Congress spends tax payer funds like drunken sailors. One of the reasons that we are in the mess that we are in, is because the Republicans lost their way when it comes to fiscal responsibility. They have been telling us for the past two years that they have learned their lesson.
This little nugget makes me wonder. Congress spends so much more money than any of us realize. They have duplicate programs and offices after duplicate programs and offices. One of which is called House Republican Policy Committee. “develop sound legislative ideas into meaningful legislation.” is the idea behind this position. Sounds fine except for the fact that their are two other offices that do pretty much the exact same thing; House Republican Conference and the Republican Study Committee. Not only that, all the top leadership offices have staff (that are very well paid, by the way) that work on policy as well.
The cost of this office to the tax payer is only tiny fraction of the federal budget (about $360K annually), but this office has been in existence for more than 60 years; it starts to add up after a while. Most families in this country live on much less. The ranking member of this committee is Thad McCotter (MI). He has decided to put this office on the chopping block and his reasoning is to show the American public that they are serious when it comes to reduce spending and get our budget under control.
The problem is that the leadership doesn't want to give up this office. Why? Apparently appointment to head this committee is used to reward a close ally or even to appease someone who may run against you for a leadership position. Eric Cantor and his deputy Kevin McCarthy are not willing to bring it up for a vote in the republican caucus to stop the funding of the program.
So one must question have they really learned their lesson? Let's hope so, because this country can no longer afford all of this out of control spending.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"I say this not to the teachers, but to their unions: If education were a war, you would be losing it. If it were a business, you would be driving it into bankruptcy. If it were a patient, it would be dying." Bob Dole
Yes, House Republicans have been in power for 5 hours and they have not passed their entire agenda. The New York Times things they should be canned and Democrats put back in charge. Don Surber
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So I say huzzah to the 112th congress for reading the Constitution, for acting like it matters. It does. The Constitution may not be sacred, but the sacred has no better friend than the Constitution." Pat Archibold
"53% of Democrats have a postive view of socialism. 100% of republicans think those 53% are morons." Mark Levin
"Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness." First plank of the communist strategy for revolution - confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919
"If you believe this isn't going to cost the government anything, you are likely to see leprechauns riding on unicorns with pots of gold circling the capitol" Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-21 on healthcare "reform".
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views". William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The Republicans were laughing and waving the American flag, and I thought that was ourtrageous behavior" Maxine Waters
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglas
Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves. Harriet Tubman
But I think the most important thing I have figured out was how not to lose hope even when things are bad and it feels like it won't get better. It will get better. You just have to keep working at it and moving forward. Homeless & Conservative
The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Vladimer Lenin
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek