Congress Takes $300B From Taxpayers In The Dead Of Night
By Steve Edwards|February 9, 2018
Congress Takes $300B From Taxpayers In The Dead Of Night

Things move fast in the nation’s capital.

Just when it looks like another crisis has been averted, another government shutdown rears its ugly head, and our leaders once again take the easy route and stick taxpayers with the massive bill.

Taxpayers are continually getting the shaft – and it’s only getting worse.

Republicans are trying to sell the latest budget deal as a big benefit for conservative causes, but they have piled onto the deficit instead of manning up and making the necessary cuts.

The Daily Wire reports on the temporary government shutdown and the fallout:

How else to explain the sheer cowardice of a Republican Party that just passed a massive budget increase, then cheered it as the very model of a modern budget victory?

ABC News breaks down the bill:

The two-year budget deal would lift caps on defense and non-defense spending by $300 billion over two years. It also includes: $6 billion to fight the opioid crisis; $5.8 billion for child care development block grants;$4 billion for veterans medical facilities; $2 billion for medical research; $20 billion to augment existing infrastructure programs; and $4 billion for college affordability. The measure would extend government funding at current levels until March 23 to allow lawmakers to finalize details on the spending in a separate measure.

All through the Obama years, the powers that be in the GOP lamented the fact that their hands were essentially tied. They assured voters that they would actually get things done if they only had control.

Fast forward to today, and Republicans are in control of the White House and Congress.

They remain incapable of affecting real change for unclear reasons.

So not only are Republicans blowing out spending, they’re unlikely to be able to pass any new legislation with 51 votes in the Senate.

Well done, GOP.

But the truth is that the Republicans are bowing to the inconsistency of the American people, who routinely tell pollsters they want government cut, but never want to actually cut government programs, and get angry when legislators shut down the government in order to try to do so. So long as the American people demand that their lawmakers lie to them, their lawmakers will continue to do so.

From a bottom line perspective, the swamp runs deep in Washington DC. It’s not exclusive to one side of the aisle by a long shot.

Even Trump is playing up the benefit to the military, and he is making regulatory cuts that may help offset these spending increases, but even he seems to have no reservation about increasing our national debt and waiting on the harder cuts needed to recover from the Obama deficit.

The 2018 midterm elections are around the corner, and it’s becoming readily apparent that even more draining needs to take place.

Sadly, the draining can’t be relegated to just one party this time around. 

Source: The Daily Wire

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