Like Clockwork – Another Government Shutdown is Upon Us

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Oh here we go again. Yet another government shutdown is but a day away. And once again there is talk of Armageddon. How can we survive without a fully functioning federal leviathan?

The last threat of a shutdown was mere months ago, in April, when the leftist site, Vox.com wrote: “The House and Senate have until midnight on April 28 to pass a spending bill or the federal government will run out of money and close its doors.”

Now anyone who has been following this nonsense, read or listened to any conservative talkers, knows full well that this is a lie. It’s hard to say whether those at Vox are disingenuous liars or just ill-informed.

But we on the right have been beating this dead horse for years, and I suppose must continue to do so. In fact the government does not “run out of money,” or “close its doors.” But our logic and the reality of the situation has still not been able to cut through the fog of political theater.

The dirty little secret, that we must repeat seemingly every six months, is that 80-85% of government remains fully funded during these so-called shutdowns. That leaves no more than 15-20% of government temporarily offline – normally for just a matter of days. It’s a slowdown at best. read more

Taxpayers Lose Again with the Stop-Gap Spending Bill

Shut It Down: Republicans Chicken Out Yet Again

from The American Spectator:

There was a reason that FDR opposed the unionization of public sector workers. Rather than the natural negotiation tension between a company owner and an employee in which the owner is trying to conserve his capital while the employee across the table tries to get as much as he can, when a politician or bureaucrat is negotiating with a public sector union, they’re both on the same side of the table, spending taxpayers’ money, usually without a taxpayer representative anywhere nearby. It’s a recipe for fiscal disaster and perhaps national economic suicide.

The same is true, as proved this weekend, when Republicans and Democrats, having colluded to put off legislation needed to “keep the government open” until the waning days of existing federal spending authority, crafted a “deal” in which taxpayers are utterly betrayed. Government by emergency is never good for the taxpayer, and this emergency was, as so many are, a product of bipartisan conspiracy. read more

The Wall is Worth Fighting For

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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You’ll have to pardon my cynicism regarding the border wall, but we’ve seen this show before. Republicans talk tough, but at the first sign of push-back, they collapse like a house of cards.

But the President is supposed to be different – he’s supposed to be a fighter. He’s supposed to be fighting for us. The wall isn’t just what he wants – it’s what we want. So where’s the fight?

On Tuesday, Talking Points Memo reported on Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s White House briefing. “Yesterday, President Trump reportedly said that he’s going to delay pushing the wall through. Can you just clarify what the status is?” Associated Press reporter Vivian Salama asked Spicer at his daily briefing.

“I think he tweeted about this earlier,” Spicer replied. “His priorities have not changed. There will be a wall built. “Our priorities are clear going into FY17, the remainder of budgeting for that, and we’ll continue to ask for more in FY18,” he said, referring to fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

“So it’s delayed for now,” Salama pressed. “No, I didn’t — no, no, no, no. I never — no one said delayed. No, no,” Spicer said.

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Paul Ryan’s Inclusive Conservatism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week the New York Times wrote:  “Republican leaders on Capitol Hill conceded that they will miss a Friday deadline, and the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday put forward a stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown and give negotiators an additional five days to reach an agreement.”

And this is what happens every time a budget bill or frankly any “important” legislation (if there is such a thing) comes up. It’s planned and purposeful – playing the postponement game with “stopgap measures.” Isn’t it curious that they always seem to be pushed right to the brink of a holiday period, a government shutdown or such thing? This time it’s a double whammy – Christmas break and the dreaded shutdown (which we all know is a mere slowdown). No one on capital hill wants to be here longer than they have to, so the old game is to keep extending the final decision making until the 11th hour and rush to make a deal, then leave town.

Senator majority leader and head bully, Mitch McConnell already stated there will NEVER again be a government shutdown. read more

Spending Bills Funds SNAP Ads in Mexico

The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned.

The bill was hashed out between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The funding will continue despite claims in a document the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill contains a “prohibition” on such programs. Page three of this press document states regarding food stamps that the omnibus spending bill contains a “prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments.”

The entire paragraph that contains that statement reads: read more