Obama signed a new spending bill into law yesterday! I will admit that it sounds good as a summary, as a headline, as the beginning of a radio news segment with impending bullet points to broadcast. When I heard it, it rang in my ears like a piece of corporate pop.
Good news first. While postponing the government shutdown, Washington kept our refugee resettlement program, renewed our commitment to 9/11 first responders, and allocated more spending for NASA. In other words, they agreed to spend more money and keep their promises. Hold the applause.
With the concessions made to "avoid a government shutdown", DC managed to provide $700 billion in tax cuts, impose greater restrictions on immigrants, and strip us of more privacy in the name of profit. But, that last one probably wasn't a concession; Obama's known for supporting CISA, NSA, and the Patriot Act. If you know much about CISA 2015, I hope you share my disappointment in learning that the Privacy Act of 1974 (the one trampled by the Patriot Act) is now completely meaningless.
Now, corporations don't have to anonymize their data when sending your personal information to the government and other corporations. Why? Because anonymization costs money, privacy laws hinder data mining, and the NSA would rather have all your data.
In summation, we give up more [unrealized] income and relinquish all data-privacy that we have left while the rich and incorporated dodge laws, taxes, and postmodern expenses. YAY! http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/18/460281572/congress-sends-1-8-trillion-tax-and-spending-bill-to-president-obamahttp://www.theverge.com/2015/12/18/10582446/congress-passes-cisa-surveillance-cybersecurity