Our illustrious House of Representatives this week passed a bill approving $1.1 trillion in spending for the next 5 months.
$1.1 TRILLION… five. months.
The wealthiest person in the world at this moment is Bill Gates who has raked in a cool $87 billion dollars. This is nothing short of an extraordinary amount of wealth, and yet the federal government spends all of Bill Gates’ worth in less than 13 days.
Of course the budget wonder-boy, Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as several spokesmen for President Trump, were all too enthusiastic to get in front of the news cameras to explain all of the ‘conservative wins’ we got in this bill. I have to confess that they do a good job, but it’s the same song and dance we hear every year. Only this time it’s particularly nauseating because the ‘conservative’ party controls both Houses and the Presidency. So, unfortunately for them, we’re not entirely illiterate as voters and do possess at least some ability to read and think for ourselves. My conclusion?
This continuing resolution sucks. Why do we even call it a resolution? It literally means the opposite of having resolved anything. Their first act of congress should’ve been to rename the thing a ‘Continuing Unfunded Liabilities’.
Call me certifiably insane for saying so, but I think when the government is spending $84,000 per second and borrowing $1 million per minute to do it, they shouldn’t be allowed to call it ‘conservative’, let alone strut around like spiffy dressed roosters declaring some kind of victory. It’s not a victory. If this is the best we can do, we lost. Plain and simple.
Despite this outrageous pace in spending of our hard earned dollars (well, some of us, anyways), we even allow the government to guilt us into higher taxes, higher spending, more this, and more that.
There is no end to it. C’est la vie! Except there is…. just ask Ancient Rome, 18th century France, or the Weimar Republic, to name a few. It was only just a few years ago that a little place called Cyprus had to shut down its banks because of their own financial crisis.
Just today we can add Puerto Rico to this list.
Is America gullible enough to believe we’re governed by a separate law of economics than these other places? Apparently about half of us are, because their ‘solution’ is more taxes and more spending, particularly using money confiscated from the ‘rich’. We’re a class system now, in case you hadn’t caught on.
Too many American’s aren’t paying their ‘fair share’, apparently, and yet it’s never acceptable to demand in kind that government spends its fair share, or rather, its smaller share. Oh, and should you step out of line and meagerly rebuke the default policy of sucking up America’s wealth like a turbo-charged Dyson vacuum so it can be redistributed in a more ‘fair’ and ‘progressive’ way, you’ll find yourself interrogated in the public square. Shame on you, greedy capitalist.
The statist cries…
“Why can’t conservatives be more compassionate?”
“What about the children with brain tumors?”
“Why do you want dirty air and dirty water?”
“You’re rolling grandma right over the cliff!”
Of course none of these are rational reactions to anything because government has yet to demonstrate it prevents any of these problems, legitimate or otherwise. Every argument for more government, more spending, less individual responsibility, less private property rights, etc, all hinge on false premises and lies. When you question an actual extreme, leftist counter with an equally opposite and totally untrue extreme.
You don’t think the federal government should be nationalizing the healthcare system? Why do you want kids to die?
Well yes, you’ve exposed me. I want kids to die. That’s why I had two of my own. Maniacs.
I suppose this latest betrayal on spending isn’t surprising. The GOP was completely worthless at promoting conservatism in America before Trump was elected, so there was no reason to believe they would do a 180 afterwards. We call them spineless, but even that is too naive. It’s too forgiving. They’re not simply ineffective in promoting conservative principles, they’re uninterested.
Of course it was understandably and enormously gratifying to watch Hillary Clinton lose the election last November. She deserved to lose (and worse) for her corruption. But we can’t kid ourselves anymore about this Republican Party. They’re not a conservative party. They’re barely an opposition party to the Democrats, who incidentally have gone off the deep end into Soviet territory.
This doesn’t leave conservatives in a good spot. We can continue to demand more from our representatives, continue to organize and attempt to run primary challengers, continue to support conservative media and organizations, and a variety of other meaningful, yet small, measures of political battle, but we’re going to have to find new means of political battle because the status quo ain’t cutting it.
At the end of the day, until we can convince these fat-and-happy politicians to reduce their own power, their own influence over trillions of dollars and millions of lives, their own cushy lives in the wealthiest suburbs of America, we’ll continue to spend our children’s future away, all while insulting our own intelligence by calling it a ‘conservative win’ when it deserves to be called something else entirely.