By The Right Scoop


The president wanted the corporate pork and he got it, and most Senate members probably didn’t even know it was there. Can’t say the same for the 85 Republicans in the House that voted for it:

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – The “fiscal cliff” legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren’t the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff’s edge — they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week.

The Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which passed through the Senate Finance Committee in August, was copied and pasted into the fiscal cliff legislation, yielding a victory for biotech companies, wind-turbine-makers, biodiesel producers, film studios — and their lobbyists. So, if you’re wondering how algae subsidies became part of a must-pass package to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff, credit the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s lobbying last summer.

Some tax lobbyists mostly ignored the August bill “because they thought it would be just a political document,” one K Streeter told me. “They were the ones that got bit in the butt.”

MUCH MORE…

This scene from First Contact metaphorically sums up how I feel about my country right now without coming right out and saying it. I’d show the video but I can’t find this exact sequence. If you’ve seen the movie I think you’ll understand:

[Enterprise bridge]

DANIELS: They’re on the move again. The Borg just overrun three of our defence checkpoints. They’ve taken over decks five and six. They’ve adapted to every modulation on our weapons. It’s like we’re shooting blanks.
PICARD: We’ll have to work on finding another way to modify our weapons so they’ll be more effective. In the meantime, tell your men to stand their ground.
SECURITY OFFICER #2: Sir?
PICARD: Fight hand-to-hand If they have to.
SECURITY OFFICER #2: Aye sir.
WORF: Wait! Captain, our weapons are useless. We must activate the autodestruct sequence and use the escape pods to evacuate the ship.
PICARD: No!
CRUSHER: Jean-Luc, if we destroy the ship we destroy the Borg.
PICARD: We’re going to stay and fight.
WORF: Sir, we have lost the Enterprise. We should not sacrifice…
PICARD: We have not lost the Enterprise, Mister Worf. We are not going to lose the Enterprise. Not to the Borg. Not while I’m in command. You have your orders.
WORF: I must object to this course of action.
PICARD: Your objection is noted.
WORF: With all due respect, sir, …I believe you are allowing your personal experience with the Borg to influence your judgement.
PICARD: You’re afraid. You want to destroy the ship and run away. You coward.
CRUSHER (OC): Jean-Luc…
WORF: If you were any other man I would kill you where you stand.
PICARD: Get off my bridge.
LILY: So what do we do now?
CRUSHER: Carry out his orders. Dyson. Kaplan. Start working on a way to modify the weapons systems.
LILY: Wait a minute! This is stupid. If we can get off this ship and blow it up, let’s do it.
CRUSHER: Once the Captain has made up his mind the discussion is over.

(Lily goes after Picard)
CRUSHER: Lily!…

[Enterprise observation lounge]

LILY: You son of a bitch.
PICARD: This really isn’t the time.
LILY: Okay. I don’t know jack about the twenty-fourth century but everybody out there thinks that staying here and fighting the Borg is suicide. They’re just afraid to come in here and say it.
PICARD: The crew is accustomed to following my orders.
LILY: They’re probably accustomed to your orders making sense.
PICARD: None of them understand the Borg as I do. …No one does. No one can.
LILY: What is that supposed to mean?
PICARD: Six years ago, they assimilated me into their collective. I had their cybernetic devices implanted throughout my body. I was linked to the hive mind, every trace of individuality erased. I was one of them. So you can imagine, my dear, I have a somewhat unique perspective on the Borg and I know how to fight them. Now if you will excuse me I have work to do.
LILY: I am such an idiot. …It’s so simple. The Borg hurt you, and now you’re going to hurt them back.
PICARD: In my century we don’t succumb to revenge. We have a more evolved sensibility.
LILY: Bullshit! I saw the look on your face when you shot those Borg on the holodeck. You were almost enjoying it!
PICARD: How dare you!
LILY: Oh, come on, Captain. You’re not the first man to get a thrill from murdering someone. I see it all the time.
PICARD: Get out!
LILY: Or what? You’ll kill me, like you killed Ensign Lynch
PICARD: There was no way to save him.
LILY: You didn’t even try. Where was your evolved sensibility then?
PICARD: I don’t have time for this.
LILY: Oh! Hey! I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to interrupt your little quest. Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale.
PICARD: What?
LILY: You do have books in the twenty-fourth century?
PICARD: This is not about revenge.
LILY: Liar!
PICARD: This is about saving the future of humanity.
LILY: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
PICARD: No! …No!

