Most of us get a few days off at the holidays. We don’t get a long Christmas break like members of Congress. We don’t get a trip to Hawaii like the president, but most of us don’t have jobs, salaries, and publicly-funded perks that provide that kind of indulgence.
With federal debt and spending relegated to congressional backwaters until our fiscal crisis returns next year, needy special interests are back in the spotlight. By now you would think that even liberals would be tired of hearing Democrats ramble on about the needy.
Despite whatever promises you were made, the purpose of government is not to guarantee us a good life. That’s our responsibility. The debate over what the Founding Fathers meant by “general Welfare” has been rendered meaningless now that our government’s overreaching efforts to provide for all endangers the promises it needs to keep.
Boondoggles are legislative pornography, elaborately crafted spending vehicles that create government waste by not solving problems. Congress would never be able to agree on what a boondoggle is and Democrats might tell you that there is no such thing, but we all know a boondoggle is coming long before it hits the president’s desk.
What do North Carolina and Arizona’s Maricopa County Jail have in common? Both found unique ways to use the color pink, from Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pink undergarments for jail inmates to North Carolina’s plan to adorn driver’s licenses for DACA illegal immigrants with a noticeable pink stripe.
Was it a coincidence that our Vice President awarded medals to public safety employees¹ while the president threatened us with the consequences of losing public sector jobs because of sequester cuts? Mr. Obama is good at the propaganda game (see: Tricks From the Obama Disinformation and Propaganda Mill), but his condemnation of a “meat-cleaver approach”² to budget cuts has nothing to do with the jobs that will move the country forward and that most unemployed Americans are seeking.
Barack Obama is wise. He knows that he can trample the Constitution and strike out on his own as long as he takes his case to the people and keeps Congress tied up in knots with an aggressively divisive agenda. Meanwhile, the issues that will ruin us are put on the back burner while Republicans try to imitate what made our president so popular last November with feeble stabs at courting Hispanics and halfhearted endorsements of immigration reform.