Bill to end shutdown includes a $3 billion pork subsidy for Ohio River project

In Washington’s limitless supply of corruption with American tax dollars, the deal that re-opened a supposed “closed” government included something extra special for Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: a $2.8 billion provision to boost funding for the Olmstead dam and lock project on the Ohio River, calling into question the fed’s willingness to fund expensive projects when the country is flat broke.

A priority for the minority leader, the Olmstead project would benefit eastern states like McConnell’s Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.

The earmarks do not end there.  The bill also includes another $636 million to the Department of the Interior and Forest Service for firefighting.  Further, the bill funds the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) in their work on weather satellites orbiting outside the earth’s atmosphere.

Amazingly, the bill also “extends expired authority for Defense Department to support African forces hunting warlord Joseph Kony,” according to ABC News.

The earmarked bill allows nonessential government employees back to work after a two week furlough.  It also allows an increase in the debt ceiling to avoid default on the United States’ loans, a mark that President Barack Obama does not want on his record.  The final bill includes no provisions to de-fund Obamacare after Republicans once again gave in to Democratic demands.

However, the relief is only temporary.  The bill provides funding only through mid-January, when Congress will wage battle to push another round of funding and avoid a second government “shutdown”.

Would you buy this car?

Imagine you are at your favorite car dealership shopping for a new vehicle.  They dealer has several makes and models in a variety of colors. Some are sports cars, others trucks, some minivans, and, of course, the ever popular sedan. Quickly, you find a newer version of your car and immediately connect with it. It is familiar, yet new, and is the most emotionally comfortable choice.  Naturally, you tell the dealer you want to take it for a spin and you step inside of it to for a test drive. You turn the key and the engine roars to life, the air conditioning kicks on and your favorite song begins to play on the pre-installed satellite radio. Talk about  dream car!

Then, the dealer tells you to turn off the car and they’ll have it towed to your house. With a puzzled look you ask why on earth would anyone ever suggest that? That is, until you look down and notice this (pictured to the right):

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Hmm, something seems to be missing here….

You can’t back out of the parking spot because the car doesn’t include a reverse gear! You look to dealer and express your dismay at the insanity of building a popular car without a reverse gear. The dealer looks at you, very deadpan, and retorts, “Why would anyone ever need to go backwards? We’ve done everything right up until now, so just trust us.”

Would you buy this car?

Odds are, you wouldn’t. Now, instead of a car, imagine it being a country. Would you want to live in a country that blindly marchs ahead, continuing programs that do not work and never reversing course and learning from their mistakes? Well, you do. We have a serious problem with American politics.

The problem is the inability to go in reverse.

You notice it when a new tax gets levied, a new social program installed, or when we get into wars we don’t belong in. Rarely do we ever reverse course from the previously held decision (read: mistake).  This mentality has led to massive debt, costly foreign wars, unsustainable social programs and dated subsidization policies for things like corn.  Sadly, this is not the worst of it.

Our failure to throw our country into reverse results in the inability for anyone to admit when they are wrong in American politics. No one dares to change their mind.  Our political landscape does not allow policymakers to change course, back out of a clearly bad decision, and re-evaluate their choices.  Instead, society rewards blind adherence to bad policy.

We the people shoulder much of this societal burden. Speak to someone from a major political party and ask how many times their party has made the wrong decision and should have reversed course.  How many politicians can you remember admitting their own wrongs?

Do you want a responsible government that can moderate itself, adapt and experiment to find the best solution, and objectively admit when it is wrong? Then you need to start to demand it from those whom you vote for.  Stop deriding them for flip-flopping when the people have historically looked the other way.  Stop mindlessly excusing the most insane words that come out of candidate’s mouths just because you dislike the ‘other’ side more.  Most importantly, stop calling yourself Democrat and Republican because neither party has any interest in uncovering the answer.

We need to correct ourselves first before pointing fingers to the politicians who vie for our votes. Congress’ track record is terrible, but we’re the ones who put them there – it is our fault. Every vote for a lesser evil creates a bigger evil – an evil that is born out of the ignorance of Americans across the political spectrum who are more interested in being a “winner” than doing what is right.

If you hate Obama, is it due to reasons that you believe are legitimate? Or, are you more incensed at him because he is a member ‘of the other party’? If you hate him, what makes him so much different than G. W. Bush? Or for that matter, if you think Boehner is the spawn of the devil…why? What makes him more or less qualified than any other sitting member of the living failure we call the House of Representatives?

Here’s a few statements taken from the media recently that are absolutely indefensible by any reasonable, intelligent individual. Do you know who said them?

“To some of us the role of government is about doing things for the American people to help them reach fulfillment.”

“You know, the incidences of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

“There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.”

“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’

“We’re $14 trillion in debt, but that doesn’t include the unfunded massive liabilities. That’s $107 trillion, and that’s for Social Security and Medicare and all the rest. You add up all those unfunded net liabilities, and all the traps that could go wrong we’re on the hook for, and what it means is what we have to do is a reorganization of all of that, Social Security and all….But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off. ”

“Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.”

“This is the end of prosperity in America forever, if this passes. This is the end of America as you know it.”

