MAJORITY. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? – Nothing. Say it again.

In the House. In the Senate. And then there is the White House.

President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard.

Trump said he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it did not fully pay for his planned border wall with Mexico and did not extend protection from deportation to some 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants due to lose coverage under a program the president himself has moved to eliminate.

But Trump praised the bill’s provisions to increase military spending and said he had “no choice but to fund our military.”

“My highest duty is to keep America safe,” he said.

The bill signing came a few hours after Trump created his latest round of last-minute drama by tweeting that he was “considering” a veto.

It’s quite clear that the supposedly conservative or right-of-centre governments are no longer interested in sound fiscal management. As I mentioned over the past few days, the government debt in Australia now stands at almost $520 billion, with the Liberal government accumulating more of it in 5 years than the previous Labor one did in six. And in the United States, the government debt has increased by $1 trillion to $21 trillion in just six months – not that difficult when you’re signing $1.3 trillion “spending measures”.

Trump might be “very disappointed” indeed, but as the King of Prussia said about the Empress of Austria, who agreed in tears to participate in partition of Poland, “She cried, but she took”.

It’s not that we didn’t know that Donald was a big government kind of a guy, for whom concepts like deficit and debt mean very little. But what’s the excuse for the rest of the Republican Party?

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