To The Daily Sun,
I heard the other day about Jeanne Shaheen's bill to change the federal budget from one year to two years. She says it would give them more time to agree on a budget.
It does not make sense to me. The federal budget keeps getting extensions. We have not passed a federal budget since 2009. So essentially we now have a budget that goes beyond two years already.
The House has created the budgets per the Constitution and passed them to the Senate. There the budget dies. Harry Reid does not bring the budget before the Senate to discuss. He is in violation of the Constitution.
2013 Federal budget included: $385,000 to study the duck penis, $17.5 million in special tax exemptions for Nevada brothels, almost $1 million to study romance novels, $10,000 on a pole dance study, $125,000 on a documentary on superheroes, $1.9 million in lifestyle coaching for Senate staffers.
Also: $1 million for a bus stop with heated seats and wifi, $415,000 to California wine growers to promote wine sales in China, $704,000 for landscaping at residence of Brussels ambassador (Makes me wonder if money like this was spent foolishly the year Ambassador Stevens begged for more security and was denied), $3.5 million to cover solar panels at Manchester airport because the panels blinded pilots and air traffic controllers (I wonder how much green energy is in use today that was subsidized by the federal government?), $1.5 billion on government owned properties with very little or no use at all — some set for demolition but still being maintained, $9 million in advertising for the Army on recruiting while they are cutting back 80,000 troops, $437,000 for IRS employees in Las Vegas on union training (shouldn't their union pay for this?), $300,000 on administration portraits (Sen. Shaheen co-sponsored a bill that limits price of portrait to $20,000 — other than president — why do we need portraits — photograph would do)
The list goes on and on and comes to a whopping $30 billion in 2013 alone. Just think, we are borrowing money and paying interest to pay for these and other frivolous items.
Even when the Democrats were in power of both houses, they did not pass a budget. Only one budget was passed since Obama got elected. Could it be, that some politicians do not want their name to a bill that they voted for or against. It might not be helpful in elections years. It might actually hurt.
I personally have a budget. I want a federal budget. A factual federal budget where we cannot spend more than what we make. I want a budget that does not pay for frivolous items.
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