While Americans were battling cap-and-trade legislation at the national and international levels, global-warming alarmists were quietly building regional systems between state and local governments, private industry, and even foreign governments that basically achieve the same effect -- higher energy prices for consumers and more money for governments.

Days after President Obama announced an alleged compromise between the White House and Republicans on the Bush era tax cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters that the Senate is still in the process of working out the final details of the bill, but should be voting on the final package shortly. In fact, Senate floor debates on the tax cut deal may begin as early as today. (House Democrats, in a voice vote in a closed caucus meeting on December 9, rejected President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how much the package might need to be changed to secure approval, after which the bill would be sent to the Senate.)

Senate Republicans proved their fortitude today when they voted to filibuster the Zadroga bill, the measure to provide health insurance to 9/11 workers. The measure failed by a vote of 57-42.

The lame duck session of the 111th Congress is determined to make a reputation for itself as it continues to pass unpopular legislation for self-satisfactory purposes. The latest installment is the DREAM Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representative on Wednesday evening by a vote of 216-198.

With time running out on the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress, Democrats have bundled over 100 land-grab bills into one omnibus land bill, to be voted on as early as next week.