Is it about money or philosophy?
While many candidates run on the promise of making government more fit, trim and live within its means, the actions show to the contrary. The House and Senate have finished their preliminary work on the state budget, and the end result is still more spending than ever before. At the time I was first elected to the legislature in 2002, the budget was around $18 billion. This year, it is around $24 billion. How does that happen if the Republicans are in control, and most of them told the voters they would pare down our bloated government? Although Democrats are in a severe minority, they should go home happy because they succeeded in keeping much of the excessive governmental spending. It’s kind of like going on a diet that only lasts until you discover you have to give up doughnuts, ice cream and french fries. If you have the stomach for it, “click here” if you want to read the story behind the broken promises to be financially prudent.
This process of waiting until the last week to work out a budget formed around bad decisions, forces the legislators to hurriedly pass the budget as they are constrained to do so before the adjournment on May 18th. These budgets also give us a glimpse into the priorities of the legislature.
The Department of Planned Parenthood:
The national government has even greater public relations problems because the majority of the House of Representatives claim to be pro-life, yet they are still giving our hard earned taxpayer dollars to corporations that push abortion, like Planned Parenthood. I asked my congressman why, and here is a summary of his answer. I would recommend you also ask your national representatives as well. Here is the answer you will most likely get:
The Republicans are behaving as if they are being bullied because the Democrats know they are unwilling to allow a government shut down. Therefore, the other side can get away with anything on the mere threat of blackmail if we don’t acquiesce to more big government. Ronald Reagan was the last president we had who was willing to risk it all for conservative principles. To have a successful balance in any negotiation, both sides have to have something to gain and lose. As long as the Republicans keep allowing the Democrats to use the trump card, the government will only grow bigger.
Typically in an election year, they pass fewer bills. This fact is good news for those citizens who enjoy liberty. Since the next election is right around the corner, this is an excellent time, and perhaps, the only time we can really hold the current officeholders accountable.
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