March 20, 2009
Congressional earmarks are a way for congress to usurp the power of the states to self-direct. One of the most effective ways Americans have to restore some integrity to congress is to eliminate earmark spending.
Basically what is happening currently is:
- Congress taxes Americans at a much higher rate than is necessary
- Congress gives some of our tax dollars back to the states
- Congress tells the states how to spend the money
- Political action groups and lobbyist (pay, donate, gift…) congressional representatives then demand federal tax money is spent on their special projects
Don’t you think it would be better if we got to keep more of our hard earned money? And, if we need something at a state level, don’t you think you could better decide how to provide for it on a local level?
Earmarks provide a way for special groups to get the EAR of the (often corrupt) officials who write our government’s checks.
It is amazing to me that congress can be so specific in telling a state how to spend tax dollars, or a public school what to teach but, they can’t be specific in telling private corporations (especially Wall Street and international banks) how to spend hundreds of billions of our tax dollars.
Who are the fools who elected these guys anyway?… Sadly, it is us!
March 17, 2009
Why does Congress have to ask who received the bail out money they spent? It gives a whole new meaning to “BLANK CHECK.” And we wonder why they can’t balance the budget…
9/11… 9/16. Can we just skip September this year?
January 6, 2009
By Janet Walgren
Many years ago, almost before my time – and I’m sixty-two, there was a comedy sketch that became quite famous called “Who’s on First?” It consisted of a funny dialog between a person trying to get information about the location of players in a baseball game and a frustrated person trying to inform the bewildered questioner. Confusion ensued because the questioner didn’t know the players had unusual names like “Who”.
Silly? Totally… even ridiculous! At least I thought so until I watched a Congressional hearing about the Madoff scandal last night. At first I thought the man being grilled was rather cavalier in his responses. I thought to myself, “Why don’t they nail that incompetent turkey to the wall? After all, he’s the one that heads the agency that is supposed to be watching over the S.E.C. and he has no clue why this whole debacle happened…” Who saw what, why? Why were the many warnings that were received by his agency ignored? Why were the red flags that were apparent to so many invisible to his agency? He had no answers – NONE AT ALL! But, he was going to get to the bottom of it… “Isn’t that what you were supposed to be doing all along? What do we pay your for?” I thought.
Then, FINALLY, one bewildered congressman tried to set him up for the kill only to find out that they had the wrong guy. It was pathetically funny, in a morbid sort of way, to realize the committee, our Congressmen ‘who get paid to create bureaucracies to protect us’, had no idea who they were questioning or what they did. They actually had not only the wrong guys, but the wrong agency! They were questioning men from the external watchdog rather than the internal watchdog that watches over the watchdog.
So WHO’s ON FIRST – the runner, the first baseman or both??? Actually the correct answer is probably no one.