The pols’ latest nostrum

The three-card sharpies in the budget bicameral committee have done it again, cutting interest payments and using the “savings” to augment allocations for “economic stimulus.”

It’s an old trick that the heads of the two chambers’ contingents – Rep. Junie Cua and Sen. Edgardo Angara – apparently decided to pull off by their lonesome selves in a single meeting during the holidays. The members of the bicam panel were presented with a fait accompli but they can’t escape the blame for signing the bicam report. Likewise the whole House which ratified the report Wednesday and the Senate the following day.

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