Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., details his alternative plan to the Biden-McCarthy debt limit bill and responds to a report from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on the U.S. funding research in China and Russia.
JUST 'TAPPING THE BRAKES A LITTLE' & THE PRESIDENT 'WALLED OFF THE MAJORITY OF SPENDING'
Rep. Matt Gaetz joins Chris Salcedo to discuss debt ceiling negotiations and how Republicans feel about Speaker Kevin McCarthy's actions going forward.
FREEDOM CAUCUS UNLOADS! Debt Deal a No-Go, 'Not One Republican Should Vote for This'
BY ROBERT SPENCER
Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.
When the House Republicans who initially refused to accept Kevin McCarthy as speaker finally agreed to do so back in January, they allegedly received assurances from him and his supporters that McCarthy would genuinely oppose Democrat initiatives, not just go along with them as a controlled opposition. And that seems to be the case with the new debt ceiling deal, as Biden’s handlers appear to have made some significant concessions to McCarthy. However, it would be premature to think that the worst days of the uni party are behind us. McCarthy has just given us a disquieting indication that he isn’t completely the reformed RINO he has seemed to be of late.
On Sunday, McCarthy declared confidently on FOX News Sunday that his deal with the devil — er, that is, with Old Joe Biden — was a “step in the right direction” for the GOP. He asserted that “more than 95 percent of all those in the conference were very excited” about the deal, and gave some reasons why: “We finally were able to cut spending. We’re the first Congress to vote for cutting spending year over year. So, you cut that back, you fully fund the veterans, you fully fund defense, but you take that nondefense spending all the way back lower than ’22 levels.” That does sound swell indeed, and McCarthy wasn’t finished.
The man who will go down in history as the successor of Nancy Pelosi then boasted about how his tough negotiating tactics had forced the Democrats to make concessions, particularly on new rules that some of those receiving government handouts had to do something for the money: “Now you get work requirements for TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] and SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program], where the Democrats said that was a red line.”
McCarthy even claimed to have made inroads into the government’s ever-expanding environmentalist initiatives: “Now you’re able to reform NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act]. How frustrating we are with — it’s been 40 years since you could streamline it.” Streamlined government is good, but less government altogether is better, and McCarthy wasn’t quite up to that point. He reeled off the acronyms of these programs, without bothering to explain what they were, like the seasoned Beltway insider that he undeniably is.
He did, however, promise an easing of at least some of the stultifying maze of regulations that have done so much to blunt American initiative in recent years. “To build a road in America,” he pointed out, “takes you seven years to review.” But he promised relief: “We limit that, where it’s focused, where you can only review it one to two years. We’re going to get America working again. We get the process working again.” He added: “We are — we always have these omnibuses at the end of the year, we now penalize Congress if they don’t get their jobs done.”
All in all, McCarthy claimed this was a big victory: “There is so much in this that’s positive.” It looked even better by comparison to previous deals: “And measure it to all the other debt ceilings, when Republicans had the presidency, the Senate, and the House, did they ever cut spending? No, they increased it. We were able to do this when the president said he wasn’t even going to talk to us.” Fantastic, Kevin! Wow! Elect this guy president, right? He continued: “This is really a step in the right direction. It puts us on a trajectory that’s different. We put a statutory cap on spending 1 percent for the next six years.” But then came his RINO bombshell.
McCarthy’s final summation of his great victory was succinct: “So, we let government grow but at a slower rate.”
How’s that again? You let government grow but at a slower rate? This is precisely what establishment Republicans have been doing for decades, earning the justified ire and contempt of millions of patriots: they have let the statist, socialist Democrats set the agenda and largely agreed to it, while just quibbling with a bit here and there, or promising to get the whole thing done more cheaply and efficiently.
This is precisely what a RINO, a Republican In Name Only, is. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as beloved as he was, became the first of these when he took office as president in 1953. He made it clear to the Republicans that even though he was the first Republican president since the beginning of the Depression, he accepted the New Deal and all the massive expansion of government that it entailed. Republicans would not roll any of that expansion back. They’d just fine-tune it a little.
RINOs have been fine-tuning our long march to socialism ever since. If McCarthy’s debt ceiling deal is another step in that direction, we are better off without it, as well as better off with a House speaker who will actually oppose the Democrats, not just drag his feet a little on what they want to get done.
GOP caucus promises 'reckoning' on McCarthy's debt ceiling bill; 30 Republicans say NO
Rep. Steve Scalise, R.-La., discusses the latest news emerging from the debt ceiling debate as House Freedom Caucus members threaten Speaker McCarthy with a motion to vacate.
Under fire from conservatives, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy worked furiously Tuesday to sell fellow Republicans on the debt ceiling and budget deal he negotiated with President Joe Biden and win approval in time to avert a potentially disastrous U.S. default.
