Congressman Amash Has An Ominous Warning
Article from Reason by Matt Welch.
It’s been a gruesome month for those of us who believe the federal government should spend no more than it takes in. On Sept. 6, only three members of the House of Representatives—Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky.)—voted againstspending billions on hurricane victims without offsetting cuts, quite a turnaround in Republican sentiment from just four years ago. On Sept. 8, President Donald Trump signed into law a deal he made with Democratic congressional leaders to raise the federal debt ceiling from $19.84 trillion to $20.16 trillion. (The debt limit had been the GOP’s single most effective bit of leverage in restraining federal expenditures under President Barack Obama from 2011-2014, until Republicans retook the Senate and replaced that tool with a shrug emoji.)
Then on Sept. 11, sure as mushrooms follow rain, the nation’s debt clock zoomed past the ominous $20 trillion mark. At a time of increasing comity between Trump and the Democratic leadership, all short– and long-term forecasts point to two main conclusions: Much more spending, and much more debt.
So yesterday, I asked Amash what his thoughts and worries were about government spending in the near future. “It’s looking bad,” he replied. “It’s looking as bad as any time I’ve seen since I’ve been in Congress.”
Read the entire article at Reason.
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