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Hidden Within Yesterday's Continuing Resolution

Yesterday, HR 2608 was passed to continue the appropriations amendments for 2012 at total non-emergency spending levels. I found it very interesting to examine some of the contents of the resolution. After doing so, I shared my findings with a patriots group last evening and we were all scratching our heads wondering, when will our Congress get serious about the multiple pledges they made just one year ago? It amazes me how quickly people forget a promise.

I feel that what we see in Washington’s failed promises, is indicative of our society, where people tell one another they are going to do something, then next thing you know, there is some excuse for “why” they cannot follow through with their commitment. I am so fed up with the “Washington Double-Talk” coming out of DC and unfortunately, both sides of the aisle are involved.

The resolution included $119 billion in “emergency-designated war funds”, which does not count toward the $1.043 trillion. It puzzles me to understand what difference does it make if the House doesn’t pass the President’s budget, if they give him what he wanted from his budget in the CRs? It is bad politics to keep funding the government every few months with a continuing resolution.

This is poor management of our tax dollars!

The CR also includes:

  • No provisions to defund all or part of Obamacare. Isn’t this what the House Republicans won most of their seats on last year? It reminds me of the Naked Eyes song from years ago that had a chorus in it…”You made me, promises, promises…I knew you’d never keep.”
  • Funding for the tax-payer financed Advanced Technology Vehicles manufacturing Loan Program, which you might be alarmed to know is in addition to the TARP funding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Technology_Vehicles_Manufacturing_Loan_Program
  • A continuation of Funding for the United Nation’s Population Fund – an agency that has been known for involvement in the one-child policy of China
  • $300 million in annual funds for the Title X funding for Planned Parenthood
  • International population control funds at a rate of $575 million per year
  • $24 billion in spending above the House-passed budget resolution
  • Continued funding for NPR

So, out of $1.043 trillion, Americans received $7 billion in cuts. A 1% cut on a 7% increase. I don’t know…it doesn’t sound like serious “fiscally- conservative” cuts to me.

In my humble opinion, and for what it is worth, I believe we have little time for status-quo politicians. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road without suffering devastating economic recoil. In fact, as interest piles up, we are no longer kicking the can down the road, as I recently heard one leader in the Tea Party movement suggest, “we are arguably rolling a snowball down a mountainside”. Why? Because a can stays the same size but a snowball grows; very good point. And the assumption that we have to wait for possible Republican control of the Senate is a farce – an empty excuse to “do nothing”. There in no guarantee that the Senate will go Republican in 2012.  And if the Senate does go Republican (which I hope it does), again, there is no guarantee that the Congress is going to right the many wrongs it has inflicted.

It is imperative that our elected officials get serious, now, about:

  1. Reducing our government spending in a timely manner to levels that match government revenues.
  2. Freeing up the economy to produce the wealth necessary for creating jobs by dismantling the unconstitutional government agencies which are systematically destroying it. Additionally, we do not need government to produce jobs – we need it to produce the atmosphere for businesses to feel safe in creating jobs.
  3. Standing with the constitutional principles that once made our nation great, and will again restrain and bind an out of control government.

The Founders envisioned a republican form of government, and issued warnings of what we should guard against…“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams

The problem for American citizens to solve is this: We must have Congressional members who are willing to promote the above three points. Without serious conservatives, without constitutional conservatives, without the involvement of the people in that selection process, very little is going to change.

For the sake of children and grandchildren, we must demand that Congress stop the non-sense, such as continuing resolutions, and get their House in order.

Source for Reference: Republican Study Committee