Here comes the “Fiscal Cliff” or “What if the Coyote ran the Government?”
November 30, 2012 | Tags: budget, Fiscal Cliff, Government spending, Government Waste
Okay let us start by reminding ourselves that, Article 1, of our United States Constitution makes it the job of Congress to handle the finances of our country. (They made a few mistakes, or thought Congress might be smarter I guess) And the “Congressional Budget Act of 1974” lays out the rules for the Congress to get a budget done.
For those who forgot their “Social Studies” classes, the budget originates in the House of Representatives, if they pass it then it goes to the Senate for a vote and if passed there to the President’s desk for signing or veto.
Allow me to pause here and ask you a question. If you were running a company, and you had employees who were paid well to do a job, got great benefits and really had a whole lot of time off from their jobs, and you discovered that they were in fact not doing any of their jobs, wouldn’t you fire them? I mean gone, terminated for cause.
1311 days have elapsed since a budget was passed. And where does the blame lie? The Senate! It is all on the Senate my friends. The House has done its’ part. They have voted on budgets and passed them, but the Senate will not allow them to come to the floor and be voted on. Are they waiting for the President to come up with one?
He has! Twice! In one instance the Senate (Democrats controlling) voted 97 votes AGAINST and 0 in favor for the President’s budget. Not one vote for it. The House in March of 2012 voted on a budget from the White House, the vote was 414 against 0 in favor. Not one vote. (Noticing a pattern?)
Wow! That is some record. Makes the N.Y. Jets look great by comparison. In case you forgot, there are 100 Senators and 435 members of the House. So 3 Senators didn’t vote for one reason or another and 21 members of the House skipped voting. Kind of wonder what they were doing? Maybe there was really fascinating fishing tournament on TV that day?
Now for those who think the Government knows what it is doing, (poor delusional devils) allow me to prove that probably isn’t the case.
Since the last budget was passed we have seen more than $10.4 TRILLION in Government spending. Yes that’s Trillion with a T.
On 12 February 2012, White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew stated that a budget needs 60 votes to pass in the Senate. It only needs 51 there Jack. Someone get him a copy of “Government for Dummies” quick!
“But we also need to be honest. You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support. So unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed. And I think he was reflecting the reality of that that could be a challenge.”
—White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Feb. 12. 2012
For the record here, he made a similar statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” stating, “One of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50, votes to pass something.”
Of course he was competing with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who on 9 November 2011 stated the Democrats had not proposed a budget in the house because, (wait for it) “Republican’s would have filibustered it.” Really? Maybe she and Jack can form a study group. Budget resolutions cannot be filibustered.
Let’s face it folks, if we placed the U.S. Congress in charge of all of outer space, in five years there would be a shortage of stars. Oh but there would still be plenty of bull manure to go around. These folks fail to grasp a simple concept.
Ever home in America runs on some type of budget. Even if that budget consists of, “Hey dude wanna order a pizza? No babe we’re broke until payday.” We all have some form of budget. Well okay most of us do. The Government? Not so much. They just keep borrowing and spending. I’ve heard it said that we borrow 40 cents of every dollar we spend as a nation. 40 cents is a lot. For those not good with math, that is almost half, or 4 out of every 10 dimes. (10 dimes make a dollar in case you forgot)
Try that sometime and let me know how long it takes to go bankrupt.
So now due to inaction by 2 of the 3 branches of government, (we have to excuse the Supreme Court on this one) we near a “Fiscal cliff” where we will as a nation essentially go bankrupt.
The “Left” (mostly Democrats) blames the “Right” (mostly??? anyone? anyone? Republicans! right) for all this. They say the “Right” won’t allow for higher taxes on the “rich” and are not co-operating.
The “Right” says that the “Left” will not compromise on budget cuts and only want to tax more and more.
I have to agree with the “Right” here. We know that tax and tax and tax never ends well. Just go watch “Robin Hood” and you can learn that lesson. There has to be cuts in the budget. So called “entitlements” need trimming. Is there anyone who thinks a senior, or anyone making $500,000 a year or more NEEDS Social Security or Medicaid? I think they can cover groceries and an annual checkup on that income.
But what kills me is why we are not going through the Federal Budget line by line. Do we need $3 million dollars spent to study the flow rate of ketchup? (I still don’t know what it is by the way) And that is just one example. Want more? Okay, here you go.
■$5 million to create a geothermal energy system for the Oak Ridge City Center shopping mall in Oak Ridge, Tenn. From TheHill.com, “The main problem, says Republicans, is the fact the mall has been losing tenants for years and is mostly empty.”
■$9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades. (It can be reopened and connect with the one in Carson City, Nevada. You’ll get it in a moment)
■$100,000 for socially conscious puppet shows in Minnesota (Puppets who are not socially conscious are such a pain in the …)
■$2 million to build a replica railroad tourist attraction in Carson City, Nevada (Why not just build a real one that goes there?)
■$462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri (Jeez I hope the TP is soft)
■$3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York
■$3.4 million to create an underground turtle tunnel, or eco-passage, in Lake Jackson, Florida. (Damned turtles if they would just say on the other side of the highway like we told them too)
■$1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago. (Better plan. Let them spilt the money and get the hell out of public housing.)
■$983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths
■$1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles. (No cheaper way to store a bike?)
■$700,000 to Oregon crab fishermen to help recover lost crab post. (No Comment)
■$1.5 billion for a Carbon Capturing Contest (Because carbon must be stopped.)
■$300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. (Darned pesky wadioactive wabbits)
■SUNY Buffalo received $390,000 to study young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana. (Wow! I’m in the wrong college)
■Washington State University got $148,438 to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine. (Explains a lot of GPAs at WSU. Also another college I should have considered)
■In rural Wisconsin, 37 little-used bridges are receiving $15.8 million in stimulus funds. According to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “The 37 bridges average 568 vehicles a day.” Some of these bridges see less than ten cars a day.
■Montana received $2.2 million to install skylights in their state-run liquor warehouse. (guess if the power goes out at least you can still find the whiskey)
■$800,000 given to John Murtha Airport to repave a back runway. This airport services a whopping 20 passengers a day and has, over the past decade, already received millions in federal funds. Representative John Murtha treats this as his private airport and has spared no expense.
■$1 million was given to a Chicago dinner cruise company to “combat terrorism” (lot of terrorists taking dinner cruises in Chicago? Well maybe Rahm and other political types but that’s a different kind of terrorism.)
■The Coast Guard gets $572 million to create 1,235 new jobs. This comes to $460,000 per job. (I wanna work for the Coast Guard)
■ $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies and $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway. (I didn’t know Microsoft was in such bad fiscal shape they needed government money to build anything? That explains the price of Windows 8 being so high.)
■$1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Okla.
■$2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased. (They ferry across the Styx is getting THAT expensive?)
■$6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn. (Think hard on this one, it’ll come to you)
So the “Fiscal Cliff” is approaching. With the way they spend our money, maybe going over it isn’t that bad a plan after all. We can buy all the stuff we will need from “Acme” just like the Coyote does.
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