Stop the Presses: A Congressman Just Did What He Promised Voters He Would Do
I rise to support my amendment against the creation of a new mandatory program.
Some on the other side have called my amendment a poison pill.
I consider that a compliment.
A poison pill was reserved for the man who brought human reason to Greece.
I similarly would like to bring a bit of reason to bear on the budget process of the United States.
We are currently $127 trillion light on mandatory spending at present.
This means by 2027, all federal revenues will be spent on only mandatory programs.
This is a disaster.
My children right now are 13 and 16.
By the time they are about 30 we will have zero dollars for running government, because all dollars will be spent on these mandatory programs.
We all want cures, and I am for the underlying bill.
But in economics, rationality requires that we rank our preferences in order and fund the best programs.
This is one of them.
There is no issue finding two billion dollars out of a three and a half trillion dollar budget.
But currently there is no discipline up here in this city.
We just fund everything and hand the bill to the next generation.
Every mandatory program starts off with high hopes.
But go to the trustee reports on the major mandatory programs today, and you will find that they are all insolvent.
By around 2030 as well.
So today, you will hear all sorts of fancy terminology about pay-fors and oil reserves and deficits, but don’t be fooled.
Our annual deficit spending is $500 billion and on its way to a trillion in a few years.
We are off course on every front.
We always talk about the children.
But at present, we are handing them $18 trillion in debt and another $127 trillion bill in mandatory programs.
You want the truth?
The children are the only group without a lobbyist up here on Capitol Hill, and that’s why they’re getting trashed.
If you want a cure, go to a doctor.
But if you want to clean up the U.S. economy, please consult an economist or two.
The numbers and the story I have given are not in dispute.
The only issue is whether we have the resolve to balance our budgets and leave our children a brighter day.
I urge a YES vote on the amendment.
Thank you, and I reserve the balance of my time.
Of course, Washington being Washington, Brat's amendment was defeated, and every health industry lobbyist savvy enough to file incorporation papers to create entities with authority-tinged names took to Twitter to celebrate, because -- as mentioned above -- in the end, and also in the beginning, they think of you as retweets, not citizens:
Still, shoot an email to Brat's press sec at [email protected] with a thank you -- this way, you'll have e-proof that you tried to stop Rome from falling again, for the same exact reason, when your kids ask what you were doing while their present was being dismantled.