Rep. Claudia Tenney calls to 'reduce' the IRS
Chip Roy—Leading GOP Voice Against Debt Limit Bill—Grills Fellow Lawmakers In Rules Hearing
Gaetz: I'm Voting NO on Biden/McCarthy Debt Limit Bill
Rep Scott Perry slams debt ceiling bill
Rand Paul: Debt ceiling deal is an 'absolute disaster'
South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman joins 'Fox & Friends First' to explain why he and other Republicans may vote against the debt bill.
'IS IT ENOUGH?': GOP rep not yet sold on debt deal
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., on his thoughts on the debt ceiling deal between Biden and McCarthy, and shares his Memorial Day message
Rep. Scott Perry says Freedom Caucus ‘absolutely opposed’ to debt limit deal
President Joe Biden shares that a bipartisan budget agreement has been reached between Republicans and Democrats, saying ‘no one got everything they wanted.’~Why the U.S. Debt-Ceiling Deal Could Have Trouble in Congress
DEBT CEILING CONFUSION: President Biden isn’t as ‘aware as you and I are,’ GOP rep. warns; SENILITY, DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMERS, ETC. FOR STARTERS~EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO PLACATING CHINA
Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., says 'it's very important' that the House gets itself in fiscal order as a debt default date looms
This is a major escalation of an ongoing battle between the U.S., China, warns Bartiromo
Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., argues the U.S. needs to 'decouple' from China as soon as they can and discusses the NAACP's travel advisory for Florida.
Biden's Wild Spending Party: Kevin McCarthy Blows Whistle on Biden’s Financial Folly
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has voiced stern criticism of President Biden's handling of the nation's looming debt ceiling crisis. In a harsh indictment, McCarthy asserts that Biden is prioritizing left-wing spending programs over the nation's fiscal health, a move that could potentially lead to a disastrous US default. The Republican leader's comments emphasize the widening chasm between Democrats and Republicans as they scramble to negotiate a resolution to this critical financial concern. The president's reluctance to engage in meaningful bipartisan dialogue further exacerbates anxieties around a potential economic disaster.
AGAIN: Biden AT G7 dismisses Chinese spy flight as ‘silly balloon’ TO PLEASE CHINA; WILL PLACE A CALL TO SPEAKER MCCARTHY ON HIS PLANE, BUT WON’T BUDGE ON DEBT CEILING NEGOTIATIONS~BEFORE, A PRESS CONFERENCE
President Biden Holds a Press Conference
REPUBLICAN NEGOTIATOR SAYS DEBT CEILING TALKS ARE PAUSED BECAUSE WHITE HOUSE DEMANDS ARE “UNREASONABLE”
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young; Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.); Louisa Terrell, White House legislative affairs director; and Steve Ricchetti, counselor to President Biden.
GOP negotiator says debt ceiling talks are on pause as deadline looms
ABC News' Elizabeth Schulze reports on the latest developments in the negotiations over raising the nation's debt ceiling, as the nation inches closer to a possible default.
Debt ceiling talks break down with default deadline coming fast
Negotiations over the debt ceiling have reached a standstill as the default deadline approaches. Republican Congressman Garret Graves says the decision was made to pause discussions earlier today. It's not clear when talks will resume. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion has more.
Rep. Steube: The FBI has become law enforcement for the Democratic Party~Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., discusses President Biden’s trip abroad for the G7 summit, government spending and the negotiations over the debt ceiling.
Florida Rep. Greg Steube joins 'Fox & Friends First' to preview House Republicans' hearing on the weaponization of federal government agencies. He also discusses Democrats' attempt to force a vote on the debt ceiling.
Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., discusses President Biden's trip abroad for the G7 summit, government spending, and the negotiations over the debt ceiling.
Should debt default be considered to rein in spending?~A Game of Debt-Ceiling Chicken; And the cliff we’re speeding toward is an unprecedented default.
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, discusses whether Speaker McCarthy can reach a debt ceiling deal with Biden by the end of the week
A Game of Debt-Ceiling Chicken; And the cliff we’re speeding toward is an unprecedented default.
BY BRUCE THORNTON
Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.
A feature of a divided government, especially when the House of Representatives is not controlled by the president’s party, is “debt-ceiling chicken.” The president’s party tries to bluff, with threats of a default, the House, which is responsible for initiating money bills, into giving the president whatever he wants, usually more money for redistribution, and no cuts to entitlement spending. The House does the same thing, usually pressuring the other party to accept spending cuts.
The cliff they’re both speeding towards is an unprecedented default on the government’s debt, which currently stands at $31 trillion. Each side calculates that voters will blame the other party, which will slam the brakes first as the cliff approaches. This year Joe Biden, or whatever Edgar Bergan or Edith Wilson is actually calling the shots until a week ago took a hard stand against any negotiations on raising the debt ceiling with a “clean bill” as the early June deadline looms.
The spectators of this show usually decry the “partisanship” and lack of “bipartisan” cooperation the two parties are exhibiting. Yet disputes over the budget illustrate what the Founders had in mind when they crafted a divided and balanced government––to exploit this factional competition, which reflects a flawed human nature and its passions and interests, in order to protect freedom by setting ambition against ambition. Also, this process can force a more careful consideration of a proposed policy, sifting out the dangerous features and bringing to light better ones.