(Picard breaks the starship display cabinet with his phaser rifle)

PICARD: No! …I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We’ve made too many compromises already. Too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again! The line must be drawn here, …this far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they’ve done.
LILY: You broke your little ships. …See you around, Ahab.
PICARD: ‘And he piled upon the whale’s white hump, a sum of all the rage and hate felt by his own race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.’
LILY: What?
PICARD: ‘Moby Dick.’
LILY: Actually, I never read it.
PICARD: Ahab spent years hunting the white whale that crippled him. A quest for vengeance, …but in the end it destroyed him and his ship.
LILY: I guess he didn’t know when to quit.

[Enterprise bridge]

PICARD: Prepare to evacuate the Enterprise.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kingofthehokies Jim Land

    If you want a laugh click on the link and read LaQuan’s comments.

    • Nukeman60

      I loved one reply to her – “Sadly, you have no idea how stupid you are.” – It doesn’t get any better than that. :)

    • Lime Lite

      Thanks for my laugh. LaQuan is a hoot.

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    I think I’m gonna have to bite my tongue on this one- I don’t want to kick myself out. While I’ve never seen First Contact… I’ll agree it seems like a good description.

    I’m sure I’ll think of something more sophisticated and sarcastic later, but sometimes I just gotta be quiet.

    • Nukeman60

      Boehner: “Resistance is futile”.

  • Nukeman60

    This is the disease that permeates Washington. They can’t even pass a Hurricane relief bill for the Sandy victims without throwing a ton of pork in it. They’re like the shoplifters who just can’t help themselves.

    http://freebeacon.com/sandy-relief-bill-full-of-pork/

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/29/Hurricane-Sandy-Aid-Bill-Includes-150-Million-For-Alaskan-Fisheries

    We need to put them all away for their own good.

    • Orangeone

      ZERO relief should go to NYC and NJ until Bloomers and Christie step down. They both oppose the Constitution thus their constituents should not receive any redistribution of taxes unwillingly levied against us.

      • sjmom

        I live in NJ and the devastation up north is terrible. Don’t punish the victims because they’ve been through enough. As for Christie and Bloomberg, be my guest.

        • Orangeone

          Did you see the pork in that bill? Alaska fishiers truly need funding at all let alone hurricane relief? Btw mn received zero with the massive flooding this summer which displaced many and was in the billions

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        • Orangeone

          I love you mom and don’t want to see you hurt because of politicians. But it is time that disaster relief bills are just that for the unreimbursed damages and no pork. There also needs to be accountability on where the nonprofit donations went, how they were utilized by victims and prevention of the local gov’t from accepting donations, and federal relief and then taxing their citizens on top of it.

    • sjmom

      Shoplifters is a great analogy so can we have them arrested because its our pockets they’re stealing from?????

      • Orangeone

        Please! And fraud!

  • http://twitter.com/wbcsaint Sam R

    Well this just cant be true cuz the king decried there to be no more earmarks back in 2009. Nobody is surprised by this bs anymore. We need to throw them ALL out at this point. Ryan caving on this bill showed that even those we thought conservative have been overtake by the massive creek of crap that is DC cant escape the crap.

    • Joengima

      It’s called writing the bill in private while the lawmakers vote on a sheet of paper with promises.

  • Joengima

    You know, the Democrats could be considered the Borg with their collective mentality.

    Honestly, this is sort of what I thought the GOP should have done in situation like these.

    No one reads the final bill. Why couldn’t the GOP do this? Sayi “Alright Obama you got what you want.” and send him a bill that really gives the GOP and Conservatives what we’ve been demanding… sigh.

