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Fiddling while America burns

Terry Garlock's picture

Count me as a conservative pleased at the results of the recent election, but fully expecting to be disappointed by my own Republican Party.

How many struggles between Republicans and Democrats will be over foundation issues that really matter? Who will take up the cause of regaining control over a bloated and arrogant federal government that uses the fig leaf of the Commerce Clause to justify reaching into every crevice of our lives? Who will champion returning the federal government to the constraints of its enumerated powers in the constitution? Probably nobody.

Will anyone in Congress acknowledge they operate like hogs at a bottomless trough, that deficit spending should be unlawful with rare exceptions and that their deal-making and infighting should be on priorities and allocation of only the money we have and no more? I seriously doubt it.

While battling to repeal parts of Obamacare, will anyone try to repeal Medicare part D, the prescription drug program brought to life by President Bush, funded with money we do not have? Of course not; an existing entitlement lives forever.

For decades Congress has raided the Social Security surplus to feed their current spending habits and refused to upset voters by confronting the fiscal train wreck approaching the system, a disaster made worse by their theft. What are the chances Congress will suddenly develop the courage and responsibility to leave the surplus untouched and make the hard decisions required to keep Social Security viable? Somewhere between slim and none.

What about the current Congressional dustup over the egregious practice of earmarks? While some wrap themselves in the virtue of temporarily suspending the practice of carving out pork for a member’s pet projects, others argue the dollars involved are negligible compared to non-discretionary spending.

I think both sides miss the point. Congress needs to radically change its culture of trading favors and siphoning off money in ways that are excused because the dollars are small compared to the huge amounts passing through their fingers. When will they consider every dollar of our money precious, as we do? Let me know when hell freezes over.

Democrats and Republicans will squabble over Harry Reid’s Dream Act, a bill to provide in-state college tuition discounts to illegal aliens who either attend college or serve in our military. Meanwhile, do you think the U.S. will deport the 10 million or more illegals living in the U.S.? Do you think our border with Mexico will be secured? Do you think we will stop spending billions to supply health and education and other services to illegals? Do you believe either party will stop pandering to the Hispanic vote? Neither do I.

The whole world, it seems, has its hand out for American generosity. I wonder who will fight to end the annual gifts of billions in foreign aid, often to people who hate us. Who will dare to speak the truth that natural disasters are a part of life, and when they strike throughout the world, our presidents need to stop pledging American taxpayer money because we are broke? In my dreams.

I wonder if any of the hard decisions will ever be properly confronted in this age of television. Even for arguments over small, incremental spending cuts, the camera can always find victims to cry and politicians to make promises, especially with an important election looming, like 2012.

Republicans will push Democrats inch by inch away from fiscal calamity when they should be pushing by miles, and I fear the benefits will be marginal, like giving an aspirin to a cancer patient. We don’t need baby steps, we need revolutionary spending cuts.

Our ship of state is on a course to fiscal disaster, like the Titanic steadily steaming to the iceberg. Instead of changing course, I expect that Republicans and Democrats will spend their time arguing over the best way to rearrange the deck chairs to improve the view.

[Terry Garlock lives in Peachtree City. His email is tgarlock@mindspring.com.]

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if I read more than one I would probably be looking for a rope and stool! LOL -GP

1. The DREAM Act is NOT limited to children, and it will be funded on the backs of hard working, law-abiding Americans.

2. The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, including criminals, from being removed or deported if they simply submit an application.

3. Certain criminal aliens will be eligible for amnesty under the DREAM Act.

4. Estimates suggest that at least 2.1 million illegal aliens will be eligible for the DREAM Act amnesty. In reality, we have no idea how many illegal aliens will apply.

5. Illegal aliens will get in-state tuition benefits.

6. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien finish any type of degree (vocational, two-year, or bachelor’s degree) as a condition of amnesty.

7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and there is already a legal process in place for illegal aliens to obtain U.S. citizenship through military service.

8. Despite their current illegal status, DREAM Act aliens will be given all the rights that legal immigrants receive — including the legal right to sponsor their parents and extended family members for immigration.

9. Current illegal aliens will get federal student loans, federal work study programs, and other forms of federal financial aid.

