“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?)”