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Trump Sucked Into McConnell Spending Betrayal

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Our greatest disappointment with the Donald Trump presidency has been Trump’s unwillingness to see a fight through to a winning conclusion, we saw an example of that on the census citizenship question, but nowhere has it been more disappointing than on matters of spending and the deficit.

Every year the Capitol Hill “leadership” creates a budget by crisis situation in which the government is threatened with a shutdown unless President Trump signs a vast new spending bill – and every time this happens President Trump says this is the last time he’s signing such a bill.

Except it isn’t, because he has promptly caves when the next phony budget crisis rolls around.

The spending deal announced Monday evening, which still requires congressional approval, would increase spending caps by $320 billion relative to the limits prescribed in the 2011 Budget Control Act, whose spending-control provisions have been repeatedly waived since 2014. It also would suspend the debt ceiling and permit more government borrowing until July 31, 2021 -- after the next presidential election.

Under the deal domestic programs would on average receive 4-percent increases in the first year of the pact, with much of those gains eaten up by veterans increases and an unavoidable surge for the U.S. Census. Defense would jump to $738 billion next year, a 3-percent hike.

This isn’t a potential government shutdown crisis at all; it is a scenario that has become a predictable Mitch McConnell set piece.

Indeed, James Holman of The Washington Post reported Mitch McConnell told President Trump privately last month that “no politician has ever lost an election for spending more money.”

Thus, a bipartisan, bicameral “compromise” is always set in motion to spend more to assure the reelection of the incumbent members of the Swamp.

Except this time, some Democrats are talking about opposing the bill and putting Far Left principles ahead of political expedience.

The so-called compromise reportedly outraged Democrat Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who noted the bill would not block Trump from spending money on the desperately needed border wall.

"I'm worried the House is willing to give him far too much discretion to take money and move it anywhere he wants including a wall," Leahy, (D-VT), told The Washington Post. "So the way it is now I will not vote for it… The other 99 can vote for it, I won’t."

Leahy later backtracked and indicated a willingness to support the deal, primarily because it provides a vast increase in the domestic spending that politicians of both parties use to buy votes.

This unconstrained spending now requires the government to borrow a quarter for every dollar the government spends. Despite the thriving economy and record tax collections the budget deficit has been rising to $1 trillion levels — back where it was during the first two years of the Obama presidency.

McConnell seems to have forgotten that the 2009 – 2010 Tea Party wave election was in some sense all about spending – not just the priorities, e.g. mortgage bailouts and Obamacare, but also the vast amount of the deficit during the first two years of Obama’s first term, when Democrats controlled Congress.

That mind-set – caring more about the next election than the next generation – is exactly what prompted the Tea Party Movement that was the precursor to the Trump Movement.

This is the kind of capitulation on first principles that could split the Trump coalition and will most certainly give aid and comfort to the right wing of the #NeverTrump faction.

The voters who want fiscal responsibility who powered the Tea Party Wave and the Trump Movement haven’t gone away or been converted into Keynesian spendthrifts. While they may grudgingly support President Trump in 2020 against the Far-Left progressive candidate the Democrats are likely to field, the congressional Republicans who think they can spend their way to reelection will face the wrath of those voters.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Representative and Senators (the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044), tell your Representative and Senators that you will no longer countenance trillion-dollar deficits and that your vote in the 2020 election depends on their vote against this spending bill and for fiscal responsibility.

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