Apr 15, 2011 Political
It’s tax day around the country, and people are filing their taxes and finding out how much they have to pay this year (or be jailed or killed). So how about this wonderful new (and totally, utterly worthless) program that Obama has introduced: The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). What a damn load.
Here we have a government program created, because government wanted to create it. No one asked for it. No one needed it. But government decided they were going to create it. No, there’s nothing even close to authorizing this kind of action in the Constitution, but that silly old document hasn’t been used in ages.
I have to wonder how many tax-dollar man hours were spent at the Dept of Commerce making up this plan. Oh, and did you notice how the government simply decided by royal decree that “The current system of half-remembered passwords jotted down on post-it notes and based on pets and maiden names simply isn’t good enough.” Aren’t you glad you have government around to tell you what’s best for you?
Oh, did you catch that it’s not ready yet, despite the announcement? How more more millions is about to be spent, or given away, to companies to “build software, develop new standards and make hardware that will make up the system, including Microsoft, IBM, the Secure ID Coalition and Wave Systems Corp?” Oh, that’s right, it’s the government — they just print more money.
Department of Commerce: another useless government agency that has no need to exist.
Oct 30, 2010 Political
There is no doubt that Obamacare will cost a lot more than we were led to believe. The CBO said as much when it was finally able to score the entire bill and not just the cherry-picked items Congress sent it to guarantee passage. There is also no doubt that the system will ration care. People will be denied care because they are either too old or too sick (or both) because there will not be enough money or services to provide for everyone.
The people who will decide this have been referred to as death panels. No matter what they are called, care will be rationed.
This means that more people will die as a result of the Obamacare law. More dead people means that more taxpayer dollars will be wasted.
A new report shows that the government, the same entity that wants us to believe it runs things efficiently and will do so with Obamacare, has spent 1 billion dollars on dead people. This includes a lot of money that was sent to dead people as part of the Social Security payoff this past year. In other words, this is recent and it is a great example of why government is not responsible with our money.
This does not include the billions of dollars spent on waste and fraud in Social Security and Medicare. Dead patients get treatement from dead doctors who perform it.
Government is simply too big and too cumbersome to run anything with any kind of oversight.
This means that Obamacare will cost us a lot of money. The people who die because we have no money for their health care will get checks after they are dead.
But Democrats have to do something to keep their voter rolls up and the dead vote Democrat.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jul 23, 2010 Political
The good news for taxpayers is that Barack Obama signed into law on Thursday legislation that is supposed to prevent about 50 billion dollars from going to people who are not supposed to get it. The dead, those in jail and fugitives have been paid money they are not supposed to get.
President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation intended to slash by $50 billion the taxpayer money improperly paid to dead people, fugitives and those in jail who shouldn’t be getting benefits. Yahoo News
The bad news is that this will only reduce by about half the number of such payments.
This is what happens when government is involved. Programs are put into place and they grow because government never shrinks. As they grow, they become more difficult to manage and oversight (if any existed to begin with) is lost in the massive bureaucracy. People who have died or are incarcerated continue to get paid because no one is able to decipher what is going on.
This happens in all government programs and will happen in the new health care takeover.
Interestingly, this kind of waste is generally shrugged off but let a contractor (like Halliburton) get paid to much and all hell breaks loose. I fully agree with holding contractors accountable but how can they be held to standards that the government cannot achieve?
This is one of the problems with the financial takeover bill that has been disguised as a reform bill. The very people who spend too much and waste our money have put in place a law telling private businesses how to do things, as if the government knows. To top it off, the two biggest criminals in Congress (with regard to financial items) wrote the bill. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are directly responsible for the economic collapse because of their legislation and support of companies involved in the mess (hard to bite the hand that is feeding you).
So we reward these morons by letting them write the legislation to supposedly correct the mess they caused.
Only in our government can such stupidity take place.
Another bad news item for Democrats is that Obama has cut off about 50 billion dollars from their constituents.
There are a number of dead people in Chicago now considering staying home on election day…
Never surrender, never submit.
Jul 20, 2009 Political
Now we know why they call it the Porkulus… (from the front page of Drudge)
RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $2,531,600 FOR ‘HAM, WATER ADDED, COOKED, FROZEN, SLICED, 2-LB’…
RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $1,191,200 FOR ’2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED’…
RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $16,784,272 FOR ‘CANNED PORK’…
There sure is a lot of pork in that bill…
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement indicating that the quantities of pork purchased were much higher. He said the pork came in 2 pound packages and they bought 760,000 pounds of it and that is why it cost so much. He said it was about $1.50 a pound.
Food lion has pork for 0.79 a pound. Seems to me if they are going to buy 380 tons of pork they could get a better price than Food Lion.
These might be legitimate costs (if they are telling the truth) but there are plenty that are not. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace a (one) door and a (one) dumbwaiter as well as install a traffic light. I saw many items where the available money equaled the bid, how convenient!
Perhaps, if they want to keep from creating confusion, they could actually put a quantity purchased on the bills so we know what was bought and can assess if the money was spent wisely.
I also want to know how buying all this food (which includes tons of cheese) is creating jobs. Sure, farmers have to produce more but how many people are being put to work?
Jun 17, 2009 Political
* But they are at least as smart as the dumb people who thought up this boondoggle. This is indicative of the mindset of people who really do not know the value of a dollar, combined with the total ignorance of how turtles think and act, among other things. This is just one of the more ridiculous things that our money is being spent on. Look, I would have no problem with this project if I thought that turtles would actually use and benefit from this underpass built with several million of our dollars- of course, that would be an awful lot of turtles to make this project cost- effective.
The 13-foot tunnel near Tallahassee, Fla., runs under Highway 27 — a busy road that has the highest road-kill rate for turtles in the world, according to state officials.
Josh Boan, the Florida Transportation Department’s natural resources manager, said a large number of turtles and other wildlife are killed in the area. In addition to protecting wildlife, he said the project is needed for safety: turtles hit by vehicles can become flying projectiles.
This is an example of government gone wild with regards to budgets. If turtles would or could use this, perhaps could almost wrap my mind around this, as I have spent countless amounts of time picking turtles off of roads where they are trying to get to the other side for whatever reason.
But the sad fact is that turtles are not reasoning creatures- they do not see this tunnel and think, “Cool, a better way to cross”, simply because they do not think on a cogent level. They are primatives in their thoughts, reacting to danger and comfort pretty much exclusively.
In studies, the turtle was shown to not even notice cars, since the speed of these cars were above the perception of these creatures. Nor have they ever been shown to have any logical thought processes- they are strictly instinctual creatures, so they will not travel to a tunnel to cross the road, because they are incapable of the thought it would take to make that connection. Therefore, all creatures who did employ this tunnel would truly do so by accident.
Don’t you think there could be better uses for what little money we really have, than to satisfy some delusional politician’s ecological feel- good nonsense at this time? I grew up catching snakes and turtles- I know how they think, and I am sympathetic to their plight, but this is so wrong- headed as to defy common sense on several levels. Turtles will cross the road whereever they come to the road, and that is a sad fact.<
So say goodbye to 3.4 million dollars of your money, used on something that will not help that which it is intended to do- but that is the story of America's government when it comes to spending our money- they just have to spend it, or they will have some kind of budgetary aneurysm, and they just have to spend it on worthless stuff that sounds great, but does nothing.
Can’t we just, for once, actually spend money wisely? Does the President and Congress have to act like drunken lottery winners, spending money just because they can?
This is money we can not spare, not even for turtles.