Ronald Reagan once observed, \”Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal having a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.\”
A Liberal Wish List
I thought of that quote when I read some of the details of the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that's touted as \”COVID relief.\” Critics, like Congressman Steve Scalise , say that it's a \”liberal wish list.\”
Scalise isn't alone. Many Republican members of the home oppose the bill, observing, \”Democrats have been hoping the public's attention continues to be occupied watching a made-for-TV show trial from the former president in the Senate, because they've been trying to quietly load up a $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation bill with special interest pork and other liberal goodies.\”
What kind of a country runs up a big bill, spends the money now, after which leaves it up to our children and grandchildren to have to pay it all back?
The bill proposes a $1,400 stimulus look for those who make under $75,000. However the Heritage Foundation observes that you have a big price tag for that $1,400: \”It adds over $14,000 per household to the national debt.\”
Furthermore, the New York Post observes that under 1 percent of the total proposed for spending deals directly with COVID by itself, such as the distribution of vaccines.
Pork along with other Liberal Goodies
What does this proposed spending include?
- Payouts for abortion, such as the opportunity for Planned Parenthood to obtain more funding from the Paycheck Protection Program – funds that are supposed to help small businesses stay afloat throughout the pandemic.
- Illegal immigrants can receive some of this stimulus money through members of the family.
- Schools that remain closed may also receive these funds. This \”Unconscionably gives labor unions – including those teachers unions fighting against school reopening – access to PPP funding worth up to $10 million per union,\” say House Republican opponents from the legislation.
- The bill gives $350 billion in subsidies to failed state and local governments that have shut down small businesses. It seems that the wrong people are getting rewarded, and the innocent victims of COVID, including smaller businesses, are getting penalized.
And on it goes.
One man who's happy about all this disbursement is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who said, \”We are spending lots of money – I do think it is appropriate to start taking a hard look at asking the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes.\”
It would seem the left's principle of \”never let an emergency go to waste\” is in full force here.
Where Will All of this Money Come From?
Where will all this money come from? Likely our grandchildren. No surprise the left likes abortion a lot – it causes them to have less grandchildren.
Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, gave some strong warnings about our economy:
To originate from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired an excessive amount of, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers haven't exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, 'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.'
Notice particularly what he had to say about governmental debt:
I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt because the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we should not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we should be taxed in our meat and drink, within our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. [Emphasis added]
In his Farewell Address, George Washington warned against runaway spending and needless debt:
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One way of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering additionally that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it, avoiding likewise the buildup of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the invoices which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the responsibility which we ourselves ought to bear. [Emphasis added]
In other words, during peacetime, the priority ought to be to pay off war debts. Meanwhile, we ought to avoid racking up debt.
Indeed, what sort of a country runs up a big bill, spends the money now, and then leaves it up to our children and grandchildren to need to pay it all back? There's nothing ethical about this.
Proverbs 13:22 says \”A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children.\” In the usa we're now doing the opposite – contrary to what both the Bible and the founders had to say.
Again, Ronald Reagan put it well:
We could say the government spend like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors, since the sailors are spending their own money.