Americans are too often kept in the dark about how their hard-earned taxpayer dollars are spent.
Politicians are masters of a multi-billion-dollar shell game that confuses people so much they give up trying to follow the bouncing dollars.
The shock for Americans comes when politicians spend taxpayer funds in ways the people will never see a real benefit. Foreign governments regularly enjoy American taxes to spend at will while the American people wonder how they’ll pay their bills this month.
The Obama administration stuck a knife in Americans on the last day in office when it approved millions of dollars to fund potential terrorists. From The New York Times:
The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.
The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration’s priorities.
Kerry formally notified Congress that State would release the money Friday morning, just hours before President Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, according to the Times. At least two GOP lawmakers – Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee – had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations.
Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch, but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated.
“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama defied congressional oversight and released $221 million to the Palestinian territories,” Granger said in a statement Tuesday. I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met.
“While none of these funds will go to the Palestinian Authority because of those conditions, they will go to programs in the Palestinian territories that were still under review by Congress,” Granger stated. “The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate.”
“Inappropriate” is a mild way of describing Obama’s deceitful legacy. He complained and lamented about not working better with Congress as he left office.
How could Congress work with a man who constantly maneuvered around lawmakers’ intentions to serve his own self-interests? He’s gone. Now Congress can get the country on track.
Source: The New York Times