By Kelleigh Nelson:
Republicans control the government, yet Congress still follows the Democrats’ playbook. Time and again, spending skyrockets, and conservatives are expected to fall in line to praise the party for making the big-spending status quo worse. — Rand Paul
A caller into Rush Limbaugh’s show said he’d become a Never Trumper when Cruz dropped out, but a democrat neighbor, and his entire family told him Hillary was dangerous, vote for Trump. He said he’s not devastated by what President Trump signed, and that he had a lot of room left on his rope before he’d give up on President Trump. He said, “I was challenged, now I’m going to put that same challenge back out there to you. Stay with President Trump.”
The majority of calls to Limbaugh were full of anger, disbelief and despair. The people felt betrayed. One caller said he was a democrat who voted for Trump. He wants Obamacare repealed, the border wall built and refugee and illegal immigration stopped.
“The only one who can separate Trump voters from Trump is Trump, and he did it today,” said another.
This budget was designed to end the Trump presidency and play right into the hands of the Deep State who hate him. But did it? This was a spending bill, not a budget bill. There is a difference, and Trump knows it!
Omnibus v Budget
Before everyone jumps off the Trump train over the spending bill, there are a few things you should know. From the beginnings of American history, lump sum appropriations have been a source of contention. Jeffersonian Republicans wanted legal restraints, while the Federalists wanted Executive discretion.
We have today a mix of both: mandatory spending and discretionary spending. So, does the President have the ability to use the funds as he chooses? Yes, to a point. President Trump was not happy with the Omnibus Spending Bill of 2018 and voiced his displeasure up until he actually signed it at the last minute. He can’t take money from the Jordan Wall, for example to make his own wall, depending on where those monies are appropriated. But within the budget there are likely places where he can adjust the way the monies are spent, and that includes the military building the wall. Link
Presidents can use their influence over any items that have been appropriated, depending on the agencies involved. Obama used his to influence spending in agencies that were advancing his agenda. In short, there is little information to tell us how appropriated money is actually spent, and in eight years we never found out what Obama did with the monies in his Omnibus bills, did we?! Link
Congressional Betrayal Again
All our President had to do to rally the American people who love and support him, was to veto the Omnibus bill and tell Congress to go back and rewrite it. His supporters would have been energized, they would have rallied for him and he could have filled the Congress with new conservative blood in November.
But Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell stabbed Trump in the back this week, by giving Schumer and Pelosi everything they wanted. My initial reaction was outrage…
People were asking me why the hell Trump didn’t send this pile of bull dung back to the Congress and shut down the government. We all emailed him and called the White House and said, “Veto this filthy thing.” Why didn’t he take this to the people? Why didn’t he talk to us? Why didn’t he listen to what we said? Why did he cave to Schumer and Pelosi? Why did he give McConnell and Ryan (neo-con Trotskyites) the satisfaction of signing this garbage?
And don’t give me that old line of crap that he was threatened or his family was threatened, he knew taking this job was a big responsibility and could be dangerous. He could put his family in hiding, so get off that bandwagon. Watch his speech to the American people and look at his lack of exuberance regarding the promotion of this horrid bill. He hated it.
The President’s Words
Before you read my initial responses to this bill, watch this two minute video where Budget Director Mick Mulvaney gives us the facts. Trump needed nine Democrats to vote for the bill in order to get what he wanted, and the result is national security and restoring the military.
Our military has been so decimated by eight years of Obama, putting us way behind both Russia and China. Trump had to have every dime, and had he vetoed this bill, the Congress would have cut defense spending, and that money could build the wall.
The President said, “There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have.”
Really Mr. President, why were you forced to sign this when you know you could have shoved it back in the face of the Congress and said, “NO!” You weren’t forced to do anything.
“There are some things that we should have in the bill. But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not gonna do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don’t even know — $1.3 trillion. It’s the second largest ever.”
Again Mr. President, why did you sign something that is anathema to the campaign promises you made to your supporters? And why would you sign something none of your staff has even read. Let the government shut down before you sign a piece of legislation from the socialist democrats and the false friends on the right.
“But in this case, it became so big because we need to take care of our military. And because the Democrats, who don’t believe in that, added things that they wanted in order to get their votes. We have to get rid of the filibuster rule and go to 51 votes in the Senate if we’re going to have really sustained, continued success.”
Harry Reid got rid of the filibuster rule for the Dems, but haven’t you figured out yet that Senator McConnell isn’t there to help you even though you gave his wife, Elaine Chao the position of Transportation Secretary to butter up McConnell? And our active military got only a 2.4% raise, biggest since 2010. The Congress gets a 10% raise every year unless they vote against it. Yes, we do need a strong military, and decent pay for our soldiers.
“DACA recipients have been treated extremely badly by the Democrats. We wanted to include DACA in this bill. We wanted to have ’em in this bill, 800,000 people, and actually it could even be more. The Democrats would not do it. They would not do it. To prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again, I’m calling on Congress to give me a line-item veto for all government spending bills, and the Senate must end, they must end the filibuster rule and get down to work.”
They’ll never give you a line item veto because they hate you and everything you stand for. And now your supporters feel abandoned and that you allowed the socialist left and the false friends on the right to dictate their demands in a budget bill that should have been loudly defeated and destroyed by you, the man we trust to Make America Great Again.
DACA? Are you totally out of touch with the people who supported and elected you? Where the hell are you getting the idea that we want the DACA people to be amnestied? Do you have any idea of the cost of DACA’s to the American taxpayers? We do not want a deal on DACA, we know the criminality within this group and what it has already cost us.
I will never sign a bill like this again.
You shouldn’t have signed it to begin with Mr. President, but I understand why you had to.
Check out the bill if you have time to wade through over 2,200 pages, which obviously wasn’t done by congress or the administration. Rand Paul voted against this monstrosity and he went through sections of it and tweeted parts of it.
Ann Coulter immediately threw Trump under the bus forgetting that this rot was the product of the schemes of Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer, all of whom are brothers in arms against our President.
Ann may be right that Trump will never get another bill to sign because the Congress made it plain to the people that they don’t want to have a republican majority and they detest everything the President campaigned on. We need some new blood in the 34 vacated republican seats, true conservative blood. Put aside misplaced anger and help us get true conservatives in Congress. This is the key to getting rid of these greedy globalists who love personal enrichment more than our country.
On Judge Jeanine’s show, Ann Coulter suggested Trump build the wall via the Seabees and take the monies from defense spending. Instead, let’s use the funds seized from drug cartels to build a grand wall!
Rush Limbaugh stated, “This budget not only doesn’t fund his agenda, this budget makes it practically impossible for his agenda to be implemented, particularly on the primary thing that got him elected, which is dealing with the border and illegal immigration. Stop thinking of Congress as Republicans and Democrats. You’ve got to think of that as one unified group of people, establishmentarians who are working in a coordinated way to thwart and nullify the election and agenda of the Trump presidency.” But Rush, that’s under a budget bill, not a spending bill.
Limbaugh explained some of what is in this monstrosity. It’s well worth the read, but remember Congress wrote this filth, and it is not a budget.
Congress and Broken Promises
Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million in taxpayer funding every year through Medicaid and Title X grants for family planning. The Omnibus Bill continues their funding.
Sanctuary cities which are democratic strongholds will keep their funding. The bill denies President Donald Trump explicit authority to withhold federal grants from the Democratic-dominated “sanctuary cities” which are trying to secede from the nation’s immigration laws.
Under a spending bill, Trump can slow walk these monies for things he wants in exchange.
Schumer’s Gateway Project
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Gateway Project, a massive tunnel, bridge, and infrastructure expansion project linking passenger rail service between Newark, NJ, and New York City, NY over President Trump’s southern border wall is in the current omnibus spending bill.
As Paul Gosar (R-AZ) explains in this very important Breitbart article, this tunnel is an earmark. “This is an infrastructure process that should go through regular order. It shouldn’t be part of an omnibus bill. The American people spoke out loud and clear about a border wall.” New York and New Jersey aren’t even putting up any money on this.
“National priorities such as funding for a southern border wall are being subverted by less important projects,” said Gosar. “This is nothing different than prioritizing earmarks. That’s strictly what’s going on here, is that it’s a negotiation with the Democrats.”
“It’s a crap sandwich. The American public lost, and the Republican mantra lost. Why don’t we stand up, grow a spine, and negotiate, and make sure that we get something for something because that’s what the American people put us here for.”
Again, Trump can hold this money hostage as leverage for his agenda.
Build the Wall
Like Rep. Gosar explained, border security was another campaign promise, and this bill screws us over big time. Neither party wants the wall. Why? Because most of them are globalists who want borders eliminated and our sovereignty destroyed.
This budget “specifies that none of the budget and none of the construction may resemble the wall prototypes that the Border Patrol has been testing for the past few months.” The budget put together by the Republicans in the House of Representatives specifically states that whatever limited funds are used on fencing for 33 miles in Texas cannot “resemble” anything to do with “the border wall prototypes” that Trump went out and looked at the other day.
How many of you have heard that two Trump owned helicopters have crashed in the last nine months with Trump family members aboard? The enemies of freedom really don’t want this President or his family anywhere near our White House. They’ll do anything to destroy his presidency.
The anger we all initially felt needs to be transferred to where it belongs, on our Congressional leaders, McConnell, Ryan, Schumer and Pelosi.
And yes, I was angry when Trump signed this monstrosity because of the rot within it from the Congress and how little Trump received from his republican majority, and the likes of smirking Ryan and McConnell. I have had the weekend to think it through. So, what do we want? Do we want to kick Trump to the curb and go back to Obama, the Clintons, the Bushes or worse?
Ais upset as we are over this bill, and as much as we wanted it vetoed, there is still no one better than Donald J. Trump as our President, and he has some discretionary funding! MAGA with Trump is our only hope. Pick up a copy of Ed Martin’s latest book, Can’t Trump This 2017 and remind yourself of what Trump saved us from in just his first year, including no Hillary!
Wte have to get rid of the rot in Congress, and that means we have to fund and vote for true conservatives in our primaries. Kick the incumbents out, vote for no Democrats.
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