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Where is the Money Going?
09-08-2017, 11:07 PM,
Where is the Money Going?
Where is the Money Going?

<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfsConfusedeeAlso" resource="//"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="//" width="480" height="251" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The fix is in. Did you know, Americans spent more on taxes (on average) than food and clothing combined in 2016? <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=sumome_share">According</a> to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average U.S. tax bill has increased by 41.13 percent in just three years.</p>

<p>No wonder <a href="">half</a> of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Meanwhile, the federal debt stands at <a href="">$19.976 trillion</a>, which is bigger than U.S. gross domestic product (<a href="">GDP</a>).</p>

<p>You can’t help but wonder, where is the money going?</p>

<p>The National Institutes of Health spent <a href="">$1.3 million</a> on a campaign to convince young women to avoid tanning beds. Medicaid has lost $142.7 billion since 2009 to payment mistakes and fraud. Other government agencies spent almost half a million dollars to open an exhibit featuring medieval smells. This list barely scratches the surface of the waste, fraud, and abuse in our current federal budget.</p>

<p>Our national debt can be explained in one, simple truth: <em>It’s always easier to spend somebody else’s money.</em></p>

<p>Following that logic, we should also believe: <em>it’s always easier to cut somebody else’s budget</em>. However, members of Congress deal in a currency different from dollars and cents.</p>

<p>Cutting the budget means closing loopholes and eliminating special deals for the wealthy and well-connected. If members of Congress pass a budget that levels the playing field for all Americans, they stand to lose some very powerful fundraisers and special interest voting blocs.</p>

<p>This month, Congress is <a href="">back in session</a> and set to debate over the debt limit, multiple appropriations bills, and the FY 2018 Budget Resolution. It will be the first real test for the Republican-led Congress to keep their promise to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington.</p>

<p>If they fail to pass a responsible budget, the Republican Party will be sending a clear message to grassroots America that a GOP-led Congress is simply more of the same. The revolving door of power and corruption in Washington will continue to spin.</p>

<p>It’s time to take a stand. The American people aren’t being heard by government because the game is rigged. Washington isn’t broken. It’s “fixed.”</p>

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