Our government is approximately 17 trillion dollars in debt. That is $17,000,000,000,000! The main reason is the politicians spend more than they have, so they have to continually borrow, meaning the country goes deeper in debt. And most of this comes by adding projects and other expenditures onto bills that Congress passes. Which brings me to my next point.
The bill that Congress passed to end the government shutdown had some surprises in it, you know, pork! There was quite a number of extras added on, amounting into the billions, but I'm going to highlight just a few. $450 million was allocated to Colorado for road repairs, and other repairs because of the destructive flooding that reeked havoc in September. Okay, that sounds good, but why sneak it in the bill?
Now for the questionable add-ons. The bill includes $174,000 to be given to the widow of the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey. That's not so much, right? The thing is though, he was a multimillionaire and now she is too. And the tax payers are footing the "gift." You know the old saying, "the rich get richer."
Close to 3 billion dollars were set aside for a dam project on the Ohio river between Kentucky and Illinois. It just so happens that the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who was instrumental in ending the government shutdown, lives in Kentucky. And the other one who was helping to pass the bill was the #2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, from Illinois. Hmm, something doesn't smell right.
Harry Reid, the leading Democrat in the Senate, who with McConnell made the compromise to end the shutdown, said, "This is not an earmark." The definition in the dictionary says, "a provision in a piece of Congressional legislation that directs specified federal funds to specific projects, programs, organizations, or individuals." Well, it sounds like an earmark to me! When Nancy Pelosi was asked about it, she said, “What difference does it make?” What's another $3 billion added on to $17,000,000,000,000? I guess the answer is - go deeper into debt, or so it seems!