Conservatives breathed a hopeful sigh for about five minutes after former Speaker John Boehner announced he would be handing over the gavel. Clearly we needed a change in leadership, as a strong majority in the House – along with a majority in the Senate – seemed to change nothing in terms of halting or at least slowing the Obama agenda.
And now with Speaker Paul Ryan, we appear to be getting a lot more of the same.
As per Slate.com, “when Paul Ryan was handed the speaker’s gavel in late October, he pledged to restore normal order to the People’s House and eliminate the sort of backroom deals that rank-and-file members complain are shoved down their throats at the 11th hour. So, late Tuesday night, Ryan unveiled a few thousand pages of consequential tax, spending, and regulatory legislation costing roughly $2 trillion and gave Congress and the public two whole days to review everything.”
Business as usual.
Congress will be passing a nearly $2 trillion spending bill that increases spending across the board and increases the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars.
While $2 billion out of $2 trillion is basically chump change, one item in the spending bill is particularly disheartening as Americans worry about criminal illegal immigrants and terrorist infiltration.
The massive spending bill awards $1,645,201,000 for ‘refugee and entrant assistance activities’ here in the United States. What that actually means is resettlement right here within our borders.
As the Free Beacon reports, “Congress would award the massive check to the government just as the U.S. isexperiencing a surge in arrivals of immigrant children at the southern border. Last week, federal agencies said they were opening two temporary shelters with 1,000 beds in South Texas to cope with the surge. A 400-bed shelter is also to be opened in Southern California.
In October and November, U.S. government data showed that over 10,500 unaccompanied immigrant children crossed the southern border with Mexico, according to the Washington Post. That number is more than double the count of unaccompanied minors that arrived at the border during the same time period last year.
In the event that the new temporary shelters in Texas and California are not enough to account for the surge in migrants, HHS asked the Department of Defense last week to make plans for 5,000 more shelter beds to be made available.”
Is it any wonder the electorate is hungering for an outsider to lead? Whether you love him or hate him, Donald Trump is certainly NOT business as usual, which is all we’re getting from our elected officials currently.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]