Now THERE’S a question for ya. One whose answer is unpleasant at best to contemplate.
Please allow me to be perfectly clear. I hold a ‘traditional conservative’ outlook. Fiscally conservative. I don’t care if what you do in your bedroom, nor does it bother me if you choose to marry a squirrel, wear a snickers bar costume to the grocery store, or make it your life’s mission to spend all day filling canoes with pancakes. So long as your personal life choices in the pursuit of your happiness do not impact, impede, diminish or interfere with independent choices of others – have at it.
However, when it comes to federal spending, it becomes another matter entirely. A tidal wave of debt is close to collapsing our nation.
That’s why this latest proclamation by Lyin’ Speaker Ryan is infuriating. Heck, honestly, it’s well beyond infuriating.
President Obama has never had a federal budget. The last federal budget was signed into law in September of 2007 for fiscal year ’08. That was the last budget passed and signed into law. Nine consecutive fiscal years without a budget.
On December 11th 2015 the House passed a $2+ trillion Omnibus spending bill, and eliminated the debt ceiling. They didn’t raise the debt ceiling, they eliminated it. The Omnibus was structured to carry federal spending all the way to March 2017.
In January 2016 Paul Ryan took over as Speaker of the House. His first promise was to bring back “regular order” and pass a federal budget for fiscal year 2017. Fiscal year ’17 begins in October of this year (2016).
At risk of becoming tediously repetitious, I’ll say it again: if you’re a conservative or libertarian, if you believe in Constitutionally legitimate government and the rule of law and wish to see those things restored, there is no political party that represents your interests and principles in the US government. None.
Now let’s see: what was that word the Founders used to refer to taxation without representation? Hmm, it’s right on the tip of my tongue here…