Posts Tagged ‘Spending’

IT HAPPENED BEFORE, THEREFORE WHEN IT HAPPENS AGAIN WE MUST ACCEPT IT AS A NORM

June 1, 2020

A recently married young woman, preparing Easter dinner to impress her husband, cut off the end of the ham before putting it in the roasting pan. When her husband asked her why she did so she answered “That’s the way mom taught me to cook a ham”.

One day shortly thereafter, she asked her mom the very same question. The matron answered that it was the way grandma had always done it.

Still questioning, the newlywed then asked her grandmother why the end was cut off the ham before cooking. Grandma’s answer was that she only had one roasting pan and it was usually too small for a ham large enough to feed the whole family.

From illegal immigration to throwing money at failing schools to the USPS, the circle continues. “Progressives” (aka Marxists, socialists, Communists, RINOS, etc.) always seem to see an opportunity to take money from the American earner to bolster their ever failing projects only to see those ventures continue to fail. They seem reluctant to look at the reasons for failure.

President Barack Obama took $787 BILLION dollars out of the money borrowed by the Treasury Department from our adversaries and allies alike. He gave the majority of it to friends and donors calling it a Stimulus Package. The citizens (idiots in the eyes of the Marxist/socialist cabal) were told that the money would help the economy recover from a down turn caused by poor economic policies of the Bush administration.

What it did was reward his donors and fill the pockets of future donors. Many of the companies awarded grants from the borrowed money gave their “C” level executives huge bonuses before declaring bankruptcy. The economy remained distressed for another eight years.

Donald Trump was elected president because the American people wanted to change the way Washington, D.C. works. Barack Obama promised to make the necessary changes, but as with everything he said, he did quite the opposite. He entrenched spies and operatives throughout the government agencies and departments to continue the work of enhancing his political power and eroding the will of the people of the country. In many cases, President Obama’s policies, edicts and directives set the stage for chaos if they were to be removed. One glaring example of many is the PPACA (aka Obamacare). https://bizarroworldusa.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-aca-landmine-the-tripwires-and-triggers-built-into-it/

Beyond that, he left behind a covert cabal of government operatives loyal only to the Democrat party. Like the landmines and time-bombs of the PPACA, this cabal is meant to disrupt any variation from the established path of the socialist left. Obama made sure that the roasting pan was not large enough to cook a full ham.

Donald Trump got a larger roasting pan and in the spring of his presidency the nation began to blossom. Then came Covid-19.

THE CASE FOR LINE ITEM VETO

April 27, 2020

A quick bit of history to preface the need for the above title. In 1996, Bob Dole introduced the Line Item Veto Act that passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Bill Clinton on Nov. 5, 1996. The Act gave the president exactly the powers that a president should and must have. It allowed for the president to reject items in a bill that were not required for the bill to be reasonable and viable on it’s own.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that line item veto gave the president (in that case William Jefferson Clinton who had signed the bill into law) unwarranted powers. The majority opinion at that time was, the president was required to approve or reject whole legislation and that the Line Item Veto Act allowed the president to “amend” legislation, which was an assault on the powers given to Congress under Article I.

As written, the majority opinion is correct. It would allow any president the opportunity to accept or reject any part or parts of any spending bill that he or she chose. However, the president still doesn’t have the final say on any legislation. Even when the president eliminates portions of a bill before signing, the product must then go back to the Senate for final approval or rejection. Thus, the president does not unilaterally amend the legislation, he or she only offers amendments for legislative body review. The Senate and House can accept, reject or offer further amendments then present the product to the president once again.

In 1998, however, the congress did not include such things as an $80 million study to identify “The Truth About how many Toads can be Handled by people before Warts Appear (TTATHWA)” in emergency spending bills to give relief to hurricane or flood victims. They did not include “federal security for Gated COMmunities (GCOM)” within their districts in bills directed at terrorism abroad.

