This week, as the American economy continued
to suffer the effects of big government, the House attempted to pass two multi-billion
dollar "emergency" spending bills, one for continued spending on
the war in Iraq , and one increasing spending on domestic and international
welfare programs. The plan was to pass these two bills and then send them to
the president as one package. Even though the House failed to pass the war
spending bill, opponents of the war should not be fooled into believing this
vote signals a long-term change in policy. At the end of the day, those favoring
continued military occupation of Iraq will receive every penny they are requesting
and more as long as they agree to dramatically increase domestic and international
welfare spending as well.
The continued war in Iraq and the constant state of emergency has allowed
Congress to use these so-called "emergency" bills as a vehicle to
dramatically increase spending across the board including spending that
does not meet even the most generous definition of emergency. For example,
the spending proposals currently being considered by Congress provide $210
million to the Census Bureau and $4 million for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
and Firearms. $4.6 billion is requested for the closing of military bases,
but not any of the more than 700 bases overseas bases here at home!
Another $387 million would go to various international organizations and $850
million more just in international food aid all this when food prices
are skyrocketing here and American families are having a hard time making ends
meet. Because this spending will be part of "emergency" measures,
it will not count against debt ceilings, or any spending limits set by congressional
budget resolutions, and does not have to be offset in any way.
Explosive growth of government is just another tragedy of this war. The "bipartisan"
compromises made in Washington are at the expense of the taxpayer, not in the
interest of fiscal responsibility or peace. The taxpayer loses, and government
The bottom line is that our dollar is falling, the economy is in rough shape,
and government spending is wildly out of control. Congress argues over relatively
minor details, instead of dramatically changing our flawed foreign policy.
We need to bring our troops home, not only from Iraq and Afghanistan, but from
South Korea, Germany, and the other 138 countries where we have troops stationed.
Our foreign policy of interventionism is not only offensive to others, inviting
further terrorist attacks, but it is ruining our economy as we tax, borrow,
and print the money to pay the bills of our empire. The economy and ultimately
the American people suffer because Washington is refusing to adopt more sensible
and constitutional policies.
Squabbling between those who favor increased welfare and those who favor increased
warfare has given the American people a temporary reprieve from having to bear
the burden of yet another dramatic increase in government this week. However,
as early as next week a compromise could be reached that expands both government
warfare and welfare. As congressional approval ratings drop to 18 percent according
to a recent Gallup poll, the American people are telegraphing that Congress
is taking the country in the wrong direction. Our government must stop bankrupting
the country so that we can get back on track to a peaceful, prosperous future.