Winds: Variable 4
There's a great site here: http://www.balancethebudget.com/showBudget.php?mode=0 that lets YOU balance the federal budget.
Try it and see if you can balance the budget!
We did this exercise a few years back and the results are the same. We can just afford the mandatory spending as required by law: $2.184 trillion - interest on the debt, medicare, medicaid, other, and social security.
What we can't afford is discretionary spending: $1.368 trillion - Departments like DOD, DOJ, DOVA, DOE, DOL, DOT, Treasury, etc.
Those legacy social expenditures are putting the squeeze on the nation. Raising taxes to cover the budget gap only diverts money from consumers. It's sort of like painting yourself into a corner.
Easy just takes some basic principles and guts.
principles and Congress?
politicians and guts?
Guess we won't see a balanced budget anytime soon.
and this is how the government wanted to spend it.
Upkeep for Unused Monkey House and Other Buildings -
(Department of Veterans Affairs) $175 Million
Sprucing Up Apartments Before They Are Torn Down - (Shreveport,
LA) $1.5 Million
Museum Where Neon Signs Go to Die… - (Las Vegas, NV) $1.8
Free” Grateful Dead Archive - (Santa Cruz, CA) $615,000
Agencies Pile Up Unnecessary Printing Costs - $930 Million
Studying World of Warcraft and Other Virtual Games - (Irvine, CA)
Dept. of Energy Still Fails to Turn Off the Lights - (Department of
Energy) $2.2 Million
Fraudulent Medical Testing by Criminal Gangs - (U.S. Center for
Medicare and Medicaid Services) $35 Million
Poems in Zoos - (AR, IL, LA, WI, & FL) $997,766
Shooting Range Armed with Taxpayer Dollars - (Las Vegas, NV)
Bogus Tax Refunds for Prisoners - $112 million
Comic Superhero Mouse Teaches History of Printing -
(Government Printing Office) $31,350
Big Subsidies, Little Airports - (Atlanta, GA) $2.4 Million
European Junket - (Vienna, Austria) $465,000
“Critter Crossing” - (Monkton, VT) $150,000
Internet Dating Study - (Stanford, CA) $239,100
City Builds Streetcar System on Same Route as Subway System -
(Atlanta, GA) $47.6 Million
Closed Park Receives “Green Improvement” Funds for Unused
Building - (Elverta, CA) $440,000
Money for a Mummy- (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives) $20,588
Census Super Bowl Commercial Too Ironic to be Understood -
(U.S. Census Bureau) $2.5 Million
Studying Male Prostitutes in Vietnam - (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Shrek-Themed Onion Promotion Campaign - (GA) $90,000
Zoo Receives Federal Funding to Develop Online Video Game
„Wolfquest‟ - (Apple Valley, MN) $609,160
Demolishing Abandoned Facilities at Non-Existent Lake - (Lake
Optima, Hooker, OK) $172, 110
Federal Database to Plan Your Next “Haycation” - (Alsea, OR)
Another Bridge to Nowhere - (Hillsborough, NH) $150,045
Party Time at the FAA - (Atlanta, GA) $5 Million
Budget Oversight Training for Legislators in
Eastern Europe? - (NY) $2.6 Million
Bus Statue in America‟s Biggest Little City - (Reno, NV)
Unneeded Courthouse Space Costing Taxpayers Millions -
Teaching South African Men How to Wash Their Genitalia -
(Los Angeles, CA) $823,200
Oh and happy new year to everyone. Maybe next year things will be better....but only if we say NO to this sort of lunacy!!
and this is how the government wanted to spend it.
A question: Wanted to spend it or spent it? Happy New Year!
It's hard to say. That's why I noted it the way I did. The report -hyperlinked below - noted "spent" for one project but not all.
My intention here is not to point fingers at any one political party as I think we all can agree that these funding misadventures come from both sides. But the very fact that this kind of "stuff" is even considered shows a very strong disrespect to us the taxpayers.
Maybe you won't but I will. Rep John Lewis made a big point of saying he arranged that 47.6 mil for Atlanta to waste on the Streetcar folly. Well,it was clear that HE believed that all those letters & meetings with Trans. Sec LaHood made it happen. Now that's real service to his constituents!
Anyways, on that one you're right; and the funding was given to the city. This just so typical. MARTA operated a "trolley bus" on that route and there wasn't enough ridership to justify that trolley so MARTA discontinued it. Now we are going to fund something that didn't work. Go figure.
I'm staying as warm as I can in Fayette County! Came home Tuesday, leaving WX predictions of sub-zero temps & 8 inches of snow for Thur/Fri! Once again, Delta took us & brung us on non-stops. Will return to Bozeman in May for birth of Grandchild Nr 2! That first one (now 2) is a real live wire with an amazing vocabulary and happy-go-lucky attitude. Some observations from the week-long visit:
. Took insulated winter underwear and never used it.
. Montanans remain friendly & exihibit patriotic tendencies
. The "Merry Christmas" greetings & farewells far exceeded the "Happy Holidays" thingy.
. Some business closings but I think generally, things are not too bad locally. My son's company (Compass Engineering Consultants, LLC), in which he is the nr 2 man in a 2 man company) has plenty of business with prospects of picking up design & engineering of 3 new hotels in Wyoming early next year.
. In 2004, Montanans voted to legalize medical marijuana. There are now licensed "pot shops" and "legal growers" around. Local press reflects that most are of the opinion that it is rapidly escalating out of control and next yr's Legislature is expected to enact some restrictive laws. Hell, they even had "Traveling Caravans" of Docs, that would arrive in a town, write a passel of med mj prescriptions and fire up and drive on to the next town!
Still, all things considered, it's a pretty darn good place to live. And you can buy anything on Sunday that you can on Saturday!
And you can buy anything on Sunday that you can on Saturday!
And I wonder if that looser that was just elected will do anything to change that. We'll see.
After reading the "details" it appears the money was distributed. Most sickening. Honestly, I would rather provide unemployment aid to those truly in need than to fund these boondoggles. What a @#^$%!*$^!! waste.
But hey, don't you feel better knowing that someone is studying male prostitutes in Vietnam or teaching South African men how to wash their thingamajigs? This is your money that the "Guv" forced from you. What a ........ joke.
Funny, in the 2 1/2 yrs I spent there, don't recall ever encountering a male prostitute!
I guess it's now a problem that requires your tax money to study. But hey it can't be no worse than teaching South African men to wash their....well you know.
Wow - as bad as the bridge to nowhere. Are there organizations in operation now that 'read' these bills and inform us of what our 'leaders' are planning for our money BEFORE they spend it? I'm not that familiar with the actual process - and honest transparency would certainly help with this problem. Regarding the 'thingamajiggy' - I was aware of programs to help eliminate the spread of aides due to the 'rape' of women by unclean thugs. I, of course, prefer 'getting rid of the thingamajiggy' rather than bothering to clean it. Oh well.