10. DHS is prohibited from using the information provided by illegal aliens whose DREAM Act amnesty applications are denied to initiate their removal proceedings or investigate or prosecute fraud in the application process.

PTC Observer's picture

The fact is this act is more of the same from the left. Its intention is to build a voter base in order to remain in power. It is the same for the Healthcare Act, it allows for Union healthcare to be exempt from the law, thus encouraging union membership. Same for card check. Same for building the government work force, union membership.

If you get enough mass on the "disenfranched" illegals and union votes you get to keep power.

Pretty simple politics.

KAWFI SHARED:

[QUOTE]6. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien finish any type of degree (vocational, two-year, or bachelor’s degree) as a condition of amnesty.
7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and there is already a legal process in place for illegal aliens to obtain U.S. citizenship through military service.[/QUOTE]
READ DIRECTLY FROM THE PETITION: <cite>Read - and determine for yourself what the petition requires.</cite>
<STRONG>(i) The alien has acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States.</STRONG>
http://www.govtrack.us/embed/sample-billtext.xpd?bill=s111-3827&version=...
<STRONG>(ii) The alien has served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge.</STRONG>
http://www.govtrack.us/embed/sample-billtext.xpd?bill=s111-3827&version=...
(E) The alien has provided a list of each secondary school (as that term is defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801)) that the alien attended in the United States.

FIRST AND FOREMOST --

The legal immigrants in our midst, and those legally enroute to our American doorstep remain more-than-welcome to enter and follow the pathway to American citizenship. The "front-door" of the USA has always remained open and the WELCOME mat yet remains at the threshold.

FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS --

THE DREAM ACT IS A FREAKIN' NIGHTMARE!!

It's another liberal pot-pipe...
...pot-'o-gold...
...end-of-the-rainbow...
...tax & spend nightmare...
(...for buying Democrats an entire voting constituency in one fell swoop!)

For which the rest of Americans, as law-abiding taxpayers, will continue to suffer loss of life and property at the hands of <em>ilegales</em> criminals, and pick up even more of the tab for those on the public dole...

The wanton negligence of border enforcement has been and remains a very serious matter of national security. For 25+ years, this constutional duty has been intentionally, if quietly, ignored due to political correctness-- and our head-in-the-sand, look-the-other-way mindset.

NOW-- we have the equivalent of a major expressway entrance ramp-- for drug cartels, human trafficking, and our enemies in the war on terror. Now we are in danger from without and within, as many OTM's (including Arabs & Iranians) are found mingled within the daily flood of illegal border crossings.

Today--there are stretches of public land in Arizona where American are warned NOT to travel due to the daily dangers there de too the presence of human smugglers and drug cartel "enforcers".

Many of the present ills in our society (criminal behavior) and the unplanned $tre$$e$ on local/state economies incurred by footing the bill for law enforcement, indigent health care, etc.

All of these ills are directly attributable to the several American administrations' joint failures to:
---(1)Send the clear message to our neighboring governments, and...
---(2) Execute the mission of securing the American frontier.

FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS--
The only "amnesty" should be a limited time (e.g. 120 days marked by a date certain) --To voluntarily accept a free ticket and safe passage to the nearest border checkpoint, forthwith.

Arrest, prosecution, sanction, and deportation subsequent to that date certain would include the forfeiture-for-life of the opportunity for future LEGAL immigration to the USA.

<em>Los extranjeros ilegales</em> should return to their own homelands and lend their strength and the "national pride" we see paraded onto our streets and public areas.

<em>"Los amigos"</em> ...should Channel that energy into establishing bona fide democratic processes, reforms, and infrastructure; while eliminating corruption from the top-down, and rebuilding the nation itself.

Our DREAM ACT is ensuring a hassle-free and safe ride to the border.

The Democrats' "DREAM ACT" no proposed in the Congress of the USA should be vehemently opposed and voted down may margins sufficient enough to send a message to the government of Mexico, and all illegal aliens now hiding in the USA.

