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I filed today’s syndicated column on Turbaconducken before the final conference report was FINALLY  posted on the House Rules Committee website late last night. Guess what’s back in the bill? Money for stadiums and museums. You’ll recall that GOP Sen. Tom Coburn’s amendment striking stimulus spending on things like Harry Reid’s Mob Museum passed. It said: “None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.”

Well, the final Conference Report adopted by the conferees (led by, well, well, Sen. Reid) deletes much of the Senate-passed language. It now reads: “None of the funds appropriated or other-wise made available in this Act may be used by any State or local government, or any private entity for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.”

House GOP staff points out that the final bill still also “includes $150 million for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), some which now presumably can go to the ‘mob’ museum.”

CNS reports that Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg has admitted the obvious: “No, I don’t think anyone will have the chance to [read the entire bill].”

N.Y. Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer took to the floor on Tuesday to sneer at public outrage over the trillion-dollar porkulus. “The American people really don’t care,” he said, about those “little tiny, yes, porky amendments.” He punctuated his derision by pinching his pointer finger and thumb together. Only the “chattering classes” worry about such trivial matters, Schumer scoffed.

Well, we are all “chattering classes” now. Congressional phones and fax lines have been ringing off the hooks with complaints from angry constituents across the country all week. And just two days after Sen. Schumer declared that no one cares, the taxpayer group Americans for Prosperity delivered 400,000 petitions to the Senate protesting the behemoth bill. Those petitions were signed before the latest details of the House-Senate conference report negotiations had been disclosed — and before any final legislative text had been made available to the general public.

If the stimulus plan were a Thanksgiving dinner entree, it would be a Turbaconducken — the heart attack-inducing dish of roasted chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey, all wrapped in endless slabs of bacon. According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fantasy-land “fact sheet” released early Thursday afternoon, “There are no earmarks or pet projects” in the final package. Trust her no further than you could throw a pot-bellied pig. Despite the self-delusional declarations of Pelosi and President Obama that no pet projects exist, Hill staffers spilled the beans on several new set-asides tacked onto the bill.

Thanks to Michigan Democrat Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, General Motors will receive a special tax break worth an estimated $7 billion to cover liabilities incurred when it accepted its $13.4 billion bailout from the Bush administration. The failing automaker has lined up for an addition $4 billion in bailout funds — at which time, they’ll no doubt ask for another mega-tax liability waiver. The moochers’ cycle never ends.

Then there’s Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Railway to Sin City. Appointing yourself a Senate conferee has its perks. Roughly $8 billion in perks. Reid, you see, needs to stimulate his re-election bid, so he haggled with President Obama to tuck in a teeny, tiny, yes, porky amendment for high-speed rail lines. Reid has his eyes — and paws — on a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas magnetic levitation train. He has already sunk $45 million in previous earmarks into his, yes, pet project. Wasn’t it earlier this week that President Obama was lecturing companies not to travel to Las Vegas on the taxpayers’ dime?


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