”, and then sitting and waiting for it to happen.

      Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys wouldn’t just not recognize this lot, they’d call them Tories.

      clear ether


    • Interventor

      New Hampshire is the state with minimal gun laws. Vermont is its evil twin.

  • nadadhimmi

    Considering this final stab in the Back, I’ll rather enjoy watching Trump be impeached, convicted and removed from Office. Schadenfreude, baby, Schadenfreude.

  • WayneM

    These omnibus bills are problematic to say the least. The concept of supposed lawmakers forwarding massive bills without reading them is folly incarnate.

  • Petey

    Trump’s instincts failed him today. Great job with the tags on this one, Chris. I especially like “Arrogance & Elitism”.

  • formwiz

    You guys give up too easily. Everybody screamed, “We’re DOOOOOMED!!!!” after Roberts shafted the country on ZippyCare. Today, it’s pretty much gutted.

    BTW It’s not a budget (if it were, he would have to spend it), it’s just another continuing resolution. The money is discretionary. Trump doesn’t have to spend anything he doesn’t want to spend.

    And the fun part is it has to be renewed in September , right before the election. Like the Norks and DACA, I sense another Trump-laid trap.

    • NotYetInACamp

      That structure bring possibilities. And hope.
      What you describe is like a line item veto, but not. It sounds like a just don’t spend it power to say no executive decision would garner the interest of many feeling very sick right now. The fight just before the election would gather those who would chose those that might have made it through the primary process tremendous support from good Americans.
      My mama taught me to find the best in people and to find solutions.
      I hope Trump does something similar.

    • Bingo.

    • Unca Walt

      I’m going with you, formwiz, on this one.

      Trump would have fallen into a trap had he vetoed the budget. He would have been shafted by the Uniparty Congress with a deadly veto override. <<<— No end of damage to his perceived power, and the MSM would have blown their vuvuzelas endlessly, nonstop.

    • John D, Egbert

      Something else to consider: with Congress shut down for two weeks, one wonders how many recess appointments DJT might make. Doesn’t he have near 100 appointees awaiting Senate consideration?

    • Interventor

      Sorry, no. Its an appropriations bill — most funds must be spent as written and approved by congress.. SCOTUS decision requires president to spend funds.

  • Pete231

    I could tell the Trumpster did not want to sign this debacle from the way he almost bit his lower lip off. The question is who pressured him to do this ? I’d say that after this morning the gloves are coming off. No more reaching across the aisle. Time to unleash the Kraken……….

  • Graybeard

    Formwiz is right, its not a budget… the money and how much of it gets spent is discretionary. Trump has his military funding, but what else gets spent and where remains to be seen. The Roman Brutus twins, McConnel and Ryan, conspired to package an omnibus rock big enough to sink the Donald, that he’d have to sign. Sandbagging at its worst from his own Republicans… showing their true colors. How much money, in a variety of categories, actually gets authorized to be spent, is yet to be seen. Do we remember “sequester”?

  • S'aaruuk

    Frankly, I’m sick, tired and fed the f**k up with “reaching across the aisle in bipartisanship” just to either get my hand bit or a fresh dog turd dropped in it.

    Trump should have veto’d this shit sandwich for a number of reason. Not the least is the sheer SIZE of it, and rolling it out what, 24hrs before a vote?????

    This whole thing smells SOOOOOO much like Pelousy’s line: “We have to pass it before we can see what’s in it.”


    Trump has seriously disappointed me as well as pissed me off no end. But I’m not ready to throw him over the side just yet. To some degree, I have the same feeling “Formwiz” has that this just might be another Trump-laid-trap.

    I pray to God that it is.

  • eclark1849

    I’m sorry.Could someone remind me why I am supposed to vote Republican again?

    • JSStryker


    • NotYetInACamp

      The audacity of hope.

      – not Zero’s meaning. The real best meaning. The meaning trump showed us before. This is a major defeat for the USA and Trump. It is a very dark hour. Find and fight for good solutions even more now. We are not one man. Give him direction again. Do not throw brik braks.
      Replace the Republicans in the primaries. Please!
      Anyone who wanted proof that Trump is human and has flaws and does not always win. well. This is it. I do not see that man staying down. This is a marathon of a war. We need a rebuilt military for what I see as ahead of us all. Was it worth the other losses. I don’t know. We shall see. Cover your own area. Influence it. And be good, and be careful out there.

      • Jay B.

        NYiaC > ‘Zactly!

    • lurking


    • MasterDiver

      Because voting Demonrat is even worse (at least t used to be).
      We REALLY need a Constitutionalist Party!

      Zar Belk!