************

<em>Sr. Presidente de México, Felipe Calderón
Por favor, abre los ojos...
¿Dónde está el honor nacional de México?
¿Por qué sus hijos e hijas expulsados por los millones?
¿Por qué se abandonó a los Estados Unidos?
El Sr. Presidente...
Usted debe llamar de nuevo a su patria para vivir y trabajar.
Sr. Presidente, llamar de vuelta a su tierra natal - México</em>

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<em>Los extranjeros ilegales...
¿dónde está tu honor personal?

<em>Amigos, por favor.. no robes nada más.
Hacer lo correcto y honorable;
volver a su casa en Mexico o en otros países.</em>

AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE; Hire only legal immigrants and American citizens; (and pay the prevailing wage) enforce the laws regarding legal immigration that are now on the books; (even if the onion growers of Georgia complain). IMO, all this incorrect information about what is in the Dream Act will insure that nothing will be done - and illegals will be transported to and hired in the US and paid below the prevailing wage. Valid concerns and opinions should be welcomed - but when one has to lie to the American public in order to get them to go along with their program, something is wrong. The 'illegals' do not VOTE - but the cry against anyone who looks Latino or Arab or non-white is gathering support from a white-working class community that has taken a hit in this economy. They are experiencing a 9.7 unemployment rate - when other members of the American community have experienced this rate and more for over seven years. Our political picture is fast becoming known as the politics of THE UGLY AMERICAN. There are thousands of Americans who are working in other countries giving of their time and funds to assist those who are less fortunate than we are. And yes, countries accept our funds during times of disaster. .and military support. The mistrust and hateful comments that is found in some of our media is not lost on the people in this country and people throughout the world. As a democracy, we don't have to plead to the president of one of our neighbors. We need to obey our laws; expel criminals; and elect leaders who have the integrity to work for the American people.

Hay mucho gente in los estados unidos que hablan bien in Espanol. (But unfortunately not too many in Fayette County.)

[quote]Count me as a conservative pleased at the results of the recent election, but fully expecting to be disappointed by my own Republican Party.[/quote]

You belong to a 'Republican Party' that brought a viable point of view to leadership. Leaders, conservative and progressive, must be able to come to the table working for the American people - and sincerely seek solutions to our myriad of problems. I find your 'pushing by miles' an interesting concept. Just wondering how the American people would be affected by revolutionary spending cuts at this time - and if they are at a point to experience the necessary sacrifice.

Robert Reich's view (Progressive/liberal/etc.

[quote]Sarah Palin's Presidential Strategy, and the Economy She Depends On

Monday night, Sarah Palin watched from the audience as daughter Bristol danced on ABC. Twenty-three million other Americans joined her from their homes. Tuesday, the former vice-presidential candidate started a 13-state book tour for her new book, "America By Heart," which has a first printing of 1 million. Her reality show on TLC, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," is in its third week. Last Sunday she was the cover story in the New York Times magazine.

It's all part of The Palin Strategy for becoming president in 2012 - or 2016 or 2020.

Republican leaders don't believe it. "If she wanted the Republican nomination she'd be working on the inside," one influential Republican told me a few days ago. "She'd be building relationships with Republican Senators and representatives, governors, and state party officials. She'd be smoothing the feathers she ruffled by backing Tea Party candidates. She'd be huddled with GOP kingmakers." When I suggested she has a different strategy, the influential Republican smiled knowingly. "That's how it's done - how McCain, Bush, and everyone has done it. That's the only way to do it. But all she really wants is celebrity."

The Republican establishment doesn't get it. Celebrity is part of The Palin Strategy - as is avoiding the insider game. She doesn't want to do what Huckabee, Pawlenty, Gingrich, or Romney have to do. She has an outside game.

Palin's game plan is directly related to America' white working class, and the economy it faces - and the economy it's likely to continue to experience for years.

No prospective candidate so sharply embodies the anger of America's white working class as does Palin. And none is channeling that anger nearly as effectively.[/quote]

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/279-82/4051-sarah-palins-preside...

[quote=Terry Garlock]
Who will dare to speak the truth that natural disasters are a part of life, and when they strike throughout the world, our presidents need to stop pledging American taxpayer money because we are broke? In my dreams.
[/quote]

The United States spends 25 cents per citizen per year on that old debbil, Foreign Aid.

