GOP Chairman Said with Straight Face No Waste Existed in $1.3 Trillion Barf Bag Budget

GOP Chairman Said with Straight Face No Waste Existed in $1.3 Trillion Barf Bag Budget March 28, 2018

This is so offensive that I cannot even begin to plumb its depths. Recently, Congress and the President rammed through the omnibus spending bill that took 2,232 pages to detail how they were going to waste our hard earned money.  (In fact, no policy maker was actually able to read the thing within the 24 hour period before voting on it, though at least Sen. Rand Paul tried.)

Here’s the thing that gets me. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, had the gall to defend this bill before it was passed. “We’ve worked to make sure not a dollar is wasted.”  Um…  come again?  In a $1.3 trillion budget, no money was wasted?  Does that even pass the straight face test for anyone?

My wife and I have a budget that comes in a hair below $1.3 trillion.  And even in our much more meager budget, there are ways to cut costs.  Are we supposed to believe — to take it on faith — that Frelinghuysen was so frugal that the federal government did a better job at handling money than we do? Of course, he spoke too soon, since President Donald Trump came out on Twitter and said that he “had to waste money on Dem giveaways” to get his own military spending increases through.

Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado Democrat, took umbrage at Frelinghuysen’s claim.

“I would say there is a lot to find in this bill we can cut. And if we haven’t cut that, we haven’t done our work,” he said. “This is just no way to run a country.”

Exactly.  Remember when Republicans were the ones trying to hold Democrats accountable for their out of control spending?  Me either.

Where are the days of “honor?”

Hat Tip: Washington Times

Image Credit: Pictures of Money

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