The Congressional “Super Committee” is a sham, for a few reasons. First, it allows Congress to once again abdicate its responsibility to manage the federal budget. As usual, Congress’s reputation for being spineless remains intact by either kicking the can down the road or appointing a “Blue Ribbon” panel to take the heat.
Second, despite all the bluster & machinations, there will be NO spending cuts! It’s all show.
Every year we are treated to the same theatrics. The false urgency of republicans, the whining of democrats & every year we spend more money.
I must admit I got caught up in the theatre, that the defense budget (or any department) would be cut & actually started to buy into the draconian defense cuts argument.
I wasn’t thinking; that is until I listened to Rush Limbaugh today. He reminded me of something I already knew but simply forgot to account for: Baseline Budgeting.
I wrote a short article explaining it a while ago. It went as follows:
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 & 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.
Total federal spending amounts to $3.73 trillion for FY 2011. If both Houses of the Congress were to vote to just freeze spending for FY 2012 at FY 2011 levels, the CBO would have to score that legislation as a $9 trillion budget cut over ten years!
We wouldn’t actually spend one dime less in FY 2012 than we did in FY2011, but because of the baseline budget rules, CBO would have no choice but to report a $9 trillion cut to federal spending over that following ten-year period.
A guy is sitting at a bar in a skyscraper restaurant high above the city. He’s slamming tequila left and right.
He was more surprised when, ten minutes later, the same guy, unscathed, comes walking back into the bar and sits back down next to him. The astonished guy asks “How did you do that? I just saw you jump out that window and we’re hundreds of feet above the GROUND!!!”. The jumper responds by slurring, “Well, I don’t get it either.”
“I slam a shot of tequila and when I jump out the window, the tequila makes me slow down right before I hit the ground. Watch.” He takes a shot, slams it down, goes to the window and jumps out.
The other guy runs to the window and watches as the guy falls until right before the ground, slows down and lands softly on his feet. A few minutes later, the guy walks back into the bar.
The first guy orders another shot of tequila and the bartender says to him, “You know, you’re really an jerk when you’re drunk, Superman.”
Newt on OWS:
He sums it up rather nicely, wouldn’t you say?
Acting as an Occupier
Anne Hathaway, one of the highest paid actresses in Hollyrock was recently seen at an Occupy Union Square Rally hanging out with the 99% (the commoners). Anne is reportedly worth about 58 million dollars. That could pay for a few of the protestors’ student loans. I wonder if she offered?
The way she was dressed, it appeared that Ms. Hathaway didn’t want to be recognized. Wonder why? Her boyfriend, Adam Shulman, joined her at the march. He is also an actor & a graduate of Brown University. Maybe he wants the evil 1% to pay his student loan?
How much does one have to be worth to be the evil 1%? Just asking.
The protestors she was with eventually tried to retake Zuccotti Park where hundreds of protestors & police were injured. It can’t be confirmed that she was there at that time.
OWS (Occupy Wallstreet) leaders, you know, the 99%, have decided the great outdoors just isn’t for them. I can’t say I blame them. It’s getting a little chilly in New York. I wouldn’t want to sleep outside either.
They must be bunking with their people & have found warmth in a church basement or homeless shelter. You know, solidarity & all that.
Well, it turns out that’s not quite happening. A couple of the hypocrites, I mean leaders, have decided to scrap the not so great outdoors & check into the $700.00 per night ‘W Hotel’ in downtown New York City.
The Hotel boasts the promise that guests can “Unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko”.
Well isn’t that nice, being that Gordon Gekko, of course, is the poster child of the unwashed masses. Why wouldn’t they want to unleash him, as it were?
One the lucky winners of life’s lottery is Peter Dutro. Peter is part of the OWS finance board that looks after the donations for the movement amounting to about a half a million dollars to date. Dutro is quoted as saying, “It takes a society to build wealth” and that the OWS movement is all about economic equality.
Really Pete? Is that who paid for your swanky room; society? Maybe you took it from the fund? I’m guessing probably not, but isn’t that what any good liberal would do, demand someone else pay? By the way, he lives only a short taxi ride away in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
As an aside, anyone with a neck tatoo is ok in my book.
The other gent is Brad Spitzer. No relation to Eliot Spitzer. At least he has that going for him. He is an associate at financial-services giant Deloitte, which netted $29 billion in revenue last year.
Hold it, Financial Services? You mean a big bank? Maybe he’s really a spy or a double agent working with OWS to infiltrate the inner sanctum of evil & not just getting wealthy on the backs of the common folk.
Spitzer said: “I’m staying here for work. I do finance, but I support it still”. He added: “Tents are not for me”.
Brad invites protesters to join him in luxury at the Hotel to party like the 1%.
Both have been seen at the protests.
