I thought the Republicans controlled Congress and the Executive but I must have been mistaken. Surely no Republican Congress could have passed a spending bill that, in the words of Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX):
“The disastrous elements of this bill are almost too numerous to list.
“It continues to fund Planned Parenthood, a corrupt organization whose horrifying abortion practices should preclude it from receiving taxpayer dollars.
“It continues to fund sanctuary cities, which are defying the law and making Americans less safe. Instead of rewarding sanctuary cities, we should be passing legislation like Kate’s Law, a bill I introduced that would put criminal illegal aliens in jail so they cannot prey on innocent Americans.
“It fails to provide sufficient funds to properly secure our border, let alone build the wall that is necessary.
“It tells federal agencies that they can spend taxpayer dollars to study the ‘causes’ of gun violence, a mandate that – make no mistake – will be abused by future liberal administrations to manufacture evidence to try to violate law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
“It funds the Ex-Im Bank, a classic example of corporate welfare that has doled out over $100 billion in taxpayer-guaranteed loans, primarily to a handful of giant and well-connected corporations.
“It fails to reduce funding for the EPA, which under Obama administration zealots, killed thousands of jobs and dramatically strayed from its core mission of ensuring clean air and water.
“All of these measures amount to piling even greater debt onto the backs of our kids and grandkids, all because we are incapable of living within our means.
This terrible bill passed Congress yesterday. The President, who I thought was Donald Trump but who obviously must be someone else, announced that he would reluctantly sign the bill. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D.CA) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D.NY) have announced themselves as gleeful over the bill, and well they should be.