Okay, you got me, the last one was Glenn Beck, but maybe you can see my point. The fact of the matter is Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner are both more interested in being right than doing what is right.  They have no reverse gear and no intention of owning up to their mistakes – are Americans prepared to continue allowing this insanity?  One can not effectively defend a candidate or follow a party when they portray their ignorance in such breathtakingly stupid ways.  After all, these politicians represent us, and if we continue to re-elect failed politicians, it ultimately reflects poorly on us.

So America, stop voting for politicians who can’t, themselves, admit mistakes and compromise with others. If they can’t hit reverse and admit their own mistakes, how can they effectively lead our country?

Full disclosure:  three of those quotes are from die-hard conservative Michelle Bachmann. She’s insane. I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean she literally operates in her own world of magic, make believe, and has a very tenuous connection to reality at best. If you are voting for her, and you know who you are, knock it off. We have enough problems with dysfunctional, barely informed congressmen as it is – we don’t need to add crazy to the mix as well.

Worst Politician of the Week: Ted Yoho

As part of a continuing series to expose any politician who is clearly unfit for office, we will expose the biggest lie, craziest statement, or most egregious behavior of an elected official or one running for office every week.

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Kicking off the series of the Worst Politician of the Week, we’ve got the congressman from Florida’s 3rd district: Ted Yoho. An interesting gentleman, he was a veterinarian before being elected to Congress in the last congressional election (2012). He is a freshman congressman, but not to worry, what he lacks in experience and knowledge, he makes up for in sheer stupidity and ignorance.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Yoho was quoted as saying:

““I think we need to have that moment where we realize [we’re] going broke,” Yoho said. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, that will sure as heck be a moment. “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.” – The Washington Post (source)

We double checked the statement’s truth of origin given its absurd nature in order to make sure it wasn’t taken out of context or somehow misrepresented, we found it is not.  Indeed, Yoho said this to The Washington Post and still continues to back this sentiment.

Not only would things be most certainly less stable if the United States were to default to the creditors, but it would cause a myriad of further harmful consequences. Our dollar would lose value, interest rates would rise, and our credit rating would be downgraded. Nothing positive can come from a default. Period.

This cow doctor (seriously) without the slightest clue in what or how the debt ceiling works – and lacking even the most basic modicum of understanding of economics – is playing with the fate our nation’s financial future as if it were a game of chicken. Proudly defiant, he punctuates his ignorance with certainty in the statement:

“You’re seeing the tremor before the tsunami here,” Yoho said. “I’m not going to raise the debt ceiling.”

Regardless of whether you believe the debt ceiling can be used as a political negotiation tool or not, the truth of the matter is: the debt ceiling must be raised to avoid a default. It doesn’t matter the mistakes we’ve made in the past – defaulting on our debt will in no way help rectify or better anything. It will only lead to unnecessary pain.

This lunatic has decided to put his ‘foot down’ without actually knowing what he is putting his foot down over. The worst part is that  he hasn’t taken the time or effort to become educated about this important, critical issue and he is a new representative . If he can’t be bothered to learn anything now, while he is new to the capitol, what will he be like next term? Or ten terms from now?

For his failure to do any research or attempt to be reasonable as a member of the United States Congress, Yoho is hereby given the Worst Politician of the Week award in recognition of his incredible ignorance and stupidity.

As always, sources are provided below that we’ve used for fact checking, this week:

For general information on the debt ceiling, readers can visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/04/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-debt-ceiling/

For why defaulting or hitting the debt ceiling would be a bad thing: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-13/u-s-risks-joining-1933-germany-in-pantheon-of-deadbeat-defaults.html

Source link for Ted Yoho’s comments: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-ted-yoho-government-shutdown-is-the-tremor-before-the-tsunami/2013/10/04/98b5aa8c-2c3c-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

The government (non) shutdown

969527-washington_dcIt’s looking like it will take a week or more for Republicans and Democrats to reach an agreement to “reopen” the federal government. Regardless, with each passing hour a resolution necessarily becomes closer at hand because a so-called “government shutdown” effectively means that a budgetary impasse in our two-party dominated system has reached the end stage. Continue reading

Federal government: Embarrassing to the point of painful

Barack ObamaAs the so-called “government shutdown” drags on, one thing is hard not to admit: the Obama Administration is acting in a manner that is attempting to extract the maximum amount of pain on the American people. While many are wondering how it came to this point, those of us who actually paid attention in Social Studies, Civics and American History classes – school subject that are, today, given little, if any, attention – understand it’s because the US Constitution and the purity of the original governmental process has been raped by the opportunistic political class. Continue reading

Obama Labels 38% of Federal Employees as “non-essential”

government-shutdown-375x250The U.S. Federal Government currently employs approximately 2.1 million workers (not including the military), 800,000 (38%) of them, now identified as “non-essential” employees and furloughed as a result of a budget impasse between the “Anarchist” controlled House and “Communist” controlled Senate. If you haven’t been paying attention lately, congress is not made up of Republicans and Democrats anymore, just anarchists and communists. Continue reading