This past week another continuing resolution was passed, providing funds for the (non-essential functions of the) federal government to keep operating for three more weeks. The Republican leadership is proud of the fact that it included $6 billion in budget cuts. Granted, if you extend this over a 52 week period, it would be more than the $100 billion they promised to cut in the first year's budget. A hundred billion dollars sounds great, but there is reality to consider.
First of all, think about it in perspective. As Marco Rubio pointed out, our country borrows $4 billion every day. So this resolution only eliminated 36 hours of debt. Including our useless "stimulus" programs, our country is on track to spend $3.6 trillion this fiscal year, or approximately $10 billion per day. A 3 week extension at these rates will spend $210 billion, $84 billion of which is borrowed. So they think they're hot stuff because they're only going to spend $204 billion? Big deal! Doesn't sound so impressive, now, does it?
The Heritage Foundation is always a source of good insight. A letter from the CEO of their PAC, Michael Needham, pointed out that this will extend things long enough that this year's budget and next year's start to be blurred together. This confusion is just what the Democrats want. They'll then have more bargaining power. We shouldn't let it get that far. Rep. Mike Pence said a couple weeks ago, "It's time to pick a fight." He's absolutely right. If we keep caving on the small issues, there's no reason for the Democrats to think we will stand our ground on the big items.
I was happy to see that most of the South Carolina delegation voted against the resolution, House Joint Resolution 48. In the Senate, Jim DeMint voted no, while Sen. Lindsey Graham was unsurprisingly a yes. On the House side, DeMint was joined on the "no" side by Representatives Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, and Mick Mulvaney. Somewhat surprisingly, Rep. Tim Scott voted yes. To those who stood up to the leadership, I tip my hat. Stick to your guns!
(Originally posted here.)