Of every foreign aid dollar, a scant 3 cents goes towards "humanitarian aid".

Let Terry Garlock whine about his three cents....America has bigger issues to deal with.

Obama got a fat lip today. Anyone know which lip that was? Ouch.

12 stitches - upper lip.

Earmarks to bills amount to less than 1% of the budget, but they speak of that and foreign aid,and many other small outlays as if they would resolve the budget problems if dropped.

They know, at least the intelligent ones know, that most other cuts that could be made would require the states to pick them up to fund. They wouldn't vote for that either! It is "vote getting" talk to some dumber people.

The cuts would have to be made in Defense, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and state loans and grants. A few other necessities also.

Yet they won't specify cuts of any significance to those items.

More income must be generated by a better economy with jobs, and if necessary raise taxes.

Obama didn't lose the jobs nor ruin the economy, but he is trying to pose some remedies.
It is a 5-10 year task due to its depth. Neither President Obama nor the next group of republicans will get us back to 4-5% unemployment and a balanced budget, much less pay any of the debt.

Observerofu's picture

btw-How many jobs have been lost since 09?

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

What if I agreed with you, could you specify enough cuts and in what accounts to solve the problem. Little cuts like foreign aid, earmarks, and such amount to nothing! Loans to Georgia and other states, do count. Georgia owes 50 billion so far and want more. X 50 states is a bunch!
Think where the money really is, and tell me what you will cut.

Generalizations such as "rate of spending," "cut SS," are meaningless.
As to jobs lost since 09, the rate of unemployment is still 9.5-10.0%.
We were losing 800,000 per month then and now 4-500,000!

Understand that several million jobs per year are needed just for those turning 18 years of age--not counted before, nor until they go onto unemployment insurance---which won't be until they first get fired from a job!

You simply don't understand, or don't care, just how bad things were in 09 and still are! It is ignorance to blame the current government for our travesty--and even worse to cover-up for the previous one!

Mike King's picture

...At twenty-five cents per citizen and assuming 300 million Americans, are you saying our total foreign aid is but $75 million?

Please relook your figures since I would expect such from Bonker$, Dollar, Chr$, and his other personalities. I expect better from you.

Observerofu's picture

"The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $48.8 billion spending bill to bolster U.S. foreign policy and aid efforts, including to allies like Pakistan and Afghanistan."2009

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/foreign_commerce_aid.html

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

[quote=Mike King]...At twenty-five cents per citizen and assuming 300 million Americans, are you saying our total foreign aid is but $75 million?

Please relook your figures since I would expect such from Bonker$, Dollar, Chr$, and his other personalities. I expect better from you.[/quote]

My error, it's 25 cents <strong>per day</strong> not per year. I misread a convoluted statement <a href="http://masbury.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/what-percent-of-us-budget-goes-t... It's $92 per year, so humanitarian aid would be roughly $13 per person.

Unlike the sniveling coward observerofu (who continues to insist that food prices have gone up already 4% when I've proven his statement to be false), I have no trouble admitting errors of facts in my posts. But then, MY parents taught me to own up to my errors. I guess observerofu's parents had other priorities.

In any event, we're talking about less than 1% of the Federal budget.

PTC Observer's picture

about a great many things centering on:

Life, Liberty, and Property

I think you misunderstand just what the problem is for right wing conservatives as to foreign aid, earmarks, food stamps, cheap rent, etc.

It is not the cost!

It is the principle! They fear socialism worse than a small pox plague! Except for the military--the biggest socialist group.

Nothing should be given to anyone that they didn't earn in a fashion which they approve! Including health Insurance except for military and retirees.

Now, there of course are exceptions which they do approve of:

Wars costs (2 Trillion so far for the 2 we have) good for macho.
Defense, war or no. They are paranoiac about that.
Federal pensions but only for military.
Large FBI, Police Forces, CIA, Marshals, Firemen, All conservative Supreme Court members, all conservative judges, TEA people, Palins, Limbaughs, Hannities, O'Reillies, American NAZIs etc.

Independents are terrible people, they are unreliable to always vote conservative. They actually vote both ways on different days!

