I'm certainly no accountant, but in my opinion the new Omnibus Funding bill in a word is…ludicrous. At best, it is illogical. At worst, outrageous. Those three terms were the most descriptive that could be utilized without using R-rated adjectives to emphasize my intent any further.
The fact that President Trump, as well as anyone in the House or Senate, signed it before they read all 2,232 pages tells you it won’t be good for the country. By country, I mean us tax-paying schmucks. Remember Pelosi's infamous Obamacare comment - "we need to pass this bill so we can find out what's in it?" How'd that work out for most everybody?
Congress waited until 24 hours before a government shutdown - again - to push this colossal pork-laden $1.3 trillion boondoggle down the throats of tax payers, then fled town for the weekend. The president signed it in order to a) fund our military OR b) to keep the government running, whichever highlight reel you saw.
The catch, it’s only good until October and then we get to do it all over again. That's what passes for budgets now with the current occupants of our governing bodies. Wait to the last minute, threaten to shut down the government, and then absurdly throw in a mountain of pork on a bill that we can't afford. No mention made of cutting any existing programs as a normal business might do when in debt.
Speaking of can't afford:
A country that is $20+ trillion in debt, increased spending over one hundred billion dollars. Take that, you spoiled grandkids.
Under the guise of giving our soldiers a raise, the defense budget was increased $61 billion. I'm all for giving those guys a substantial pay increase, but it will be interesting to see how much actually makes its way down to JI Joe in this deal, as opposed to fancy new toys doled out by defense contractors sucking up to his favorite Congressman. Didn't see any mention about helping the Veterans Administration either.
Another $528 million given to the tax-exempt - and very profitable - Planned Parenthood to keep the US in the baby-murdering business. As Ronald Reagan quipped, “I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”
The IRS was handed an additional $196 million bucks for a variety of different reasons, which included hiring more people. That's just what we need, more IRS employees to collect more money from us and to replace the likes of Lois Lerner. This would have been more palatable had we just gotten her pension repealed or Al Sharpton's back taxes collected.
What we didn't get:
A wall on our southern border, as was promised by candidate Trump. (So much for walling off California) The $25 billion that was requested was reduced to $1.6 billion, but with strings attached as to where walls or fences could be built Most of the money is for replacement purposes.
A repeal or defunding of Obamacare, thus ensuring that medical insurance costs will continue to spiral upward.
Sanctuary cities defunded. This means we will continue to send money to the 400+ cities that ignore Federal law and harbor undocumented Democrats, and tax us for that privilege.
Well, we tax-paying schmucks might have won on one item. It seems New York and New Jersey would like us to fund a portion of the $13 billion Gateway project to connect the two states with an underwater tunnel which supposedly will improve congestion. This is a pet project of NY Senator, Chuck Schumer. So, naturally, in a game of political gamesmanship, President Trump got it removed from the pork-laden bill. Wonder why he was not able to be so resourceful about projects he promised, such as the Wall, Obamacare, of sanctuary cities? I'm asking for somebody else.
And finally, $174,000 was awarded to Emily Minerva. Ms. Minerva is an heir, and more likely the eldest daughter, to recently departed Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY). The 88-year-old Congresswoman had been in Congress for over 31 years and was still there at the time of her death, demonstrating again the hallowed halls of Congress have become retirement homes.
Anyway, it seems Congress has a "customary" process of approving a full year's salary to a spouse or estate when a veteran lawmaker passes away. Pretty magnanimous on the part of DC politicians to hand out a year's salary, OF OUR MONEY, to the estate of a Congressperson, particularly on top of all the other benefits they hand themselves at our expense.
Score another one for the Swamp and their ominous Omnibus bills.