A Glaring Difference between Conservatives and RINOs
A few days ago, Congress passed a 1,600 page omnibus appropriations bill that Barack Hussein Obama plans to sign into law. The bill is the culmination of the usual political machinations on Capitol Hill that result in an appropriations bill bloated with tax dollar giveaways to reward lobbyists, special interests, corporations, and campaign donors. As usual, the bill is not a budget because the U.S. will have to borrow money to cover the deficit, which means the national debt will increase; business as usual in D.C. However, during the debates surrounding the 2015 budget, if you paid attention, you would have seen one of the glaring differences between constitutional conservatives and the liberals that place an “R” behind their names (RINOs) in order to get elected.
I understand that Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio have become the more recognizable conservatives in the Republican Party, but there is another senator who has been fighting the good fight for quite some time who does not get the press the aforementioned senators get on a regular basis. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is arguably the most engaged, committed member of the senate when it comes to promoting conservative principles. As I mentioned in an article last week, the U.S. needs Sessions to chair the Senate Budget Committee as evidenced by the exchange between him and the White House’s budget director, Sylvia Burwell, in the video below.
Sessions grills Burwell on the fact that the Obama administration wants to increase discretionary spending by $56 billion in 2015, which violates the Ryan-Murray Spending Agreement that was part of the bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 signed into law by Obama. The Ryan-Murray law has become inconvenient for the Obama administration, so Burwell makes it clear that the administration is not interested in discussing Ryan-Murray because it has decided it will ignore the law and “offset” the increase in discretionary spending with new taxes. Sessions exposes the snake oil the Obama administration is trying to sell to the American people.
I am sure there are people who are encouraged by the results of the mid-term elections. I am hopeful that the incoming Republicans will take up the important issues of the day like stopping Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a balanced budget, debt reduction, and shrinking the size of the federal government. Unfortunately, I don’t put much stock in Senator Mitch McConnell and the rest of the RINOs.
What is a glaring difference between conservatives and RINOs like Mitch McConnell? RINOs view your tax dollars the same way Democrats view your tax dollars, as their personal slush funds, while conservatives like Sessions preach fiscal responsibility.
McConnell has demonstrated a voracious appetite for earmarks that has resulted in billions of tax dollars going to his campaign donors and bundlers to satisfy campaign promises and his narcissism. It is not an exaggeration to say that McConnell is the king of earmarks and quite possibly the most narcissistic politician in D.C. In the last decade, McConnell has secured $110 million of your money for his home state of Kentucky. The following is a list of some projects you paid for:
- The Mitch McConnell Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- The Mitch McConnell Plaza and Walkway on the banks of the Ohio River.
- The Mitch McConnell Integrated Applications Laboratory at Western Kentucky University.
- The McConnell Technology and Training Center in Louisville.
- The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville.
McConnell being the gentleman that he is made sure his wife, Elaine Chao, was not left out. His earmarks to the University of Louisville delivered the Chao Auditorium and the McConnell-Chao Archives. Romance is not dead! I hope Chao appreciates that McConnell used your hard earned money to show his love for her.
The biggest slice of American taxpayer pie McConnell has redistributed is the billions he has secured for the Olmsted Dam project in Kentucky. The project was authorized in 1988 as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The original amount authorized was $775 million. The project has received additional funding over the last several years, which has brought the total taxpayer outlay to $3.843 billion and counting. McConnell enjoyed the biggest increase in funds for his dam last year, with the assistance of a fellow RINO, Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
Lamar Alexander is the ranking member on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee that has legislative authority over the Olmsted Dam project. The FY 2014 “budget” delivered another $2.918 billion to McConnell’s pet project. Alexander used his position on the aforementioned subcommittee to deliver the $2.918 billion to help out his fellow RINO. Another fine use of your tax dollars, right? That dam is a public trough of crony capitalism! I guess if/when the dam is complete, it will be renamed the Mitch McConnell Dam as a tribute from the crony capitalists who secured government contracts to participate in the building of the dam by using their connection with McConnell.
There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats in D.C. As Pat Buchanan has stated plenty of times: “Democrats and Republicans are two wings on the same bird of prey.” When the Republican Party becomes the majority in the senate next year, it will be business as usual. You will see the same fight between constitutional conservatives and RINOs regarding the deficit and debt. RINOs are owned by donors, lobbyists, special interests, and the U.S. Chamber of Crony Capitalism, so they are not interested in representing the American people and doing what is in the best interest of America because there is no money in it.