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Monday, March 22, 2010

Wasteful Government Stupidity - Continued

A week or so ago I did a post highlighting the wastefulness of the Census Bureau mailing out a letter to all of us letting know that they would be mailing us another letter with a census form to fill out. To me that action spoke volumes about how little the government respects the confiscated tax monies entrusted to them. Sadly, this story has a second punch line - today I got a post card reminding me to send in the census form.

Someone should be fired.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stupak Caves - No Word Yet on Delivery of Thirty Pieces of Silver

This afternoon Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) proved that a "pro-life" Democrat is only pro-life enough to get a vote during an election but not pro-life enough to cast a vote once elected. He actually switched his vote to yes on the horrendous socialized health care plan after getting a promise from President Obama. Keep in mind this is the same president who is so pro-abortion he stated he wouldn't want his daughters "punished with a baby." Also keep in mind this is the president who is so trustworthy he promised health care talks would be transparent and public.

In the end we have a "pro-life" politician voting for a health care plan that will fund abortion with funds confiscated from tax payers based on a promise from a dishonest Chicago politician.

UPDATE: Rep. Stupak does have a challenger in November, Dan Benishek. I imagine his campaign will get a lot of $30 donations after today.

UPDATE #2: How does one weigh the value of their principles against serious pork rewards for their district? I guess it comes down to how many votes one believes they might get for obtaining the pork from DC (oh yeah, and placing little or no value on your principles).

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fess Parker - RIP

Fess Parker who played both Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett in television series in the 1950's and 60's died today.

Rest in peace, Mr. Parker.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another Example of Why the Federal Deficit is so Bloated

In yesterdays mail I received a letter from the Department of the Commerce advising me that "About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail." It went on to ask that I please fill out and return the form.

In a nutshell that sums up the reason we have a federal deficit. The clowns in government do not respect the money they spend as they would their personal money. Would any of them spend 44 cents of their own money to tell everyone they know that they will be spending more money in a week to mail them something else?

I acknowledge that my complaint can be dismissed by saying it is chump change and a tiny sliver of the federal budget. That would be wrong. Take care of your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

Senate confirmation hearings for cabinet posts should focus more on fiscal sanity than on the nominees ideological leanings.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Breaking News: Charlie Rangel Stepping Down as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

The last guy to realize Charlie Rangel is too corrupt to serve as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee just found out. Word is Rangel will announce tonight that he has agreed to step down as chair of the powerful committee that writes tax laws. Those would be the tax laws that Charlie hasn't bothered to follow.

UPDATE: The deranged Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has assumed temporary chairmanship of the committee. Stark is one of the most despicable miscreants in a congress that isn't held in very high esteem. Investors Business Daily has a run down of his low lights. The citizens of his district should be ashamed for continually reelecting him, but sadly they are incapable of shame.

UPDATE 2: Now, Stark is stepping down from the temporary chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee because he also has difficulty following and adhering to the tax laws they write. Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan will now take the gavel. No word on his taxes (yet).

If there was any honesty in DC, the difficulty in finding any Democrat who does not have tax problems would lead to a call to simplify the ridiculous tax code.

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