McConnell Stabs Home GOP within the Again, Speeds Democrat Omnibus Boondoggle
As if it weren’t painful sufficient for Republicans to look at the vaunted crimson wave merely ripple throughout their ankles, they now should endure 2022’s ultimate insult: A crimson wave of deficit spending courtesy of lame-duck Home Democrats, triumphant Senate Democrat chief Chuck Schumer of New York, and Senate GOP “chief” Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Fiscal accountability be damned, Democrats are using one whale of an omnibus spending invoice. The $1.7 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 washed in on Monday at 11:48 p.m.
Its 4,155 pages are thrice so long as Leo Tolstoy’s basic doorstop, “Battle and Peace.” This averages $409,145,607.70 per web page. Taxpayers ought to be seasick.
The omnibus’ 3,213 Democrat earmarks embody “federal funds for LGBTQ+ museums in New York, neighborhood areas for gender-expansive individuals in Ohio,” the Membership for Development found, “and $3.5 million to fund the Workplace of Variety and Inclusion in Congress.”
It additionally allocates:
—$300,000 for a “Steady Plankton Recorder survey.”
—$3 million for bee-friendly highways.
—$3.6 million for the “Michelle Obama Trail” in Georgia.
—$212.1 million obtainable for federal prosecutions associated to Jan. 6 —basically an anti-Trump slush fund.
—$410 million for “enhanced border safety” —in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, and Tunisia.
—$575 million for household planning “in areas the place inhabitants progress threatens biodiversity or endangered species.”
—$1,563,143,000 for “border administration necessities” that shall not “be used to accumulate, preserve, or lengthen border safety know-how and capabilities.” So, $0 to cease illegal-alien invaders however $1.56 billion to “course of” and rush them into the homeland.
Need border safety? Transfer to Egypt.
Even worse, the omnibus runs via fiscal yr 2023. The American individuals simply gave Republicans a Home majority of 222 versus Nancy Pelosi’s 218. However the omnibus snatches the GOP’s energy of the purse till Oct. 1.
Voters employed a Republican Home to inform President Joe Biden: “No DHS cash till you seal the border. No HHS funds till you demand China’s solutions on COVID-19’s origins. No Pentagon funds till it stops its newfangled, gender-bending methods. No FBI outlays till it sings about pressuring Twitter to censor the New York Publish’s Hunter Biden laptop computer story.”
McConnell helps Democrats castrate Home Republicans for 10 months. In the event that they took management on, say, Aug. 1, ready two months could be tolerable. However they take the gavel 13 days from this writing.
Jan. 3 is 2 Tuesdays therefore, simply 48 hours after the Occasions Sq. ball drop. The Revolutionary Military is at Yorktown’s metropolis limits, and McConnell is surrendering to Normal Cornwallis.
Even worse, that is anti-democratic.
Democrats screamed all fall about “democracy!” Now—together with their jumped-up bootblack, McConnell—they grind the favored will into the rubbish disposal. Slightly than scream, “Bloody homicide!” McConnell laughs with Democrats because the Republican Home’s fiscal-restraint instruments slide into the sewer for half of its two-year mandate.
McConnell may lead 40 different GOP senators, filibuster this trash, and demand a short-term persevering with decision till the GOP Home arrives. However that will take braveness.
A half-eaten plate of calamari may lead the Senate GOP extra valiantly than the reside squid who now fails this responsibility. As McConnell gurgled in a ground speech on Monday: “The Senate ought to go this invoice.”
McConnell has turned the Senate GOP minority into the Make a Want Basis for Democrats. From serving to to boost the nationwide debt restrict twice (in trade for nothing), go a $1 trillion infrastructure invoice, and undertake the $52 billion CHIPS corporate-welfare extravaganza, McConnell repeatedly recruits sufficient gelatinous Republicans to assist Democrat desires come true.
McConnell hardly ever will get something in return. When he trades horses, Schumer scores two stallions, and McConnell wins a wheelbarrow of fertilizer.
That is revolting, repugnant, and reprehensible. And, as 2024 approaches, this fiasco will persuade the already demoralized GOP base that there actually isn’t any level in knocking on doorways, manning cellphone banks, or voting Republican.
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