Let’s bash Republicans today. Because, hey, as a party, they’re no better than Democrats half the time. And they’re definitely no better than Democrats when it comes to spending.
Take the deal almost-not House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, just cut with Democrat President Obama at half an hour shy of Tuesday morning.
The text of the budget bill is 144 pages long – never a good sign – and increases government spending by $50 billion this year and another $30 billion next year.
‘Cause that’s what we need. More money going toward our ne’er-do-well politicians.
Seriously, what have they done for us in the last eight years?
The country is in serious trouble economically, with a full half of American workers making less than $30,000 a year, which is probably why the Fed hasn’t hiked inflation rates in so very long. It knows the entire country could crumble if just one more straw is added to the proverbial camel’s back.
We’re already under severe pressure from a financial perspective.
From a societal standpoint, we seem to be doing even worse. You don’t have to look at Baltimore’s rising murder rate to know that. How about the South Carolina police officer videotaped body slamming a student in the classroom?
Forget whether the officer was wrong or not for a moment. As Sheriff Leon Lott (who “wanted to throw up” after watching the videos) put it, the student “disrupted class, she was disturbing the other students from getting an education” (not that they seemed to care much) and refused to listen to either the teacher or administration.
And that kind of blatant disrespect among young people isn’t anything new. If anything, it’s expected.
So if the money American citizens are already giving to the government isn’t going to strengthen our economy, keep our streets safe or train our children properly – and we know it isn’t to secure our borders or protect against terrorist threats – what is it going toward?
Only the politicians seem to know, and they’re fine keeping it that way. Boehner once pledged that he would give the public 72 hours to read over every bill that comes before Congress. Yet he’s pushing for a vote today, which gives well under 48.
Like I said, Republicans aren’t any better than Democrats these days.
And guess what? Like the bratty student in South Carolina, they ultimately don’t care.