The $1.3 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill passed by the GOP-controlled House and Senate last night is a gigantic middle finger to middle America and to President Trump’s stated agenda (upon which he was elected). It is proof positive once again the establishment Republican party is utterly useless in the fight to regain control of our government and our country by “we the people.” Consider:
- A supposedly “fiscally conservative” GOP passed the largest spending bill in U.S. history, after removing the debt ceiling and spending caps earlier this year
- Despite complaints over procedure in the passage of Obamacare and other legislation in recent years, Congressmen were given just 1,000 minutes to review a 2,232-page abomination. This comes after the GOP previously pledged to post legislation online for public review at least 72 hours before any vote.
- The record spending level included $2.7 billion for international disaster relief and $1.37 billion for “contributions to international organizations.” It even provides the Defense Department authority to “spend what funds it determines” to enhance the border security of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia. But in response to President Trump’s $25 billion in long-term funding for U.S. border security, the omnibus provides a mere $1.6 billion, with specific restrictions against building a solid wall, and only targeting 33 out of 1,954 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border.
- No funding was cut to self-proclaimed “sanctuary cities” and states such as California that are flaunting Federal immigration authority on a daily basis.
- The bill continues the practice of forcing taxpayers to subsidize the murder of babies by Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $500 million annually.
Voting on the bill began Thursday, with current budget authority set to expire at 12:01 Saturday morning. The “Republicans” in the House supported it 145-90, and 23 of 51 GOP Senators also voted “yes.” Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell no doubt delighted in sticking a finger in Trump’s eye, presenting him with an attempted fait accompli — a choice between accepting a bill no different from what Pelosi and Schumer would have produced, or taking public blame for “shutting down the government” (which, really, doesn’t sound like a bad thing anymore).
As I write this, the President just publicly signed the bill, expressing his displeasure, but claiming it was necessary to secure defense funding. This is ridiculous, and I’m highly disappointed in him for submitting to the blackmail of a jammed-up deadline. Sure, he said he’d never sign such a hastily prepared bill again — but he shouldn’t have accepted this one, either. The purpose of a presidential veto is to tell Congress “rethink your actions.” There is no more appropriate situation to exercise that authority than this one, in which Congressional leadership used procedure to force through folly. Trump will pay a political price for accepting this.
Make no mistake: there is a war waging in D.C right now. It is not between Republicans and Democrats (which are simply two flavors of the same poison). It’s between those who believe this is a nation of laws, run with accountability to the people, and those who believe they can talk a good talk during campaigns, then do whatever the hell they want in the intervening years. The war is being fought on several fronts: the budget, the special counsel farce, in the courts over immigration authority, and behind the scenes with an attempt to expose and prosecute the corruption of federal agencies accelerated by the last administration. There is also good reason to believe the GOP leadership is only happy to ensure they lose majority status in this year’s mid-term election, which would clear the way for the Democrats to redouble their baseless efforts to impeach and remove Trump, who, despite his flaws and mistakes, remains more attuned to the dreams of real Americans than just about anyone else in
In short, the GOP hates Trump more than it loves America. Think about that.
There is no meaningful difference in how these four set policy. None of them give a damn what Americans really want. They all need to go.