Archive for November, 2010

STENY HOYER

November 29, 2010

From THE HILL, by Russell Berman

The second-ranking House Democrat said Monday that President Obama’s move to freeze the pay of civilian federal employees should also be extended to military personnel.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said including the military would have increased savings and add “an element of fairness.” He made the comments in a statement about he president’s announcement of a two-year pay freeze.

If Representative Hoyer really wants “an element of fairness” for the military, he would initiate a bill to increase all military enlisted wages by 50%.  He’s not after fairness or even saving money, he is doing what he can to disembowel the U.S. military services.

Our fighting forces are the most underpaid and least appreciated (by liberals) group of individuals receiving taxpayer dollars.  Liberals, and in particular, progressives show greater respect for illegal aliens and 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation Welfare sucking slobs than they do for the men and women in uniform whose goal is to keep the citizens safe.

Rep. Steny Hoyer is a despicable person for even having the thought, much less making the suggestion, that military pay should be frozen.

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FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

November 26, 2010

While the total of all earmarks in the fiscal 2010 budget only amounted to approximately 0.5% of the total budget, they did have an affect on our overall well-being.  Eliminating future “fluff” expenditures might help individual citizens, who are now paying for them, understand the government is attempting to show some fiscal responsibility.

Not eliminating earmarks from legislation for non related specific projects is irresponsible in this or any time.  Borrowing money from people (tax payers) who have little or none, who have to forego or defer some of their bills in order to pay the government is insane.  Government borrowing money for earmarks to make an elected official look good or be more popular or more re-electable is simply wrong and irresponsible.

For those people who cannot understand the concept as it relates to them directly, let’s bring it down to the personal level.  Your neighbor, friend or relative is caught a bit short on his mortgage payment.  Not wanting to have him lose the house, you loan him some money.  Soon, you find out that the money loaned was not used to pay the mortgage, instead it was used to throw a party.  At that party (BTW, you were not invited) the recipient of your generosity asks each guest, individually and quietly, to help pay the now past due mortgage.

When the money is collected, it turns out that there is a bit more than required for the past due payment.  Without considering the potential for future shortcomings, the beggared uses the excess for a much needed vacation before searching in earnest for income producing employment.  Perhaps there is a lack of will to cut back on “Iwanna expenditures” ( Iwanna go skiing or Iwanna 72” flat screen).  Next month, in spite of a meager attempt with lackluster effort to find work, the cycle begins again.  Debt is accumulating, but bankruptcy is always an option for consideration when everybody helping is out of money for the selfish and unworthy cause.

And then you lose your income source and have to begin selling forty years of comfort accumulations.  You sell the new Lexus to buy a five year old econo-box.  You let the boat go for half its worth to make your mortgage payment for a couple of months.  You become a WalMart greeter just to buy gas for the econo-box.  Meanwhile, Joe the borrower continues the highlife on OPM with no thought in mind of ever repaying the debt.

The mindset of our elected officials and government agencies:  spend what you’ve got, raise taxes to pay for what you don’t have, then borrow against the future tax revenue to pay for Iwannas.  When it comes time to pay the bills, raise taxes higher until there are no businesses to tax or employ people and everybody is receiving a subsistence income from the government.

The only problem with this scenario is that at some point there are no more people to tax.  There is no individual or country left to borrow from and nothing left to sell.

So, even though eliminating earmarks might only amount to 0.5% of the total annual budget, doesn’t it make sense to start there to control expenses.  Moving to other unnecessary expenditures will then be easier.  At some point, we might actually have a balanced budget and perhaps even pay off some of the accumulated debt without having to leave every middle-class citizen destitute and dependent.

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL, DON’T CARE

November 25, 2010

Recent news relates many stories about people complaining that the alternative screening at airports would be considered molestation or sexual assault if it were done by any one other than a government employee.  One after another, in various parts of the country and at many airports, passengers say that TSA is abusive or oversteps the guidelines of reasonable searches or pat downs.

I have to question, knowing how the progressive movement will “end-run” an issue; force it through looking like something other than it is, if this action isn’t meant to be.  We know that there is a lot of controversy about gays serving openly in the military.  They can serve, they just can’t approach, fondle or advance sexually on fellow service members.

Could this be the way to allow them to serve their country openly and shamelessly?  Is this a way for the president to appease or reward his gay constituency for their patience and understanding?  As alternative screeners for TSA they can touch, handle, fondle the breasts and genitals of same sex passengers – get paid for it and be defended for so doing!

“Don’t worry about the accusations, agent.  And yes, you can take another twenty minute shower break now.  Be sure to wash the smile off your face.”

Progressivism – You’ve got to keep your eyes open and question the motives of every move and statement.  Otherwise, “We may have to “pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”.  Then We the People have to fight to reverse the wrongs foisted upon us after they passed the unread bill.

