Did Americans Elect Republicans to Spend like Democrats?

Bills like the recently passed Omnibus would never make it through Congress during an Democrat presidential administration or in a year where Democrats held a slim majority in Congress.

Here’s the question: did Americans elect the GOP to lead so that they would act just like the Democrats?

Probably not.

So, the next question is this: why is the GOP passing spending bills that make Democrats giddy?

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Bills like the recently passed Omnibus would never make it through Congress during an Democrat presidential administration or in a year where Democrats held a slim majority in Congress.

Legislating this way—in secret, at the last minute, with few opportunities for outside input or debate—has become the norm, especially, but not only, when it comes to budgeting.

It’s a way of running the government that benefits congressional leadership and their allies at the expense of less powerful lawmakers, and the broader public interest. It means that Congress operates in a state of perpetual low-level crisis, and it breeds dissension and distrust in the entire system. It’s one of many bad processes that contributes to unstable policy outcomes and political dysfunction.

In politics, almost no one actually cares about process. When lawmakers do complain about process problems, it’s often selective and self-interested. Politicians almost never campaign on process reforms. Talking about process causes voters to tune out. Process is arcane. It’s technical. It’s arbitrary. It’s boring.

But the processes by which the government makes laws, spends money, and implements regulations matter nonetheless. Because effective processes are a way of encoding values—fiscal, political, civil—into a system.

If the GOP would fight so hard against such a bill when they’re in the minority, why in the world would they pass such a monstrosity while in the majority?

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) doesn’t have the answer, but he does know one thing… this is not what the American voters elected the GOP to do.

“How are going to you read a bill that spends $1.3 trillion? How are you really going to know what is in it if you have got 24 hours from the time you get the completed version until you’re supposed to vote on it? That is not the way to do things,” Jordan said.

House Freedom Caucus leader, Mark Meadows (R-NC) agreed with Jordan.

Conservatives even urged President Trump to veto the bill. Sadly, he chose not to.

There are other reasons to hate his bill though.

The folks at Reason.com have more than a few reasons to hate it, but Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sums it up for us:

Paul called the $1.3 trillion package the “terrible, no good, rotten deficit spending bill” and the “crumni-bus.” The fiscal hawk previously forced a brief overnight government shutdown last month when he filibustered a stopgap measure over a list of what he said were wasteful federal expenditures buried in the text of a resolution to carry over funding between spending bills.

He criticized the recent bill as so large that many lawmakers didn’t even know all the provisions within. But Paul said it has “never been my goal to shut down government,” when asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson if he would pull a similar stunt on Friday.

Anyway you slice it, the Omnibus spending bill was an ugly mistake.

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