Some Democrats complained about the US House of Representatives’ symbolic vote on the debt ceiling, but a number of Democrats voted ‘no’ along with all Republicans. It’s no secret the federal government has grown so large we can’t keep track of taxpayer dollars. Here are a few examples of irresponsible use of taxpayer money:
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In the U.S. Senate, there are several Republicans who stay true to fiscal conservatism; one is Sen. Jim DeMint. The outspoken senator from South Carolina actually has the nerve to put the interests of the people above the party—a quality in short supply in Washington at present.
On March 4, DeMint filed 19 amendments to the $410-billion Omnibus Appropriations Bill, a bill that might be more appropriately called the “Omnibus Spendthrift Bill.” Several of those amendments were aimed at striking wasteful pork-barrel projects requested by members; others would prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent in support of controversial policies. Thousands of earmarks were in the final Omnibus bill and many of those earmarks are nothing more than pork inserted because political opportunity presented itself. From fruit flies to wine, members of Congress managed to load up the bill with pet projects that were not vetted by debate and oversight.
by Roger King
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, one of the most partisan bills in history, was finally passed on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. Prophetic date isn’t it? This 1,434 page bill was full of money for special interests.
Some economists say this bill would place an additional $9,400 tax burden on each household in America. However, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the cost of permanently extending the twenty most popular provisions in the bill at $3.27 trillion, which would triple this tax burden. What do you think the odds are of Congress actually cutting any provisions in the future?
President Barack Obama took to the podium last night, delivering his customary excellent oratory to his Democratic admirers and Republican wait-and-seers in Congress. Obama’s speech, if he really means what he said, will mean 4 more years of failed policy. His Congress will indebt the nation on a level never seen before. His negative comments about Wall Street had a negative impact on the market Wednesday morning. Everybody hates Wall Street when times are tough. But when times are good and those 401k and pension programs rise, no one hands out attaboys. Wall Street greed is your own greed whether you admit it or not. Furthermore, the Dems are setting up an ambush on the upper middle class.
One conservative organization is definitely alive and kicking, fresh off successful grassroots efforts on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
FreedomWorks, a conservative organization promoting lower taxes, less government and more freedom is mobilizing supporters to speak up about issues guaranteed to sizzle when the new administration takes office in January. At the top of the agenda is a mission to impact committee assignments. FW wants Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on the House Appropriations Committee and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on the Senate Finance Committee. In a conference call with FW supporters and bloggers on Friday, Chairman Dick Armey urged them to get the word out about two websites, makeitdemint.com and makeitflake.com. At those sites, supporters can sign petitions, get information and make donations. Armey knows tradeoffs between the new president and Congress are bound to happen just as they did with presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton when they took office. Once President Obama takes office, Armey said, “Congress will give him what they want.”
(Washington, D. C.)--U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) has a capital idea just in time for Christmas—use the last $350 billion earmarked for the bailout to benefit U.S. taxpayers. Gohmert wants to to put that money towards a tax holiday from both personal income tax and FICA tax for Americans during January and February, 2009. Gohmert’s next statement may garner a number of fans. He stated, "By instating a temporary tax holiday, we could electrify the American economy and provide overwhelming relief to taxpayers, all for less than the cost of the current failed Paulson-Pelosi bailout system. [W]e need to give this money to the people who earned it. I am sick of Washington millionaires trying to decide which of their cronies should get the next wad of taxpayer money…” And that’s not all. Gohmert recently proposed returning all 2008 income taxes to American taxpayers as a solution to boost the ailing economy. He said he believes taxpayers, rather than the government, should be using their hard-earned money to choose the economy's winners and losers.
Senators like Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and others have jumped into the economic bailout fray, so it’s worthwhile to take a walk through time for a few US economy highlights. Should Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) win the presidency, Schumer and Dodd are just a couple of the politicos who will enjoy a hefty amount of power in our government. I’m tossing in highlights of a few more political players as well. As a taxpayer, I think we could do some housecleaning come November. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the incumbent for the president's party, but Obama is the incumbent for the majority party in Congress. Let's start our highlights with a Schumer memory.
• When Schumer sent a letter in June to regulatory agencies