The House vote to defund Planned Parenthood based on questionable, yet provocative videos underscores a much greater issue, namely the profligate spending that Congress engages in, and their unwillingness to properly use their power to pass meaningful and Constitutionally proper spending bills.
Regardless of how you might think on the matter, the effort to defund Planned Parenthood should mean more than just taking an ideological stance. Rand Paul wrote in Time Magazine that instead of talking about how many votes it takes to defeat spending, it should take sixty votes in the Senate to spend money or increase spending, and that Congress needs to pass real spending bills instead of ongoing continuing resolutions that fund the government.
The Constitution clearly spells out what government is and isn’t allowed to do, and what it is obligated to fund. Many programs are best left to the private sector, or could be handled at a state level. The Federal government has been reduced to picking winners and losers in the game of funding, where politics means more than value to the American people. This is not a proper role for government, and they need to be looking at cutting every dime of spending that does not need to be handled at the Federal level.
Rand Paul wants a rational, common sense budget free of the sort of expenses that drive Federal debt to a million dollars per second. The people of the United States need Uncle Sam, not Uncle Sugar, and ever dime being spent should be agonized over and carefully chosen. The Federal Government is not a magical money fountain, rather it has defined duties and obligations, and nothing more. The culture of waste and dependency on Federal largess must stop now.
Rand Paul wants to defund Planned Parenthood for many reasons, but the most important reason is that you can’t find that sort of expense written into the U.S. Constitution. Congress is failing America by not passing common sense spending bills. Congress is failing America by ignoring its obligation and duty to carefully mange the public purse. Congress has failed America and wastes untold trillions of dollars that future generations must pay off. We are building a failing society on the backs of those not yet born, and we must stop now. Rand Paul wants to reign in Congress and demands that real spending bills be passed. The question is if anyone is listening. What do you think? What is the role of government in funding special programs? Did Congress bounce its reality check? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman; Edited by staff
(Photo courtesy of Tom Page, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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