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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Just say no!

just say no cartoons, just say no cartoon, just say no picture, just say no pictures, just say no image, just say no images, just say no illustration, just say no illustrations In the "good old days" of governance in America it was a weapon to get things done or to stop crap in its tracks.  It was the only thing that really worked to manage the reach of government.  It was the BUDGET.  It was the power of money and its disbursement that was wielded by our politicians to fund the day to day works of our country, states and local jurisdictions.  Now, it appears the BUDGET is too scary a tool for many politicians.

I recall how at our local level, we had to balance our income and expense each year.  We had men and women who would take the requests from all the departments, review them, check the needs and the purpose of each expenditure, decide if they were worth keeping or modifying and then make recommendations to the elected folks.  We held public hearings where the department heads would come and fight for their budgets and we Supervisors had to balance out all these requests and end up with a balanced budget we felt the people would be best served by.  That seems to have been a luxury compared to how things go now.

The local budget has increased by four fold (400%+-) over the years since the early 90's while our populations has incensed by about 20 percent.  Most of the expenditures and revenues now come through the state and they contain all kinds of strings.  Locals get little to say about the process.  The State budget is in the same boat with the Federal dictates.  The billions and now trillions of dollars are mandated and pigeon holed to the higher government political desires.  Things like Medicaid, and many other social programs do not allow local or state control of the expenditures.  I sometimes wonder how Federal "Revenue Sharing" got nixed.  It gave us a little bit of  local control but then it was removed and replaced with mandates.

I sometimes yell at the Republicans making their speeches about spending and deficits when I listen to CSPAN.  I yell at them because they are at the top of the heap and they can "just say no".  But they don't.  They get into the weeds when the lefty nuts in Congress (and their lackey's in the press) accuse them of letting the poor, the downtrodden or the less endowed lose out of the "goodies".  The R's in the House of Representatives have a Constitutional duty to originate expenditure bills.  They could balance the outgo with the income but they seem to be chicken.  A few like our guys Tom McClintock, Doug LaMalfa and a few others actually take their Constitutional duties seriously.  We could get a balanced budget in one session.  We could corral all that debt and deficit in a short time but because they can't say no, the country loses.

Sure we may have some turmoil when some Americans can't use their debit welfare card for a massage or a pull on a one armed bandits.  There will be some problems with those people we call "rent-seekers" if their money was curtailed for a while and they had to go do a real job.  But there will be greater pain for all when the other show falls on our heads.  I wish they would place a moratorium on Federal and state grants for a couple of sessions.  Go look at the Agriculture Department and see all the "grants" allowed and awarded of taxpayers money.  Billions every year.  And that is one department.  It is at every level.  Stop them for a while, allow independent commissions to decide after the moratorium is over, to review and approve (2/3rds) before give another grant to count the fish in some creek.

HERE is a good place to go look at where our government smarties spend your money.  Read some of the outrages. Here is a small list US Senator Coburn did a while back.
• $75,000 to promote awareness about the role Michigan plays in producing Christmas trees & poinsettias.
• $15.3 million for one of the infamous Bridges to Nowhere in Alaska.
• $113,227 for video game preservation center in New York.
• $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
• $48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival, to promote Hawaii's chocolate industry.
• $350,000 to support an International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.
• $10 million for a remake of "Sesame Street" for Pakistan.
• $35 million allocated for political party conventions in 2012.
• $765,828 to subsidize "pancakes for yuppies" in the nation's capital.
• $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.

HERE is his complete report.

We need to get a new paradigm (that word for the libs reading this).  Here are a few of my ideas to fix the mess. There are many more.

1.Remove Civil Service and reinstate merit for employment.  Treat the jobs as if they were in free enterprise private sector.
2.Disallow government unions.
3.Balanced budget each session or mass removal of elected officials and new elections.
4.Make the IRS and the Franchise Tax Boards (actually any agency at any level) get a court order from a judge before they can take property, install liens and confiscate your money.
5.At the Federal Level, remove departments of Education, Commerce, the EPA and Labor.  Remand their duties to each state. Further agencies under review.

Well there are many more ideas to get our country back on track but the fastest way to fix the mess is to simply "say no"!  No more unconstitutional expenditures of the people's money and no debt or deficits allowed.  America will be restored very quickly to greatness. Smaller government and get them out of our lives and property.  If not, say hello to MAO!


24 comments:

  1. Trust me, 50K to promote Hawaiian macadamias covered in dark chocolate is well worth it. :)

    Other than that, nothing new or productive to note regarding your list of Tea Party rants and insults toward progressive leaning Americans who will inherit the future.

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    1. Jen/Paul, your attitude is why America is failing. Tell us all here what you have done to help fix things with the economy and the debts of the country. My guess is you are just a common everyday taker who has done nothing.

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    2. Correct me if I'm wrong, there T- are you working or retired before you hit age 65? Seems like the classic definition of a taker to me. Don't see much production eminating from your spot in the world.

