September Squeal Award: Did you know you’re subsidizing anarchy?

Our Declaration of Independence so eloquently notes that governments are instituted to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Without security, the rights laid out within our founding documents are no longer guaranteed and the safety of our families is threatened.

Like other combat veterans, I served to defend these rights and protect my fellow Americans from foreign adversaries. Now, in cities across our country, the safety, security, and basic rights of Americans are under assault as radical politicians tolerate, and even encourage, lawlessness – and seek to defund law enforcement.

Folks, canceling the police will only make our streets more dangerous, putting the life and liberty of the very residents in those communities at risk. And injustice will never be solved by anarchy, because no one is safe when lawlessness rules.

The results are heartbreaking. New York City, for example, is witnessing an extreme spike in shootings and murders as a direct result of its city and state officials’ tolerance of crime. The hundreds of victims include a church caretaker shot inside the church and a mother shot in the head in front of a school.

The madness has to stop. 

Taxpayers in Iowa and across the country certainly should not be subsidizing the anarchy.

The nonpartisan watchdog organization Open the Books calculates nearly $15 billion of taxpayer money – your hard-earned dollars – is being funneled by the federal government into five major cities where the police are unable to do their job, or in the case of Seattle, are being defunded. 

Why should taxpayers be forced to foot the bill for this madness? I say we put an end to it.

Following my urging, the president is now directing the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to cut off federal funding to these five lawless jurisdictions. And like clockwork, the mayors of these cities are now planning a lawsuit. Without the slightest hint of irony, the same politicians sworn to enforce the law but who want to cut funding for law enforcement are now squealing when their own funding is being cut.



That is why I am giving my September 2020 Squeal Award to the mayors of these cities who are failing their own residents by forbidding law enforcement and emergency responders from doing their jobs, resulting in the tragic loss of life.

It is also why I have introduced Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act, which would stop federal funding for jurisdictions that abdicate their constitutional duty to their citizens to uphold the rule of law by providing police, fire, or emergency medical services. 

We cannot allow our streets and neighborhoods to be overrun by violence and chaos because a handful of incompetent and radical mayors are essentially handcuffing law enforcement.

Do you have an example of government waste or inefficiencies that I should take a look at? Send me an email by clicking here.

Thank you!