    It’s dirty but the Dems clearly know what the hell they are doing.

    • Orangeone

      I saw on Twitter that the Senate only had minutes with the bill before voting. That’s failure to properly represent us.

  • sjmom

    Time dor a third party. The GOP is clueless.

    • deTocqueville1

      Folks, it has commenced! It is from outside DC. There is now a revolution in the making inside the beltway. The times they are a changing.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Get a load of these pork barrel kickbacks in Tuesday’s budget deal:
    •$430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
    •$222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
    •$70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
    •$59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
    •$4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.

    (from College Insurrection http://collegeinsurrection.com/2013/01/fiscal-cliff-budget-deal-chokes-students-with-pork/)

    • Nukeman60

      I’m so sick of pork in any bill. I believe we need an up and down vote on every bill, for what the bills are intended. I know they use this pork crap to get people to vote for it, but it has to end. This mutual ‘I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine’ society has to stop. It’s totally insane. It’s our money they’re playing with, not theirs.

      • clockwindingdown

        How about 16 trillion in tax relief to tax payers? Oh wait they have to pay for the pork the others got… Better increase taxes it’s been a few hours!

      • Orangeone

        And what happened to publishing the bills on the web for the public to review? Didn’t take long to break that promise, again.

        • Nukeman60

          Well, in one respect, they have been transparent. We see right through their agenda, no matter what they attempt to hide.

          • Orangeone

            Yes we do but their failing to publish the bills for public review makes the lazy more complicit.  We seek out the truth, what percentage just listens to the MSM?

    • Orangeone

      It makes me absolutely ill. This while business owners have to sue because the gov’t is forcing them to provide health insurance for their employees, let alone the contraceptive portion. Taxes on small business just went up in the fiscal cliff bill, cap gains taxes also went up in the fiscal cliff bill which means less investment in startups, the ObamaCare medical device tax is on GROSS sales which means they pay a tax on Revenue not net profit and have to pay the tax even if they have a loss for the year. Barky Boy is moving towards taxation on Revenue and not net profit will put all businesses out of business.

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    And people still wonder why we’re so deep in debt? All of the people who put this pork into the bill should have their names published in the papers. If they’re so proud of it, then they won’t mind having the public know who was responsible for it. Let all Americans know how our money is being wasted and who is responsible for it. I’m sure that will “help” them a lot come election time.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Spot on… perfect example. Love it!

    Such a powerful scene for such a pathetic and sickening action by this miserable congress and pResident.

  • white531

    Scoop, thank you so much for alluding to the Borg, in your attempt to explain what is happening to this nation right now. It is dead-on accurate. Only trekkies will get it.

    We are indeed being assimilated. Individualism and Freedom, are a threat to the Collective. ergo, The New World Order.

    I have used the Borg, repeatedly, to try to explain to people what is happening to us.

    We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

    Thanks for understanding.

    • deTocqueville1

      No, not about to happen!

  • white531

    How hard is it really, to understand that those of us who are still working, and trying to run a business, cannot really support fifty per cent of the population who refuse to work, and expect the rest of us to support their lifestyle?

    • Orangeone

      It isn’t. And those of us in that group are d@mn sick of it.

  • white531

    There is no bill that passes Congress, without pork. You will learn that this bill that just passed, is full of it. 30 thousand words, I believe. Why 30 thousand words? Pork.

    • tinlizzieowner

      Wolfie will be sending you my e-mail address for some serious car talk. We come from the same background and ‘turf’ but if I had a Mercedes, I’d probably stuff a Ford V8 in it. Except maybe for the 54 ‘Gull Wing’ that sold for over a million on Barrett-Jackson last night. ;-) ;-)

      • white531

        Got the pics, tinlizzie. Love the T. What a beautiful car. If I had all the cars I owned growing up, I could sell them at the Garrett for a fortune. The 55 Chevies were my favorites. I had one that was completely stock. Red and beige, 265 engine. If I had it today, probably sixty thousand. The other one, 327 corvette engine, 4 speed trans, 4.88 positraction. It maxed out at 80 miles per hour, but it got there in a heartbeat.
        Never lost a race with that one.

