federal spending

Governing By Spending Crisis

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 more spending and for fiscal responsibility.

Liberals Don't 'Invest'; They Spend Other People's Money

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

Politicians like Sanders and Warren are now using the terms "invest" and "investment" the same way they have long used the terms "reproductive rights" and "reproductive freedom." They are euphemistic lies meant to cover up an ugly truth. When American politicians say they favor "reproductive rights" or "reproductive freedom," what they mean is they favor the legalized killing of an unborn child. When politicians like Sanders and Warren now say they want to make an "investment," what they mean is they want to take and spend someone else's money. More federal spending creates a bigger federal government with more people dependent on it.

'It's the spending, Stupid!'

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

The CBO numbers also tell us that while revenues are expected to rise gradually over time as a share of the national economy, the spending sprays of the Capitol Dome like Old Faithful. Spending rises from 21 percent of GDP to 23 percent of GDP over the next decade to about 26 percent of GDP over the two decades after that. Again, none of this even includes the added price tag for the tens of trillions of dollars in the Democratic presidential candidate playbook for Medicare for All, reparations, student loan forgiveness, free college, guaranteed income and the Green New Deal. We don’t have a revenue problem in Washington, we have a chronic overspending crisis.

Don’t Let the Swamp Win: President Trump & Congress Must Restrain Spending in Upcoming Budget Deal

As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate a deal on spending caps, 76 leaders of the conservative movement involved in the Conservative Action Project have released a memo urging all parties involved to restrain spending.

ICYMI: April’s Great Economic News

Not that we believe in or promote “conspiracy theories,” you know, like the one that the Trump campaign was spied upon by a corrupt Obama-era FBI and intelligence apparatus. But there is one conspiracy we are convinced exits, and that is that the establishment media refuses to report good economic news.

Billion-Dollar Binge Buying Is No Way to Budget

Sen. Joni Ernst and Adam Andrzejewski, Real Clear Politics

Billion-dollar binge buying is no way to budget, which is why I am introducing the End-of-Year Fiscal Responsibility Act. This bill would limit an agency’s spending in the last two months of the year to no more than the average it spent per month during the preceding 10 months.  This limit only applies to discretionary spending. Entitlement payments, like Social Security and Medicare, and national security-related expenditures would be exempt and unaffected. This bill won’t end all wasteful spending, but it will force agencies to put more thought into long-term planning and curtail the out-of-control impulsive spending.

Conservatives Balking At $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Trump campaigned on increasing infrastructure spending, but we see a carefully laid Democrat minefield looming in this latest “agreement” with plenty of political downside to the President and Republican 2020 candidates if he proposes raising taxes or blows up the deficit before the 2020 election.

McConnell Ready To Betray Trump on Spending

White House officials are leery of where budget talks between McConnell and Pelosi may lead, noting that the last bipartisan deal reached in early 2018 boosted spending by $300 billion over two years. Conservative policy experts are urging Trump not to trust McConnell to put together a spending deal that wouldn’t blow up the deficit.

Rush Makes Half Of A Great Point

Rush made the point that, to many voters, government's ability to keep spending is like water in the faucet - it's assumed it will always be there. But the part he left out is that one of the main reasons that is so is because under Speakers Boehner and Ryan Republicans stopped talking about fiscal restraint and started spending like Democrats.

‘After us the flood’

Rep. Tom McClintock, Washington Times

The RSC budget gores every sacred cow in the federal government, and partisans of the status quo will howl in protest. But we are running out of time and running out of options. Those same voices have placed us on a collision course with bankruptcy, and countries that bankrupt themselves aren’t around very long. Every expert who has appeared before the House Budget Committee has agreed that on our current trajectory, it is only a matter of time until a sovereign debt crisis brings down our country. And time is not our friend.

‘Penny Plan’ Revived: Will Congress Focus on Out-of-Control Spending?

Romina Boccia, CNS News

More lawmakers should look the facts in the eye. There is no silver bullet that will help lawmakers avoid specific and decisive action to structurally reform the key drivers of federal spending growth. The longer lawmakers wait, the tougher reform will be as spending is growing at a rapid pace, and achieving balance is becoming more difficult every year. Proposals like the penny plan make that inevitably clear.

Is Senator Rand Paul Right About Afghanistan?

“I think the Afghan war is long past its mission. I think we killed and captured and disrupted the people who attacked us on 9/11 long ago. And I think now it's a nation building exercise... I think after 15 years and a trillion dollars that it's time for them to take over their country.” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Capitol Hill GOP Spending Like Obama Is Still President

We urge CHQ readers to call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) to ask for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Tell Rep. McCarthy that the Freedom Caucus is right: We support funding our troops, however, growing the size of government by 13 percent is not what the voters sent Republicans to Congress to do.

House GOP Establishment Didn’t Get The Message Of John Mica’s Defeat

Special interest earmarks are nothing less than a legal bribe to get Members of Congress to vote for bad policy and more spending. The defeat of John Mica conclusively rebuts the argument that they are good politics.

New Poll: Conservatives Want Ryan Removed Following Budget Betrayal

Conservatives see the “compromise” spending bill crafted by Speaker Paul Ryan as a surrender to President Obama, according to a new poll conducted by FedUp PAC.  A huge majority wants the House to “remove Ryan and install a speaker who will fight Obama down the line.” Please watch our free "message from the grassroots" video and then forward it to your friends to let the Republican establishment know what you think about their complete surrender to Obama.

Obama: Fed. Gov't Not Big Enough; Up Budget by 7%

Rick Moran, American Thinker

Apparently, half a trillion dollar deficit isn't a problem. Obama wants to toss the sequestration agreement he made with R's in '11 and is proposing an increase of at least $68 billion in the FY 2016 budget.

Ted Cruz Was Right, Again

Matthew Vadum, American Thinker

What really infuriates namby-pamby GOP senators is that Cruz forced them to take a public stand on the O's unilateral amnesty. They know that the GOP base is mad as hell over the amnesty, and they don't feel the need to answer to mere hoi polloi. 

Ted Cruz Blasts DC as 'Corrupt'

Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted both political parties for quickly passing a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill that didn’t address GOP objections to Obama’s immigration move, and didn’t give anyone enough time to understand what was in the bill.

TEAParty Ready to Primary GOP Who Backed Obama-Boehner CRomnibus

Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

Remembering which GOP Reps voted for the bill in '16 is exactly what conservative icon Richard Viguerie had in mind when he tweeted: "target list for '16 Repub. primaries found in this roll call YES vote = Primary challenge." TP activists already appear up to undertaking the challenge.

The GOP: For Wall Street, Not Main Street

Erick Erickson, Red State

16 R's voted against the rule on the CROmnibus. GOP leaders headed to the edge of the shutdown cliff, willing to shut down the gov't for a Wall St. bailout, but unwilling to do so to stop O’s amnesty plan.