Among the other non-funding related provisions in the bill are permission for under funded pension plans to reduce their benefit payments, the easing of several unpalatable elements in Michelle Obama's school Moochtrician debacle, and billion s of dollars in undeclared PORK (Pelosi-Obama-Reid Kickbacks).
But the real question is, "Why was the spending bill saved until the last minute?
Congress is required by law to complete the budgeting process by the end of September. Why didn't they? Why did they ignore their responsibility until the Senate had to meet on Saturday to avoid shutting down the government? Was it because the Senate was too busy demonizing Dan Snyder for racism because he bought a football team that has been known for the past 81 years as the Redskins? Was it because the House was too busy writing repeal Obamacare bills that they knew Harry Reid would not even read? Or was it because they knew if they pushed it back to the last possible minute before the government runs out of money, they could load the bill with pork and payoffs that no one, not even the people who were voting on the bill, would have time to read?
How did we get to such a ridiculous situation? It's called lame duck politics, and it's been going on for a long, long time. In the midterm elections last November 4th, a lot of Representatives and Senators were rejected by the people. Whether it's resentment and revenge against the people who threw them out or a desire to feather their post-Congressional nests with political favors, they spend the two months before their replacement frantically passing pork. The spending bill is a perfect place to hide it, because it is not only massive, it virtually has to be passed, no matter what nonessential nonsense it may contain.
It's senseless and dangerous to allow people we've just thrown out of office to spend the next two months venting their spleen by saddling us with legislation we don't want and costs we can't afford.
The solution is simple. We need a Constitutional amendment moving inauguration day up to the first of December and banning any and all legislation, executive orders, executive appointments, and executive pardons between election day and inauguration day.
But I'm not holding my breath until we get such an amendment.