How Congress Spends Your Money By Ron Paul

Supporters of warfare, welfare, and Wonder Woman cheered last week as Congress passed a one trillion dollar “omnibus” appropriation bill. This legislation funds the operations of government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Wonder Woman fans can cheer that buried in the bill was a $10,000 grant for a theater program to explore the comic book heroine.

That is just one of the many outrageous projects buried in this 1,582 page bill. The legislation gives the Department of Education more money to continue nationalizing education via “common core.” Also, despite new evidence of Obamacare’s failure emerging on an almost daily basis, the Omnibus bill does nothing to roll back this disastrous law.

Even though the Omnibus bill dramatically increases government spending, it passed with the support of many self-described “fiscal conservatives.” Those wondering why anyone who opposes increasing spending on programs like common core and Obamacare would vote for the bill, may find an answer in the fact that the legislation increases funding for the “Overseas Continuing Operations” — which is the official name for the war budget — for the first time since 2010. This $85 billion war budget contains $6 billion earmarked for projects benefiting Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and other big defense contractors.

Ever since “sequestration” went into effect at the beginning of last year, the military-industrial complex’s congressional cheering session has complained that sequestration imposed “draconian cuts” on the Pentagon that will “decimate” our military — even though most of the “cuts” were actually reductions in the “projected rate of growth.” In fact, under sequestration, defense spending was to increase by 18 percent over ten years, as opposed to growing by 20 percent without sequestration.

Many of the defenders of increased war spending are opponents of welfare, but they are willing to set aside their opposition to increased welfare spending in order to increase warfare spending. They are supported in this position by the lobbyists for the military-industrial complex and the neoconservatives, whose continued influence on foreign policy is mystifying. After all, the neocons were the major promoters of the disastrous military intervention in Iraq.

While many neocons give lip service to limiting domestic spending, their main priority remains protecting high levels of military spending to maintain an interventionist foreign policy. The influence of the neocons provides intellectual justification for politicians to vote for ever-larger military budgets — and break the campaign promises to vote against increases in spending and debt.

Fortunately, in recent years more Americans have recognized that a constant defense of liberty requires opposing both war and welfare. Many of these Americans, especially the younger ones, have joined the intellectual and political movement in favor of limiting government in all areas. This movement presents the most serious challenge the bipartisan welfare-warfare consensus has faced in generations. Hopefully, the influence of this movement will lead to bipartisan deals cutting both welfare and warfare spending.

The question facing Americans is not whether Congress will ever cut spending. The question is will the spending be reduced in an orderly manner that avoids inflecting massive harm on those depending on government programs, or will spending be slashed in response to an economic crisis caused by ever-increasing levels of deficit spending. Because politicians are followers rather than leaders, it is ultimately up to the people what course we will take. This is why it is vital that those of us who understand the dangerous path we are currently on do all we can to expand the movement for liberty, peace, and prosperity.

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  1. WOULD THE CONSERVATIVES WHO RUN AFGHANISTAN OR SAUDI ARABIA OR SYRIA OR CHINA OR JUST ABOUT ANY OF THE 100 PLUS TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIPS ON EARTH MEET YOUR CRITERIA FOR BEING CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH??? There are NO Liberal dictatorships… but there are now, and have been through out human history, HUNDREDS OF CONSERVATIVE DICTATORSHIPS!!! Right wingers CLAIM they are in favor of freedom and liberty! Are right wingers totally deluded, or just incredibly stupid and hypocritical??? RIGHT WINGERS WANT FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, ALL RIGHT… FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL… AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE!!!

  2. Just what we need is more democrats to run the country! The TOP DEM has not only made a fool of hjimself by degrading past presidents and Americans but has taken us down to where the next three Presidents whether republican, democrat, or libertarian will have his/her hands full just to try figuring out how to get out of this major jam we are in due to GOVERNMENT POLICIES. John Dille makes the point that in the last 7 years, the time the dems have been in charge of just about everything (Reid and Pelosi saw to that) This country has not gone sideways but looped down so far that it now seems unsustainable. Thank you Mr Obama, Mr Bernake, and can I throw in a few additional incompetents, i.e. Hilary, Holder, and whatisname, the Treasury Secretary who just left, oh yeah, Timothy Geithner.
    No we don’t need any more spend thrift and waste democrats. We need a new group of Conservatives, not just Republicans, or RINOs, but true blue Conservatives.

  3. Gee, blaming rich people and republicans for your problems. At least we know that you did not hurt yourself coming up something new to yell about. PS – I know some poor republicans and some rich democrats. Hope that does not make your head explode.

  4. Half of all Federal income taxes are paid by the 3% of the population that earns over a quarter million dollars a year, and 3 quarters are paid by the top 13% who earn more than 100 thousand per year! MOST OF US PEONS SCRAPE BY ON A FRACTION OF THAT INCOME.. and most of what the Federal government does has NO impact on our lives!!! a majority of all Americans live in households that earn less than 32 thousand a year…AND THAT IS FROM THE IRS DATA… if you look at census data, which includes millions of households that earn too little income to even file a tax return, then the median household income is about $27,000! MOST AMERICANS ARE ECONOMICALLY IRRELEVANT… WE DO NOT EVEN EXIST AS FAR AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CONCERNED!!! So WHY should we care about how government tax monies get spent!!! WE PAY VERY LITTLE IN TAXES, AND WE GET MINIMAL BENEFITS FROM THE SPENDING OF THOSE MONIES!!! Which is why the majority of Americans live in or not much above poverty!!! By the way… the Census data DOES INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE AND OTHER CASH BENEFITS… but does NOT include Capital gains that put an additional half trillion or so per year into the pockets of the rich! All of which means that… based on a just completed study … the poverty rate in America would be at least 25% and as high as 35%, IF GOVERNMENT WELFARE AND OTHER SUCH PROGRAMS WERE ELIMINATED… as Republicans want us to do… so the government can afford even MORE tax cuts for the rich!!! VOTE REPUBLICAN!!! COMMUNIST CHINA NEEDS MORE AMERICAN JOBS… AND THE SUPER RICH NEED MORE MASSIVE TAX CUTS… SO THEIR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS CAN BUY UP THE PORTIONS OF AMERICA THAT THEIR FATHERS AND GRANDFATHERS DO NOT YET OW!!! Our grandchildren will need some place where they can be slaves and serfs, and their masters may as well be Republicans! That MIGHT be better than having Chinese masters!

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