Will our constitutional republic die with a whimper, struggle to survive and loose, or survive to fight another day? All I can say is some are fighting, but our news media does little to chronicle their efforts.
The House of Representatives early Friday voted to approve a massive, 2-year budget package that also funds the government through March 23, ending a brief government shutdown.
The 240-186 vote sends the $400 billion spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it.
The massive budget deal, which includes a stopgap temporary measure to prevent a government shutdown, includes $300 billion for the military. The agreement also adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government’s borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions. (continued here)
Read the text of the FOX NEWS story and it sounds like a fight with the Democrats over the so-called DREAMERS, the illegal aliens we are supposed to feel sorry for because our leaders refused to protect our borders, cannot even keep unaccompanied children out of our country. Well, that is not what the fight is about. Watch the video where Niel Cavuto interviews Senator Rand Paul.
Is Senator Paul crystal clear? Not exactly. To control the military budget, he thinks we need to bring our troops home, get them out of all the little wars. That’s relevant. Congress is clearly too chicken to vote on these little wars. However, listen to what he says about the broken budget process. What the fight is over who controls trillions of dollars of government spending. Do the people we elect follow transparent, orderly procedures when they spend our money, or do a few party bosses put together massive bills, give no one time to read them, and demand up or down votes, not allowing any serious debate or amendments?
CSPAN has the full video, over 12 hours long: Senate Session, Part 1
The Senate votes 71-28 to pass a six week funding bill and a two year budget deal, and sends it over to the House. Underneath there is an outline. So we can enter that video where we choose. So we can listen to Senators Mitch McConnell’s and Chuck Schumer’s excuse for their bipartisan excuse for spendthrift fraud, waste, and abuse. Even Senator Jeff Flake had no use for this thing: Jeff Flake THIS IS ALL WITH A NATIONAL DEBT OF $20 TRILLION A YEAR, CURRENT DEFICITS RUNNING $600 BILLION TO $700 BILLION. However, Senator Mike Lee probably provides the best explanation of what is broken: Mike Lee MR. PRESIDENT, WE FIND OURSELVES IN ANOTHER POSITION LIKE WE FOUND OURSELVES IN BEFORE. WE FIND OURSELVES IN A POSITION IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING ... Here is an excerpt.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT FULFILL ITS ROLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER IN CHARGE OF THEIR GOVERNMENT WHEN THIS HAPPENS. FOR THIS REASON IT’S A LITTLE DISTURBING THAT A GOVERNMENT THAT SPENDS NEARLY — SPENDS NEARLY $4 TRILLION EVERY YEAR — MAKES IT SPENDING DECISION IN ONE FELL SWOOP AS IT DOES. WHEN WE PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WHAT WE ARE DOING AS A CONGRESS IS PRESSING A RESET BUTTON. IT KEEPS CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS IN TACT, UNCHANGED AS IF THERE WERE NO REVIEWING BODY, AS IF THERE WERE NO ELECTIONS, AS IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DIDN’T MATTER AT ALL TO THE PROCESS BY WHICH THEY ARE GOVERNED. THIS IS AN ABDICATION OF OUR ROLE. IT DISCONNECTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WONDER WHY THIS IS AN INSTITUTION, CONGRESS, THAT ENJOYS AN APPROVAL RATING BETWEEN 9% AND 14%, MAKING US SLIGHTLY LESS POPULAR THAN FIDEL CASTRO AND THE INFLUENCE OF ISIS WHICH IS RAPIDLY GAINING ON US.
Senator Rand Paul’s speeches are also included in the C-SPAN video, but he has also updated his youtube website. Here are a couple of good ones.
You don’t like Paul’s position on defense spending? Okay. I am not big fan either, but that’s not the issue. The problem is that Congress is not doing what we elected those people to do.
Think about it. This so-called budget deal is just a continuing resolution that funds the government through March 23. The pigs have set themselves up to sell us this same pile of crap once again. This is not a solution. This is not a good deal. This is a scheme for fraud, waste, and abuse.
Why is this happening? Why are we letting this happen? When we allow our politicians to buy our votes with “other people’s money”, we elect people whose votes are for sale. Because we voted for it, we are getting the government we deserve. It is as simple as that.
If we want to elect politicians we can trust, we must participate in the process. We must vote for leaders who promise to do what we believe will be best for our country, not just what will be best for our own personal pocketbooks.
We have an election this year. If your congressman or senator, Democrat or Republican, just thinks his job is to spend and spend and spend, please vote him or her out.
And don’t ignore the nomination process, especially if you are Republican. Unless we nominate good candidates, we will be stuck with those who ain’t.