Money is integral to this process. The desire for gain accompanies ambition and the lust for power. The ensuing disparities in property, as Madison pointed out, are the cause of rival political factions. Control of the public fisc allows factions to pursue their ideological aims at the expense of others.
During the writing of the Constitution, Gouverneur Morris similarly identified the major factions as comprising the poor and the rich, those with “great personal property” and the “aristocratical spirit.” The “Rich will strive to establish dominion & enslave the rest. They always did. They always will.” To check the ambition of the “rich,” “the popular [non-elite] interest will be combined [against] it. There will be mutual check and mutual security.”
Benjamin Franklin, in the convention’s discussion about compensation for the president, made a similar point in terms of government offices: “There are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money,” which when united in one man “have the most violent effects. . . . The struggle for them [in England] are the true sources of factions which are perpetually dividing the Nation, distracting its councils, hurrying sometimes into fruitless & mischievous wars.” A power like that of the proposed president will attract “the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits.”
These arguments based on a passionate and corruptible human nature explain why the Founders gave the “power of the purse” to the House of Representatives in Article 1.7.1.: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
The fuel of ambition is money, as we have seen over the last two years as the Biden administration has borrowed trillions of dollars in order to subsidize the Dems' political clients like public school teachers and corporate “green energy” grifters. Slowing down the growth in the yearly deficits that feed our monstrous debt lessens the Dems’ power to finance bad policies.
But why the House? Remember, originally the Senate was appointed by state legislatures, and so only indirectly accountable to the people. Given that money is the fuel of ambition, the Founders argued that money bills should originate in a branch whose members were directly elected every two years, to counter the more powerful Senators who have six-year terms.
As future vice president Elbridge Gerry said, the House “was more immediately the representatives of the people, and it was a maxim that the people ought to hold the purse strings.” The House of Representatives, James Madison added later, “were chosen by the people, and supposed to be best acquainted with their interests, and ability.” The “power of the purse,” in addition to acting as a check on the whole government, protected federalism by giving the sovereign states leverage over the greater powers of the Senate to check the president.
That’s why George Mason argued against giving the Senate the “power of the purse”: “Should the [Senate] have the power of giving away the people’s money, they might soon forget the Source from whence they received it. We might soon have an aristocracy.” Benjamin Franklin agreed: “It was always of importance that the people should know who had disposed of their money, and how it was disposed of.” Again highlighting the foundational belief in a flawed human nature and its lust for power, Mason continued, “An aristocratic body, like the screw in mechanics, working its way by slow degrees, and holding fast whatever it gains, should ever be suspected of an encroaching tendency. ––The purse strings should never be put into its hands.”
Finally, James Madison argued for the House controlling money bills as necessary checking the less democratic branches of the government: “The House of Representatives can not only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of government. They in a word hold the purse, that powerful instrument . . . This power over the purse, may in fact be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”
This last argument explodes the claim today, usually from the technocratic progressives, that the House carrying out its Constitutional duty to check an overweening federal government is “obstructionism.” The only thing they are obstructing is the progressive ambitions for power and dominance at the expense of the Constitution and our unalienable rights.
And make no mistake: Our government’s relentlessly growing debt fueled by deficit spending paid for by borrowing; and its swelling entitlements long headed for bankruptcy, are now approaching disaster in a decade. Medicare and Social Security––which, along with other health care programs, consume nearly half the annual budget–– especially are at risk. Medicare Part A, covering hospital care, has enough money to pay benefits until 2028. The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund which funds retirement and survivors benefits, will run out of money in 2034.
Meanwhile, the Dems keep squandering money on “green energy” subsidies and other pork while they fret over “transgender” pronouns, parents protesting over inappropriate public-school curricula, and phantom “white supremacists.” Worse, military preparedness and national security spending is stinted even in the face of China’s naked ambitions.
As Jeffrey H. Anderson writes, “While real per capita defense spending has dropped, Great Society spending has skyrocketed. To quote [The American Main Street Initiative’s] Quick Hits, ‘In real per capita spending, we spent more than five times as much on defense in 1975 as on Medicare and Medicaid combined. By 2019, we spent 56% more on Medicare and Medicaid than on defense.’ What’s more, ‘In 1975, the costs of Medicare and Medicaid consumed 7% of all federal tax revenue. In 2019, they cleared 30%.’”
Every nation, as Adam Smith famously said, has a lot of ruin in it. But our ruin will come sooner than we think if Republicans fail to do their Constitutional duty as the Founders intended, and at least slow down our feckless spending of money we don’t have. And we the people need to cheer them on and ignore the propaganda from the Dems and their media jackals. Winning the game of debt-ceiling chicken is a good place to start getting our country back on course.
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., discusses the debt negotiations between House Speaker McCarthy and President Biden, and Federal Reserve Vice Chair Michael Barr's testimony before Congress.