Mike Huckabee News
Oct 23 2013
Well, the federal debt limit has been raised, at least until February, when everyone assumes it will have to be raised again. This is being hailed as the fiscally-responsible thing to do. But why is it fiscally responsible to constantly raise the debt limit, but not to question why we need to? If you had a friend who had more debt than he could ever pay off, and his only solution was to constantly beg for a credit limit increase, you’d say he needs to be in counseling. Yet in Washington, that’s considered fiscally responsible. And what is all that borrowed money paying for? We recently learned that a lot government is “non-essential.” A poll found that 80 percent of Americans didn’t even notice the government shut down. And it was just reported that over the past year, Health and Human Services spent $56 million on 135 conferences. That’s an average of $416,000 per meeting. Ever heard of video conferencing? And what was discussed at these absolutely necessary conferences? Things like increasing the diversity of workplace nursing staffs. I assume a big chunk of the expense must have gone to whoever sits around, thinking up creative excuses for holding lavish conferences.
This economy has forced just about every private business in America to cut back on expensive conferences. That hurts low-paid hospitality workers in places like Las Vegas and New Orleans, who have to scrimp to pay their bills, including taxes. When those people sit down with their families to a meal of house brand cereal or Ramen noodles, and they hear on the TV that their tax money is paying for Washington bureaucrats to enjoy $400,000 meetings, I have a feeling the first words that spring to their minds are not, “Wow, how fiscally responsible of them.”