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safety net, my foot

Mark Levin welcomed Senator Jeff Sessions (AL) onto his July 19th show. Senator Sessions is currently investigating the Bush administration’s removal of the food stamp citizenship requirement in the early 2000’s. What floored me was Senator Sessions’ point that $800 billion has been torched on food stamps in the past 10 years.

Do-gooders call this a “safety net” (image hat tip tracasseur.com).  You and I get the bill at the point of a gun.

So I flat out don’t want to hear this “safety net” rot from you bleeding hearts. ~100 million taxpaying Americans paid ~$8,000 each for food stamps alone over the past decade?   And that’s only one out of umpteen wasteful Federal programs.  That is outrageously abusive spending that should insult all hardworking Americans.

Are you terrible at math?

Hair on fire about Mitt’s tax returns?  Let me help you out:  Mitt has earned millions, $0 direct impact on you.  Obama has stolen & wasted trillions of your grandchildren’s yet earned money.  So Obama is very literally a million times worse, and infinitely worse if you have an ounce of intellectual honesty.

Mr. Cain, please raise more Cain

Mr. Cain, please toughen your fiscal criticism of the US Government. In your Cain Commentary this morning, you used the following phrases: “patchwork”, “Taxmageddon”, “recent history […] does not inspire confidence”, “Congress can never seem to agree”, “serious drag on economic growth”, and “endless tinkering”.  Those phrases are listed here out of context (guilty as charged), but hopefully that choice won’t detract from this request.

a humble request for Mr. Cain

“Patchwork” brings to mind a nice quilt Grandma made. “Taxmageddon” sounds like late-night Discovery Channel fare. Compare your words to the current Wikipedia words remembering Charles Keating’s legal consequences for his involvement in the 1980s S&L Scandal: “duped”, “worthless”, “junk bonds”, “fraud”, “racketeering”, and “conspiracy”.

Presidents and Congressmen can and do use words like “patchwork” and “endless tinkering” to defer blame away from themselves when it comes to taxes and government spending. That’s not leadership.  These servants’ actions (or inexcusable inaction) would be high crimes in any other setting. Mr. Keating’s fraud was in the single digit billions, for which he spent 4.5 years in jail. Our federal government defrauds our future generations of tens of trillions. And yet, too many modern US politicians act as if the true question should be “who’s counting?”  If those politicians aren’t actively working or supporting virtuous economic purpose, we must frame our criticism in criminal terms.

As Doug Bandow points out today at American Spectator, even the CBO admits we’re headed to national insolvency very soon.  Bandow explains why even these reports are too optimistic, because they include fairy tale projections (i.e. fraudulent budgeting).

public sector unions: fundamentally destructive

In 1959, newly elected Wisconsin Democrat Governor Gaylord Nelson (who later founded Earth Day) signed the first collective bargaining law for public employees.

Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor in 1959

Jeff Jacoby did a great job yesterday at Townhall explaining why collective bargaining is such a terrible idea in the public sector:

when labor and management bargain in the public sector, they are divvying up public funds, not private profits. Government bureaucrats don’t have to worry about losing business to their competitors; state agencies can’t relocate to another part of the country. There is little incentive to hold down wages and benefits, since the taxpayers who will be picking up the tab have no seat at the table. On the other hand, government managers have a powerful motivation to yield to government unions: Union members vote, and their votes can be deployed to reward politicians who give them what they want — or punish those who don’t

we don’t care about education

Do you support spending more money to “fix” our education system, debt be darned?  Forbidding school choice?  Awarding tenure to chair warmers?  Empowering government teacher unions because sweat shops existed in the private sector in the early 1900’s?  How about lowering graduation standards to pad the stats and to protect the guilty (hat tip Richard F. Miniter at American Thinker)?  Legislating sledgehammer school calendar restrictions at the state level, ‘cuz that’ll fix it (#goodGrief)?  How about a nationally “elite” private HS excusing students on May Day, thereby showing solidarity for what? Indoctrinated dolts in the year the Occupy abomination was spawned? The good ol’ May Days celebrated by Marxists?

It’s not working folks, and you’ve run out of excuses.  Do you even care about educating our kids?  If so, you have a strange way of showing it.  From the University of Southern California’s Master of Arts in Teaching website (Feb 2011), the following infographic (to which I added some flair) paints a dismal picture.  The US outspends Finland by 37% per child.  Finland beats US by 15.6% in Math and by 15.1% in Science.  That’s inexcusably poor.

we outspend Finland by 37%, they outperform us by 15%

Cut the kimchi, folks.  Look your kid in the eye and be honest with her.  We just don’t care about educating her generation.

