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Welcome to where budget spending is too rarely questioned

A new football season is upon us, and you can bet the best teams will be using updated playbooks with new and sometimes innovative plays.

Meanwhile, another federal budget season is upon us, and Democrats will be sticking to the same old predictable playbook as before: Their rather odd claim that there’s just not a penny that can be cut from the bloated federal budget.

They know that’s patently untrue, of course. But the more of our money they get to direct, the more power they have and the more grateful serfs they get to rule over.

Just know this: The Democrats’ approach to this budget, as in other recent years, will have less to do with what’s good for the country than what’s beneficial for their power base.

They’re buying their power and our dependence – and many voters’ allegiance – with our money.

But it’s even worse than that. They’re buying our dependence and docility with our money – along with money borrowed from our children: Some 40 cents of every dollar the federal government spends is borrowed.

Stealing from succeeding generations to fund today’s comforts is more than imprudent. It’s immoral.

But this budget season, Democrats will carry on as if not doing it is somehow wrong.

Judging from both recent history and ancient history, people will eat it all up.

“History has shown every time a government tries that, it fails,” writes leading Tea Party activist Judson Phillips. “Just look at Greece, Spain, Portugal, Zimbabwe or Argentina. Or for that matter, just look at Detroit. ...

“As our debt increases, sooner or later, lenders will start to call the United States a credit risk. At some point they will realize our debt along with our liabilities are so huge that we will never be able to pay them off. Then the costs of our borrowing will skyrocket. We will not be able to borrow to cover our expenses anymore. ...

“Not only is there money in the budget that can be eliminated because it is simply waste, we have to make some hard choices on spending. We have to eliminate a lot of spending before it is too late.

“It may be too late now.”

As Phillips notes, solutions are readily at hand. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Citizens Against Government Waste can cite “557 recommendations that would save taxpayers $580.6 billion in the first year and $1.8 trillion over five years.”

Politicians talk a lot about cutting waste. They rarely do it. CAGW actually provides a road map to cut unnecessary spending, as do other organizations and even some federal agencies.

The first step, of course, is to admit you have a problem. And currently we have a political party in control of the Senate and White House that won’t admit it.

So this budget season, you’ll hear a lot about what the government needs, but hardly any mention of the tiniest inkling of a possibility that it just may not need everything it’s asking for.

Why is that? How is that? Where else in your experience – at home or at work or in your community – is spending never, ever, ever questioned?

Only in Democratic D.C.

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