By Dave Ficere
“We can now officially claim that the Republicans are responsible for five trillion additional new dollars added to the national debt.” – Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show, October 28, 2015
Conservatives – both inside and outside the Washington Beltway – are furious over the House-crafted budget bill that was fast-tracked through that chamber during the final week of October, quickly moved through the Senate and signed by President Obama on November 2.
“This violates every pledge and promise that they’ve made in election campaigns going back to 2010, repeated in 2012 during the presidential race and repeated again in 2014,” Limbaugh told listeners to his October 28 radio program.
“We [Republicans] cannot run a campaign for president now accusing the Democrats of deficit spending, big spending, dangerous spending, destructive spending. We’ve done it. That’s half the arsenal against your Democrat presidential campaign every four years, and we just took the arrows out of the quiver,” Limbaugh added.
“Democrats, who are far more thrilled with the deal, did the heavy lifting, providing most of the votes as they won some $40 billion in new domestic spending in 2016 and 2017,” wrote Stephen Dinan in The Washington Times. “They also forced the GOP to retreat on the hard-fought 2011 budget agreement that had helped bring deficits back under control.”
“This deal represents the worst of Washington culture,” Kentucky Republican Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul told the Times. Paul’s efforts to lead the filibuster against the measure fell short to what he called an “unholy compromise between right and left.”
In reporting on President Obama signing the measure, USA Today said, “The bill suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, basically enabling the government to borrow the money it needs to pay off existing U.S. debt – and kicking the issue into the next presidency.”
Limbaugh asserts that the deal could help pave the way for a Hillary Clinton presidency by taking economic issues off the table.
“The fact that they make it a two-year budget takes it out of the presidential campaign as having any relevance,” Limbaugh said. “And if the Republicans happen to win the presidency, the new president already has his first fiscal year budget signed into law by Barack Obama … the effort here is to take this off the table for two years so there will be no fights on the debt limit, therefore no potential government shutdowns,” Limbaugh added.
“We can’t campaign for the presidency on how we’re gonna be in favor of reduced government, how we’re gonna make it smaller, how we’re gonna be responsible and we’re gonna reduce the debt [and] the deficit,” Limbaugh continued. “We can’t say any of that with credibility because our party just engineered a two-year budget that blows the smithereens out of any kind of spending discipline whatsoever! It gives Barack Obama, philosophically, his ninth year. Whoever is president, starting in 2017, is gonna be saddled with an Obama budget.”
President Obama disagreed, saying “This agreement will strengthen the middle class by investing in education, job training and basic research. It will keep us safe by investing in our national security, without any major cuts to entitlement programs, which Republicans had sought.”
“It is a signal of how Washington should work,” Obama added while signing the bill, noting that the new budget plan “invests in both the economy and national security.”
Still, conservative Republicans felt betrayed and lied to, double-crossed by what some in Congress told voters during the last two political campaigns. “Virtually everything they pledged not to do, they are doing in this budget deal,” Limbaugh concluded, calling it “the Republican budget deal that Barack Obama cannot wait to sign.”
The Bible – especially in the book of Proverbs – has much to say about finances, discipline and wise planning. “We may make our plans, but God has the last word,” Proverbs 16:1 (NASB) counsels. “Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out,” verse 3 adds.
Your choices – and mine – in reacting to the latest moves from Washington are simple: anger over another betrayal from men or prayer to holding up the nation’s leaders in prayer for wisdom and guidance. Rather than dwell on your anger, pray today for honesty from your representatives and that they will turn to God as they make plans for the nation. As more politicians live Proverbs 16:3, the nation will change and the anger and feelings of betrayal will subside as the peace of God rules in your heart.
Dave Ficere writes on a wide array of topics for various media including newspapers, magazines, websites and newsletters. The owner of his own writing business, Dave is married to Patt and – along with their dog Scully – lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Originally published November 10, 2015, by the Presidential Prayer Team. Reprinted here by permission.