“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”
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”
According, to Washington’s messiah, Bob Woodward, one of President’s Trump’s aides (allegedly Chief of Staff John Kelly) described the White House as “crazytown.” That was proof positive to Trump’s detractors in Congress that his cabinet and/or Congress should take the steps necessary to remove him from office.
But wait! Stop the presses! The inter-workings of Congress have been described — more times than I can count — as “herding cats.” What could be crazier than that? That should be reason enough to impeach the entire Congress. Do the country a great service and get rid of all those career politicians, most of whom have never held a real job, in one fell swoop. What a relief that would be!
Another of Woodward’s sources (allegedly Defense Secretary Jim Mattis) said the president had the mentality of a fifth grader. Continue reading “More “Crazytown” Please!”
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 Republican Party needs a new mascot. The elephant is no longer appropriate. An elephant is a proud, strong animal. It represents strength, wisdom, loyalty, stamina and leadership. Clearly, after last week’s cave-in to Democrats in order to achieve a long-term spending bill and avoid the possibility of another government shutdown, none of those traits apply to a party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House.
This little compromise, which added another $300 billion to the budget over the next two years, was a complete disaster for a country that is up to its eyeballs in debt and a president that was elected promising to drain the swamp. Earth to the president: The swamp feeds on tax dollars. This deal the GOP is celebrating just flooded the place and added to the stench. Continue reading “GOP Needs a New Mascot”
It’s that time of year when all good boys and girls write a letter to Santa and give him their wish lists so I thought I would do the same.
Okay, so I’m not a kid anymore but, let’s face it, so many citizens act like children when it comes to giving our elected representatives their respective wish lists, treating their Uncle Sam like Santa. In the real world Santa doesn’t deliver the presents, mom and dad must buy them and place them under the tree.
When I was a kid, I asked for a pony. Mom and dad had to explain that Santa knew that we lived in the city and there would be no place to keep this pony. Furthermore, this miniature equine would end up costing more that our family could afford. Therefore, Santa regretfully had to edit my wish list and cut it down to size.
Unfortunately, many citizens act like spoiled children when they make demands on Washington, with little thought as to who will pay the bill. Unfortunately, many of our elected representatives act like the parents of Continue reading “Dear Uncle Santa (My Christmas Wish List)”
The Memorial Day weekend was marred by the news that North Korea fired off another missile and it had landed within a few meters of its intended target, This was followed by more threats directed at the United States from its deranged dictator Kim Jong Un.
This followed two successful tests of medium to long-range missiles by the rogue state in as many weeks and a simultaneous launch of four missiles on March 6, three of which fell close to Japan, a nation we are bound to protect.
Such launches, and two nuclear tests since January 2016, have been conducted in defiance of U.S. pressure, U.N. resolutions and the threat of more sanctions, which amounted to little more than sending the rebellious, bellicose young leader to bed without dessert. Continue reading “Ronald Reagan’s Revenge (Can We shoot down North Korean Missiles?)”
On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cutting out waste in the federal government. The ink wasn’t dry when the Washington Post trotted out Big Bird, the affable “Sesame Street” figure who has been used to blunt past efforts to cut unnecessary government programs. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-of-big-bird-hes-survived-the-budget-ax-many-times-before/2017/03/13/f5c1c94a-082a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.c6a28dc55b29
“Sesame Street” has millions of fans and I am one of them, but this bird is a fat cat! It’s time we recognize that his life and our lives will not change if we cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and all the rest. Continue reading “Big Bird: You’re Fired!”
This week, Congress will present President Obama with a bill to fund the government through the remaining fiscal year and Obama will veto it. Why? Because the bill defunds the nation’s biggest domestic terrorist, Planned Parenthood, which mercilessly kills over 300,000 babies a year and sells their body parts.
Yes, Obama would rather shut down the government than cut off federal funds to one of the most immoral organizations on the planet.
Right on cue, USA Today published a poll conducted with Suffolk University to show that most Americans are opposed, 58% to 33%, to shutting off Planned Parenthood’s federal money spigot. However, there are no links to give us a cue as to how this question was framed. Surprise, Surprise! Continue reading “Obama Shills for Domestic Terrorists (Bypass Him and Defund Planned Parenthood Now!)”
“It stinks!” That was how incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explained the back room deal hatched by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and Democrat leaders that raised the debt ceiling and put us on automatic pilot to the spending stratosphere through the rest of Obama’s term.
Boehner claimed he was “cleaning the barn” before Ryan took control of the House of Representatives but where is that smell coming from? The entrance to the place is spotless, but the bad odor will linger well after Boehner is gone because of all the brown stuff he piled up in the stalls.
Thanks to Boehner and the Senate’s worthless Mitch McConnell, it’s Obama who will come out smelling like a rose. The nation is on a collision course with the grim reaper over unrestrained spending and all the hard decisions have been put off until the next president takes office.
Does anyone seriously think that Paul Ryan’s hands are clean? Boehner spent weeks begging Ryan to take the reins of the House. If Ryan had put his foot down and said “No” to this deal it never would have happened? Instead, Ryan blessed the deal by voting for it, along with all Democrats and a mere 78 of his Republican colleagues. Continue reading “Boehner’s Gone: Who’s Crying Now?”