We are running a trillion dollar deficit this year. So we are going to borrow money from foreign entities so that we can give it to someone else? To further burden our descendants to give foreign aid is a sin. It makes no sense to me. We shouldn't be giving any money to anyone as a country. If you want to make private donations, go ahead. Third world countries don't do this and neither should we. We try to act like Santa Claus by giving out goodies, but the real reason we do it is to influence everything that goes on in the world. Well, this type of borrowing is about to destroy us as a country. I am an American and have no responsibility to take care of any other country. Washington was so right when he warned against foreign entanglements.

Cyclist's picture

Muslim world is $6 Million. U.S. State Department documents show that the U.S. government is funding the construction of mosques around the world as part of that outreach program.

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PTC Observer's picture

that separation of church and state deal doesn't extend to foreign aid.

Cyclist's picture

appears so.

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I did a little digging on those Taxpayer-assisted Mosques. As far as I can tell, the United States has assisted renovating four mosques (one in Egypt, three in Tanzania) and helped finance a brand new one in Fallujah, Iraq. There may be more, I just couldn't find 'em.

I found that United States Ambassadors have a discretionary fund that allows them to contribute to local projects that preserve cultural antiquities and historic places. I've got a feeling that the Tanzanian ambassador got scammed: it seems the only "historic antiquities" in Tanzania were/are ancient mosques. One dated back to the 12th century. Two of them were arguably quote cultural landmarks unquote, as one mosque was the first place the Koran was translated into Swahili and another was the only surviving remnant of a destroyed Persian (Iranian) culture. These projects were sold to the ambassador as "tourist attractions", conveniently leaving out the fact that they could be used for worship services.

In any event, it shows some poor judgement by the ambassador, because United States funds have traditionally NEVER been used to fund non-Christian projects. Heck, until Dubya and his faith-based initiative, government money never went to ANY religious projects!

The project in Egypt restored a mosque that celebrated a Moslem poobah who kicked Christian crusaders out of Egypt. ouch. That place was a real rathole prior to restoration.

I couldn't find much info on the Fallujah mosque, except that it was some sort of project to establish a "liberal" branch of the Muslim faith in a notoriously extremist city.

I'm sure these projects were well-intentioned, but it was ultimately wrong for the United States to use taxpayer dollars on religious projects.

Observerofu's picture

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

Even Mr. Long's Church and Mr. Haggard's, and Mr. Hinn's, and Mr. Church's, and that "lady" on TV who preaches "feel good today" or something!

I'm not sure about Imam taxes! Or Scientologist leaders!

Hey, religion is free to exist, just not in our congressional rules and laws! Nancy can not pray against Boehner in congress for instance, I suppose FOR him would be OK.

Do you believe that the entire Muslim world is our enemy? Do you believe that we have no allies in the Middle East other than the Israelis? Many have often questioned the use of 'foreign aid' and if and how that money benefits the American people. Another discussion.

Cyclist's picture

Good questions.

<strong>Do you believe that the entire Muslim world is our enemy?</strong>

I believe those in the Muslim world that wish to do us harm can certainly be considered an enemy.

<strong>Do you believe that we have no allies in the Middle East other than the Israelis?</strong>

By definition, <cite>allies are people, groups, or nations that have joined together in an association for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose, whether or not explicit agreement has been worked out between them.</cite>

With that said, there are some governments/nations that a mutual benefit does exist. What comes to my mind is Saudi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and of course Isreal. The mutual benefit is, with the exception of Isreal, we love their oil and they all, including Isreal, love the good old US greenback and the technologies that can be bought with it.

The problem that this cyclist sees is that, with the exception of Isreal, every one of those countries are either an absolute or pseudo monarchy. And we all know how unstable some Middle East monarchies can be.(Remember Iran, Egypt, and Iraq '58?) Its no secret that there are some inhabitants of those Arab nations that are very dissatisfied with the relationship that their leaders have with the US.

I suspect that this civil dissatisfaction bridges topics from nationalism to religion. The other obvious thing is the very thorny Palestinian issue and our support of Isreal. That's not very popular.

Of course this is the view from a fat man that rides a bicycle so your mileage may vary.

