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The Senate is working on a compliment to the recently passed $15 billion jobs bill. This nearly $150 billion package is supposed to help the nation’s unemployed by extending unemployment benefits and other provisions through the end of the year.
Oh, and it also extends giveaways to the coal industry, subsidies for rum distillers that should make Captain Morgan blush, NASCAR track aid, and is a blockbuster for film makers. These provisions and their other “tax extender” brethren have routinely caught a ride on legislation pulling out of Capitol Hill station.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Average number of sitcom laughs an American hears during a prime-time season:
Nielsen Media Research (N.Y.C.)/Jim Drake, Night Court (Tarzana, Calif.)/Harper's research
Czech and German deer still do not cross the Iron Curtain.
British economists correlated the happiness of a country’s population with its genetic resemblance to Danes.
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