What's Up With The Budget?

We have a money! Why don't we reflect? Here's some commentary on an NPR piece about the new budget.

written by: Elisha Bennet

House and Senate leaders posted a 2,232 page spending bill to fund the government through September, 30 of this year. It was posted on Wednesday evening ahead of a midnight Friday deadline.

The $1.3 trillion measure includes significant boosts to U.S. military spending supported by President Trump and congressional Republicans, while Democrats secured boosts to domestic spending that most Republicans oppose.

All of this is terrifying & silly. Foremost, following displays of Russia’s military investments, watching us bolster our military is too "Cold War" feeling. Also, while it’s nice that everyone gets something, pick one and stick with it. While you're writing checks in a positive economy, its evident that good times won’t last.

Congressional leaders celebrated the legislation publicly while they worked behind the scenes to convince skeptics to back the legislation. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., joined other Republicans in highlighting the military spending increases.

Paul Ryan has yet to realize that he won't be president—ever. 

"With the biggest increase in defense funding in 15 years," Ryan said in a statement. "This critical legislation begins to reverse the damage of the last decade and allows us to create a 21st-century fighting force."

It’s silly associating a stagnation, or decrease, in military funding with an inherent negative.

He is working to tamp down anger among conservatives over spending increases and changes to gun policy. Among their chief concerns, the legislation would usher in a period of trillion-dollar deficits at a time when Republicans have complete control of the federal government.

Everyone fibs in politics, but who does it better than Republicans?

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday that they plan to oppose the bill over those concerns.

Right for all the wrong reasons.

"That is not in any way close what the election was about, close to what we campaigned on," said Ohio Republican Jim Jordan. "Not close to what we told the American people we were going to accomplish if they gave us the privileged to serve and be in power."

While it’s a nice sentiment, instead of fighting til death for local needs, a compromise for the greater good is always best.

Democrats are facing a separate set of frustrations from the left flank of their party. Many immigration advocates are angry that the legislation includes $1.6 billion in border security money without corresponding protections for immigrants currently protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.

Walls are silly. They’ve been silly. So silly, that when knocked down, David Hasselholf dances on them. There is no compromise on this. It’s an abhorrent idea from every angle. While you’re elected to represent the people, don’t listen to the loud and stupid bit of them.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, focused instead on spending increases for domestic programs

Everybody gets money! But for real; spending money on infrastructure, education, and ourselves is the best way to spend money.

"Every bill takes compromise, and there was plenty here, but at the end of the day we Democrats feel very good because so many of our priorities for the middle class were included," Schumer said. "From opioid funding to rural broadband, and from student loans to child care, this bill puts workers and families first."

This fake-care-bandage-bullshit with the opioid crisis is so transparent. Literally, kill the pushers because it’s easy. It looks good in the papers. Instead, let's focus on drug pushing, bribe getting doctors.

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