“While simultaneously trying to force Coloradans into a type of third-world socialized medicine scheme, Polis is investing in a cross-border escape hatch for rich people like him who can’t be bothered by death panels, months-long wait times for treatment, and care providers with the attitude of DMV workers.”
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SPENDING 2018 spending Budget $4.14 trillion Mandatory – 61.5% of total budget. Not up for debate or vote. Interest – 7.6% of total budget. Not up for debate or vote. Defense – 15.0 % of total budget. Can be voted on to change. Nondefense or Discretionary portion of the total budget has 12 separate appropriations and is really the only portion of the budget that can be appropriated each year. Discretionary spending
Discretionary spending is debated through the annual budget and appropriations process and fund programs such as education, veterans, infrastructure and defense. Discretionary programs equal only 30.9% of all federal dollars allocated each year when Congress sets the funding priorities. In 2018, close to 15% of the federal budget went to fund the National Defense, so other discretionary spending was only approximately 16% (662.4 billion) of the $4.14 trillion budget.
REVENUE 2018 Federal Government Revenue was $3.321 Trillion $1.6 Trillion from Income Taxes $1.7 Trillion from Payroll Taxes $205 Billion from Corporate Taxes $270 Billion from “Other”
Congressman Thomas Massie, from Kentucky, on Government Shutdowns
How does a small faction of Congress take government spending hostage and demand legislation unrelated to the funding bill?
Is this how the funding process is supposed to work?
How do we avoid this in the future?
Why is it important to pass separate appropriation bills for the various portions of the government?
Congressman Thomas Massie answers those questions and more in this short video! (Created, January 22, 2018)
*Congressional Budget Act is 12 separate appropriation bills to determine how to budget the DISCRETIONARY spending from the federal budget. *Omnibus is one vote on all of them at once, AKA Continuing Resolution (CR)
Automatic Spending (Mandatory)
The rest of the federal budget is ‘automatic spending’, meaning deducted from the federal budget through scheduled payments because the government is legally required to do so. Federal “automatic” payments in 2016 constituted approximately 73% of the budget.
Some examples of “automatic” spending are:
Social Security Medicare Medicaid Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) Income security programs (e.g. SNAP, TANF, Earned Income Tax Credit) Interest on the national debt
In the chart below, you’ll see the percentage of the budget broken down by each government program that is deemed ‘automatic’.
Socialism is the leading man-made cause of death and misery in human existence.
“…one bad idea, upon another, upon another and another and another and another and the wheels that move the country began to grind slower and slower;” Blog article from Joel D. Hirst – The Suicide of Venezuela
0″If men were angels, no government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 51 (1788)
James Madison’s quote from the Federalist Papers gets at the heart of the problem that even a government of law is ultimately “administered by men over men.” The framers of the U.S. Constitution addressed this problem by dividing power among the different branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial). This framework for government, known as the separation of powers, ensures that no one person is able to gain absolute power and stand above the law. Each branch of our government has some level of control or oversight over the actions of the other branches.
The rule of law does not depend upon a U.S.-style separation of powers. In a parliamentary system, for example, the powers of the executive and legislative branches are combined; procedures such as “no confidence” votes and regularly scheduled elections serve as a check on the party that controls the parliament. The key point is that every form of government has to have some system to ensure that no one in the government has so much power that they can act above the law.
“[N]either laws nor the procedures used to create or implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws must not be arbitrary.” —U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood, “The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003)
The rule of law and the ABA World Justice Project~ In 2007, ABA President William Neukom established the World Justice Project. The World Justice Project recognizes the problem that “the ‘rule of law’ is a frequently used term that is rarely defined.” The World Justice Project has proposed a working definition of the rule of law that comprises four principles: 1. A system of self-government in which all persons, including the government, are accountable under the law 2. A system based on fair, publicized, broadly understood and stable laws 3. A fair, robust, and accessible legal process in which rights and responsibilities based in law are evenly enforced 4. Diverse, competent, and independent lawyers and judge