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    3. I do give you credit for naming 4 Fed agencies you would eliminate. Thats 2 more than that half-wit governor of Texas could name :)

      But really, next time, how bout focusing on realistic reforms, k?

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    4. So Jen/Paul, you are suckling off the system then it appears.

      Regarding departments to eliminate. Name those you would eliminate so we can see how determined you are in trying to save the country from bankruptcy.

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  2. A good way to help keep the country from bankruptcy would be to cut government spending on things like oil subsidies, agricultural subsidies, foreign aid to Israel, tanks, eliminate off shore tax breaks, and reverse Citizens United so that all the money spent on TV ads and be spent on something more useful like bridges.

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    1. I too think subsidies are unnecessary. So we agree on that. Other than that I could not disagree more with the balance of your comment. I am 180 degrees different than you.

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    2. Gotta love the gentle opposition to oil and ag welfare giveaways as being UNNECCESSARY. Not wasteful, not fiscally destructive, not unconstitutional, not unAmerican, as so many programs the extreme right/Tea People angrily oppose. Wouldn't want to publically call out your good friend and wealthy rice baron Rep. now would ya?

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  3. So you think the $250m Congress just allocated for tanks the Pentagon said it didn't need is OK? Why do you think off shore tax dodges are OK? We are talking about close to $100b a year.

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    1. Off shore tax dodge? Whose money is it? You are probably a "one world" type so what's the problem? If the tax rates were less here (we have the highest corporate tax on earth), we would see a return to our shores of capital. But like water, money seeks its own level.

      Tanks and other similar weapons are debated in the Congress and as a person who probably hates the military, what is your problem with disagreeing with the General's?

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    2. Offshore tax dodgers are un-American, un-Patriotic greedy putzes. Putting their allocated taxable money to work in other countries makes them "ONE WORLD" types, since their capital is going to work elsewhere on earth. Just like the faux-patriot flag waving chicken-hawks and pro-military/military spending types who never served a day in the service.

      BTW, we're already One World in many, many ways. More every day. Horse has kinda left the barn, there Todd.

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    3. Jen/Paul, you are just an anfry loser and the world has passed you by.

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    4. LOL. Your projections get funnier with time, Todd. Kudos.

      Todd is part of the CA future! A true symbiotic relationship with the direction of the State of CA, and the nation!

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    5. Yes, I guess I am out of touch in rolling over to California's way into the future. I guess I can't accept the move to fascism and control of every aspect of our lives as you appear to accept. Yep, just call me a Constitutional dinosaur.

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    6. I see. So you did mean the world has passed YOU by. Happy to clear up your misstatatement.

      CA's finances are brighter than they've been in over a decade. Gov. Brown has shown courageous leadership in positioning our state for the future. Progressive policies in energy, health care, technology and transportation, along with fiscally prudent spending. National leader. As always. You aging naysayers are boring and irrelevant.

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    7. Jen/Paul, your "progressive" policies have wrecked the planet and now you want the rerst of us to knuckle under. Ain't happening. You can go ahead and be the dppd little sheeple as you have proven here that you are. I will resist big government and all its trappings.

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  4. Todd, you must be confused about the tanks. The generals don't want the tanks, I am agreeing with the generals. It is the Republican politicians who represent the districts in which the tanks are made who are forcing the rest of us to pay for tanks the military does not want. The United Arab Emirates has the highest corporate tax rates besting the US by 15%.

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    1. No I am not confused. There is debate about waepons and the systems each cycle. Some are booted and some retained. A difference of opinion between our elected officials and the military is a good thing. Usually you libs take the position of the enemy so you not wanting tanks built is just the latest example.

      Regarding the corporate tax rates. The US boosted it to the highest last year I believe.

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    2. Here is the tax rates for the UAE and the link.

      http://www.taxrates.cc/html/united-arab-emirates-tax-rates.html

      It shows their rates are ZERO so I am a bit puzzled where you came up with your "facts".

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  5. And, I cannot say this enough, I remain a huge supporter of any assistance to the Hawaiian Chocolate Festival and industry!

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  6. So what you are saying Todd, is that Congressmen know more about the military's needs than the generals and because of that it is just fine to waste $250m tax dollars on unnecessary military hardware. And I am a moron Lib enemy for not wanting to build expensive tanks that nobody wants. I don't under stand your logic. Explain why spending a quarter billion dollars on tanks the military doesn't want is a good thing.

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    1. Let me get this straight. You are the same anonymous walking back and forth on the overpasses here trashing the military and now you want us to believe you are their supporter? What a crock.

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    2. Todd, why such a childish non-sequitur to the very good question posed by this person? Do you even realize you're on record supporting a quarter billion in government waste? How about answering his/her question? We all know why- its called being BOXED IN. You already lost the argument. Admit it, humble yourself, and move on to some other right wing rant-of-the-week.

      We all know why no one from the right ever dares set foot on this blog to defend you. You are the circus sideshow entertainment for them. :)

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    3. You are just not making any sense Jen/Paul/SteveF. Your comments are usually destroyed easily by me so I am simply trying to ease your painful inferiority.

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