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I want my money back

I feel like I was just pickpocketed. Turd Blossom, Scooter and the 12-hour Card received raises. Oh wait, I was robbed — Hail to the Thief.

The top pay for senior White House aides, including Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Legislative Affairs Director Candida Wolff, mushroomed to $161,000 at the beginning of July, according to a list sent to Congress and obtained by National Journal, RAW STORY can reveal.

Democrats raised the issue on the Democratic Congressional Campaign website Wednesday morning. “Long live the era of personal responsibility!” they wrote. Rove and Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby both got raises; each has been questioned by a grand jury about their role in the outing of a covert CIA operative.

The complete waste of our tax dollars on these lying bastards is exacerbated by the billions wasted in Iraq, and now news in today’s USA Today that Chimpy’s runaway Medicare prescription program will drown us in an even worse sea of red ink (surprise!), courtesy of the liar in the White House.

If seniors with chronic medical conditions sign up in droves but healthy people stay away, insurers won’t be able to sustain the program. If the costs keep rising — the original $400 billion estimate for 2004-13 already has been adjusted to about $720 billion for 2006-15 — the program will greatly increase the federal budget deficit. And if any problems cause Congress to re-examine the issue, lawmakers could include the type of government price controls on drugs that the Bush administration and the pharmaceutical industry have opposed.

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