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Government’s spending addiction, trillion-dollar deficits, and debt ceiling crises

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On the same day Trump was hugging the flag while receiving loud shouts of “hosanna” from the adoring worshipers in attendance at the revival services hosted by the National Church of Trump — aka CPAC — America was preparing to once again deal with the consequences of his and the GOP’s big-government spending.

On Saturday, the temporary extension of the national debt limit that Trump and the GOP included in the “bipartisan” budget act of 2018 expired. While the government can and will buy itself some time until sometime around September by using some creative bookkeeping — government calls that “extraordinary measures” — the countdown to America’s default on the national debt has begun once again.

The U.S. “comes shockingly close on a yearly basis to defaulting on it obligations,” says Shai Akabas, director of economic policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center. “But we keep choosing to roll the dice.”

The “dice” analogy is actually quite fitting when discussing Washington’s handling of the national debt. Just as gambling can become an out-of-control addiction, spending can become one as well. And as our $22 trillion deficit proves, Washington is a case study for what a spending addiction looks like.

Between now and late summer, we can expect a lot of Kabuki theatre from Trump and the GOP as they try to use the debt limit issue as leverage heading into the presidential primaries and the 2020 election season.

For example, just days before the debt limit expired, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) — two guys running for re-election in 2020 — introduced companion resolutions declaring the national debt “a threat to national security.”

Laying aside the amazing coincidence of their re-elections, do their resolutions mean that the explosion in the national debt we’ve witnessed over the past eight years of varying degrees of GOP control of Congress and the White House — increasing from $14 trillion to over $22 trillion — wasn’t a threat?

Biggs and Perdue are simply engaging in the politics of distraction, and we can expect Trump and the rest of the GOP to do the same. As the 2020 election approaches, Republicans will resort to using this worn and tired playbook in an obvious attempt to cover for their lies about reining in spending and reducing the deficit. But we need to be wise enough not to fall for it.

As the self-proclaimed King of Debt, Trump has shown little concern for America’s inevitable financial collapse. He’s already responsible for annual trillion-dollar-plus deficits from now till Jesus returns, and he’s been working with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi since September 2017 to permanently eliminate the debt ceiling.

There’s also very little interest in Congress to address our financial demise. As I stated above, Republicans on Capitol Hill are responsible for $8 trillion in debt since 2011, and their fiscal recklessness occurred despite passing the Budget Control Act of 2011, a law heralded by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell as a “positive step forward in getting government spending under control.”

Speaking of McConnell, he’s notorious for favoring a lift in the spending limit in the name of political expediency — that means always — a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat from Mickey’s home state. In a statement on the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations, Yarmuth said McConnell’s “primary goal would be to get past the election and avoid any shutdowns or any crises where [Republicans] are going to get blamed for it.”

Big government’s spending addiction has brought back trillion-dollar deficits and another debt ceiling crisis

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Culture and Religion

17 years later, Paul Washer’s shocking message still holds true

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17 years later Paul Washers shocking message still holds true

In 2002, Pastor Paul Washer delivered a message to around 5,000 young people. It has become one of the fiery Southern Baptist’s mostly widely-heard sermons because in it, we hear a very disturbing reality to most who proclaim to be Christians. Some simply aren’t doing it right.

He’s been criticized for the sermon. Some say he’s making it too complicated. Others say he’s scaring people away from the faith by making it seem too difficult. But this teaching is based on one of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ in all the Bible:

Matthew 7:13-27

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I’ve heard many teach on these verses and I’ve taught myself on the strait and narrow. It’s frightening to some because it was intended to be, and Washer’s declarations to these impressionable young people is clear. But it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t kind. It wasn’t inclusive. It didn’t fit in with today’s version of common pastoral messages.

The need for constant repentance and ongoing belief must never be understated.

Sometimes, the need to be “nice” from the pulpit must be replaced by the true need to be honest. That’s what Washer does in this famous teaching. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an hour hearing it.

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Why Tomi Lahren’s abortion view harms American conservatism

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Why Tomi Lahrens abortion view harms American conservatism

Democrats are unambiguous and united in their view of abortion. It wasn’t always this way. As recently as a decade ago, there were a good number of pro-life Democrats winning elections and expressing their views as pundits.

Today, they don’t exist.

Republicans aren’t so repulsed by the pro-abortion people in their midst. It’s understandable that as a party that’s less focused on individual issues, one can be a Republican without checking off all the various boxes. This is fine. What’s not fine is for breaks in the ranks of conservatives. There are certain things that must remain universal among those who claim to embrace conservatism, especially among those who speak for conservatives.

Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren is one of them. She claims to be a conservative, but she’s pro-choice. That fact, by itself, is understandable because the issue is a polarizing one in which people can be swayed to one side based on personal experience. It’s not like taxes which warrant universal scorn from conservatives. There are gun-toting, tax-hating, pro-choice conservatives.

But there’s a bigger problem with Lahren’s perspective. She’s not just attacking the Alabama abortion bill and pro-life perspectives in general. She’s doing so with an argument that flies in the face of reality.

Do we think government is the answer? No. In fact, one of the most appealing parts about the Alabama abortion bill is that it represents the first true opportunity for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. When it reaches the Supreme Court (and it almost certainly will) it gives us the first glimpse of how the current makeup of the court will react. In fact, the makeup of the court could actually be better if one of the left-leaning Justices retires soon.

Once Roe v. Wade is out of the way, we can finally express the truly conservative aspect of federalism that should have never been taken away – the states’ rights to determine their own healthcare laws.

If Tomi Lahren doesn’t like the abortion ban, that’s fine. Her choice. But to defend her choice by insinuating a challenge to Roe v. Wade is somehow an attack on limited-government tenets is false and harms conservatism.

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Guns and Crime

Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) has been a staunch proponent of the 2nd Amendment throughout his career in Washington DC. This makes him an opponent to Red Flag Gun Laws which are spreading across the states. Colorado recently passed their version, bringing the total up to 15.

As we’ve documented numerous times, Red Flag Gun Laws are a direct attack on the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Depending on the version of the law, citizens can have their firearms forcibly removed from them by law enforcement when a judge decrees they may be a threat to themselves or others based on requests by people who know the victim. It’s important to understand that these laws are not based on anyone committing a crime. They are based on a feeling that someone may commit a crime.

It’s like the movie Minority Report, only without psychics. Gun owners’ liberties can be encroached based on the government’s “future crimes division.”

In this video, Massey gets to the heart of the matter by talking to Colorado Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and Dr. John R. Lott of Crime Prevention Research Center. This is an important video for #2A proponents across the nation.

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