McConnell said that this year, Democrats objected to spending bills drafted under existing tight budget caps — known as sequestration — because they want more spending for domestic programs. Republicans are seeking more defense spending than the current caps allow….
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday “I would expect that in the weeks ahead we’ll have more of a discussion about how Democrats and Republicans in Congress can work together to make sure that we adequately fund both our national security and economic priorities, while of course taking the necessary steps to prevent a government shutdown in an unnecessary injection of volatility into the national economy.”
I’m going to put on my fiscal conservative hat here. I don’t like to wear the “C” cap very often but it is necessary. Fiscal conservatism used to be the job of the GOP but since they are now in the “anti-” mode someone has to be the adult and talk about our spending. It seems that both parties want to pile on more spending year over year. One for the safety net for our citizens and one for expanding an already over bloated war machine so that we can get even more involved in all the conflicts around the world.
Instead of constantly increasing our spending someone needs to look at what we spend our current budgets on and eliminate those items that are no longer useful. Some one needs to be the adult here. Let’s start with the military. We spend more on our war machine than the rest of the world combined and we are only 5% of the world’s population. I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. You hear almost every day about the next “$1000 toilet seat”. I’m sure there is at least 25% of that budget that no longer serves any purpose. Why can’t we root that out and get rid of it instead of just piling on more money? One of the answers is that if someone tries to cut military cost someone else will scream “you are making our soldiers less safe!!” But someone has to be the adult and do it anyway as the vast majority that wasteful spending it has nothing to do with the safety of our soldiers.
One the domestic side I personally have seen several people who are on disability payments who when no one is watching work just as hard as the rest of us. It is just too easy to get a government payment. I know I sound like a card carrying member of the GOP here. But, I am not saying that most, or even many, are in that mode but there are sufficient numbers who do game the system that if we took a closer look could substantially reduce our safety net costs. I”m sure there are many other examples of where we could reign in spending if we just put our mind to it.
I have been on a fixed budget for over 15 years now. Yes, some things change for instance the ever increasing cost of healthcare. Medicare pays for 80% of my medical costs for about $100 a month and that hasn’t changed dramatically but to cover the other 20% has increased from about $100 to over $250 and for my wife over $350. In order to pay those bills we have had to cut back other places. Why can’t the government do the same?