I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
As the election season continues and I am sickened further by all the attack ads on TV I reflect on something else that makes me sick. While farmers all over the country are dealing with the intense drought our wonderful politicians are breaking records on campaign spending. Way to keep the priorities in focus you irresponsible idiots!
OpenSecrets.org is a great place for some information on political spending.
Things that interest me are the numbers behind the people. Especially the people that make decisions for us Tax Payers. If your bored, poor, or unemployed take a moment to give the Government Officials below a call or stop by there website (click on their name below) and let them know what a great job they’re doing allowing Allendale to be the 10th poorest county in America.
Love charts and graphs? Me too. A picture generally says a thousand words. So here are a few.
Gee, still wonder why unemployment is still high? It’s not just the Manufacturing sector. This is just one of many sectors that have declined and continue to do poorly. So until we get back to providing the world with goods and services like we did in the past unemployment is going to be high. Until higher education is affordable for all unemployment will be high. Until America is competitive in world markets like the past unemployment will be high. See the Made In America series from ABC for further clarification. I think you get the point, if not do some further research.
Just for those that are not aware the President cannot fix this problem alone. All of the parties involved need to get on board. It’s us against the rest developing world and at the moment we are losing horribly. See China for reference if you doubt this.
I thought that this post was good reading and even some of the replies were pretty good also. Either way I think that Government salaries need to be looked at with a microscope. In this economy people should not be getting grotesque galleries when Firemen are volunteers, Police Officers get low pay and America’s soldiers get shot at and blown up for peanuts.
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Agencies Pile Up Unnecessary Printing Costs – $930 Million
Encouraging federal employees to hit “print” less could save taxpayers $930 million.
A report finds that federal agencies – excluding the Department of Defense (DOD) – spend nearly $1.3 billion a year on office printing. Of these printing costs, the study identifies $440.4 million a year – 34 percent – spent on unnecessary printing. These figures do not include the funds agencies spend to publish various documents for public consumption, but rather the estimated annual printing expenditures based on the average federal civilian employee.
“Free” Grateful Dead Archive – (Santa Cruz, CA) $615,000
Grateful Dead chose a public institution to archive the band‘s memorabilia “because the whole idea of it being public and free was important to them,” yet taxpayers are paying $615,000 to make the band‘s archives “free” and “public.”
Museum Where Neon Signs Go to Die… – (Las Vegas, NV) $1.8
Did you ever wonder where the flashy and colorful signs in Las Vegas go when they die? The city of Las Vegas has received a $5.2 million federal grant to build the Neon Boneyard Park and Museum, including $1.8 million in 2010.9 Over the last decade, Museum supporters have gathered and displayed over 150 old Las Vegas neon signs, such as those from the Golden Nugget and Silver Slipper casinos.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) its September Porker of the Month for suggesting that the United States Postal Service (USPS) could solve its financial problems by embarking on a new ad campaign.
This part of the story disgusts me!
The USPS has 600,000 employees and is the second-largest employer in America behind Wal-Mart. The USPS Office of Inspector General reported that employees were paid $21.9 million for 875,540 hours of “stand-by” time in FY 2010, and $4.3 million for 170,666 hours in the first half of FY 2011. The USPS also has a 24 percent vacancy rate in its 284 million square feet of interior office space.
Halloween is around the corner, which means that in the coming weeks it will be more important than ever to be on the lookout for signs of the zombie apocalypse. Should those signs start to appear, any possible advantage for the living over the undead will be of the utmost importance. Tragically, the zombies have a head start in gathering resources for any impending battle, and their chief financial backer appears to be the federal government. Because when it comes to giving money to dead people, the government is in a class of its own, and while it might be tempting to forgive the feds for their confusion – the latest rash of imbursements for the dead involves federal employees, who are sometimes difficult to distinguish from zombies – taxpayers surely deserve better.
On September 14, 2011, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland released a scathing report on the federal government’s Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). Since 2006, the CSRDF, which sends retirement and disability checks to qualified former federal employees, has handed out an average $120 million annually to dead people, and the problem is getting worse.
I have been following information like this report provided by Coburn for a long time. Everything from the Pig Book, blogs, news stories, and just random information I have come across the web and I have to say, I am EXTREMELY DISGUSTED! I have read and watched stories on this kind of waste for quite sometime but in this economy it disgusts me more everyday. From federal, state and corporate levels all this money going to waste while many are struggling to just get by day to day. I’m outraged and so posting this information to make others aware may make a difference but then again it might not. Either way I begin the campaign here. Just so you know I hold no political affiliation specifically and I am no saint. However, I am not wasting millions of tax payers dollars nor am I wasting millions of corporate dollars. I just think that people should be aware of the reports and information that is out there.
I have attached a link with a disturbing list. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) compiled a list of what he deemed as the biggest wastes of taxpayer money in 2010.
The kind of wasteful spending outlined in this report disgusts me. Doesn’t matter whether what political party you belong to this should piss you off.
The link to the original story from the Chicago Tribune is also included below.
“During the day, MDP Circle is a dreamy little slice of what could be without the tyrannical hand of the state. At night, the police gas and shoot anyone gathered there. The oscillation between joy and terror is exhausting.”
It’s been a big week for the English heritage site Stonehenge — with the origin of the mysterious stones finally being discovered. Read all about it, and more, on a site dedicated to this ancient stone circle.
Kirsten Voris reflects on reaching an important milestone: writing every day for an entire year. “Tugboats are slow, and their pace is steady, no matter what they’re pulling along behind them. I’m slow and it’s okay. It’s all going to be okay. I can do this.
They aren’t the first family with a disabled child to travel — but at times it often feels that way. At Have Wheelchair Will Travel, a Sydney-based family of four writes about their travel and day-to-day experiences.
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