This is so offensive that I cannot even begin to plumb its depths. Recently, Congress and the President rammed through the omnibus spending bill that took 2,232 pages to detail how they were going to waste our hard earned money.  (In fact, no policy maker was actually able to read the thing within the 24 hour period before voting on it, though at least Sen. Rand Paul tried.)

Here’s the thing that gets me. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, had the gall to defend this bill before it was passed. “We’ve worked to make sure not a dollar is wasted.”  Um…  come again?  In a $1.3 trillion budget, no money was wasted?  Does that even pass the straight face test for anyone?

My wife and I have a budget that comes in a hair below $1.3 trillion.  And even in our much more meager budget, there are ways to cut costs.  Are we supposed to believe — to take it on faith — that Frelinghuysen was so frugal that the federal government did a better job at handling money than we do? Of course, he spoke too soon, since President Donald Trump came out on Twitter and said that he “had to waste money on Dem giveaways” to get his own military spending increases through.

Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado Democrat, took umbrage at Frelinghuysen’s claim.

“I would say there is a lot to find in this bill we can cut. And if we haven’t cut that, we haven’t done our work,” he said. “This is just no way to run a country.”

Exactly.  Remember when Republicans were the ones trying to hold Democrats accountable for their out of control spending?  Me either.

Where are the days of “honor?”

Hat Tip: Washington Times

Image Credit: Pictures of Money

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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