Modern American politics has just witnessed a first. As last week ended, the House of Representatives passed a Spending Bill. This bill had a major impact on anyone that is leery of our government and is keeping an eye on it.
Before we dig into the actual bill, the procedures followed give American voters an insight to our next two years of a Republican controlled House and Senate. In 2010, Speaker Boehner promised the American people that all bills would be posted for the public to view at least 3 days before a vote would be called in the House. The Republican Party had also promised not to hold a government shutdown over the heads of Democrats to get items passed, within days of the General Election giving control of the Senate to the Republicans.
The NDAA was the first major piece of legislation to pass the body since our General Election on November 4th. It was presented to the public less than 36 hours before the vote. It also contained a provision which gave away sacred Native American lands to a foreign corporation. Just gave the lands to the company. It completely stripped these lands from American citizens. The NDAA also cut the allowances for troops and gave them a lower than statutory pay raise. This is a key factor when considering the budget bill. It is also key to note a stipulation that the Senate was not allowed to amend the NDAA. Either pass it in its entirety, or reject it.
Subsequently, the House passed a Resolution, which in Item 10 allows the President to sell or give military equipment to Ukraine. This is also key in reviewing elements of the budget.
The Spending Bill arrived, according to Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), late at night to be voted on the floor the next day. Once again, the broken promise by the House Speaker. In this budget were numerous items that had absolutely nothing to do with a government’s operating budget, notably a provision to raise campaign contribution limits by 10 times the previous amounts allowed. It also added vast amounts of new military equipment purchases and parts, far more than the amount of funding requested by the Pentagon. Congressman Massie also commented on Facebook that GOP Congressional members which do not vote with the Republican Party faced retribution from the party. American voters were irate at the riders in the Spending Bill.
The White House contacted the Democratic Party members in Congress with instructions to pass the Spending Bill, as is. The majority of Democrats in Congress refused and voted against it, joined by only a few members of the Republican Party. This became the first time in many Congressional sessions where Conservative American voters stood shoulder to shoulder with the demands that the Democratic Party not pass the bill.
In an attempt to tie all of these together, the Republican controlled House has emplaced a means the defense contractors to gain many more orders from the military, and the State Department. It may not be a coincidence that the defense contractors are major campaign contributors for both parties. Spending has increased far more than the Department of Defense wanted, yet troop housing allowances were reduced and they are forced into prescription copays because of the lack of funding.
Once again, we see our government is for sale. The dollars of the corporations are heard, but not the voices of the people. It is time to end the corruption. These bills have just set in motion the opportunities of the nastiest, most costly Presidential election in 2016, along with all partisan offices.
We The People are awake. We will not allow this corruption of the power base in DC to gain any more strength. The elected officials are in DC to represent us. We are their masters, not the other way around. Join the Veterans Party of America as we execute our plan to move forward and take offices, at all levels of government. We Have A Plan.