The bottom line is that even though I almost always cheer for a government shutdown, I’ll be sitting on the sidelines for this fight. But if Trump and congressional Republicans at some point decide to fight for much-needed spending restraint (a naive hope, I realize), then I’ll be the first to cheer if that battle leads to a shutdown.
Cutting federal spending is important, and Trump has pledged "big league" cuts. Sadly, there is a reason to doubt that he will do so, because most spending (63 percent last year) is on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and he has made them sacrosanct.
According to our friends at openthebooks.com “sanctuary cities” extort almost $27 billion from American taxpayers to pursue their unconstitutional scheme to nullify the immigration laws passed by Congress. Withholding federal funds from just two of them would more than pay for the wall in just one year, and the rest would be gravy for the taxpayers of jurisdictions whose elected officials follow the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress.
The Coalition to Reduce Spending has created “What’s my Congressman’s Number,” a new project for spending accountability. When it launches in 2017, everyday Americans will be able to view, in real time, how much money their Representatives and Senators are spending.
The Puerto Rico bailout had been expected to pass the House last week but was delayed when conservatives objected that it would allow Puerto Rico to refuse to pay almost half of its debt. Conservatives also oppose any taxpayer bailout, which Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership have mentioned as another possibility.
Speaker Ryan is completely tone deaf to what is driving the outsider candidacies of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. They are not winning the Republican Primaries by campaigning against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – they are winning by campaigning against Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Reince Priebus and the rest of the feckless, principle-free Capitol Hill Republican leaders. Ryan’s plan for this year’s budget will only fuel their candidacies.
Republican leaders will talk a good game for the next year, but don’t expect Obama to leave office with his agenda unfinished, because, as we explain here, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have already “pre-surrendered.”
This is going to play out exactly the same way Rep. Culberson’s cynical lies about stopping Obama's executive amnesty played out. Culberson will bluster, he will threaten, he may even hold a hearing or two, but absolutely nothing Obama does on guns is going to change because Culberson has already funded everything Obama plans to do right through September 2016. Please sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republican leaders, tell them "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"
Republican "leaders" gave away their only leverage against Obama when they passed the Omnibus appropriations bill and funded his entire agenda for the rest of his term, and none of them have actually attacked the basic premise of his actions – that government can and should restrict or ban the possession of firearms by ordinary Americans. Leave eloquently opposing that proposition to Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. Sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republican leaders, tell them "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"
When the details and the text of Obama’s gun grab become public don’t blame Obama – blame Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the spineless Capitol Hill Republicans who elected them, passed the Omnibus, and empowered Obama to spend his last year in office attacking constitutional liberty, stripping you of your rights and fundamentally changing America. Click the link to sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republicans, tell Ryan and McConnell "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"
A nationwide survey of 2016 likely general election voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates for our friends at SecureAmericaNow.org finds that more than 4 out of 5 voters, 84%, categorize immigration from the Middle East to the United States as “Dangerous.”
Before the Senate voted on Friday for a budget deal that eliminates any legal limit on the federal government’s debt until March 16, 2017, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave a speech on the floor saying that the right and left in Congress came together in “an unholy alliance to explode the debt.”
Jeff Sessions wants to focus on OCare’s impact on the deficit. He’s likely to get a lot of mileage out of a Budget Comm. Repub. staff analysis last month that concluded the law will increase the budget deficit by $131 billion over 10 years.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus is stepping up his advocacy for budget curbs that would block the president from awarding work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
Conservatives demand that Sen. Repubs. pass a full repeal of OCare next year, even it if means a veto. With Sen. Dems likely to filibuster any stand-alone repeal bill, conservatives say Mitch McConnell should use a procedural maneuver (reconciliation) to push through a bill with 51 votes.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session, but likely would face opposition from conservative lawmakers who want to block any nonemergency measures until 2015.
The House voted to block performance bonuses for senior IRS execs. “Giving out bonuses is ludicrous and amounts to a slap in the face to the American public,” said Rep. Paul Gosar. “They should not be given performance awards in the wake of one of the largest scandals in recent history.”
Mulcting is a word you don't see very often. Read on to learn a new word that perfectly expresses what is going on in the Paul Ryan-John Boehner-Eric Cantor budget betrayal.
With a $614 billion budget in '13—expected to decline by $62 billion in '14—there’s plenty of opportunity for waste. That means bloat that floats a lot of needless projects. Some are badly managed, others the result of political pork-barrel spending.
Mark Levin reminds Repubs. that while they're worried about preventing another gov't shutdown, the whole thing is going to shutdown and collapse. There isn’t enough money to pay for the spending that's going on right now.