It happens every year – the US Congress cannot disagree so they may simply shut down. They’re our public servants but we permit them to throw their hands up and shrug that they cannot work together. One of the hot topic items right now is Ukraine, and with good reason as we are $3.3 trillion in debt but those in charge believe we have unlimited funds for Ukraine.
Senator Rand Paul refuses to continually aid Ukraine in the proxy war. “Today I’m putting congressional leadership & @POTUS on notice that I will oppose any effort to hold the federal government hostage for Ukraine funding,” Paul said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “I will not consent to expedited passage of any spending measure that provides any more US aid to Ukraine.” Rand double-downed on his views in front of his peers, saying, “It’s as if no one has noticed that we have no extra money to send to Ukraine,” he said. “Our deficit this year will exceed $1.5 trillion. Borrowing money from China to send it to Ukraine makes no sense.”
We do not have the money to spend on Ukraine – period. The money funneled to the most corrupt European country comes from US taxpayers. Biden asked for another $24 billion for Ukraine last month. Some Republicans scoffed but there are neocons on both sides who want this war. “When will the aid requests, and when will the war end?” Rand asked the Senate. “Can someone explain what victory in Ukraine looks like? President Biden certainly can’t. His administration has failed to articulate a clear strategy or objective in this war, and Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive has failed to make meaningful gains in the east.” There is no victory for Ukraine. The aftermath will be bloody and expensive, and people on both sides of the fight have declared that this will be a long war.
Republicans are a minority in the Senate. Schumer will do what it takes to push through all of Joe’s reckless spending budgets that he always exceeds. Congress needs to be held accountable. A business couldn’t simply say, “Hey, we do not know what to do. Let’s shutdown operations until we figure it out.” The No Pay for Congress During Default or Shutdown Act introduced by Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Abigail Spanberger, (D-VA), that would prevent members of Congress from receiving a paycheck in the event of a shutdown. Imagine that – having to work for your pay! James Lankford (R-PA) introduced a stricter bill dubbed the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2023 that would forbid these politicians from returning home until a final decision is made. There are numerous measures on the table that should be signed into law to prevent lazy government workers from holding the United States hostage.
Let us not forget that America’s credit rating was downgraded by Moody’s because our politicians are incapable of running the country. Smart money has fled the public sector. There is absolutely no confidence in government anymore. The hundreds of billions to Ukraine must stop. One must wonder why government would threaten to shutdown over the topic of funding a foreign unaffiliated nation when the war does not benefit Americans in any way.