Rep. Amash slams President Trump for siding with Democrats on spending

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President Donald Trump has shaken up standard political rules in Washington D.C. He doesn’t pull any punches and speaks his mind without politically correct polish. For this, some on the right have praised him for not playing by the rules of the mainstream. While his mouth and demeanor may not play by the rules, his policies in a number of ways have fallen short of any substantial gains for liberty.

More recently, he has once again shown his lack of seriousness in draining the swamp. Instead of tackling the issues Washington D.C. has, he’s grown more connected. Now he’s cutting deals with Democratic leadership to increase spending and raise the debt limit.

Undoubtedly, the basic sell here will be aiding the hurricane victims. While helping those in need is a noble cause, there needs to be discussion about how to achieve this without further burying ourselves in debt.

President Donald Trump clearly felt otherwise.

Congressman Justin Amash slammed the President’s deal in a recent tweet:

The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal proves not much has changed in Washington: more spending, more debt, little debate, and no accountability.

Congressman Amash is one of three Republican congressmen who opposed a relief package to aid hurricane victims. He, alongside colleagues Andy Biggs and Thomas Massie, opposed more spending that wasn’t offset by spending cuts elsewhere.

Similarly, Senator Rand Paul offered an amendment in the upper chamber that would put forth spending cuts elsewhere to ensure the hurricane relief packages were paid for.

Essentially, while President Trump ran on the platform of draining the swamp, he’s merely just become another creature in the swamp.

The point about paying now for spending was made by Congressman Amash in a different tweet:

More Congress should provide disaster relief funding, and we should pay for it now instead of billing our children and grandchildren for it.

The Michigan Congressman is not wrong in his thinking here. If we are to help our fellow citizens, we should do so now by paying for it instead of billing later generations. Spend now and pay later has become the culture in Washington D.C. The result has been runaway spending and a multi trillion dollar national debt.

A national debt this size is embarrassing and unacceptable.

Clearly, the President felt trillions in debt is a lesser issue and additional spending doesn’t need to be offset with spending cuts now. It’s unfortunate that a President who sold himself on changing Washington D.C. has only opted to continue past traditions. Instead of paying for our spending, we’re spending more without an idea as to how we’ll pay for it.

The culture in Washington D.C. needs to change. We can absolutely improve our country and help our fellow citizen without further burdening our children with additional debt. The fact that we use the plural form of “trillion” when discussing our national debt should be a cause for alarm with anyone. President Donald Trump is quickly showing with his deals with liberal spenders in the Democratic Party that he is not alarmed and doesn’t care.

We need more of the likes of Congressman Justin Amash in Congress to hold runaway spenders accountable. President Trump has taken the wrong approach here in cutting deals to raise the debt ceiling and increasing spending.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.