Paying homage to Rahm “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste” Emanuel, congress has taken advantage of the court ruling by interjecting personal preference spending on pet projects that help the members win re-election campaigns. Knowing that the wholesale rejection of an “emergency relief” bill in a time of crisis would damage this president, majority congressional leaders made sure to include every previously lobbied project into the emergency relief to replace lost income due to the Coronavirus. And, in preparation of possible rejection, party leaders wrote damning speeches for media airing and publication well in advance of sending the bills to the presidential desk. Given that President Trump signed the ridiculous all inclusive spending bill, they will keep the boilerplate letters and speeches in archive for future use.

There was definitely a need for immediate financial relief to workers, but President Trump is where the buck stops when blaming begins on this one. Line item veto power would have saved billions of dollars to direct where truly needed.

With a majority in the House, these Utopian desires could be written as stand-alone bills. They might be written in a few pages that could be read, digested and understood before voting on them. However, in order for any hope of becoming part of the makeup of the U.S., they must be concealed in multi-hundred page documents that are rarely read before voting is called. If they were good, valid and useful additions to American society the authors would gladly accept recognition for his/her contributions. This is not the way our government was meant to operate. Let us hope that there is another argument brought before the Supreme Court to consider line item veto authority for the president.

THEY’RE COMING FOR YOUR FREEDOMS

April 24, 2020

As one who pays attention to the news – not just the propaganda of the right or the left – but both sides somewhat equally – there are opportunities to see how the public is influenced/manipulated.

For decades now progressives (read: Marxist/socialists) have been usurping more and more power. They have taken it from the blind among us and waved it about until none of us realize it’s gone. Now they’re accelerating their moves to eliminate our rights, freedoms and the Constitution of the United States in whole. Every calamity, every shattering event, every disaster is an opportunity to separate us from the humanity once offered by our forefathers for life in this country.

We cannot even trust the cable news programs to tell us what is happening at home or around the globe. Almost all of what they have to offer is slanted to meet a political need or desire. It’s not one side or the other, both are to blame. One news station expresses one political philosophy with emphasis only on the areas they want us to hear. The others collectively and repetitively pronounce the opposite. The broadcast stations incorporate leftest leanings into virtually every entertainment program offered. The brainwashing continues.

No longer is there a left and right to our political system. It is overrun by progressive ideology propped and enhanced by liberal media that loudly mocks and mobs conservative voices. Social media posts are content edited or censored entirely according to the political leanings of the sponsoring company. Labeling anything contrary to the political biases of Facebook, Mark Zukerberg has named them “harmful misinformation” that Facebook must strike from posts.

Just how is the balance upended? Progressive Democrats having the majority in the House of Representatives are now promoting mail-in ballots, no I.D. voting and ballot harvesting. All those methods of voting promote fraud and abuse of our system. They are all channeled to add progressive members to Congress and even to overtake the presidency.

Of recent, we have seen progressive governors and mayors take advantage of the current crisis in ways no freedom loving American would ever expect. Not only are we required to “shelter in place” leaving our homes only for necessities, those necessities are described in detail by the over-lording representatives. E.g. while most businesses and churches are required to be closed, high tax businesses and revenue streams continue to feed the government. Lottery tickets may still be sold along with liquor and marijuana. Flooring, however, cannot be purchased to keep stay-at-home occupants inside and busy with remodeling. Paddle boarding off the coast is forbidden despite the obvious social distancing and jogging or otherwise exercising alone on a sunny day will net you a citation and fine from the local constabulary.

These over-restrictive edicts represent what we can expect in the future if any more over-bearing progressives obtain office or positions of power where they can further inhibit and control “We the People”. Please be aware of what is happening before you, and vote wisely.

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN

November 6, 2019

In the very true and forthright words of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos: “Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future. The results are, frankly, devastating.” She continued, “This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students,” she added.

The “game changing” Obama legacy initiative known as Common Core that was introduced by former Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has failed every child subjected to the system. A study by NEAP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) over a 7 year period (2010-2017) showed that Common Core teaching methods produced significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement and 8th graders’ math achievement. The study also showed that the negative effects tend to increase over time!

