When digging yourself deeper into a hole, the best course of action is to stop digging.
As Written By Allen West and Co-Authored By NCPA Legislative Director Brian Williams for Townhall:
That’s good advice for one and all. Back in January, the Congressional leadership promised to stop digging, so to speak. They promised to bring “regular order” to an out-of-control spending spree, to fight against the Obama Administration’s spending addiction, and to restore fiscal sanity to the federal government. We had high hopes. But here we are, twelve months later, and Congress is still digging.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Congressional leadership introduced a 2,000-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. It adds an additional $80 billion in spending over the next two years, beyond what Congress already planned to spend! This is an unbelievable action from a Congress that was elected to do just the opposite. Congress already spends $426 billion more than the Treasury collects from taxpayers. That’s the deficit this year alone. And Congress has borrowed almost $19 trillion dollars to pay for federal government activities over the last several years. That’s the national debt. At some point, someone in Congressional leadership needs to get control over this spending addiction. That’s what Americans believed they were doing when they elected a majority of Republicans to the House and Senate last year. That’s what they believed would happen when Rep. Paul Ryan was elected as Speaker of the House.
Worse yet, the Omnibus Spending Bill not only increases spending that we can’t afford, it also promotes bad policies that will make it more expensive for Americans to work and live. The bill provides more funding to the ……