Rep. McAdams Proposed Budget Rebuttal
The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Rep. Ben McAdams’ balanced budget proposal on 09 APR 2019, marking it as a sign of Rep. McAdams’ moderacy as a Democrat in highly Republican Utah. The proposal would require the federal government to spend only so much as it takes in each fiscal year.
The proposal has reportedly gained quick support from 26 fellow party members for a topic that is usually associated with Republicans. Surely, then, Rep. McAdams is proving to be the moderate Democrat the majority Republican district he represents are hoping he can be.
So what are the red flags?
Ever since arriving to D.C. McAdams has been claiming to be a moderate reaching across the aisle, while admiring the extremists like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who he hasn’t just befriended, but actively quotes.
His balanced budget is just as two faced as he is and it shows quite easily in the same previously mentioned article. Exclusions for balanced budget include times of military conflict, war, and recession. Military conflicts like the ongoing ones we’ve been involved in in the Middle East for over a decade. Our country is already at a breaking point when it comes to our debt. We can’t afford exceptions for any year to go without a balanced budget.
There would also be a bar on federal courts for enforcing the budget if it means any cuts to Social Security or Medicare. Securing a loophole for hot topic socialist agendas coming from Presidential hopefuls within the Democratic Party like Andrew Yang and Bernie Sanders. Hopefuls who are campaigning on massive expansion of those programs and promising to create a government monopoly of the health care sector.
This is, therefore and once again, a do nothing proposal. Something we, not only Utahns, but American’s, cannot tolerate. Our government has stepped way beyond its bounds and this proposal is another enabler for a Congress that continues to refuse to address the issues that they created at we the people’s expense. We cannot afford a proposal that allows Congress to create a situation that allows them to spend whatever they want.
The power to go to war lies in Congressional vote. Why would Congress ever look to fix our problems, when those same problems are what enable expansion of their budgets?
Americans are done tolerating the ineptitude and self interest that is D.C. Utah is no different and it’s why Utah largely supported draining the swamp by voting for President Trump in 2016. D.C. will have to face the Convention of States quite soon as well. The message from Utah and much of the country is clear. We’ve had enough of D.C. and are ready to fight by running against them and enacting constitutional rights to reel them in. Rep. McAdams is part of that swamp and it shows in his budget proposal.
The only good to come of Rep. McAdams’ proposal is to serve as a reminder to myself as to why I’m running against him for 2020.