      • gruundehn

        If you want a Constitutionalist Party, vote Libertarian. We are here and we are growing in spite of the efforts of the elitist oligarchy to destroy us.

    • Merle

      Because the dems are somewhat worse???

  • Paul Slash

    When, in the history of bureaucratic man, has one of these greedy fools NOT spent money, given the chance? They ALWAYS spend every cent they have, or can steal, or can extort, since they go from day to month to year to election cycle in constant fear of having their budgets cut.

  • I see this as a carefully laid trap for the mid terms, as mentioned above. The Donald ain’t nobodies fool.

  • Halley

    I think PDT mentioned this week that something “very special” was going to be announced soon, in the next month or so, and one can reasonably assume the Deep State indictments (all the way to the top?) are being carefully prepared for public viewing. In other words, the yugest political nuclear explosion since Watergate. Just sayin’. Perhaps an ugly spending battle and government shutdown are being backburnered out of necessity, given the enormity of what’s apparently coming right down the track…

  • clayusmcret

    By running budget negotiations down to the wire again and then dumping everything into one omnibus bill, republicrats in the majority backed Trump up to a government shutdown wall; ensuring he had no alternative short of shutting down the government over signing or vetoing that gargantuan bill. Did Trump sign it? Yes. Did he honestly have a choice? Not really. There would have been a bipartisan skewering of him if he had not. The republicrats will be remembered in the Primaries, at least by me.

  • idahobob

    We have been sold down the road……again.

    Same shit, different day.

    Ya know how to eat a shit sandwich? One little bite at a time, and TPTB have been feeding us them for a long, long, time.

    • MasterDiver

      Shoot the RINOs in the Primares. Incumbents with more than two terms need to be tossed out.

      Zar Belk!

    • JSStryker

      How to eat a shit sandwich, make sure you have plenty of bread, the more bread you have the less shit you have to eat! if I need to spell it out Bread = Money

  • Unca Walt

    One mo’ thang… Let us assume that Trump has NOT uncharacteristically caved. Let us look at the fact that Trump got $80 BILLION for the military for THIS YEAR alone.

    With the Army Corps of Engineers comprising 27,000 workers… the Wall can be built, and the RINO’s, GOPe, and Communists can NOT stop him if he chooses to spend some of the $80 Billion thataway.

    Doesn’t that sound more like Trump?

    It do to me. Dat it does.

  • Mort

    Our representatives (so they say) never missing a chance to pad
    their own wallets, have also in their munificence voted themselves
    a pay raise,

  • nonncom

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of both tyrants and patriots”…..Close?….

  • Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah

    My dour belief is that we need to stand all 535 Commoditized Temple Monkeys (h/t Fred On Everything) in front of a pock-marked wall and make an example of Every Single One.

    The point would be to remind the next round of would-be “Public Servants” that undertaking The People’s Business is indeed a serious duty; and FAILING that duty has serious consequences.

    – – – – –

    Yeah, I know. No possible way. Which is why –> It’s Over.

    • cfm56dash7

      Sort of moves you into a ‘Catch-22’ world, where wanting to serve as a legislator is prima facia evidence that you are philosophically unsuited to the task.

  • Erik

    From those of us who told everyone from day zero that Trump was a fraud…

    Told ya!

    Look, if this was a one time thing that would be understandable. But every fucking election we watch politicians in both parties play Lucy Van Pelt holding the football of promised policies in front of the painfully naive Charlie Brown voters, and after every fucking election it’s the same result. I started finding it disgustingly pathetic twenty years ago and it’s only gotten worse since.

    Your parties (doesn’t matter which) care about only one thing: holding onto as much power as possible. Your only leverage against them is to withhold your support. Yes, this means losing elections from time to time. Guess what? You lose elections from time to time anyway. You might as well get something for your losses. Republicans are in a panic about losing the house? Let them lose it. They aren’t giving you what you want anyway, and that won’t change no matter what happens after the next election. The GOP still has the White House and the Senate and so the damage is contained. And in the mean time, you might notice a little change in attitude.

    • John

      He’s not a fraud, he’s a thinker, and he has been given the task of Draining the Swamp using a tin cup and a teaspoon.
      The Big Mistake was made long before our time with changing the Constitution to allow the Direct Election of Senators. Senators chosen by popular vote are going to do the same thing the Representatives do and vote to spend spend spend.
      It was not an accident that Benjamin Franklin stated that Democracy was what you have when two wolves and a sheep vote on what’s for lunch.
      The Senate was meant to cool the passions of the House, not stoke it.
      Personally, considering the fact that it is the norm that the majority will always consider themselves the Have Nots, I would have made the Senate a body chosen by the taxpayers alone in proportion to past taxes paid. That is to say the Legislature would be divided between those who want to spend and those who have to pay for it.
      Interestingly this puts the hyper-rich in a quandary. Do they pay their fair share of the taxes or keep their money? It would be a hoot of Warren Buffet’s secretary could out-vote him in a Senate contest.

