Posted On: Wednesday - May 25th 2022 1:15PM MST
In Topics:   Liberty/Libertarianism  US Feral Government  The Neocons
... is what this country would need to really change anything for the better.
If you recall, last week Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stood up and blocked a bill to send $40,000,000,000* of American taxpayers money to the Ukraine to, what "make the world safe for democracy" or something, I hadn't heard the official reason. As I said to my wife at the time, he's just one guy, and the one guy can't actually block the whole juggernaut of Neocon madness.
I was too cynical to even look into exactly how this blockage, that Newsweek (image above) seems bent out of shape about, worked. I just knew that, yeah, that's a great gesture, but they will spend that 40 Billion bucks. Senator Paul's Libertarian Dad, Ron Paul, wrote his 2nd-to-latest column to explain - Why Did Rand Paul Delay Washington’s $40 Billion Ukraine Giveaway? (links to the column on The Unz Review, with comments)
Even I was surprised by the explanation, which tells us how corrupt the American Feral Gov't management has gotten. Senator Paul delayed the vote on the bill by adding on a proposed amendment to it. What was the problem? Did he propose that the money would have to be spent per the US Constitution? Did he insist on an actual Declaration of War for America's involvement in eastern Europe? Did he want to use a little bit, maybe a billion bucks, to teach the Constitution to ghetto dwellers in American inner cites? No, no, no, it wasn't anything like that. What resulted in this?
Schumer was furious with Paul, accusing him of “preventing swift passage of Ukraine aid because he wants to add at the last minute his own changes directly into the bill.”It must have been something pretty Libertarian-egregious! Dr. Paul tells us:
What was he trying to add to the bill? In his own words, “All I requested is an amendment to be included in the final bill that allows for the Inspector General to oversee how funds are spent."That's really something. Not only do these members of Congress want to be able to just up and spend $40 Billion of taxpayers money in these terrible and worsening economic times, but they don't want ANYONE to be able to check up on how they are spending it! That's apparently the egregious thing that has held up the bill. It's just too much to ask that there should be someone checking on where this money is going. That's a non-starter!
So, as I expected, it passed (NY Post article), after that week-long "hold-up".
The measure now goes to President Biden, who is expected to sign the bill.They're on a roll. Nobody's gonna fall for that "got to put in an amendment for oversight of the spending" trick again.
“I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom,” Biden said in a statement following the vote. “The resources that I requested will allow us to send even more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, replenish our own stockpile, and support U.S. troops stationed on NATO territory.”
Biden added that he would announce yet another security assistance package later Thursday “that will provide additional artillery, radars, and other equipment to Ukraine, which they are already using so effectively on the battlefield.
You wonder how many Americans who were glad to see the one man at least try to stop the Neocon juggernaut know that the bill passed a week later anyway. This Feral Gov't is a sick excuse for a government. Moar Rand Pauls! (I know, yeah, that's gonna happen.)
PS: I have been using 100 million as a number for actual taxpaying American families, just from rectal extraction, for various back-of-the-envelope estimations. I figured it had to be in the ballpark. From that NY Post article, I read:
Paul remained defiant prior to Thursday’s vote, tweeting: “If Congress really believed giving Ukraine $40B was in our national interest, they could easily pay for it by taxing every income taxpayer $500. My guess is they choose to borrow the $ bc Americans might just decide they need the $500 more to pay for gas.”That's 80 million "income taxpayers". I was pretty close. I'll start using Rand Paul's number.
* I hope the readers don't mind that I write out some of these financial figures like this. It sometimes gets the point across of how big the number actually is.