On February 9th the Federal Government was able to pass and sign a new spending bill, H.R. 1301, that would allow for an additional $300 billion dollars in the budget. Also passed was another $90 billion sum to help to relieve national disasters that have run rampant in the United States in the past year, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires that have plagued the North West. This bill allowed for the suspension of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which temporarily raised the debt ceiling in exchange for reducing the debt over the next decade. With the bill passing in the Senate 71-28 and 240-186 in the House, it has become clear that Republicans in office are no longer the crusaders of conservatism.
Fiscal conservatism values spending within the means of the taxpayer. However with the new bill in place we can see that Republicans are willing to put their values on the sidelines in order to save face.
True fiscal conservatism seems to have fallen out of favor in Europe and parts of North America as more and more countries opt for large governments with huge entitlement programs, such as the socialized medical programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. This wave of change has finally struck the United States. Although social conservative values are still prominent on the right, it seems that the era of small government is a distant memory from decades past.
The United States is $20 trillion dollars in debt, and it’s estimated that the U.S. spent nearly $2.7 trillion on entitlement and welfare programs just last year. Instead of proposing legislation to slash the budget, Congress continues to raise spending to fill their coffers, and the deficit continues to grow because the U.S. taxpayers simply cannot afford to pay up. Eventually the burden to pay the debt will be forced upon the current children of this nation, potentially leading to the next Great Depression as their taxes continue to mount in order to pay off this albatross of a debt.
President Trump is in pursuit of reducing government spending in healthcare. In October 2017, Trump signed an Executive Order to combat Obamacare, and recently he announced an alternative to Obamacare that would create more competition in the healthcare market, potentially driving down prices. However the President has again raised spending, albeit out of necessity, to ensure that he can fulfill a few of his important campaign promises, such as strengthening the nation’s defense to ensure the freedom of its citizens for generations.
Congress hasn’t been able to pass many decisive pieces of conservative legislation. Healthcare has not been reformed by Congress, the only moves to eliminate abortion that have been made were by the State of Iowa, and honest immigration reform has just continued to be pushed down the line. The Government can seemingly only be changed by the President issuing an Executive Order. Congress is unable or unwilling to act in favor of conservative policies and continue to support big government policies that will eventually bankrupt the nation. Conservatives have also pushed the notion that Obamacare is the big evil regarding national spending. In truth, it only makes up a small percentage of what the Government must cut if it ever wishes to be debt free in the future. Eventually the debt will have to be paid off, and according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), it seems that conservatives are willingly allowing the problem to develop.
This fiscal problem can only be kicked so far down the road before it reaches a wall. If the GOP continues to follow in the Democrat’s footsteps by putting the nation’s budget on a credit card, they have condemned future generations to bankruptcy. Lawmakers and voters need to reflect on what Ronald Reagan said in his “A Time for Choosing” speech, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So, governments’ programs once launched, never disappear.”
This generation has been born into a new era of war on economic and moral freedom, and it has grown tired of the left. Many young men and women rally behind conservative pundits like Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro who are leading the charge for true, logical conservatism.
Studies show that Generation Z is the most fiscally conservative generation since The Great Generation. Young conservatives are recognizing the problems that older generations have promulgated and are organizing to introduce reform. As Ben Shapiro once said, “We’re the guardians of limited government and individual liberty, we’re the guardians of Judeo-Christian Western civilization. There is no one else left.”
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