Lumps of Coal in Taxpayers’ Stockings

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”

The Lady Has Balls

In the race for the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin one candidate has balls, a lady.  Those balls have propelled her into the lead in a crowded Republican primary and they just may be enough to take her all the way to Washington.

Make no mistake.  I’m not talking about a transvestite.  Those balls belong to Joni Ernst, a mother of three.   They are not her own.  They are the ones she bragged about taking from the pigs she castrated on her family’s farm in her first 30-second TV commercial.  Continue reading “The Lady Has Balls”

Angry Santas

It’s that time of year.  Every child knows that Santa is watching his or her every move.  He’s making a list and checking it twice.  He’s going to find out who has been naughty or nice.

This year, there is a new kind of Santa in every city and town across America.   These Santas are not watching the children.  These Santas are watching our lawmakers in Washington.  They remember the unwanted present (Obamacare) that arrived last Christmas Eve and they are determined to do whatever it takes to return it. Continue reading “Angry Santas”

What’s that smell coming from D.C.?

If you are going to clean out a refrigerator, you start with the part that smells.  In Washington, it’s pork, not in the frig, but on Capitol Hill.  This pork, otherwise known as an “earmark,” is a project that is slipped into a bill by a lawmaker that circumvents the merit-based or competitive process and serves a narrow or special interest.

An infamous one that shows up almost every year is “wood utilization research.”  We’re spending $4,841,000 on new ways to use wood (trees) this year.  Has anyone heard of paper bags?  I’ll give it to you for free and you can save taxpayers $4.8 million.  That’s a perfectly good use for wood.  However, many cities now are trying to ban paper bags in order to save trees!  The irony of it all!

These projects add up.  Citizens Against Government Waste has documented 109,952 of them worth $307.8 billion since 1991.     Continue reading “What’s that smell coming from D.C.?”

Political Earthquake in Utah

When an earthquake hits, once the shaking stops, those still standing breathe a sign of relief.  The uneducated assume the danger has passed and go on about their business.  The wise, head for an outdoor clearing or seek appropriate shelter knowing full well that the first tremor can be a foreshock of a much bigger earthquake to follow.

On Saturday, a political earthquake occurred in Utah.   Senator Robert Bennett, an 18-year veteran and a member of the Upper Chamber’s Republican ruling elite, lost his bid for another six-year term, when he was  denied his party’s nomination at the state convention in Salt Lake City.

It’s hard enough to defeat an incumbent congressman in a primary and next to impossible to defeat a sitting senator!  Was this the “big one” in 2010, or simply a harbinger of things to come?  Continue reading “Political Earthquake in Utah”

Senate put on Tea Bag Alert

A warning went out earlier this month from the Sergeant at Arms to Chiefs of Staff, Staff Directors, Administrative Managers and Chief Clerks in the United States Senate. It was short and to the point.

Suspicious Characteristics Mailing (Tea Bags)

The Senate Post Office has recently seen an influx of envelopes containing tea bags addressed to Senate offices. The envelopes have been irradiated, X-rayed, opened and tested by the Senate Post Office and have been cleared and deemed safe for delivery. However, it is possible some of the envelopes may have loose tea inside.

If you have any questions or concerns about this mailing
you may contact the United States Capitol Police Threats Assessment Section at 4-1495.

Yes, thanks to your efforts the Senate has been put on a tea bag alert! Continue reading “Senate put on Tea Bag Alert”

After the Tea Party

Congratulations to all who participated in the nation-wide tea party protests.

Yes, you were heard, but in order to have a lasting effect, there must be a follow through.

If there had been no follow through after the 1773 protest in Boston Harbor –  no addition protests, no convening of the First Continental Congress, no Revolutionary War – there would be no United States of America. Continue reading “After the Tea Party”

The Marriage of China and the U.S. (Till Debt do us Part)

It’s like a bad marriage.  The U.S. and China are tied to each other in more than a trillion ways.  For the time being, both endure this partnership for the sake of their dependents and their own well-being.

The two countries will make nice today at the World Economic Summit in London.  They will smile at each other through clenched teeth, but the dislike and distrust between the two are painfully obvious.   They fool no one. Continue reading “The Marriage of China and the U.S. (Till Debt do us Part)”

The Bernie Madoffs in Congress (Is one representing you?)

Everyone hates Bernie Madoff.  He is the new face of what’s wrong in America.  He has been called an evil monster but, according to his victims, these words are inadequate.

You have to hand it to Madoff.  He lived large – no, huge – off this Ponzi scheme.  It was great while it lasted and no one, including Madoff, thought it would go on as long as it did Continue reading “The Bernie Madoffs in Congress (Is one representing you?)”

All is NOT Lost!

So much for the kind of government promised by Barack Obama where citizens have a full five days to review and comment on all non emergency bills on the White House website before they are signed into law! Not only did “we the people” not have an adequate means or opportunity to review the so-call economic stimulus bill, our representatives in Congress did not have that opportunity. Continue reading “All is NOT Lost!”