Alabama does not have a revenue problem

Dr. Jess Brown was on Dale Jackson’s show this morning and was floating the idea in the 8:30-9a slot that Alabamians would soon demand that new sources of revenue (translation: higher taxes) be explored to keep basic services going.

Wrong answer. Yes, yes, I know that there’s the Alabama General Fund, and that only covers non-educational spending. But then there’s the all-important Kitchen Table fund, and any accounting smoke & mirrors beyond that is just insider baseball that frankly doesn’t sway us. The state continues building Taj Mahals to Mediocrity at the same old breakneck pace. The new Lee High School is another Construction Boondoggle for Taxpayer Wastage, but apparently even $46.5 million wasn’t enough. Just today we learned that this particular beautiful new indoctrination center needs its own prison fence, to the tune of an additional $600K.

Lee High School now needs a $600K security fence

Lee HS indoctrination center, now to be accented with prison fence

There is no revenue problem, Dr. Brown. There’s a spending problem.

the fact is, we don’t need a Hoyer

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D, Maryland) says you don’t need a budget. Oh yes, it’s right there in black and white over at CNSNews.com:

“What does the budget do? The budget does one thing and really only one thing: It sets the parameters of spending and discretionary caps. Other than that, the Appropriations committee are not bound by the Budget committee’s priorities.”

don't wag your finger at me, sir (AP Photo)

“The fact is, you don’t need a budget. We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending.”

Future generations? Hyper-inflation? Hoyer’s honor? Any sense of decency whatsoever? Duty to country? Steny Hoyer has no need for such outdated concerns. (You got something to say about it?  Didn’t think so.)  Brazen impunity is more his style. What a jerk.

dramatic dependency rise, wrong answer

tmsmiffs dug up an infuriating individual liberty nugget: More Proof of the Dependency Agenda.  The opening paragraph of the IBD article he links to is staggering:

“The American public’s dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program”

Surprise! Johnny’s fat & lazy!

  • Johnny’s a “plus size”, so Ma Gov’t must hawk over his trans fat intake.
  • Ma Gov’t serves only revolting rot in Indocrination Middle’s cafeteria.  Johnny won’t eat it, and I don’t blame him.
  • Johnny can’t have PE/recess at school, because (pick one):
  1. Ma Gov’t has test standards to achieve so that she can simultaneously congratulate herself when it’s time for more funding, and belly button gaze (soon to be followed by more funding demands) when her robots (er, students) don’t measure up to any global excellence standards.
  2. There’s a possibility Johnny won’t win the barbaric game, and when Johnny loses, everyone loses.  Better to disallow play.
  3. Tenured Tina has Facebook work to do, and its [above 61 degrees | below 59 degrees | generally not California weather] outside.
  4. Class Bully Charles misbehaved, so the whole class will pay this week (and Facebook will be updated).  What better way to handle a bully than to keep him inside with no outlet and no consequences, Ma always says.
  • Johnny’s parents don’t know what’s best for him, so Ma Gov’t will raise him.
  • Since sweat shops existed in 1910, Johnny can’t have a job until he’s 26.
  • Ma Gov’t systematically sucking the hope and creativity out of Johnny bears no resemblance whatsoever to the sweat shops of 1910.  Ma knows best.
  • Johnny can’t ever work a real job.  We have potential Democratic voters… er, I mean illegal aliens for that (the language police drill Johnny to call them “undocumented workers,” and he must demonstrate appropriate remorse for his shameful discrimination against them).
  • Johnny is an American, so (propaganda alert) there are “certain jobs Johnny won’t do.”
  • Johnny’s not old enough to have kids of his own yet, but Ma Gov’t is already destroying his kids’ financial futures (with Johnny’s parents at the end of a sword) just the same.

Ineptitude? No, no, “technology”!

Whenever you hear a politician spout “technology” in the same breath as “education”, take care not to kick your dog in frustration.  “Technology” is a ruse in the halls of indoctrination, a diversion to deflect taxpaying citizens’ attention away from obnoxious levels of waste.  It’s a manifestation of a deep lack of effort spent in actually educating kids.  A mask for refusal to ever tackle deep cancers in education, such as disallowed school mobility, government labor unions run amok, and ever spiraling budgets.

“Technology” is rot for ribbon cutting ceremonies, for throwaway talking points dropped by politicians with an image to maintain.  But when the rubber meets the road, the term actually means 9th grade honor students being forced to endure an entire semester to “learn” Microsoft Word while the teacher works her Facebook page in the front of the room.

The UK shoots itself in the foot in similar fashion.  And this is how we expect to train globally competitive adults?

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