RINOs 13

Apparently promising to do everything they could to repeal Obamacare isn’t the only thing that the RINO Republicans have been lying to us about.  Because Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, is just one of many RINOs who have now rejected, pretty much outright, President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities.  It was this senile old fart who said, “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive.”  So what part about the need to cut spending does he not get?

Rogers said he was ‘concerned’ about cuts to programs in Kentucky.  He said, “In particular, the Appalachian r Commission has a long-standing history of bipartisan support in Congress because of its proven ability to help reduce poverty rates and extend basic necessities to communities across the Appalachian region.”  He then went on to say, “Today, nearly everyone in the region has access to clean water and sewer, the workforce is diversifying, educational opportunities are improving, and rural technology is finally advancing to 21st Century standards.”  Now no offense to Mr. Rogers, but just in case he hasn’t noticed, our country is $20 TRILLION IN DEBT!!   So, at the risk of being obvious, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky are going to have to bite the bullet just like the rest of us.

Money needs to be cut and everyone is going to have some excuse why it is that theirs is simply too important to be cut!  This boob, Rogers, went on to say, “We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges.”  Well sir, let me put it to you this way.  Everyone, and that would include even those folks in Kentucky, are going to need to understand that if we are to save our sinking ship we’re all going to be required to give up something.

Another top House Republican and the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Mike Conaway, also took shots at the president’s cuts to the agriculture programs.  And it was this RINO who said, “At first blush, I am pleased that the administration is working to restore the strength of our nation’s armed forces to make sure that our men and women in uniform have the equipment that they need to defend our country and our interests around the world.”   And he then went on to say, “On the USDA budget, I am concerned that the cuts, while relatively small in the context of the total federal budget, could hamper some vital work of the department.”  First I’d like to inform Mr. Conaway that NO cut is too small.  And either he gets that or maybe it’s time for him to move on to other employment!

Anyway, it was also Conaway who said, “I think it is very important to remember that net farm income is down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. America’s farmers and ranchers are struggling, and we need to be extremely careful not to exacerbate these conditions. In fact, we need to do all we can to be there to help our farmers and ranchers. The work they do is critical.”  And he added, “I think it is very important to remember that net farm income is down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. America’s farmers and ranchers are struggling, and we need to be extremely careful not to exacerbate these conditions. In fact, we need to do all we can to be there to help our farmers and ranchers.”  While I have nothing against farmers or ranchers, need I remind them that our country is BROKE!

And still another RINO Republican taking on the president’s budget cuts is Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).  It was Portman who said, “The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to Ohio, and The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy.” He added, “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a critical tool in our efforts to help protect and restore Lake Erie, and when the Obama administration proposed cuts to the program, I helped lead the effort to restore full funding.”  And he also said, “I have long championed this program, and I’m committed to continuing to do everything I can to protect and preserve Lake Erie, including preserving this critical program and its funding.”  Again, WE’RE BROKE!

Look, these guys sound a lot more like Democrats than the conservative Republicans that they routinely profess themselves to be.  Everyone has an excuse when it comes to why it is that their funds should be spared the budget axe.  But if we’re going to be fair about the cuts that we all know need to be made, then we’re ALL going to have to give up something.  And if these RINOs can’t bring themselves to understand that, then maybe come the next election, they should be made to face a primary challenge from someone who isn’t actually afraid to BE a conservative.  President Trump is only doing what candidate Trump promised.  And if these RINOs in Congress either refuse, or are simply unable, to see what is the bigger picture here, then it’s going to require we the people to provide some proper encouragement so they do!

And to be honest, I knew months ago, that if, or when, Donald Trump won, these RINO Republicans had the potential to pose the bigger problem to him than even the Democrats. They’ve talked tough, all the way up to previous elections, then get what they want and then return to business as usual.  Republicans wanted the House, they got it, they wanted the Senate, and 4 years later it was theirs yet they still complained about needing the White House.  And now that that too is theirs, they have no more excuses.  And yet, that’s ALL they continue to get!  We now have a president who is working to actually fulfill his campaign promises and more.  So it’s time for all those Republicans who have been lecturing us about the need for streamlining our government and about our Founding Fathers, to step up!

These career politicians had better finally do something this year, and approving President Trump’s budget is a place to start.  It’s the least these do-nothings could do.  As I said earlier, we are $20 Trillion in the hole and everyone is going to have to take a hit.  It’s time for the Republican Party to make the tough decisions and to start governing.  Either that or risk being returned to that status in which they seem to be much more comfortable and, apparently, are much better suited for.  A word of warning to all those who may choose to simply dismiss the president’s budget proposal as not being serious.  Fail to pass this budget at your own peril!  It’s just that simple, really.  The time for action is now.  We simply can no longer afford to kick the can down the road.  We have wasted far too much time.


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