Rational people know that when they are in debt, the solution is to draw up a real budget, spend within their means and not keep borrowing money. Of course Congress has been far from rational, and their decades long habit of simply passing a continuing resolution to fund government has got to stop.
Rand Paul has long been against this cowardly method of using a continuing resolution to sidestep the Senate’s responsibility to draft and pass a real budget. In a recent press release, Paul bragged how he has “voted against every spending bill that continues to add to our mountain of debt.” As it stands now, he is one of the few people taking that oddly rational and principled stand against the Washington machine, and for the odd concept of not spending more money than is available.
It is a strange world we live in where the Senate cannot be bothered to do more than simply agree to fund the next fiscal year, and of late struggles to avoid an awkward government shutdown by simply agreeing to fund both important programs and the annual collection of pork and special interest programs that are often tacked on in order to gain support for this annual spending abomination.
Paul told Time Magazine that the GOP needs to use its position in the Senate to pass a real spending bill, and to make the Senate fight to pass needless spending, instead of the opposite position where it is fighting to simply pass anything that can keep government staggering forward another year.
A Continuing Resolution is not a real budget nor does it provide a real means for funding government beyond simply relying on income and then agreeing to borrow whatever else is needed. It is impossible to live within one’s means when one simply runs up the credit cards for another year, and right now that is all the government is doing. Rand Paul wants to stop the vicious cycle of tax, spend and borrow, end wasteful special interest programs, and make the Senate accountable for every dime spent. What do you think? Is the common sense to actually pass a budget impossible to find in government? Will Paul’s simple idea of spending within one’s means ever catch on? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman; Edited by staff
(Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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