12/13/16 Spending 2017

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Last week, Washington passed next year’s spending measure.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders agreed upon spending through next spring.

It was a massive, omnibus spending bill that didn’t get public scrutiny. But – Congressional leaders promise us – they’ll pass 12 separate appropriations bills open to inspection. Next year.

If this sounds familiar it should. This is what they told us last year. And the year before. And the year before that. And so on.

This has been going on regardless of which party controls Congress. Republicans and Democrats have been wheeling and dealing together for years. Because it benefits both parties.

Neither party wants clean, stand-alone spending bills. They like massive bills because they hide pork, waste and back-scratching deals for everyone. Spending money is how Washington politicians accrue power.

When Congress passed last year’s spending measure the national debt was 18.1 trillion dollars. It’ll pass 20 trillion when President Obama leaves office next month.

More public debt has been created under Obama than the previous 43 presidents combined.

Washington needs to change.

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