I guess this isn’t hypocritical. I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to spend that kind of money on a room as long as it’s their own. I don’t care if someone wants to protest or march for whatever cause, provided it’s peaceful.
Just don’t preach that it takes a village & we all need to be equal as your entering your swanky hotel.
50,000 blondes meet in a football Stadium for a “Blondes Are Not Stupid” Convention.
The Convention leader says, “We are all here today to prove to the world that blondes are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer?”
A blonde gingerly works her way through the crowd and steps up to the stage.
The leader asks her, “What is 15 plus 15?” After 15 or 20 seconds she says, “Eighteen!”
Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then 50,000 blondes start cheering, “Give her another chance! Give her another chance!”
The leader says, “Well since we’ve gone to the trouble of getting 50,000 of you in one place and we have the world-wide press and global broadcast media here, gee, uh, I guess we can give her another chance.”
So he asks, “What is 5 plus 5?”
The leader is quite perplexed, looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh — everyone is disheartened, the blonde starts crying and the 50,000 girls begin to yell and wave their hands shouting, “GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE! GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE!”
The leader, unsure whether or not she is doing more harm than good, eventually says, “Ok! Ok! Just one more chance — What is 2 plus 2?”
The girl closes her eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, “Four?” Pandemonium breaks out throughout the stadium as all 50,000 girls jump to their feet, wave their arms, stomp their feet and scream…
“GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE! GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE!”
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
Those who live by the sword may die by those with a gun.
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.
If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.
The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.
Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.
The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.
Yes, yes it is.
In the latest discovery of abhorrent behavior, the SEIU is confiscating money from the caregivers of families with special needs children & adults. Ok, it’s not exactly that simple. It never is with these organizations.
These caregivers are forced to be part of the union & thus forced to pay Union dues.
Maybe these home care workers should be unionized. For the record, I don’t agree, but that’s not the point of this article.
To shed some light on this, let’s go back to the commencement of the Michigan program.
In 2005, the MQCCC (Michigan Quality Community Care Council), also known as the MQ3C, was created. The council kept a registry of home care providers, but its main function was to be the so-called government “employer” for some 45,000 private home care aides. These home care providers are independent contractors, but are still forced to become dues paying members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan.
In 2006, under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich, SEIU began a collective bargaining agreement with the MQ3C in which dues were automatically skimmed off the money payed to MQ3C by Medicaid. How much could that possibly be? About 6 million dollars a year.
So this has been going on for almost six years. Wait, it gets worse.
In May of this year the Michigan legislature ended the funding for the MQ3C program with an expiration date of September 30th.
How strange it is that even after the program expired, the dues are still being taken off the top of the Medicaid payments by a defunct department & sent to SEIU.
Angela Minicuci, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health would not explain how a defunded agency continues to operate.
“For the state to operate a dubiously formed government entity that has been defunded by the Legislature seems unprecedented,” said Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “But such shenanigans aren’t entirely surprising given the origination of this agency and the machinations to preserve it for the sake of skimming ‘union dues’ from independent contractors.”
Could this get any worse? Yes, yes it could.
See, all this finally came to light when the Haynes family of Michigan was recently spotlighted.
They receive money from the state of Michigan through Medicaid. They are not home healthcare workers.
Robert & Patricia Haynes take care of their 2 adult children in their home. Both their son & daughter, ages 30 & 34, are stricken with cerebral palsy & rely wholly on Robert & Patricia for their care. Rather than institutionalize the children, the Haynes’ have elected to care for them in their home. Mighty admirable, I’d say.
In the, one size fits all mentality of the state & SEIU, the parents are considered home healthcare workers. Hello Obamacare. Naturally they must be part of the union & thus must pay monthly dues.
“We’re not home health care providers — we’re parents taking care of our children,” Haynes told the Detroit Fox affiliate.
This is the problem with public employee unions as a whole. They support politicians that write laws that bolster the unions & the unions, through the dues they forcibly collect, funnel the money right back to the politicians to get them reelected.
Sven and Ole worked together and both were laid off, so off they went to the unemployment office.
Asked his occupation, Ole said, “Panty stitcher; I sew the elastic onto cotton panties.” The clerk looked up panty stitcher. Finding it classified as unskilled labor, she gave him $300 a week in unemployment pay.
Sven was asked his occupation. “Diesel fitter,” he replied.
Since diesel fitter was a skilled job, the clerk gave Sven
$600 a week. When Ole found out, he was furious. He stormed back into the unemployment office to find out why his friend and coworker was collecting double his pay.
The clerk explained that panty stitchers were unskilled and diesel fitters were skilled labor.
“What skill?” yelled Ole. “I sew the elastic on, and Sven pulls on it and says, ‘Yep, diesel fitter.'”
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