The newest spending bill to keep government funded has arrived. A grand total of $1.01 trillion is at stake to avoid another shutdown. Despite bipartisanship for the bill’s creation, both parties are dissatisfied. Conservatives oppose it as it doesn’t do enough to counter the President’s recent executive actions on immigration, while Democrats don’t like the rollback on financial regulations enacted in 2010.

So should we really oppose that bill? It does contain some very nice deals:

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gets cut by $345.6 million. Hopefully this will stop officials from the department snooping more intensively into conservative-minded groups rather than unions and other liberal-leaning groups.
    • In addition, no new funds will be given to the Department of Health and Human Services, the second arm that reinforces the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare).
    • Speaking of Obamacare, the bill strictly limits the use of funds for risk corridors, i.e. the perceived insurance company bailout included in the ACA.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gets cut by some $60 million. It may look slim compared to its nearly $8 billion budget, but it’s still a 21-percent decrease since 2010. Maybe this will slow down Gina McCarthy’s delusional measures that will destroys hundreds of thousands of jobs and not make a dent in world emissions since China will wait until 2030 to maybe start acting.
    • In addition, the bill blocks federal regulations on light bulbs. Finally, some good sense; not only are “energy-efficient” light bulbs incredibly expensive, but they pose serious health hazards.
    • Furthermore, no money would be given to the Green Climate Fund, this massive wealth transfer to developing countries that would help them adapt to climate change… despite a lack of warming for 18 years.
  • Personal campaign donation limits to parties will be relaxed a little as it will be increased to $324,000. Let’s see if that stops Democratic cognitive dissonance; they are the staunchest defenders of donation limits, and yet they received the most contributions in 2014.

However, the bill also has its share of foolish measures:

  • It keeps the Department of Agriculture from shutting down the Farm Service Agencies that are unstaffed/underutilized. Probably because seats were at stake.
    • It’s probably for that reason too that over $6 billion is given to fund loans to farmers. Just like the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), it profits mostly the very large
  • Speaking of the Ex-Im, it will keep living thanks to an injection of new funds. This organization is the epitome of crony capitalism as it supports a meager 2 percent of exports, and mostly for well-established companies like Boeing and John Deere.
  • There will be an increase in federal funds for R&D in fossil fuels. Considering the gigantic boom this industry is living, do they really need more public funds?
  • It would limit the D.C. voters’ wish to decriminalize marijuana. To people who believe in federalism, this measure is outrageous and reinforces the District’s motto “Taxation Without Representation”

And overall, it doesn’t do anything to reign in runaway spending, which is already back to its 2007 level.

With provisions like Obamacare that will dig the deficit deeper, let’s hope this cromnibus is defeated and that government shuts down. The fewer laws are voted into action, the better off American citizens will be.