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Maybe a shutdown is a good thing.

March 22, 2018

Did you vote for these people?

Meaning Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.  Of course some of you did, but by and large these four people do not represent your interests.

So why pray tell are they in charge of this 2232-page, 3.42 megabyte monstrosity of a spending bill?

According to Paul Ryan, there are stand-alone appropriations bills already in the Senate that address individual departmental spending now included in the bill, so why doesn’t McConnell make them vote on the existing documents?

The short answer is that this is the only way to get to the increased spending on the military that now seems to be President Trump’s sole reason for approving the other spending.

Not that the President should be harassed for wanting to strengthen the armed forces as quickly as possible, particularly in view of the various global threats. That’s obviously desperately needed.

But some of the rest of this bill  is simply partisan, largely Democrat garbage. Ask Schumer about the bill and he grins like a Cheshire cat.

Be that as it may, the real point is that this is just another “we have to pass it so you can find out what’s in it” moment.

That’s not why the American people voted for President Trump.

Sure, we all want the military brought back to a point where it can actually defend us. No one wants planes and choppers falling out of the sky and it is certainly a good thing to give soldiers enough ammo to practice their marksmanship.

But is this too big a price to pay?

Various outlets say the President is “having second thoughts” about signing the bill. Chances are good that the Fab Four of Congress probably didn’t give him a line item explanation of what’s in the bill.

Perhaps he’d be wise to postpone signing it until HE can read it. He has ten days to do so, excluding Sundays, and he would probably need all of them to read and digest what effect the bill will have on some of his other goals. At that point he can either allow it to become law without his signature, or if Congress adjourns on Friday he can issue a pocket veto.

At the very least, he needs to study the darn thing, because no one is going to give him a pass on it just because he hasn’t read it either.

From → op-ed

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