Budget Expands Government as Economy Contracts

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week the House passed another budget that increases federal power,
raises taxes, and increases the national debt. I voted against it,
and was pleased to see that not a single Republican representative
voted for it. Legislators often see bipartisanship as constructive,
but I disagree especially where the destruction of our economy or
our liberty is concerned. There has been too much bipartisan consensus
on expanding government far beyond the bounds of the Constitution
which we all swore to defend and uphold. Because of this, I have
never been able to vote for a budget. However, it was good to see
Republicans come together on this important vote, even if their
alternative budget was almost as bad.

Despite the
deterioration of our economy, this is the largest budget ever passed,
at $3.6 trillion. Gross domestic product and tax receipts are shrinking.
The government has less money to spend this year, and so it spends
more — $1.5 trillion more — than it has. When the economy expands,
the government expands. Worse, when the economy contracts, the government
expands more. Even more troubling is that even though the size of
the budget boggles the mind, it is never the final word on federal
spending. No allowance has been made for future bailouts and stimulus
plans that are highly likely. There are always supplemental bills
passed later in the year. War spending is one of those. Spending
on Afghanistan is only partially included in budget, with a supplemental
request expected in the future. History shows that true costs far
exceed estimates. So even though these numbers sound appalling enough,
I predict spending will top $4 trillion this year, raising the national
debt by over $2 trillion when all is said and done.

may notice that the neo-conservatives who masterminded the policy
of global interventions are not complaining about the level of military
and foreign spending. This is because rather than drawing down our
costly interventions, Obama is largely staying the course on these
issues. In fact, this week a group of leading neoconservatives met
to discuss how best to support the President on foreign policy!
I am disappointed and concerned that, in spite of a change in leadership,
we will remain the policeman of the world, placing ourselves at
grave danger in many ways.

As our mountain
of debt is projected to double with the new budget, many are wondering
how long our country can keep this up before serious repercussions
are felt. Obviously we can’t continue down this road indefinitely.
Certainly, no country has ever prospered when their public sector
spent half or all of the nation’s GDP. Yet we are saddled with
leadership that seems unwaveringly convinced that the key to prosperity
is public spending. This will be exposed for the lie that it is
when our creditors wake up and call in our debt. The temptation
at that time will be for the government to simply print up dollars
in the amount needed. This type of debt repudiation could signal
the end of the dollar as its value sinks to zero. We are seeing
all the signs that this could happen. Certainly there are no signs
of the alternative, which is paying down debt and taking the path
of fiscal responsibility.

it is those who save their dollars, the most prudent and responsible
among us, that will be hurt most by this irresponsibility in Washington.

the Ron Paul File

7, 2009

Dr. Ron
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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