Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-up Feb-24

No Compromise, Mr. Speaker

We Know President Biden, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell are all about more spending, big unwieldy federal programs, and willful ignorance of massive federal waste and mismanagement. This leaves Speaker McCarthy in the driver’s seat, and he must not compromise on lifting the debt ceiling.

In fact, since 1960, the debt ceiling has been raised 74 times. It raises questions about how seriously past Democratic and Republican Administrations have taken this important cap. Amazingly, most Democrats want the current debt cap of $31.4 trillion increased by close to 3 trillion additional dollars. A subset of the Democratic House Conference has actually proposed entirely doing away with the cap. In my view, this is the definition of irresponsibility.

No one can say how much waste and mismanagement exists in the federal budget. Based on what we have seen in fraud that came out of pandemic spending, it is likely to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Incredibly the current per capita debt in the United States is $97,600. That becomes over $390,000 for a family of four. It’s a large mortgage that few Americans know they need to pay back.

The Conservative Party opposes raising the debt ceiling. First, we need to address fraud, waste, and mismanagement. The next step should be respecting the cap through the reduction of spending. Frankly, that is why, except for national emergencies, the cap exists in the first place.

GOP Senate Scores Important Win

The word arrogant is the best word to describe the Democratic leadership of the NYS Senate. Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, when confronted with a Gubernatorial Court of Appeals nominee that they did not like, chose to stack a Senate Committee and then ignore the State Constitution, which requires the entire Senate to debate and consider all gubernatorial nominees.

Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt, Senator Anthony Palumbo, and the entire GOP conference took Senate Democrats to court Judge Thomas Whelan of the State Supreme Court made short work of this petition, declaring the action by Senate Democrats unconstitutional. It was consistent with the view of almost every NYS Constitutional scholar and editorial board that offered an opinion. It was arrogance and a pattern of disregard for New York laws that brought the Senate Democrats into court. Principle and the rule of law were upheld, making all New Yorkers winners.

Conservative Party names J. Daniel Mahoney Award Winners

Donald Mazzullo, our Monroe County Chairman, and Michael Buttino, our Greene County Chairman, will be the 2023 recipients of the J. Daniel Mahoney Award.

Dan Mahoney was the founder of the Conservative Party in 1962. His illustrious political and governmental career led him to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The event will take place on Monday, March 27th, beginning at 5:30 PM at the Fort Orange Club in Albany.

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