Kaine and Warner join the GOP to screw the rest of us.

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    You need to go over to Daily Kos and read the diary titled “Which 32  Senate Democrats Just Sold You Out to Give Wall Street a CRomnibus Christmas?”

    Kaine and Warner are two of the 32 DINOs who sold us out to the GOP and their corporate bosses.

    We all know about two of the toxic items in the “CROmnibus bill:

    — Puts the taxpayers on the hook to bail out Wall Street banksters who lose money on derivatives, and,

    — Removes limits from how much $$$ individuals can contribute to political campaigns.

    But wait!!!  There’s more!!!  Here — copied from Kos — is a summary of what else our two Senators did to us.

     

    But there’s so much more to the CRomnibus than just those two riders. Under the bill, trustees would be enabled to cut pension benefits to current retirees, reversing a 40-year bond with workers who earned their retirement packages. Voters in the District of Columbia who approved legalized marijuana will see their initiative vaporized, with local government prohibited from taxing or regulating the drug’s sale. Trucking companies can make roads less safe by giving their employees 82-hour work weeks without sufficient rest breaks. Pell grants for college students will be cut, with the money diverted to private student loan contractors who have actively harmed borrowers. Government financiers of overseas projects will be prevented from stopping funding for coal-fired power plants. Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be allowed to count “quality improvement” measures toward their mandatory health spending under Obamacare’s “medical loss ratio” provision, a windfall saving them millions of dollars.

    I’m not done. The bill eliminates a bipartisan measure to end “backdoor” searches by the NSA of Americans’ private communications. It blocks the EPA from regulating certain water sources for farmers. It adds an exception to allow the U.S. to continue to fund Egypt’s military leadership. In a giveaway to potato growers, it reduces nutrition standards in school lunches and the Women, Infant and Children food aid program. It halts the listing of new endangered species. It stops the regulation of lead in hunting ammunition or fishing equipment. It limits contributions to the Green Climate Fund to compensate poor countries ravaged by climate change. I could go on. And even if the offending measures on derivatives and campaign finance were removed, all of that dreck would remain.

    Here’s a link to the Kos article.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/…

    What a deal!!  We all got screwed and we didn’t even get kissed.

    • BatCave

      voted to keep these Christmas presents in this bill for Wall Street.  Corporate hacks like Mark Warner voting for this bill was not a surprise but Kaine’s vote surprised me.

      Read Matt Taibbi’s great article this morning about this:

      http://www.rollingstone.com/po

      Meanwhile, on the other side, we have “liberals” in the White House and in the lame-duck Senate leadership who are nakedly whoring for big business in this affair, unashamedly doing favors for banks like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase that in recent years have racked up tens of billions of dollars in penalties for a smorgasbord of corrupt practices. Establishment Democrats like Harry Reid almost certain to cave and wave through the Citigroup provision, foregoing a filibuster-type standoff.

      Why? As Warren has cannily pointed out, veterans of Citigroup have dominated the Democratic Party establishment for quite a long time now, through figures like current Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former Clinton Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin.

      What is happening to the Democratic Party?

      And regardless of whether or not Warren runs (and I love her but don’t think she should), Hillary Clinton is going to have one big mess to deal with in the Democratic Party primaries and in the general election as well.  

    • BatCave

      Watch the video -it’s about 25 minutes long and well worth it.

      This week, Bill speaks with outspoken veteran journalist John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, about the problems with TPP, which is being negotiated in secret, behind closed doors. MacArthur says that the “free trade” agreement will take jobs away from Americans: “I guarantee you, this is a way to send more jobs [abroad], particularly to Vietnam and Malaysia.”

      http://billmoyers.com/episode/