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GOP’s budget treachery: Financial Armageddon is just the beginning



When Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan voluntarily relinquished the power of the purse to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in last week’s budget deal, it confirmed what conservatives have known for some time now; GOP promises to reign in big government are nothing but election-year lies promulgated in the name of political self-preservation.

As details of the McConnell/Schumer budget deal gradually see the light of day—Mickey and company have adopted the Nancy Pelosi rule of passing a bill before revealing what’s in it—we are discovering that the GOP’s budget treachery is worse than we thought. In short, the bill ensures that America will continue to inch its way toward Greece-like financial insolvency and financial Armageddon.

For those who would support Trump even if he committed murder on Fifth Avenue, it would be tempting to put this squarely on Congress’ shoulders, but that ignores the fact that Trump could have vetoed the bill. In fact, Trump’s budget proposal released yesterday confirms that he loves to spend money we don’t have just as much as Congress does, and his campaign promise to eliminate the national debt in 8 years was a lie as big as anything we’ve ever heard from McConnell and Ryan.

Trump proposed a budget of over $4 trillion for next year that projects a $1 trillion-plus deficit and officially abandons any effort to balance the budget, let alone eliminate the debt anytime in the next 10 years. And those numbers don’t include the over $300 billion in new spending approved in the McConnell/Schumer deal.

By the way, you might want to postpone any spending plans you have for that extra money from the Trump tax cut. The $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan Trump included in his budget might be partially funded with a 135 percent increase in the gas tax—WINNING!

The GOP’s budget treachery goes beyond dollars and cents; it also betrays parts of the GOP platform.

In what has been referred to the most pro-life platform in history, the GOP committed itself to address abortion by defunding Planned Parenthood and ending dismemberment abortions. Under the McConnell/Schumer budget deal, government spending is set for two years and includes continued funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood had a banner year after receiving over $500 million in taxpayer funds in 2017, which helped facilitate the murder of over 321,000 unborn babies. Based on last year’s success, Planned Parenthood stands to pocket over $1 billion in taxpayer money while murdering over 600,000 innocent babies in the next two years.

At the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial . . . Wait! There’s more!

This group of lying liars have long promised to fix illegal immigration, so they are working this week on plans to grant amnesty and citizenship for up to 1.8 million DREAMers by making DACA permanent—a goal Donald Trump says is more important to Republicans than it is to Democrats.

As I wrote yesterday, the (TEA) party’s over. Conservative values no longer drive the GOP agenda, and we need to stop playing the Washington establishment’s game of voting for the not-Democrat.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Trump, GOP will work with Dems to add global warming legislation to infrastructure spending



Trump GOP will work with Dems to add global warming legislation to infrastructure spending

As 2018 winds to a close and the failed two-year experiment giving Trump, McConnell, and Ryan complete control of Washington breathes its last, Democrats have been busy charting a course correction after having their agenda temporarily knocked off course in 2016.

I wrote last week about how Democrats would be placing a new focus on their Democratic Socialist-inspired agenda in a host of areas from gun control to global warming. In that piece, I introduced you to the Green New Deal, a plan being promoted by Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist from New York.

The goal of the Green New Deal is to pass laws in Washington forcing the United States to become 100 percent dependent on so-called green energy. And while it’s tempting to write-off Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to create an environmental Xanadu as nothing more than the naïve rantings of a textbook left-wing loon — which she is, by the way — the reality is that Al Gore’s Church of Global Warming is about to experience a revival.

Since the Democrats will control the House, it’s a given that the global warming agenda will be advanced under Nancy Pelosi’s “leadership.” But what about the Senate?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote in an open letter to Donald Trump on Friday that the United States’ transition to renewable energy “must” be included in the infrastructure spending debate expected to take place in 2019.

“It is crucial that we immediately enact legislation to combat climate change and create millions of jobs. Therefore, any clean infrastructure package considered in 2019 must include policies and funding to transition to a clean energy economy and mitigate risks that the United States is already facing due to climate change.”

So, who cares? Right? After all, the Senate is still under GOP control and Trump could always veto the bill even if it makes it through the Senate.

Well, besides the fact that Trump has NEVER used his veto pen — probably because he’s been busy using his executive order pen to destroy the Second Amendment — he and the GOP love big-government spending as much as the Democrats.

You may recall that Trump announced in his first State of the Union address — and repeated in his second — plans to spend $1 trillion or more on infrastructure. On top of that, Republicans in the House released an infrastructure-spending plan back in July when they were busy trying to buy votes in the hope that it would save their majority.

By the way, the GOP would pay for their Obama-esque infrastructure plan by raising gasoline taxes by 15-cents-a-gallon and diesel taxes by 20-cents-a-gallon. It would also raise taxes on a host of “green transportation” alternatives, such as: bikes, bicycle tires, and car batteries. All of these tax increases are supported by Trump.

I can hear the cult now; “Trump said last week that he doesn’t believe in global warming, and he called on the world to end the ‘ridiculous‘ Paris climate agreement that he withdrew the U.S. from last summer.”

As is usually the case when it comes to Donald Trump, nothing he says can be counted on.

First, Trump has pretty much made Ivanka his climate czar and she’s a devotee to Al Gore’s global warming religion. Second, Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was in-name-only. In the same speech where he announced the withdrawal, Trump made a commitment to negotiate a way to get back in it. Third, to borrow a phrase from Al Gore, we have the “inconvenient truth” that only days after his 2016 victory, Trump said in an interview that he believes there is “some connectivity” between humans and climate change.

The Democrats will control the agenda in 2019. And when you add Trump’s lack of any firm convictions, his past commitment to work with “Chuck and Nancy,” his 2020 aspirations, and his love of big government, then a budget-busting infrastructure bill that includes some or all of the Green New Deal is pretty much a done deal.

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Mark Meadows on term limits



Mark Meadows on term limits

Around 80% of Americans support term limits for members of Capitol Hill. Despite this super-majority, lawmakers have been reluctant to even discuss the possibility of such a move. It goes against the nature of career politicians which make up the lion’s share of people in the House and Senate.

House Freedom Caucus co-founder Mark Meadows (R-NC) has been a proponent of term limits. His push to limit members of Congress to three two-year terms and Senators to two six-year terms has been widely praised by voters, yet still remains a tough sell to lawmakers.

“Our founders never intended Congress to be a career–part of why Washington has become so dysfunctional is the shift away from this principle. Congressional term limits would do wonders toward addressing the problem.”

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SNL cold open wasn’t funny and Robert De Niro shouldn’t do live TV



SNL cold open wasnt funny and Robert De Niro shouldnt do live TV

There are plenty of people who do not agree with Saturday Night Live’s political satire who still find some of their skits funny. They often lampoon the President, and even though I don’t think they should they still make me laugh. The latest installment of the SNL cold open was another attempt at going after the President’s family.

It failed. Miserably. It wasn’t funny. The only thing worse than the premise of the skit and the failed jokes was guest star Robert De Niro’s performance as special counsel Robert Mueller. It was embarrassing. His trouble reading the lines on the teleprompter magnified his lack of humor.

You can watch it if you want, but I wouldn’t. It was the bad. Take my word on it.

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