A Trillion Dollars in Perspect

“A billion here, a billion there.  Pretty soon, you’re talking about real money.”  

Attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen

 

Everett Dirksen (R.-Ill) was the Senate Minority Leader in the 1960s.  He was as famous for his wit as he was for his concern about federal spending and our rising public debt.  In 1969, the year he died, the U.S. public debt was $354 billion.  In today’s dollars that would be around $2.5 trillion.  If only that were the size of today’s debt.   Instead it has ballooned to a whopping $22 trillion.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the leading Democrat presidential candidates are proposing programs that will add trillions more:  universal child care, free college, universal basic income, reparations, tax credit for renters and let us not forget Bernie Sander’s Medicare for all.  The latter is estimated to cost anywhere from $3.24 trillion to $1.38 trillion a year, depending on whose estimate you take. Continue reading “A Trillion Dollars in Perspect”

World’s Greatest Negotiator Just Got Rolled

Don’t look now, but the world’s greatest negotiator just got rolled on a budget deal by a couple of snake oil salesman and you will end up paying the bill.

Don’t blame Nancy Pelosi.  She does what she has always done.  Her game plan has always been the same.  It has never changed.  However, the president refused to listen to the grownups in the White House — Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget —who had studied it and prepared an adequate defense.

No, the two guys holding out the bottle of magic miracle tonic were none other than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  They claim it contains the solution to all Trump’s current problems.  All he has to do is agree to raise the debt ceiling.  Drop his insistence that there be real offsets for a heavy round of new spending that bust the caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act — the hard fought victory won by the tea-party Congress —  and call it a victory for national defense.

Just drink the contents in this little bottle and Continue reading “World’s Greatest Negotiator Just Got Rolled”

A Warning about Freedom from the Founders

The nation can use a holiday, a holiday from the bickering that now characterizes our political debates in the halls of Congress or what passes as “news.”  Even our social media is awash in vitriol.

As we pause to enjoy time with family and friends, it is more important that ever to remember the events that led to the holiday:  the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  It’s also important to remember the bravery and sacrifice made by the men who willingly put their lives on the line to sign it and those who gave their lives to defend it.

The British had increasingly oppressed the colonists.  As the tensions grew, the crown sent a standing army to North America to strengthen its control.  Furthermore, it ruled Continue reading “A Warning about Freedom from the Founders”

The President’s High-Stakes Poker Game on Illegal Immigration

President Trump has been playing a high stakes game of poker with Democrat over the issue of illegal immigration.

After going several rounds with Democrats that included various concessions, he went “all-in,” by announcing that there would be raids to pick up the lawbreakers.  These are to round up people who have had their cases adjudicated and received a final order of removal.  They have been instructed to contact their local ICE office and report with their families for deportation.

Far from being inhuman, these gate-crashers have been given time to get the things together they accumulated here while on what amounts to an unauthorized extended vacation.  They get free transportation home in air conditioned comfort with meals and drinks served along the way, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers — a far cry from how they arrived! Instead of complying with the order, they simply dared authorities to come and get them. Continue reading “The President’s High-Stakes Poker Game on Illegal Immigration”

Let’s Make Bank Robbery Legal (Democrat Immigration Fix as Idiotic)

Maybe it’s time we make bank robbery legal, or at the very least, stop punishing those who are caught committing these robberies in certain circumstances.  Let’s agree that you can rob a bank, but only if you need the money and, this next part is really important, you have to bring a child with you.   If those two criteria are met, then you will be released without bail if you promise that you will return in three or four years for a court date.  Should you fail to return, we will not pursue you.  Therefore, you can go on about your life and you are free to enjoy your ill-gotten gains as if nothing illegal happened.

Should we pass such a law, will there be more bank robberies?  You can bet your life on it!  Bank robberies would skyrocket and banks would eventually fail.

Should we make these aforementioned bank robberies legal or fail to prosecute, will children be put in harms way?  Of course.  If one doesn’t have a child, one can simply borrow, rent or abduct one for the purpose of the robbery.

If that sounds insane, what about our immigration law?  Just come across the border with a child in tow, and if you get caught, say you need political asylum.  Continue reading “Let’s Make Bank Robbery Legal (Democrat Immigration Fix as Idiotic)”

Time to Chew Gum (Call Democrats’ Bluff on Immigration)

Democrats have an answer for their critics who question why they are spending time investigating President Trump instead of  addressing the urgent needs of the country:  “We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” they tell us.

Well its time they start chewing gum! Continue reading “Time to Chew Gum (Call Democrats’ Bluff on Immigration)”

The Great Congressional Con Games

Have you ever been the victim of a con?  Let me tell you about my experience in France.  My husband and I took the late night Chunnel, the undersea train that goes from London to Paris.  Tired after a day of sightseeing, we were anxious to get our money changed from British pounds to Euros and head to our hotel.

There was no one else around the terminal when we arrived at the glass-enclosed exchange booth.  As my husband handed the man on duty some money, the agent spoke softly but offered to give us a better deal if we exchanged a different amount.  My weary husband could not understand him so he bent down and put his ear to the window as he reached for his wallet.   In doing so he took his hand off the luggage he was carrying, and when he reached back to grab it, it was gone. Continue reading “The Great Congressional Con Games”