It’s clear at this point in history those of us who want a restoration of the characteristics that once made America great — prudence, self-discipline, foresight, statesmanship, to name a few — will have to look somewhere other than the GOP to find them:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was hoping his Republican colleagues would be embarrassed by their vote to jack up federal spending earlier this year and support his plan to phase in a balanced budget. Few were.
Paul got 20 other Republican senators on Thursday — less than half of the Senate GOP caucus — to vote for his “penny plan,” which would balance the federal budget over five years by cutting spending except for Social Security by 1 percent every year. No Democrats back the proposal…
“Republicans only care about budget deficits when they’re in the minority,” said Jason Pye, vice president of legislative affairs at FreedomWorks.
Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self Governance, agreed, saying, “There are very few sane people willing to have a rational discussion about fiscal responsibility … It’s obscene. These guys are pigs in slop.”
One percent a year should be easy to find in a $4 trillion budget. But I’m sure the gluttonous swamp would cry the fiscal sky is falling (“Children will starve! Seniors will be destitute! Illegal aliens won’t have as much welfare support”). Well, maybe not that last talking point (they aren’t completely foolish and willing to admit their agendas). But here’s some perspective:
Paul’s plan would have reduced spending by $404.8 billion in the fiscal year that starts October 1. After the budget balanced in five years, spending would be held to 1 percent increases per year, resulting in a budget that was 14.6 percent bigger in 10 years that it is now.
In other words, even after balancing the budget, the overall size of it would continue to grow. Don’t overlook the fact in the excerpt above that a mere one percent of Federal spending equals $404.8 billion! A true conservative would say balancing the budget would be preparatory to starting to trim back the Federal Leviathan. Yet these GOPers can’t even countenance the first step!
Putting America first, or “making America great again” is inseparable from solving our budgetary house of cards. You failed once again, GOP. When you ask yourselves how in the world a man like Donald Trump could get elected, just look in the mirror.
As for us, primary season is upon us. One of my Senators just guaranteed he won’t have my vote. How about yours?