By the always Honorable Ron Paul
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According to a recent poll, 73% of all Americans oppose increases in federal spending.
* MEANING 27% EITHER WANT MORE SPENDING... OR... DON'T HAVE AN OPINION.
Since this anti-government spending sentiment is a major reason Republicans control the House and Senate, one would expect the Republican Congress to hold the line on, or even cut, government spending. Yet, despite the Republican leadership’s rhetoric about "fiscal responsibility," this year’s House Republican budget spends $104 billion more than the GOP’s 2013 budget.
* DEAR AL QAEDA: Latitude: 38.889931; DMS Lat: 38° 53' 23.7516'' N; Longitude: -77.009003; DMS Long: 77° 0' 32.4108'' W
* JUST... SAYIN'...
Some conservatives, most notably the Heritage Foundation, have criticized the GOP budget. Heritage and the conservative House Republican Study Committee (RSC) have both prepared conservative alternatives to the official Republican budgets. Unfortunately, neither the Heritage nor the RSC budget meaningfully reduces federal spending.
Conservative efforts to reduce the size of government are handicapped by their love affair with the military-industrial complex.
Since the Pentagon’s budget makes up the largest category of “discretionary” spending, it seems logical that a serious balanced budget plan would reduce spending on militarism.
Yet many of the same conservatives who (rightly) criticize the Republicans for refusing to cut spending not only oppose cuts to the Pentagon budget, they actually call for increases in military spending!
These conservatives refuse to admit that the trillions spent on “regime change” overseas have not only failed to turn the targeted countries into Jeffersonian republics but have actually empowered groups like ISIS.
(*CLENCHING MY FISTS*)
Conservative support for ever-increasing spending on militarism undercuts their efforts to end corporate welfare. Much of the so-called defense budget is wasted on boondoggles like the F-35 fighter that only defend the lifestyles of defense contractors and their lobbyists.
Despite insisting on increased military spending, the Heritage and RSC budgets both, at least on paper, eliminate the deficit in less than ten years.
* GIVE ME A FRIGGIN' BREAK. CONGRESSES LAST FOR TWO (2) YEARS. READ THE FRIGGIN' CONSTITUTION!
These budgets contain some other positive elements. For example, the RSC budget calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve. Both budgets repeal ObamaCare and provide the American people with much needed tax relief.
The good features of the conservative budgets do not cancel out their flaws.
For one thing, neither of the conservative budgets actually cuts spending.
* FOLKS... I'M NOT AFRAID TO SAY IT: I'D BE THE HAPPIEST GUY ON EARTH IF MOST OF THESE BASTARDS WERE HUNG BY THE NECK UNTIL DEAD...
Instead, they both use the old DC trick of cutting projected increases in spending.
Only in DC could budgets that increase domestic spending be considered a “radical attack on the welfare state.”
The fundamental flaw in the conservative budgets is philosophical: like much of modern American conservatism, the budgets accept the notion that the American government is both constitutionally authorized to run, and capable of running, the economy, our lives, and the world.
(Hence the “conservative” budgets do little or nothing to scale back the federal role in education, housing, welfare, or commerce.)
* FOLKS... THIS IS WHY WHEN TRUMP F--KED UP THE OTHER DAY VIA GIVING HIS ANSWER REGARDING A QUESTION ON FEDERAL PRIORITIES I DIDN'T LOSE MY $HIT. NO. WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT? I HOLD OUT HOPE THAT TRUMP CAN BE CONVINCED OF THE ERROR OF HIS WAYS WHICH BROUGHT FORTH HIS ANSWER! BUT WHAT I KNOW... KNOW FOR A FACT... IS THAT THE SCUMBAGS WHO ACTUALLY RUN THE FRIGGIN' GOVERNMENT - THE REPUBLICAN SCUMBAGS - HAVE EVEN LESS RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND/OR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY THAN TRUMP DOES!
Beltway Conservative budgets reform welfare programs by giving the states more authority and flexibility in administering the programs. This may make marginal improvements in the programs, but it does not make the welfare state moral or constitutional. It also does not make government welfare more efficient or compassionate than private charity.
* YEP. DON'T TAKE THE MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE - AND THEN THERE WON'T BE ANY MONEY FOR THOSE SCUMBAGS TO "REDISTRIBUTE!"
* SERIOUSLY... WHO'S WITH ME... WHO WANTS AT LEAST 90% OF THESE BASTARDS DEAD?!
Similarly, while conservatives promise entitlement reforms that give individuals greater control, they refuse to grant young people the option to care for themselves by opting out of the government entitlement system.
If America is going to avoid a major economic crisis, government spending and debt must be reduced. However, budgets that merely tinker around the edges of the welfare-warfare state, or only reduce the rate of spending increases, merely postpone the day of reckoning.
Only a budget that brings the troops home, shuts down unconstitutional agencies, ends all corporate welfare, and begins unwinding our welfare and entitlement programs will ensure future generations enjoy liberty, peace, and prosperity.