  • Fronk!

    I think I’ll just bury my head in the sand… Ignorance is bliss!

  • Robert Popp

    Even Obama would draw a useless ‘line in the sand’

  • Alaska Paul

    I think President Trump had to eat this pork sh*t sandwich of on omnibus money bill so he could get the budget for the military. But in the long run, like Nov 18, he is going to lay it on these imcumbant congress critters, and their unconscionable pork spending orgy. He knows that he cannot do anything about this bill, as the country needs a prepared military. Expect some serious retribution.

    On another subject, the tariffs were aimed at china. They are two faced bullies and liars. He has had enough. With reasonable people he will negotiate an accommodation. With china he will show that they need us more than we need them, given their present plans of conquest.

  • Nemo

    Stop with the whining already! When our priest asks before Mass each Sunday to thank God for one thing and think of one thing to pray for my response is always DJT. Think about it – he’s a man and the President not a dictator so he plays the hand he’s dealt. He’ll make some mistakes but do you really think the alternative would be better? My God just those photos of falling Hillary in India were enough to turn my stomach. Please consider the conservative federal judges (for life) President Trump is appointing including Justice Gorsuch and hopefully a couple more Supremes in the years to come. These appointments will have incredible impact in the future and will help form a bulwark against lefty lunacy and may be DJT’s greatest legacy. There are many other things to thank the President for including the announcement that John Bolton is the new National Security Adviser.
    BTW, for one woman’s take on Hillary and her latest whine tour see, Yesterday’s ‘Thoughts from the Ammo Line’ over at the Powerline Blog.
    Finally the President’s support for the military is gratifying although I’d like to see him retire a few more generals and admirals who were not much more than Obama style politicians.
    Remember, as the late Senator Zell Miller said about the military, “For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.”
    Sempre Fi!

  • Delilah T.

    So none of you in despair think that DJTrump might have had a hu-u-u-uge heads up warning about what was in the omnibus bill ahead of time?

    After all, he was not doing the stalling up until the last minute, was he? No. He wasn’t.

    If you think he isn’t watching those control freak tooties in both Houses, you aren’t giving him enough credit. They are completely one-dimensional. Flatlanders.

    He is not.

  • Pamela

    So what would be the 2018 value for 30 pieces of silver?

    • lurking

      Depends on how large each peice is. If coinage, then then the assessed value of the rare historic coinage applies, which would probably be higher than silver mass value.

  • Interventor

    Sorry, no. Its an appropriations bill — most funds must be spent as written and approved by congress.. SCOTUS decision requires president to spend funds.

  • NotYetInACamp


    Copied from another post: It’s not an official ‘Federal Budget’. It’s an Omnibus bill…not a Budget…He outsmarted them again…Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a Budget… Per the Constitution…the President must adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein. This is another one of those big Porkulus Bills, like they gave Obama for 8 years. This is not a Budget.. An Omnibus Spending Bill may have some ‘instructions’ as to how the money will be spent…but Obama ignored them. He spent the money, or didn’t spend it, however he wanted to. And Congress didn’t do a thing about it! Because they couldn’t.. I think our President observed how this happened, year after year. He is bound to realize that those ‘appropriations’ for different things in these Omnibus bills…are merely ‘suggestions’. So like Obama, Pres Trump can spend this money on whatever he wants to. Or…not spend it.

    I pray to God that this is a case of Brer’ Trump begging the RINOPULUSS DEMOCRAT Uniparty to “Please! Please! Don’t throw me into the briar patch.”
    Maybe that’s why that children’s book with Trump as a cute rabbit was published.
    Don’t mind me. I look at all sorts of ideas without knowing what is true or what will eventually happen. It is input and possibilities.
    Most all relevant in minutes One to Four. Some speculation there. Hm.
    I learn something new every day. I sure hope that I did learn this.

  • Interventor

    Budget bills are mere guidelines. The Omnibus bill is an aplropriations bill — mandatory spending on the areas cited. Some diviation is allowed.

  • eclark1849

    Something else to think about… If you’re too “mentally ill” to own a gun, does that mean you’re also too mentally ill to vote, or drive? Or own property, or raise your own children? Think about it. One list… many uses.

  • eclark1849

    Same Jack booted Thugs.

    • JSStryker

      Meet the new jackbooted thugs…same as the old jackbooted thugs?


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