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The fat man that rides a bicycle makes good sense. LOL

Cyclist's picture

as it unfolds? Interesting stuff.

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I'm researching that now.
Nothing much out yet.
The BIG reason that the government of the USA is raising heck and threatening charges of treason is that this stuff is usually over classified and isn't released until 25 years or more.

It is often embarrassing to people still in office and they want to avoid that!

We will see if it is treason on whose part.

I didn't think the release of the Abeu Gahrab papers was treason! Stupidity and zealous overreaction by machos.

Glanced at the story in the AJC this morning. The intrigue reported here one sees on TV and in certain movies all the time. What does this do to US diplomacy? Just how far does the 'publics' right to know go? Will this endanger lives of American citizens and allies in other countries? It is interesting to watch this unfold - but is there anyone who thought this wasn't happening - with every governments diplomatic program? Who is benefiting from this disclosure?

Cyclist's picture

Who is benefiting? At the end of the day if these disclosures paint a very bleak picture of the security in the Middle East then I would expect oil traders will benefit.

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That requires deep thought on my part - thanks. Let me try to figure this out. . .just how and why they would benefit. I just don't know all of the ends and outs of foreign diplomacy. Interesting.

Cyclist's picture

Oil futures are sensitive to this sort of thing. Now I see that Iran is saying that this whole "leak" is a US conspiracy to under mind their regime. Israel announced that the leakage vindicates what they have said all along about Iran.

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This is even better than a movie or TV series. It's scary that some of the characters are adults I consider unstable - and nuclear weapons are being 'discussed'. This is beyond politics - IMO. Thanks for the info. Buildup to serious talks or war?

Observerofu's picture

Let's see:
1. Saudi Arabia funds Al-Qaeda
2. Russia is not a Democracy
3. China does not work for our best interest
4. Iran, North Korea and Venezuela are all governed by nut jobs

And the biggest YAWN of all?

Our Government has lied to us.

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

Thank heavens the leaders of the world are not like fourth grade girls! Most are stating that the comments found in the 'leaks' will be ignored. Now about the 'leaks' about the 'banks'? Can the 'banks' survive the public scrutiny of these 'leaks' - whatever they turn out to be. As for Palin's pronouncement - she could get the leaks 'stopped' - no national leader can 'stop' the Swiss.

Israel and Egypt couldn't help defend the middle east without our defense help. We would have to put 60,000 troops in both places and build a base which they wouldn't let us do without aid!

I suppose we could let many more be starved and killed in Africa!

Taiwan keeps the Chinese busy with their aid money!

Pakistan without our help would already be gone! We can't supply our troops any other way!

I could go on!

You aren't thinking anyway---the total foreign aid is less than 1% of our budget.

I don't know what people from another country has to do with it being wrong to help them what we can! I saw nothing in the Bible about people from Africa not being treated decently---only Israel, I suppose.
You have to be a TEA sympathizer!

Cyclist's picture

Heck, if they don't control and contain those tribal leaders that country will unravel with or without our aid.

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About one trillion of cuts is needed.

The budget is about 3.62 trillion.

It is to be spent:

Military and past military 54%

Human resources 30%

General Govt.depts, transp. 16%

Total 100%

OK--whack away! only 28% overall cuts needed!
The loan interest is included proportionately.

Do you have any information on the amount of fraud and corruption involved in the three areas you've listed? It seems to me that the move to cut the fraud would help out a lot. . . .and is being addressed in the media - but little action from the Congress.

I couldn't guess at the amount of fraud and corruption!

We could just add up what we know about in Fayette County, get a percentage, and then use that number, I suppose!

You know-- Tennis Center in PTC; Lenox junction and Avenue; West Side in PTC; PTC Falcon Field costs; Amphitheater failure; County Judges; Sheriff's department; and investigate the amount of millionaires made in Fayette County since, say 1970?

I also think Fayette County has houses and commercial ventures on the tax books at at least 25% too much in order to collect more taxes. So do the local banks, for assets, of course.

I could go on but really it isn't as bad as surrounding counties.

As to corruption and waste finding and resolving a Trillion dollars----out of three trillion, good luck!

