The Corner

The Democrats’ Capstone

The proposed Senate omnibus bill makes for truly amazing reading. It’s like the Democrats have decided to wear proudly the mantle forced on them by Republicans in the last election—the mantle of pork, waste, and Obamacare. It makes it perfectly clear that the chatter surrounding the deficit commission and the sudden interest in fiscal restraint among some Democrats in Congress since November has been just idle talk, and that what the Democrats really want is more reckless spending.


This 2,000 page monstrosity stuffed down the country’s throat in the last moment of the 111th Congress would be the epitome of everything the voters rejected. Is this the first major piece of legislation President Obama wants to sign after the election? Is this how the Senate Democrats who are up in 2012 want to start their reelection cycles? Republicans must staunchly oppose it, and if it still passes they need to make it very clear to those Senate Democrats that this vote will not be forgotten: it will serve as a symbol of the old way, and together with the 2009 stimulus bill and the health-care bill will hang around the neck of every member of Congress who supports it.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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