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The State of the Union Is ... Broke ^ | March 1, 2022 | Stephen Moore

Posted on 03/01/2022 3:59:28 AM PST by Kaslin

To quote a screaming John McEnroe: You cannot be serious!

Last week, the Biden administration requested another $30 billion for COVID relief programs. Yes, I know that these days, $30 billion is a rounding error in the $6 trillion federal budget. But isn't that precisely the problem?

But, as Joe would say: Come on, man! The White House's latest plea for more money on top of the $4 trillion to $5 trillion is an insult. Biden wants $18 billion for antivirals, $5 billion for testing and $3 billion to combat future viruses.

Isn't that already the job of the $7 billion-a-year CDC?

It is an incredibly brazen request given the hundreds of billions of dollars of wasteful and fraudulent payments under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed last year. That includes $150 billion in theft from the unemployment insurance program, an estimated $200 billion in wrongful payments under Medicaid and at least $100 billion of fraud in the small business PPP program. (The fraud number could be much more significant than this, but the investigation is ongoing.)

Then there is the $2 billion spent on mailing COVID test kits to people. So, in the middle of the omicron wave, we effectively took the test kits off the shelves of local pharmacies and stores at a time when people needed the tests and then used the Postal Service to mail the free kits to millions. But guess what? Many of the kits took more than two weeks to arrive, and many more still haven't arrived. They will eventually, but the latest wave of the virus has passed. So, I suspect most will get thrown in the garbage; your tax dollars at work.

The outrage here is that no one in Washington seems to be outraged.

One of the new and few heroes of the taxpayer is Sen. Mike Braun, the Republican from Indiana. I recently asked him why no one stops the spending machine on Capitol Hill. He shakes his head and tells me that there are "only about three people in the Senate who actually want to cut government spending."

Republicans are generally better on spending than Democrats, but they are hardly fiscal saints. There were 19 Senate Republicans who voted for the bloated $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill. More than a dozen Republicans support a $300 billion corporate welfare bill for American microchip producers, computer companies and so on. This is called the "American Competitiveness Act." Can someone please tell these members of Congress that the way to make America more globally competitive is to stop spending and borrowing so much money?

With the national debt now at $30 trillion, Congress should demand an immediate, thorough audit of every government program to find out where the waste is. Then, instead of spending billions more, it is time for an across-the-board 10% cut to every program. Then cut 3% to 5% each year until the budget is balanced. Is that so hard?

Oh, and by the way, you know that $30 billion that Biden wants for more COVID spending? Believe it or not, there is still at least $500 billion from the last COVID bill that still hasn't been spent. How sad is that? The government can't spend the money Congress is giving it fast enough.

In other words, the state of the union is ... broke.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bidenadmin; idiotbiden; residentbiden

1 posted on 03/01/2022 3:59:28 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

....and teetering on the edge of a nuclear holocaust that we goaded ourselves into.

2 posted on 03/01/2022 4:05:20 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: Kaslin

If you are not for the tariff, then you are not serious about the deficit.

3 posted on 03/01/2022 4:09:44 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn...)
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To: central_va

Alexander Fraser TytlerAlexander Fraser Tytler 

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

4 posted on 03/01/2022 4:30:45 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie
Well, on the bright side, although millennial will soon be slaves, maybe their great grandchildren will be able to revolt and free themselves.

Except that, for the first time in human history, there will total surveillance and killer robots with which to contend.

5 posted on 03/01/2022 4:37:12 AM PST by Sirius Lee (They intend to murder us. Prep if you want to live and live like you are prepping for eternal life)
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To: Kaslin

It’s all about the $$$$. Unfortunately, it’s not benefitting We the People.

6 posted on 03/01/2022 4:47:17 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 33:12))
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To: Kaslin

“Biden wants $18 billion for antivirals,

$5 billion for testing - and all the “scientists” on government payroll say “cha-CHING!!” and go shopping for that next yacht..

and $3 billion to combat future viruses.“ - and when the next “virus” show up, they’ll insist they need 12 billion (inflation, you know..) for THAT..

What a RACKET! The mafia of old were children compared to our current politicians.

7 posted on 03/01/2022 4:47:39 AM PST by joethedrummer (We can't vote our way out of this, folks..)
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To: Kaslin

Insanity and depravity.

8 posted on 03/01/2022 4:48:12 AM PST by Vision (Elections are one day. Reject "Chicago" vote harvesting. Election Reform Now. Obama is an evildoer.)
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To: Kaslin

And these duplicitous GOP jackasses in Washington call Putin a communist. LOL.

9 posted on 03/01/2022 4:51:12 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("Mr. Potato Head ... Mr. Potato Head! Back doors are not secrets.")
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To: Sirius Lee

I wouldn’t bet on it. As long as these idiots kids have the attention span of a gnat and can stare into a smart phone they don’t give a rip for anything else and they think Bernie is the bomb.

10 posted on 03/01/2022 5:37:19 AM PST by jmacusa (America. Founded by geniuses. Now governed by idiots. )
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To: Kaslin

I WISH we were only broke instead of severely in debt.

11 posted on 03/01/2022 5:41:00 AM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (America -- July 4, 1776 to November 3, 2020 -- R.I.P.)
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To: Kaslin

With what’s going on, and tonight being the the Drooling Spoon’s first SOTU, I wonder how many congress critters volunteered to be “designated survivor”.

12 posted on 03/01/2022 6:01:55 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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