While academic scores continue to drop precipitously, the kids in K-12 public schools are learning the benefits of transgenderism, oral and anal sex for pregnancy prevention, gender confusion is one staple on which you can rely, protesting elevates celebrity, victimhood is the road to success and blaming white men for your failure is better than working to improve your station in life. They are not learning math, science, reading, English, world history, geography and civics to an extent that will benefit them in their lives beyond high school.

While some people want to throw more money at our failing public schools to continue the practice of indoctrinating over educating, others are seeking choice for students and caring parents. Granted, charter schools and home schooling take money from the public schools coffer, but they do teach the tools that help our youth become productive members of our society. Students of alternate schools must actually learn, accomplish and verify their knowledge rather than simply attend classes to pass and graduate.

Both traditional public schools and charter schools are funded through state and local tax dollars and enjoy tax exempt donations. The traditional schools also receive funding from the federal government. Home schooling via voucher receives federal money and charitable donations through community service organizations. Charter schools and home schooling are therefore forced to economically provide the educational services. Public schools, as with most government agencies, rely on myriad administrative levels absorbing the funding before the much much needed dollars ever meet the classroom.

The goal of education should be the benefit to the children, not the physical plant from which that education in meted. The cost of education should, and must, be commensurate with the value received by each and every student and the immediate or adjacent economic surroundings must be irrelevant.

As the national debt grows through unchecked deficit spending on unnecessary pork laden special interest projects and election reversal, it shows only that government inefficiency, graft and corruption is destroying our country and the future of its citizens. Education must be restored and enhanced for equitable prosperity and longevity.

WOW! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN

January 3, 2019

As we begin the new year we are once again in a partial government shut down over issues with a continuing resolution (CR). Congress convenes again today with a new majority that is dead set against anything , known and unknown, the current president proposes, requests or demands. With the final accounting of the election, they have vowed to obstruct, deny and delay for the remainder of President Trump’s current term.

We the people should demand that a government wide BUDGET must be passed each and every year instead of allowing our elected employees the opportunity to bicker about appropriation and spending for individual departments and agencies for short terms without regard for actual revenues. Then, after confirmation, approval and signature by the president they can proceed to enact laws, rules and regulations that fit within the parameters set by the revenue projections with all spending within the actual revenue collections and department expenditures held proportionate to that income. There has been no fiscal year budget passed since FY 1997! Thanks to both sides of the political aisle, this is why our national debt is rapidly approaching (if not exceeding by time of publishing) $22 Trillion.

In my career I had to deal with budgets for a few small companies and was the CFO of a private non-profit organization dealing with government contracts and grants. In all cases, it was imperative to work within a designated framework of expenditures against revenue. If business was down, then the spending had to be cut back proportionately.

When the government (federal, state or local) failed to agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year we had to adjust the expenditures agency wide to accommodate. The NPO was expected to continue performing the services per the conditions agreed by contract until the governing entity released funds. Many of the the grants were on a cost reimbursement basis (we had to spend the money then request reimbursement for performance). Not all of our dealings with the various agencies followed their fiscal year.

The federal government does not follow the same rules they set for contractors. They declare certain amounts for spending and hope the money comes in to cover those expenditures. If it doesn’t, they borrow from you and me or some foreign country obligating you and me to pay it back through our taxes. Work hard…work two jobs if necessary. Your Congressman needs your taxes.

Once again, the Democrats (and RINOs) in Congress are using our immigration system to stymie the government until they overwhelmingly destroy its foundation. This time, instead of working on the allowance side of the immigration problem, they are fighting the rejection of continued destruction. They are fighting against the president, not on principle but on presentation. They will not allow the man in the White House the opportunity to do something the right way. Instead, they want to continue using a system failed by their own initiatives as an item of debate without resolution.

Please read THE PROGRESSIVE HEAD FAKE and embedded link for related in-depth information.

If President Trump is the negotiator he claims to be, he will not allow this to happen on his watch. His solution is a wall, a big beautiful wall. Granted that is not an all inclusive end to the problem of illegal immigration, but merely a step toward an ultimate solution. It is the first step that must be taken, however, in order to work on a complete fix that will benefit citizens and immigrants.

Hold firm Mr. President.  It’s your only hope for respect and a second term to do what’s right for our country.