Senate Republicans proved this week that most of them aren’t serious about leaving a sustainable federal government to future generations.
Senator Rand Paul put forth a reasonable alternative budget proposal earlier this week to balance the budget within five years, while also maintaining the language needed to repeal Obamacare. The current Republican leadership-backed version would add $9.7 trillion to the debt over ten years.
Just 14 senators supported the measure: Senators Mike Crapo, Ted Cruz, Steve Daines, Jeff Flake, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Paul, James Risch, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, Tim Scott, and Pat Toomey. The vote failed 14-to-83.
Even Senator Bernie Sanders admitted it was the fiscally responsible thing to do, saying, “all my Republican friends who year after year talk about the deficit, here’s a vote that you should cast.”
Paul said, “It’s not even a cut of any kind, it is a freeze,” explaining that no one can call his plan “draconian cuts.” The plan freezes federal spending and allows Congress to reallocate money within departments to the programs that actually need it.
For millennials, this budget proposal means more than just living in a country with less debt. Few people comprehend what debt actually costs the average American. The problem is, as interest payments on the debt grow, it starts forcing out other spending priorities — exacerbating the entitlement crisis and leaving less money for all other government operations in the future.
That means fewer infrastructure projects, a weaker military, under-funded Veterans programs, and less funding for any government program you might care about. A debt-ridden budget isn’t just raising future taxes, it’s also stopping future government operations. So, even for liberal millennials who believe in a large federal government, they should oppose high levels of debt.
Do we want our future tax dollars going toward debt payments or a stronger America? The 83 Senators who voted against Paul budget chose the former.