Most Americans know the Republican Party has become sort of a “Democrat Lite” Party in recent years.
They seem to have become a party run be people whose main argument is they won’t sell us out as fast as the liberals.
And now Senator Tom Cotton says the GOP must sell out principles faster for this really stupid reason.
The Republicans’ opening proposal for the next “coronavirus relief” bill includes $105 billion for schools, even though many schools aren’t even opening.
It also supposedly includes additional funding for the federal loan program for small businesses, despite the failures of the program thus far.
And it includes another round of direct payments to American families, according to Sen. Mitch McConnell.
“The American job market needs another shot of adrenaline,” McConnell said. “Senate Republicans are laser-focused on getting American workers their jobs back.”
Overall, this package will spend more than $1 trillion that literally doesn’t exist.
Even though we don’t have the money, McConnell doubled down on his insistence that the package also include more.
He wants liability protections for businesses, medical workers, schools, and businesses trying to navigate the pandemic, and the onerous government shutdowns and regulations because of it.
What the bill does not include are the payroll tax cuts that the President wants to include.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said initially that the goal was to keep the spending bill at about $1 trillion, but he shortly abandoned that mantra, meaning even $1 trillion may not be enough for Republicans.
And McConnell and his fellow GOP sell-outs made it clear they will not even consider the useful measures the President wants in the bill.
For example, the Trump administration wanted school money linked to reopening, but in McConnell’s package the money for K-12 would be split 50-50 between those that have in-person learning and those that do not.
Trump wants a full repeal of the 15.3% payroll tax, which is shared among employers and employees, and funds Social Security and Medicare.
As if to prove this point, here comes Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR).
While some GOP senators like Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) voiced concern and actual outrage about the growing size of the spending bill, Senator Cotton had other ideas.
Sen. Cotton instead urged other GOP senators to listen to the moderates in the party and support the $1 trillion now so Democrats don’t spend more.
According to Cotton, spending trillions of dollars we don’t have for a rescue bill we know won’t actually work could help stop the Democrats from spending more money we don’t have.
His viewpoint was diametrically opposed with that of Cruz and Paul, who strongly warned against spending too much money on the package.
Paul left a meeting of GOP senators and angrily said supporters of the spending bill “should be ashamed of themselves.”
Paul further compared GOP supporters of the spending to “Bernie bros” — referring to the young supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “This is insane. … There’s no difference now between the two parties.”
Even Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) left the meeting saying it’s wrong to “bail out” cash-strapped states. “Florida taxpayers are not going to pay for New York’s expenses,” he said.
“We haven’t reached a conclusion on anything,” Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) said when the lunch ended.
But moderates like Cotton were insistent this gigantic spending bill is needed and “politically expedient.”
“We’re moving in the right direction on all fronts. … We are making good progress,” said Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), when asked about the disagreement in the GOP over the bill.
But it was Tom Cotton’s remarks that fired up conservatives the most.
It is senators like Cotton who make the GOP look like nothing more than a mirror image of the left.
That’s why we are urging all readers of Deep State Journal to call Senator Cotton at 202-224-3121 and demand he stop spending trillions of dollars we don’t have and instead do his constitutional duty as a U.S. Senator.