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Senator Thune and Senator Johnson vote against fiscal responsibility

January 1, 2013

Andy_Trash_CanEarly this morning the US Senate voted on the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The final version of this was not debated in the Senate. Instead it was settled upon between Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  No spending cuts were included in this attempt to stop the fiscal cliff. Let me repeat that: NO SPENDING CUTS WERE INCLUDED.

Actually, according to the CBO, this fiscal cliff deal with increase the federal deficit by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. In 2013 there will be just over $239 billion added to the federal deficit alone. This increase in the deficit is due to extending tax cuts and extending entitlements that were set to expire. Don’t get me wrong, I am always for tax cuts. But extending tax cuts without spending reduction included is a recipe for financial disaster. It’s hard to comprehend how the US Senate could vote a measure to stop the ‘fiscal cliff’ that would not address the actual problem of too much spending.

This bill also does not address the sequester. Instead this bill pushes the sequester two months in the future. So if this bill passes the House get ready for more political fun in February 2013! My prediction here is simple: Congress will not do anything that cuts spending, instead they will push sequestration off for a year or two and increase spending.

Looking at the votes for this bill, the two South Dakota Senators Thune and Johnson both voted Yea. This was after Thune gave an angry speech about this deal being a two-man show (Biden and McConnell). I would suggest Senator Thune learn how to vote like a conservative instead of just giving lip service. Both of South Dakota’s Senators have shown they care more about ‘getting something passed’ than what is fiscally right for this country.

Now it will also be interesting to see if this bill makes it through the house. There is a definite deadline. On Thursday the new Congressional session starts. If this bill is not passed by that time the process starts all over!  Happy New Year!

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