Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stop Encouraging Her

The federal budget deficit for FY 2009 has now been projected at $1.85 trillion dollars. Four times larger than it has ever been in US history. An economic disaster of unprecedented proportions, throwing into question our ability to meet our national financial commitments in the near and long term.

Voters across the country might be wondering, where their Congressional Representatives are during this critical time. For those in St. Paul, the answer is their Representative has been accepting an award for her generosity with your money.

Rep. Betty McCollum Honored as Champion for Children at Capitol Hill Event This Week

"I am grateful to Save the Children for honoring me with the distinction of Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and President Obama's administration to prioritize programs that will improve the quality of life for children around the world as our nation works to fight global poverty, disease, and hunger," Rep. McCollum said.
We're already spending multiple trillions per year of money we don't have and she's calling for us to "prioritize" welfare spending on other countries in the sum of additional untold millions. Or maybe billions? Her bill doesn't stipulate and doesn't much care:


(a) In General- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act, and the amendments made by this Act, such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014.

(b) Availability of Funds- Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations under subsection (a) are authorized to remain available until expended.
Even now, it's business as usual for Betty McCollum. At what size does the annual deficit need to grow to before she stops spending your money to fight such things as "global poverty"? $5 trillion? $10 trillion? $100 trillion?

I get the sense only two things would be sufficient to stop this run-away train of fiscal excess:
1) The United States spends so much we join the ranks of the globally impoverished or
2) The beneficiaries of her generosity with your money stop giving her awards.

Unfortunately, I think the former is more likely than the latter.

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