Congress just passed – and President Biden just signed – the latest short-term government funding bill to keep the government running.
The bill, which essentially kicks the can down the road, ensures that taxpayers will continue to pay for a bloated government until January, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) said: “…avoiding a (government) shutdown is so very far from mission accomplished. We have a lot of work to do after the dust settles and before the next shutdown deadline comes up.”
In the past, this fake scenario of a government shutdown has meant preserving all current spending while adding new debt. It is doubtful this time around will be much different.
Because this “work” is unlikely to include reforming Social Security and Medicare – the biggest driver of debt – fiscally conservative Republicans should focus on other spending to shame the profligate spenders (which sadly include too many Republicans) and inform voters that their tax dollars and borrowed money are being wasted.
Thomas A. Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW.org), has come up with a list of proposed cuts that should serve as a starting point.
How about cutting or eliminating $196 million for the International Fund