What is it that most of us do not like about politicians? Is it that we can't pin them down? Is it that they are often squishy on things we think are easy to define? What is it that makes us hopping mad at them? There's one word why politicians are so disliked in modern America. That one word is dishonesty.
We Americans are a forgiving lot. We will put up with almost anything. But one thing we won't stand for is being made a fool. We won't let someone get away with deceiving us. However, that is exactly what Congressman Walden did during his past two trips to Klamath County. During his Town Hall Meeting at OIT in February and again during a fund raiser in April, Mr. Walden trumpeted the fact that he helped put in place the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. What he told everyone the bill did was to stop paying congress if they didn't pass a budget this year. The Senate hasn't passed a budget in nearly four years. This would ensure Congress did, so the two Chambers could go to conference and produce the first budget in four years.
Sounds like a good bill right? Who would be against something as simple as that? Look, if we don't do our job, we shouldn't get paid either. It was a common sense, no-brainer, easy bill to be for — and you know what? The Senate did pass a budget. But here's the problem... there has not been any conference. There still is no budget. Moreover that's not all the bill contained. According to Representative Justin Amash’s Facebook page:
Congress voted to raise the debt ceiling by more than $300 billion this Sunday, May 19. Funny (or not), it didn't even make the news.
A few months ago, Congress passed and the President signed into law the misleadingly titled No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. I voted no.
As the law instructs, the debt ceiling was suspended until May 19 and then automatically raised by the amount of borrowing between the time of the bill's signing and May 18—more than $300 billion. And, as the law's fine print makes clear, every Member of Congress will continue to be paid, even though Congress still has no budget. Perhaps it should have been titled No Budget, Still Paid, Debt Limit Raised. [bold emphasis mine].
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This is exactly why we dislike politicians, and Walden has become a master of them all. He comes to our county and pretends he's a fiscal conservative and then he pulls a stunt like this. This is exactly the opposite of fiscally responsibility.
- First Walden deceived us by commission: telling us the Senate would not get paid unless a budget was put together, but everyone still is being paid, even though there is not a budget in place.
- Second Walden deceived us by omission: not informing us about the automatic debt limit increase or explaining the bill in its entirety.
This was the straw that broke the camel's back. Walden is on his eighth term, and in this voter's mind, it needs to be his last.