Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King did what he does best this week, causing a mass liberal meltdown.
Appearing on low-rated CNN with notoriously biased host Alisyn Camerota, King proposed a bold but common sense plan to come up with the $1.6 billion needed to begin construction of a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, without tax hikes or borrowing.
He’s going to take it from Planned Parenthood and welfare entitlements.
“I would find a half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations,” said King.
That sent Camerota into a Fake News meltdown.
“You want to take food from people who are the people who are on the lowest rung in terms of the nation’s safety net, and their children — in terms of food stamps, you’re happy to take — you’re willing to take money from them to build the $1.6 — or to give the $1.6 billion for the border wall?” Camerota blathered.
Notice she didn’t even try to defend Planned Parenthood. King shot back by calmly pointing out the food stamp program is fueling obesity and diseases like diabetes and heart issues.
That’s a good idea, but it should only be a start.
Instead of funneling tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to liberal activists, who then use the taxpayer cash to campaign against Republicans, here are some liberal life-support programs Congress should liquidate to come up with the $10 billion Trump estimates it will cost to build the wall.
$148 million: National Endowment for the Arts
Why are taxpayers forced at gunpoint to finance art?
Not only does the funding go to works intended more to offend than enlighten, such as a crucifix in a jar of urine or a play depicting the assassination of Donald Trump, patrons of NEA-funded art are among the nation’s wealthiest residents.
NEA funding is a classic example of Welfare for the Wealthy.
$8.2 billion: Environmental Protection Agency
Since its creation by Richard Nixon over 40 years ago, the EPA has eliminated more jobs than pollution. Four decades and thousands of regulations later, most of the environmental progress in this country has been the result of improving technologies intended to eliminate waste and inefficiency.
The EPA, meanwhile, is embroiled in controversy after dumping millions of gallons of toxic waste into a river, then refusing to hold itself accountable as a polluter.
$600 million: United Nations
The recent child rape scandal rocking the UN (not to be confused with the many previous UN child rape scandals) is just one more reason to cut off this virulently anti-U.S., anti-Semitic organization.
Intended to be a peacekeeping organization, the UN is now focused on attacking the U.S. economy through carbon dioxide bans and Agenda 21, while its Human Rights Council is controlled by some of the world’s most brutal dictatorships.
$68.2 billion: Department of Education
Created 40 years ago by Jimmy Carter, the stated purpose of the Education Department is to improve U.S. schools.
Its actual purpose was to reward government school unions for their work to elect Carter by funneling billions of tax dollars into their pockets.
Since then, test scores have plunged, while government school unions have become one of the nation’s wealthiest and most powerful special interests.
$78.0 billion: Department of Health and Human Services
A product of Lyndon Johnson socialism, the Department of Health and Human Services’ only accomplishment has been to turn health care into a political weapon.
Since the federal government’s first efforts to improve health care and make it affordable, health care costs have skyrocketed, while advances in health have largely been the product of private sector innovators who managed to avoid government interference.
$13.2 billion: Department of the Interior
Why does the government own land with no military or civilian purpose?
Though nominally in charge of federal lands, since its creation the Interior Department has been a “catch all” of programs that could be handled by other agencies.
Even worse, Interior has been rapidly expanding federal land-grabs, snatching millions of acres of lands, and even oceans, for the express purpose of making it off-limits to human activity.
Duplicative, useless and politically weaponized, it’s time to eliminate the Interior Department.
Unless it’s housing a military base or courthouse, there’s no need for the federal government to own land.
$713 billion: Medicare and Medicaid
America’s health care system is stuck in a death spiral, and Medicare and Medicaid are to blame.
1) Health care is unaffordable.
2) Politicians pour money into Medicare and Medicaid.
3) Politicians brag they made health care “affordable.”
4) With sudden access to more cash, health care providers jack up prices.
5) Flush with new profits, health care providers donate to the politicians who increased spending.
6) Health care is unaffordable.
Medicare and Medicaid aren’t just rapidly turning America’s health care system into a socialized failure, they are the driving force behind inflated prices and declining access.
At $593 billion in 2017 for Medicare, and $378 billion for Medicaid, the direct cost to taxpayers is just the first jolt of economic poison.
$258 million of that Medicaid funding comes from payroll taxes, which would provide immediate relief and leave, along with Medicaid, $713 billion to return to taxpayers or direct elsewhere.