#1 Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by Cincinnatus 09.02.2018 17:43

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If you believe in fiscal responsibility and thought the Republicans would advance your interests in this regard, you have been betrayed.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor on Thursday evening to slam Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress for "spending us into oblivion." The firey speech was part of Paul's effort to postpone a budget vote until after midnight.

Paul stopped speaking shortly before 7:30 p.m. as the Senate entered a brief recess, but returned to continue speaking at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the White House told executive branch agencies to prepare for a shutdown, according to Politico.

The three-week continuing resolution passed on January 18 will expire at midnight. Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate were prepared to vote on a two-year budget that will annihiliate existing spending caps and increase the discretionary budget by about $400 billion, but Paul asked Senate GOP leaders for a chance to offer an amendment reinstating those spending caps. The nature of his speech on the Senate floor suggests that Paul's request was denied.

Paul slammed Republicans and Democrats for agreeing to a budget that independent analysts say will result in a $1 trillion deficit.

"A country cannot go on forever spending money this way," said Paul. "What you are seeing is recklessness being passed off as bipartisanship."

The budget deal would remove limits on military spending imposed by the 2013 sequester would be removed, allowing the Pentagon to receive an additional $80 billion this year and $85 billion next year. Other lids on the discretionary budget would be similarly lifted, allowing for billions of new spending on infrastructure, public health, and disaster aid.

Paul lashed his own party's leaders, saying that Repulicans "are the conservative party" only when Democrats are in power. "When Republicans are in power, there is no conservative party," he added.



http://reason.com/blog/2018/02/08/rand-p...dly-delaying-th

This is not intended as an endorsement of Senator Paul (though I like the guy), but rather as an indictment of the Republican Party for failing to live up to its self-proclaimed principles. They lied and we are screwed.

#2 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by algernonpj 09.02.2018 22:09

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The $43M Natural Gas Station to Nowhere
In his one-man stand against Friday's budget deal, Sen. Rand Paul highlights a real head-scratcher of a U.S. boondoggle


by Brendan Kirby | Updated 09 Feb 2018 at 12:16 PM

In his one-man filibuster of a two-year spending deal that passed in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) highlighted a laundry list of wasteful government programs.

Perhaps the most shocking was a $43 million compressed natural gas (CNG) station to help rebuild Afghanistan.

That figure came from a government watchdog, and the Pentagon later argued the report grossly overstated the price tag.

But even if the cost was “only” $5 million to $10 million, it raised questions about why the military conceived of building a natural gas station in a nation with virtually no natural gas vehicles or apparent need for a fueling station to support them.

“I thought the military’s job was to kill the enemy. So the military’s job now is to reduce their carbon footprint, so they bought a $45 million dollar gas station that serves up natural gas, and guess what they discovered?” Paul said. “They kept waiting. So the guy sitting next to the pump — you can imagine him sitting on a stool, and he’s waiting for customers — no one ever came.”

Paul said military planners belatedly realized that Afghanistan, like the senator’s hometown in Kentucky, has very few vehicles that run on natural gas.

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"So they said, 'Well gosh, we already built this $45 million gas station. Maybe we should buy them some cars," he said. "So they bought them some cars with your money. They pay for the gas station with your money. Now they bought them some cars with your money."

The gas station was one of many anecdotes Paul recited on Thursday in his bid to hold up the vote on the budget deal — a vote that eventually came after midnight.

Other example offered by Paul include a government-funded study to determine whether astronaut Neil Armstrong said "one small step for man" or "one small step for a man." Other examples included a little-used, one-mile trolley in the nation's capital; a $500,000 study to determine whether "selfies" make people happier; and a $356,000 study to determine if Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous when on cocaine.

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https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/the-...in-afghanistan/

#3 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by Longiron 10.02.2018 08:07

And TRUMP signed it asap ? Is this why we elected him?????

#4 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by Cincinnatus 10.02.2018 17:32

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A little side note on Paul's efforts to get this budget under control and reduce spending. Liberal Bette Midler demonstrated her principles of compassion and tolerance by tweeting:

Bette Midler
✔ @BetteMidler

Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?


Love conquers hate.

#5 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by algernonpj 11.02.2018 12:30

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I've been looking for specifics on the budget. Thus far I've found this article.

If actually acted on this would be one good thing:

You're fired: Trump to rid 'worst' federal workers, automatic raises, fat bennies
by Paul Bedard | Feb 9, 2018, 7:01 AM

“We’re 18 years into the digital millennium. We need to look at a different way,” said a budget official.

President Trump plans to take the huge federal Civil Service off cruise control, ending automatic pay increases that go to 99.7 percent of the workforce, trimming fat benefit packages, and for the “worst,” rolling out his trademark phrase from The Apprentice, “You’re fired!”

In his budget, set for release Monday, his administration is planning the biggest reform to the federal workforce in decades, using models from Amazon, Google, and a handful of well-operating agencies.

Officials said the overall goal is to bring the 1950s-styled Civil Service into the digital age, introduce automation, reward “the best” with bonuses, make it easier to hire and fire, and provide “flexibility” by moving employees where they are needed and even rehiring skilled retirees.

Gone would be the automatic reward of pay “step” increases of 3 percent to 5 percent which 99.7 percent of workers get, regardless of their performance. Also targeted, said the officials, are annual reviews that now give “everybody” a grade of four or five on a scale of five. And benefits, now 47 percent higher than in the private workforce, according to a congressional report, will be trimmed.

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Among the changes proposed:

  • Creation of a bonus pool to reward good employees.

  • An end to so-called “step increases,” pay hikes of 3 percent to 5 percent that 99.7 percent of federal workers get even if they are poor performers.

  • Changes to the overall pay package, with a focus on generous retirement benefits, that align federal pay to the private world.

  • Retraining of employees.

  • Redeploying workers where they are needed.


  • http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/youre-...article/2648627

    #6 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by ThirstyMan 11.02.2018 17:34

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    This absolutely must change!

    In Greece goofy compensation packages like this were considered normal.

    MAGA!!!

    #7 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by algernonpj 11.02.2018 17:39

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    Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #6
    This absolutely must change!

    In Greece goofy compensation packages like this were considered normal.

    MAGA!!!

    Which is why Greece is bankrupt.

    #8 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by Longiron 12.02.2018 10:56

    Chump change as compared to the spending bill he just signed. No Wall, DACA still alive and well as are Sanctuary Cities and the funding just keeps pouring into these cities. AMNESTY is next for 20 Million. The SWAMP is more alive and well than ever. NOT one PROSECUTION any where near but the AG is busting those awful low life POT smokers. The BUSH and Clinton crime families are doing very well thank you and MITTENS will be the next SWAMP Member added to F*** TRUMP.

    #9 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by Cincinnatus 12.02.2018 15:33

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    Planned Parenthood will continue to receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the new spending agreement, despite Republican pledges to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

    Congressional Republicans failed to make good on their campaign promises to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in their latest rounds of contentious negotiations with Democrats, which largely focused on military spending and immigration. Despite controlling both houses of Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R., Wis.) 2017 pledge to defund the organization, Republicans were unable to implement plans to redirect taxpayer dollars to local community health centers that do not provide abortions.



    http://freebeacon.com/issues/planned-par...-spending-deal/

    #10 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by algernonpj 12.02.2018 15:57

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    Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #9

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    Planned Parenthood will continue to receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the new spending agreement, despite Republican pledges to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

    Congressional Republicans failed to make good on their campaign promises to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in their latest rounds of contentious negotiations with Democrats, which largely focused on military spending and immigration. Despite controlling both houses of Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R., Wis.) 2017 pledge to defund the organization, Republicans were unable to implement plans to redirect taxpayer dollars to local community health centers that do not provide abortions.


    http://freebeacon.com/issues/planned-par...-spending-deal/



    Typical Rino behavior. I'll bet Ryan tried 'real hard' LOL.

    Unfortunately this is what Trump is dealing with as regards the budget and immigration.

    #11 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by algernonpj 12.02.2018 16:06

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    AND

    Schumer, McConnell Rammed Through Vote on $300 Billion, 652-Page Budget in 18 Hours
    by Sean Moran9 Feb 20183,235
    On the day of the latest government shutdown, Congress passed a two-year $300 billion, 652-page budget in under 18 hours, much to the dismay of conservatives.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) struck a deal on Wednesday to fund the government for two years, featuring substantial increases in domestic and defense spending. Both the House and Senate passed the $300 billion two-year budget on Friday morning, halting a temporary government shutdown.

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    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/...et-in-18-hours/


    652 pages in 18 hours ... If a representative read straight through that would be a little over 36 page per hour. Another pass it so you can see what's in it moment.

    I'm certain Schumer and McConnell are quite pleased with themselves.

    #12 RE: Rand Paul Single-Handedly Tries to Stop Massive Spending Plan (Update: Congress Passes Budget Deal) by Longiron 13.02.2018 10:57

    TRUMP does not have to sign it BUT he will, He has this unbelievable personal requirement to be liked by those around him. He has thrown those that voted for him under the bus on most all of his campaign promise that we all believed to get him elected. SAD

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