        I loved the Nomad. Wish I still had it. My brother still has one. He also has a 56 convertible. Convertible is probably worth 75K. Who knew?

        I’m a Mercedes guy now. All I really care about. Own four, but always looking for another one. It’s a sickness, I know. Whatcha gonna do? There are only two things in life. Beautiful women, and beautiful cars. Everything else, is secondary.

        • tinlizzieowner

          When Barrett-Jackson comes on, my Mrs. goes and watches the other TV. She gets tired of hearing me say, “I had one of those”. Don’t even know what my 51 Ford Country Squire (Woody) would be worth today. By the way, that Model T isn’t ‘restored’. That will be an 86 year old ‘Used Car’ on the 6th of next month. I’ll tell you more about it in e-mails. I don’t like to clog this place up with this stuff.

  • tinlizzieowner

    ‘Pork’ for biotech companies, wind-turbine-makers, biodiesel producers, film studios — and their lobbyists, yes.
    Money to help Hurricane Sandy victims, well….. They don’t generate a whole lot of election contributions, even if most of them are northeastern liberals.

  • NJK

    They are nothing but bank robbers in suits and ties. They don’t need guns when they can use a vote and a pen. They are robbing people blind. I hope they all die horrible deaths, and their loved ones too.

  • deTocqueville1

    This is the problem. Palin took on the corrupt Bastards in Alaska and won (briefly). Murkowski carries on the blatant pork in which her daddy engaged. Shamefull.

  • white531

    Corruption in our government is best illustrated by attaching riders to bills, that have no relation, whatsoever, to the bill itself.

    If there is anything we would outlaw, it should be this. Bills should pass or fail, on their own content.

    This accepted system, of attaching riders to legitimate bills going through the process, is an aberration of what the Founders intended.

    It is one of the most corrupt things about our government. We should do everything in our power to get rid of it.

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    I thought they’d try to back door some sort of gun control legislation in the bill, just for good measure. They are that treacherous. I don’t trust any of them.

    • Orangeone

      Give them time

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Crazy Joe Biden promised the mayor of Boston something will be “passed” by the end of January. Job Biden is a vile authoritarian who poses as a lover of those in the military. I have a message for Joe: those in the military, except for your son(s), HATE you! You pompous, hypocritical SOB!

        • Orangeone

          Score!

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    I am not surprised that worthless crap would be stuffed into the so-called “fiscal cliff” bill. More taxpayer money wasted. More lobbyist and special interest payoffs. Same-old, same-old politics in the Beltway. Their shame knows no bounds!

  • ApplePie101

    Yup, we might have guessed there would be goodies in there for GE.

    • Orangeone

      And where is the outrage from the families in Newtown CT? The alleged killer’s daddy works for GE in the TAX dept.

  • Joengima

    PICARD: No! …I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We’ve made too many compromises already. Too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again! The line must be drawn here, …this far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they’ve done.

    You know, this speech is hits the nail on the head in terms of Conservative vs. Liberal.

    Liberals and the Progressive movement have dumd down this country and began changing it’s history. Traditions are being rejected, common sense is being outlawed. They indoctrinate our kids, protest violently, and demand we compromise with them through surrender.

  • Conniption Fitz

    A VISUAL of THE FISCAL CLIFF BILL:
    http://senseofevents.blogspot.com/2013/01/over-cliff-no-matter-what.html

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      Oh boy, that will cut the deficit. All the crap the jokers in Congress try to pass off to us as such great deals. Okay, so-called intellectual I-know-better-than-you POS in Congress, tell me something. Hypothetically speaking, how would cutting 900 billion dollars over 10 years equal to cutting the deficit when the deficit is growing over 1.3 TRILLION dollars a year, provided you and Zero don’t spend even more per year? Apparently there are no math majors in Congress. They are truly a bunch of useless fools.