Corrupt Off-Budget Spending by U.S. Congress

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday for the monstrous $187 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fund the troops fighting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, enhance veterans’ education benefits, and provide disaster relief to the victims of devastating Midwest flooding, plus more.

Here’s the kicker…
Because of its status as an “emergency supplemental” bill, it is not counted in the official US budget (which is currently running a $400 billion deficit) and thus not subject to ordinary budget rules.

For the rest of us, a budget is a way to keep track of our spending. Companies have them, families have them and individuals have them. But, our government has chosen to ignore its responsibility to the Citizens of the United States and our Constitution by showing utter disrespect of their stewardship of the nation’s wealth.

The legislation approved by the House also includes:

  • A 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for those workers who have exhausted their current benefits.
  • A $2.65 billion disaster relief fund for victims of Midwest flooding.
  • Increased foreign food assistance of $1.85 billion, as well as $500 million in refugee assistance.
  • $465 million to help Mexico fight the war on drugs.
  • $4.6 billion for military construction, including $863 million for military hospitals and $396 million for veterans hospitals. Also included is $210 million for military base child-care centers.
  • $5.8 billion to complete the strengthening of Louisiana levees by the end of 2009.

Where does all this money come from? Your taxes are not being increased. Well, maybe we won’t pay for the war directly with our taxes, we will, however, all pay indirectly through the inflation tax. What we cannot pay we will saddle our children and grandchildren with, through a drastically reduced standard of living. Four-dollar gas is just a hint of what is in store. The politicians may try to hide the inflation tax from us, but they cannot hide the fact that prices are going up everywhere, thanks to our ever-weakening dollar.

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