Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Who Are These Clowns?

Just when you think it's safe to start planning the rest of your life you find out we've elected a bunch of clowns to run our government. The whole of Washington, D.C. needs to be given an enema and the dross turned into fertilizer. We need to resend the bailouts and suffer the financial consequences. We need to forget stimulus packages and the idea of spending our way back to financial responsibility. We need to hold our legislators feet to the fire and prevent anymore spending in areas not specifically granted to the U. S. Government by the Constitution. This country is capable of putting its collective shoulders to the wheel and working our way out of this mess. I say fire the economists and financial gurus and get back to sound business principles in all our dealings. I can see what is happening here although I doubt if I could get some to believe it. We are being led down the path to Oligarchy. If we don't act now to reverse this trend and return to a Republic under rule of law we will perish. Here is a short article by columnist Jeff Jacoby concerning our current state of affairs.

"Unemployment is at its highest level in 15 years. Housing prices won't stop falling. The stock market has suffered its most punishing collapse since 1931, and shareholders have lost $7 trillion in wealth. Millions of workers have lost their jobs; millions more are worried about losing theirs. IRAs and 401k accounts have been decimated, and companies are halting their contributions to retirement plans. Retail sales are dragging, the credit markets have seized up, and worse is expected in 2009. The government has gone to unprecedented lengths to improve the economy, yet the economy keeps getting worse. The federal budget deficit is headed for a trillion dollars, and the national debt is well over $10 trillion and climbing. ... So what do you do now? Well, if you're a member of Congress, you give yourself a raise. Beginning this week, US representatives and senators will be paid $174,000 a year. That represents an increase of $4,700 and the 10th time since 1998 that congressional pay has been given a boost. As has become routine, this salary hike is taking place automatically -- there were no hearings, no vote, no debate. No members of Congress stepped before the microphones to explain why their performance over the past year entitles them to a fatter paycheck. Or to make the case for helping themselves to more money at a time when so many Americans are out of work, the economy is in recession, and financial distress is spreading. Or to shed light on the curious fact that people who are chronically late when it comes to passing appropriations bills or confirming judges never seem to miss a beat when it comes to pocketing more money for themselves. ... You'd think members of Congress would be ashamed to take more of the public's money at a time when public approval of Congress is lower than ever. Then again, if they were capable of shame, they wouldn't be in Congress." --columnist Jeff Jacoby

Ask your Congressmen why?

Think of what would happen to us in America if there were no humorists; life would be one long Congressional Record. - Tom Masson