House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria to discuss the FBI’s unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago. Whip Scalise slammed the Department of Justice for fighting to conceal what led to the raid of President Trump’s home and criticized Democrats for persecuting President Trump since the day he announced that he was running for president. In addition, Whip Scalise highlighted the dangerous and expensive provisions in Democrats’ radical tax-and-spending spree, like adding 87,000 IRS agents to snoop on law-abiding citizens’ bank accounts of families making less than $400,000, which breaks President Biden’s promise that he made during the 2020 campaign.
As for the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice’s great attempts to keep information about the Mar-a-Lago raid from the American people, Scalise said this:
“Hopefully, that is soon that we see [the Mar-a-Lago affidavit]. And keep in mind, we’ve been seeing leaks over and over – just very selective leaks coming out of [the Department of] Justice – over parts of this document.
“So, you know, if they can leak some of it, why not let the public see all of it? They have no problem giving The New York Times or The Washington Post very selected pieces of it. Let’s see the whole thing.
“I mean, this was an unprecedented action that was taken. If it was justified as they’re claiming they should want it to be out there in the public domain, yet they’re still fighting to keep it private. That should tell you something right there.”
Scalise also discussed the persecution of federal agencies on former President Trump since the beginning of his candidacy:
“The same pattern [of government officials conspiring to smear President Trump.] We saw that pattern over and over really since Donald Trump started running for president. You’ve seen this attack by some people that just want to undermine him. They still do. They’re still threatened by him.
“You know, most Americans are looking at this saying they want justice to be blind. And if his last name was ‘Smith’ or ‘Clinton,’ he surely wouldn’t have faced that same outcome at Mar-a-Lago.”
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While the candidates may briefly touch upon the issue and offer surface-level solutions, the uncomfortable truth is that addressing the national debt’s growing burden would require difficult, unpopular choices. Candidates find themselves in a precarious position, tasked with both solving the problem and securing votes, all within the constraints of a 90-second debate response.
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Democrats have occasionally pointed to the “Trump Tax Cuts” as a driver of the deficit. However, the tax cuts did stimulate economic growth and resulted in record-high Treasury revenues, albeit without corresponding spending cuts.
One feasible solution begins with fixing the federal budget process, though it is by no means an easy task. Nonetheless, it would substantially rein in Congress’s control over the spending pie chart. A recent Heritage study revealed that only 10 percent of the $7.5 trillion in COVID-related spending actually went to healthcare. The remaining 90 percent, charged as overhead and other expenses, underscores the need for significant reform.
According to reports from Fox News, while the discretionary budget, including debt interest payments and defense spending, constitutes less than 25 percent of overall expenditures and continues to shrink, the true driver of federal deficits lies in mandatory, programmatic spending. These are expenditures Congress does not address annually but continues unabated.
Furthermore, they encompass popular transfer programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, student loans, and healthcare initiatives like Obamacare, among countless others. Altering these programs involves a political third rail, a risk few presidential candidates are willing to take.
Mandatory, programmatic expenditures are perpetual and don’t undergo annual scrutiny or adjustment. There is virtually no constituency for tackling these fundamental issues, despite their role as the primary drivers of the nation’s fiscal challenges.
Many citizens believe that trimming discretionary spending, such as congressional salaries or foreign aid, or rooting out “waste, fraud, and abuse,” can resolve the debt problem. While these are valid concerns, the real target for reform should be mandatory, programmatic spending to ensure the sustainability of essential programs.
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