Good little boys and girls must wait until Christmas morning to see what Santa brings them for Christmas. Likewise, good little taxpayers are expected to wait until Christmas to see what they get from Congress in the way of a year-end spending package.
You can expect to be surprised, not delighted, with your gift from the scoundrels we elected to represent us. That’s how it goes with this grand old game of kick the spending can down the road into the holidays when we are much too busy shopping for presents and decorating our homes to notice. Sadly it happens every year.
To add insult to injury, the seven remaining bills were put off another two weeks due to the death of George H.W. Bush. Seriously, we had a national day of mourning, which was befitting a head of state. So what did they do for the other 13 days besides twiddle their thumbs? Oh, yes, they went to pay their respects in the Capitol Rotunda, which took all of 15 minutes. Continue reading “Lumps of Coal in Taxpayers’ Stockings”
There is an old joke about the Department of Agriculture: One day a bureaucrat in that arcane agency notice a co-worker with a long face. He inquired, “Why the long face?” His coworker said, “My farmer died.”
It’s a bad joke, but the joke’s on us.
In the 1900’s more than half of the population of the U.S. was involved in farming. Today it’s less than two percent. Today there are more people working in technology related to the computer industry than farming. Continue reading “The Joke’s on Us”
The best news out of Iowa is not that Ted Cruz won or that Donald Trump’s political gamble of skipping the last debate, like a sulking child, likely cost him a win there.
It’s not that the long predicted surge of Marco Rubio finally happened.
No, the best news out of Iowa is that a candidate who had the courage to boldly proclaim his opposition to federal mandates and subsidies for ethanol — which comes from corn — the top crop in the state, actually won there.
Be it Ted Cruz or Joe Blow, it turned the conventional political wisdom on its head. It proves that you don’t have to pander to get elected. If you are willing to make the case that these government handouts keep you under the thumb of Washington and wind up hurting everyone, eventually enough reasonable people will listen. Continue reading “The Best News out of Iowa”
The verdict is in: Michelle Obama’s school lunch program is about as popular and cost-effective as her husband’s “unAffordable Care Act” and much more wasteful.
Doubtful? Just look in the garbage cans at your local public school cafeteria. A new report from the General Accounting Office confirms that the new standards for the school lunch championed by the first lady have not only been a nightmare for officials responsible for planning the menus and sourcing the food, but they have resulted in higher costs and much more waste.
In short: students won’t eat the food. Contrary to the popular belief perpetrated by liberals promoting the nanny state, hunger is not a problem in the United States. Those who have spent time in third world countries where it is will tell you that hungry children will eat anything that is put before them. Continue reading “The Kitchen Gestapo”
Some of the Democrats’ leading bleeding-heart liberals found common ground this past week with the biggest corporate welfare-loving Republicans in a most unlikely source, the farm bill, which is now headed to President Obama.
Mostly Republicans in the House and mostly Democrats in the Senate came together with congressional leaders in a big Kumbaya moment to pass a bill that is an affront to every citizen who struggles to pay his or her taxes.
Most of us tune out when we hear the word “farm.” In a nation that long ago moved away from an agrarian society, the closest we get to the soil these days is when we mow the lawn or wash a the few drops of dirt from the produce we bring home from the market.
However, our representatives in Washington just spent more on the farm bill than was spent on the much maligned Obama stimulus, $956.4 billion over 10 years to be exact. And this farm bill is every bit as wasteful as the aforementioned boondoggle. Continue reading “Feeding Millionnaires while Taxpayers Shiver”