Obama, Obama! I can hear it now. The adoring crowds chanting his name. He is one with them. He is fighting for them. I wonder how many of them were union folk? I wonder if said union folk knew that the big bash at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago was set up completely without union labor. I’m not saying this was Obama’s decision to make, I’m sure it wasn’t, but someone on his staff made it. I just thought it interesting.
Here’s a quick scenario. This guy has a job (what’s that?). He works hard & is noticed by the boss. The boss comes to him & says he deserves a raise & he’ll make it happen within a few weeks. He is told the raise is expected to be 5%. That night he rushes home to tell his wife (or husband in some states) the good news. She says that 5% will sure come in handy. A few weeks pass & sure enough, he gets that raise. The boss, however, says he could only afford 3%. The guy is still thankful that he received a raise at all. He goes home & shows his wife his paycheck. The wife had already calculated & adjusted their budget for the increase. She takes one look at the check & exclaims, ” You got a 2% cut in your pay?”
That is base line budgeting & that is how our government calculates the budget every year. All departments get automatic increases. If they don’t increase by as much as originally intended, it’s a cut (usually draconian). So when you hear that they in Washington are going to cut the budget, you best believe it’s a lie. If you spend more than last year, you haven’t cut your budget.
I’ve been in a discussion with some folks about, amongst other things, why the moslems hate us. What did we do to piss them off? Why do they hate Israel? Many have their theories, but the fact remains is they would love to bring us down & they want to destroy Israel, as Iran has just recently & rather plainly exclaimed. There’s no grey area there for Israel. I would like to pose a question to all who would think about it & answer honestly. No spin.
Here it is: Part 1: If all the neighbors of Israel would lay down their arms tomorrow (all the land disputes not withstanding), what would happen? I mean Hamas, The Brotherhood, everyone. Part 2: If Israel would lay down it’s arms tomorrow & tear down the walls, fences & open it’s borders, what would happen?
Government officials are always saying that they just can’t cut the budget. Politicians claim anyone that suggests it must be the devil, a racist, Hitler & so on. I’ve found a simple way to cut the budget tomorrow. Below is a list of government waste, fraud & abuse. Very simply, every department goes through an audit every year & money misspent gets deducted from the current operating budget & they don’t get it back. (No more base line budgeting crap). The list below, I bet, is hardly complete but it amounts to almost 100 billion dollars right off the top. Easy, right? If this money was wasted, they couldn’t have needed it.
■Agriculture: $4.3 billion in improper payments, or 5.9 percent of total department spending. Much of it was in the food stamp, federal crop insurance and school meals programs.
■Defense: $849 million, or 0.5 percent.
■Education: $599 million, or 2.1 percent.
■Health and Human Services: $55.1 billion, or 9.4 percent. That included improper payment rates of 7.8 percent and 15.4 percent in the Medicare fee for service and Advantage programs, respectively.
■Homeland Security: $644.5 million, or 3.7 percent. Much of it was in the Homeland Security grant program as well as Disaster Relief Fund Vendor Payments.
■Housing and Urban Development: $1 billion, or 3.5 percent. All of it was attributed to public housing and rental assistance.
■Labor: $12.3 billion, or 9.9 percent. Almost all of the improper payments were in the unemployment insurance program.
■Treasury: $12.3 billion, or 25.5 percent. All of it was attributed to improper payments in the earned income tax credit.
■Transportation: $1.5 billion, or 3 percent. Much of it was in the Federal Highway Administration planning and construction program.
■Veterans Affairs: $1.2 billion, or 2.7 percent. That included improper payments in the pension and other compensation programs.
■Social Security Administration: $8.0 billion, or 1.2 percent.
Why is no one speaking about this plan. It’s really simple, easy to understand & will actually do something. Click the link below to learn about it.
All this talk of raising the debt ceiling & cutting the budget or not cutting the budget has been angering me to no end. There is nothing that can be cut? Come on, nothing? I’ve wanted to vent about it for a while now but wasn’t sure where to begin. So, being the geek that I am, I decided to go back and look over my Constitution. You know, the document that lays out how the government should run & what it can & can’t do. Now I know the government has gotten way too large & intrusive but even I was stunned when I found a site that lists all of its departments. Small wonder it takes 3.5 trillion dollars to run this behemoth. If you are of strong mind & body, click on the link below.
In my estimation, we could axe 50% (conservatively) of these departments by privatizing or simply doing away with them. As I perused the list it just fortified my belief that most of what the Federal government does is unconstitutional. As a practical note, who could possibly argue that the government could do a better job at anything than the private sector! Well, I don’t feel any better but that will have to do for now.
So, I got into a discussion about this at the gym yesterday. What was I thinking? How is it that no one seems to know this stuff?
Despite popular belief, the separation of Church & State clause is no more in the constitution than the Santa clause. In 1947 a progressive Supreme Court justice, Hugo Black (appointed by the evil Franklin Roosevelt), somehow found it in the First Amendment establishment clause. You know it. “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of.” Black evidently saw something the founders didn’t & said, “ The first amendment has erected a wall between church & state. That wall must be kept high & impregnable. We cannot approve the slightest breach”. Kind of like the fence at our southern border, eh? It’s funny how judges refuse to look for our framers original intent. It’s not hard to find. I did. Thomas Jefferson explained it as a prevention of the establishment of a national religion. I understand that, but then I’m not a justice. Let’s see what James Madison said. You know, the guy that wrote the Constitution! He said, “ The people fear one sect might obtain a preeminence, or two combine together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform.” How about we just go back to the constitution & stop relying on case law.
So George, call me Jepedo, Soros has decided to take his Quantum Hedge Fund private. Wonder why he’s doing that? Well, the explanation is that new financial laws will cause conflicts of interest & investor reporting problems with the SEC. The new law reguires hedge funds to report outside investor information. Why would that be a problem? Why would an investor not want people to know he was invested in “The Devil’s” hedge fund? I, for one, would love to know who’s in bed with that evil bastard. I’m just sayin.
So I just heard Speaker Boehner touting the latest “Compromise”. It will cut spending by a whopping 1 trillion dollars (over 10 years). That’s a lot of money. Can we handle such deep & radical cuts? Not according to the dems. But a real quick & honest calculation will show us the following: 1 trillion over 10 years = 100 billion a year. We are currently borrowing between 100 & 140 billion per month (not per year). So the big spending cuts for the whole year will be absorbed in the first month they take place. UGH!