I feel that there is so much fraud and corruption right now in our country (and our churches) - that it will be very difficult to TRUST government or organizations that preach NON-GOVERNMENT and/or a RETURN TO GOD movement. I feel you're right - not as bad as surrounding counties - but is that good? It has been interesting watching the power play between the Mayors (Steele and Haddix). Sometimes I think that the small counties here in Georgia took a course called CHICAGO POLITICS MADE EASY. The main observation is that the men and women on the street are polite, welcoming. and exude Southern charm - makes living here a pleasure.

Strongly disagree that it has been "interesting" to read about Haddix/Steele--my take is sad revelation of personalities that have little or no relation to service to their constituencies.

I respect your view - I know very little about the politics here in Fayette County. If your observation is correct, it is indeed 'sad'.

"There you go again," as Reagan said many, many times. This is a wonderful place to live because it has friendly people on the streets, but it is also full of un-Godly crooks from Chicago!

Then you speak of another "movement," I suppose like all of the other "movements" that the African-Americans have had over the many years!

And I do hope that our politicians DO NOT "preach" for us to return to a "movement" toward God.

That would tick Allah and Buddha off! Not to mention the Scientologists.

[quote]but it is also full of un-Godly crooks from Chicago![/quote]

I didn't say that - you did. The movements that have benefitted me are : Women's sufferage; Women's right to work(Title IX) - and of course the Civil Rights movement. By the way Allah is another name for the one God. Miss your meds on the 28th?

Cyclist's picture

The planned deficit for both FY 2010 and for the proposed FY 2011 budget equal the entire federal budget for FY 2006. We simply can't continue this. Now like I told you before, get in line and keep shuffling forward for your haircut. It will be "high and tight".

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I am reminded of another tale somewhat like your insistence that we balance the budget now:

FOUR FRIENDS ONCE WERE DISCUSSING WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE THEIR SURVIVING FRIENDS TO DO WHEN ONE OF THEM DIED. MOST OF THE WISHES WERE RATHER COMMON FROM THE FIRST THREE FRIENDS, SUCH AS A DECENT FUNERAL, HELP HIS FAMILY, ETC.
HOWEVER, THE FOURTH FELLOW ASKED THE OTHER THREE TO PERFORM A RATHER UNUSUAL TASK FOR HIM. HE WANTED EACH OF THEM UPON VIEWING HIM AT THE FUNERAL TO PLACE AN ENVELOPE WITH 25,000 DOLLARS IN LEGAL TENDER IN HIS COFFIN AS THEY PASSED.
HE WAS SOMEWHAT AFRAID THAT HE MAY NEED THE MONEY WHERE HE WAS GOING.
WELL, THE HARWARE STORE OWNER WENT BY THE COFFIN AND PLACED HIS ENVELOPE; THE BANKER WENT BY THE COFFIN AND DID THE SAME.
THEN THE LAWYER WENT BY AND PLACED HIS ENVELOPE AND BENT OVER AND SAID GOODBYE TO HIS OLD FRIEND.

THE SURVIVORS AGREED TO HAVE DINNER THE FOLLOWING WEEK AND THE DISCUSSION OF THE FUNERAL CAME UP. THE HARDWARE GUY SAID HE HAD PUT THE 25,000 IN HIS ENVELOPE AS REQUESTED BUT HAD SOME DOUBTS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD EVER BE SPENT, SO HE SAID, "I GAVE HIM A BANK DRAFT THAT EXPIRES IN 60 DAYS IF NOT CASHED. HIS FRIEND THE BANKER SAID HE ENCLOSED SEVERAL TWO-YEAR OLD DEEDS TO HOMES HE HAD THAT HAD BEEN WORTH IN TOTAL ABOUT THE AMOUNT REQUESTED WHEN AND IF THEY SOLD.
THE LAWYER SAID "I KNEW YOU BASTARDS WOULDN'T HONOR HIS REQUEST SO I PICKED UP YOUR ENVELOPES AND LEFT A PERSONAL CHECK FOR $100,000 TO MORE THAN COVER ALL THREE OF US.

NOW I'M OUT A HUNDRED GRAND WHEN HE CASHES THAT CHECK, SO FORK OVER!"

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