By Tim Brown
On Tuesday’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News with Laura Ingraham, the host said what many of us have been thinking should have been done a long time ago and that is the Republicans should put their money where their mouths are and stand on the principles they claim to believe in, yet consistently and cowardly cave to political pressure and fund them.
Among some of those things they claim to be against are Obamacare, abortion and illegal immigration. Yet, every single one of those things and more are being funded in the Republican omnibus bill.
By the way, all of those things are unconstitutional spending under our Constitution.
Titling her commentary, “Washington’s real March Madness,” Ingraham said that people’s eyes glaze over because they are sick and tired of hearing about such nonsense.
“What you need to know, it is a legislative scan because it involves packaging a lot of the federal government’s smaller spending bills into one gargantuan bill,” she told her audience. “Then the whole thing can be passed with only a single vote in both the House and the Senate. So long gone are the days of the so-called regular order when appropriations were done the sensible way. Department by department, a lot more transparent that way with each bill being considered separately.”
“Under that scenario, Congress and the voters who elected them have more opportunities to either strip out the waste and fund only essential priorities,” she added. “It makes sense, right? For years, we have heard leaders in both parties pledged to return to regular order, yet nothing ever happens.”
“And it is backed to these mind-numbing continuing resolutions, omnibus nightmares, and shutdown threats, and the result is usually a last-minute budget-busting cramdown,” Ingraham continued. “Sure enough, as spring kicks off, here they go again, and it’s really ugly.”
Of course, establishment Republicans continue spending like there is no tomorrow due to the political pressure brought by the media and Democrats. In some sense, a lot of us would rather they just took their jersey off and join the other team in the open rather than in the shadows to be honest.
That’s not going to happen because they give the appearance that they are on our side. In other words, RINOs are controlled opposition, and yes, they are controlled.
Ingraham then rolled several clips of what she was talking about. Here’s the transcript.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), MINORITY LEADER: They insist on poison pills and the rest. Hopefully, they will get serious, and we can get this done before it is the 23rd of March.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This budget had to be finished. They wanted to add 160, 170 poison pill amendments, none of which would ever survive a vote on their own on the floor.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reject many of the poison bill pill riders from President Trump.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
INGRAHAM: Meanwhile, conservatives are in revolt, because they are free of all the old sequestration cap and big shocker, it increases spending.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This idea that all the bills come together in one big, what we call an omnibus — ominous might be a better word.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are looking at a trillion plus dollar deficit perhaps as early as this October when the numbers come out. You know that is under a Republican administration. We need to do better.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have gotten this bad habit of thinking money here is free. It falls from the heavens and money is free. It is not.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
INGRAHAM: I love that. This means Republicans will need, of course, Democratic votes to pass my pass the measure in both chambers and this means more add-ons, more giveaways, more junk. It is a total mess. Do you remember what Trump promised? He promised to cut spending, to defund boondoggles, and, yes, to drain the swamp.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties and when he defied federal law and the Constitution.
The Trump administration will cancel all federal funding for sanctuary cities. We will end illegal immigration, keep the drugs from pouring into our communities. We are not going to allow them to are not going to fund as long as we have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
INGRAHAM: But as of tonight, it looks like the stuff that should be funded by the Republican majority won’t be touched at all. Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, Obama’s executive amnesties, and this is my favorite, almost a billion dollars for a tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey.
It is a disguised earmark for Chuck Schumer. Nice going, Chuck and two of the most liberal states in America benefit. And that is the short list. It passes for a law. This Freddy Krueger-like omnibus bill will include over a trillion dollars in spending, $1.3 trillion.
She then concluded that the bill will most assuredly pass with little if no debate or scrutiny.
“My friends, this is just sheer madness,” Ingraham said. “It is time to stand on principle without fear of a government shutdown. It is time to educate the public about how both parties got off-board.”
“Yes, you have to compromise if necessary, but with full transparency, and, if possible, not on the core issues,” she concluded. “You are the majority, after all. Start really helping President Trump drain the swamp. Don’t add to it. You’ll do the country good, and you just might surprise all experts in November.”
On that last part, I would like to ask Ms. Ingraham exactly what those core issues that can’t be compromised are because I don’t see any appeal to limited constitutional spending which would eliminate a lot more spending than that which is most controversial and apparently unconstitutional. It would eliminate all spending that supports the unconstitutional agencies and programs of the central government along with the welfare programs and empire building that we have been engaged in keeping up for decades.
The fact that these politicians keep their power by indebting the American people through unconstitutional spending just demonstrates how corrupt DC has become and if we cannot clean it up, then we need to start petitioning the states to abolish it, just like Jefferson said, and start anew. And make no mistake, Republicans are just as much a part of the problem of unconstitutional spending as the Democrats.
The only people who truly fear a government shutdown are the politicians in DC, not the people.
Republished with permission Freedom Outpost
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Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina.