20 Jan

Limitless, Lawless, and Shameless…Federal spending is unconstrained by legality or decency.

Deroy Murdock @ NRO:

‘We don’t have a spending problem.”

Those soothing words are apparently none other than Barack Obama’s. As the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore reported, House Speaker John Boehner says Obama insisted to him that America has a problem with health care, not federal expenditures.

Maybe the spendaholic-in-chief is missing something. America is being tortured by a free-spending federal government that acts irresponsibly on good days and illegally on bad ones.

In just the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, Washington dug Americans $293 billion deeper down the hole, the Congressional Budget Office announcedJanuary 8. That pace likely will make this the fifth consecutive year with a federal deficit exceeding $1 trillion. This was obscene enough when George W. Bush botched the 2008 financial meltdown. Since then, Obama gleefully has frolicked in red ink.

Also, federal welfare spending is set to increase 80 percent between now and fiscal year 2022 and total $11 trillion. What fuels this explosion in the dole? According to a January 15 analysis by Senate Budget Committee Republicans, bureaucrats use “aggressive outreach to those who say they do not need financial assistance.” Also, “recruitment workers are even instructed on how to ‘overcome the word “no”’ when individuals resist enrollment.”

This week, the Republican-led House approved $33 billion in Hurricane Sandy assistance. This sum, atop another $17 billion, includes such non-sequiturs as $10 million for FBI paychecks, $50 million to plant trees around America, $150 million for fisheries, and $2 billion for interstate highways.

Enough wobbly Republicans joined spend-happy Democrats to save these and other slabs of pork.

The boarded-up storefronts, gutted walls, and missing floors of numerous establishments in Lower Manhattan hint at the far graver pain that Sandy’s victims still endure in demolished parts of the Northeast. Republicans should have used this legislation as a tutorial on limiting disaster relief to relieving disaster, not opening the vault to those with the stickiest fingers.

Meanwhile, Washington’s record-shattering profligacy may be less frightening than its burgeoning lawlessness. Legal, schmeagle. Washington does whatever it wants.

• Senate Budget Committee Republicans report that the Agriculture and Homeland Security departments “have promotions to increase the number of immigrants on welfare despite legal prohibitions on welfare use among those seeking admittance into the United States.”

• Congressman Tom McClintock (R., Calif.) complains that Congress routinely spends tax dollars on programs whose legal authorization has expired. This is like using a company credit card years after you were fired.

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About Curt

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.

One Response to Limitless, Lawless, and Shameless…Federal spending is unconstrained by legality or decency.

  1. Smorgasbord says: 1

    obama is like a drunk who says, “I don’t have a drinking problem. I can quit any time I want.”, except that obama had no intentions of EVER stopping spending like he is. He reminds me of the cereal commercial where Mikey is told, “Try it. You’ll like it.” obama tried it, and he not only likes it, he LOVES it.

    We need to keep in mind that the president can’t spend a penny. congress does the spending. For YOUR politician to get their hundreds of millions of dollars in pork spending, they have to vote for the other politician’s pork spending. “I’ll vote for yours, if you will vote for mine.”

    We need to pass a bill that makes it illegal to add anything to a bill introduced into congress, unless the one who introduces it modifies it, but neither speaker would allow such a bill to be put up for a vote. One person in each house decides if a bill is voted on. This also needs to stop. The bills should be voted on in the order they are introduced.

    I’ll say this again, if the government has been infiltrated, with the intention of bring the USA down, how would they do it. Compare that to what is going on in washington dc right now, and they are a match.

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