GREED AND EVIL

November 24, 2010

Elected progressives and unions (redundancy acknowledged) are becoming more insane as each day bringing greater despair to the average citizen.  When over-compensated government bureaucrats vote themselves raises in a severe recession while public funded cities, towns and districts are at the brink of bankruptcy, there is a problem with the system.

They actually do this while talking about the greed and evils of capitalism and the private enterprise system.  It really looks as if greed and evil resides within the elected elite and their legions of wage-paid union lobbyists.

Case of illustration, from the DeMoinesRegister.com:  http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20101120/NEWS/11200326/-1/SITE_MAP/Culver-OKs-state-pay-raises

“Gov. Chet Culver’s administration agreed Friday to offer pay increases for state employees that will cost taxpayers more than $200 million, despite Republican requests that the decisions be delayed until Terry Branstad becomes governor in January.


Union members will formally meet to accept or reject the state’s offer later this month, but Danny Homan, president of Council 61 for AFSCME, said: “In my mind, this is done.”

The wage hike plan would give members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, better known as AFSCME, two raises in each of the next two fiscal years.

Those employees would receive a 2 percent wage increase on July 1, 2011, and another 1 percent the following Jan. 1. They would receive identical raises in the following year.

In addition, many union members who are not at the top of their pay grade would receive an additional 4.5 percent raise, known as a step increase, for certain professional milestones or for job longevity and other career advancements. (emphasis added)

The total cost of the contract is estimated at around $200 million over two years, based on previous data released by the state department of management.

Though not specifically stated in the article, raising taxes on the non-government employed and non-employed citizens will be required to cover the additional costs awarded to the union members.

Municipalities like DeMoines lay off front-line public servants like teachers, police, firemen, street and water department workers so that eighteen levels of unnecessary, inept and corrupt bureaucracy can survive and receive increased compensation and abundant pensions.

Meanwhile, back at the Fed:  Growth Forecasts Slashed – Higher Unemployment Predicted.

ETHANOL AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

November 23, 2010

REUTERS- Mon Nov 22, 2010

U.S. ethanol is made by extracting sugar from corn, an energy-intensive process.  The U.S. ethanol industry will consume about 41 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, or 15 percent of the global corn crop, according to Goldman Sachs analysts.

Ethanol production is an energy consumptive process.  Extracting ethanol from corn contributes more pollution to the air and environment than the blended fuel end-product mitigates when burned in an internal combustion engine.

Corn flakes, corn syrup and corn (anything) has been costing consumers more over the past 8 years since gasoline formulation was mandated to include ethanol.  Farm animal food products and byproducts are also victims of the Bush era congressional mandate.  As crude oil pricing continues to rise, grocery pricing is hit harder than pump pricing.  None of which is needed in a time of personal financial and national economic collapse.

Even Al Gore agrees, “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol”,  said Gore,  “First generation ethanol I think was a mistake.  The energy conversion ratios are at best very small”.

The elite laughingly write off the problems they cause as “unintended consequences”.  Corrections for the problem are not considered or even offered.  Paying individuals and families more to do nothing than they would earn working is the “unintended consequence” of Welfare and Welfare related subsidies and entitlements.  Training people to be so dependent on government that they stand on rooftops and cry for rescue after being warned for days that a devastating act of nature is about to descend upon their immediate environment might, however, be considered an intended consequence.

Nonetheless, you and I along with every taxpayer were afforded the opportunity, by congress, to subsidize the corn farmers and the ethanol production industry to the tune of $7.7 billion last year.  Subsidizing the ethanol industry translates to less corn for humans and food bearing animals which by the “law of supply and demand” causes prices for corn and corn-based food products to rise.  Leather goods, eggs, bacon as well as beef product pricing are directly affected and are “unintended consequences” also.

Just like the congressional mandate for exclusive CFL (compact florescent light) sales and usage after 2012, ethanol fuel is more costly and more hazardous to health and environment than the perceived problem at hand.  The same can be, and is, said about the health care bill that was read by virtually no one voting to pass the legislation.

At some point, perhaps, we will be fortunate enough to elect a group of individuals that will actually represent the constituents of their district and this nation.  I don’t mean by earmarking bills to bring more money into their communities or to their friends and relatives.  I mean representatives that care at least as much about the lives and livelihoods of their constituents as they do fantasy ideologies such as “Global Warming”.

Maybe every piece of legislation coming out of Washington D.C. or the state capitol nearest you should come with a disclaimer or warning like those required for prescription medications.

*Contact your representative immediately if this law causes vomiting, watery eyes, excess frustration, tremors, low income production, reduced spending capacity or enhanced mental anguish while adapting to the insanity.  Mixing this legislation with any other current legislation, law or ordinance may cause severe confusion or rage.  Other unintended consequences may occur.

If aggravated or severe rage occurs, please contact your representative by phone, text or Email.  Do not attempt a personal meeting.