May 19 2011
Like many Americans, I am counting down the days until the next election so that we can finally turn the country around. 2010 was a huge step in the right direction, but it was never going to be enough. In 2008 our weariness with the war on terror made many of us susceptible to the siren song of “Hope and Change“. It was all a fine crafted lie, which has been exposed since then to really be cover for rabid, left wing policy disasters.
First the failed Stimulus Bill which did nothing but ratchet up our deficits and debt. Instead of lowering unemployment, it made the recession deeper and longer – years longer. We now have to pay off the bills run up by stupid and wasteful programs run amok.
Then came Obamacare which requires 100’s of special interest vouchers to avoid total disaster. All the while costs of health care continue to rise, as government run programs go bankrupt and lines for care start expanding. It is so bad premier health organizations wrote the President to tell him he screwed up and they aren’t risking their organizations or their patients.
The mideast is in turmoil, while an illegal 3rd war was started in Libya – this time without any congressional backing and based on an illegal UN sanction.
The DC pols are obsessed with kowtowing to their rabid base – especially the Democrats who fight every opportunity to get our collective house in order. Those Chicken Little cries of imminent doom screeched from Unions in Wisconsin to the Debt Ceiling debates in DC have proven to be all bark and not real. The sky is not falling as predicted.
A key senator has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as “adult babies” are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payments — after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and the Senate’s top waste-watcher, asked the agency’s inspector general to look into 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother,” saying it’s not clear why they are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of working.
“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr.
The request comes at a time when members of Congress are struggling to cut budgets and weed out waste to try to bring down the staggering deficit, and comes just days after Social Security’s trustees released a grim assessment of the program’s long-term financial health.
Brings a whole new meaning to the term “Nanny State”. Why is money being diverted from my family so this idiot can wet his pants??? I for one will never watch the show Taboo – it promotes crippling dysfunctional behavior. I would prefer it be cancelled. But at least it has exposed a harsh truth – we could and should cut the government down to bare bones. No more programs to make lives a little better. Either you are completely disabled or you must fend for yourselves.
As I said, all this leaves me disgusted with politics and the current crop of so called leaders. We need to dump all the old guard who got us into this mess. We need to find hard working, truly successful citizens to come in and change the whole paradigm (which would bar community organizers from being pawned off as truly experienced and successful). We have let the fringes on left and right play god with government. Time to take the tool of our suffering away. Shrink government down to its bare and successful minimums. Award thrift and innovation, while demanding results. No more throwing money around hoping something might work. No more pretending bureaucrats are better at solving problems than the private sector. No more.
Sadly, now we wait for 2012 to make the final turn.
Update: Unbelievable! A millionaire receiving food assistance:
A Michigan man has continued to accept food aid from the state even though he won big in a state lottery game and said he told officials about it.
Leroy Fick won the $2 million jackpot in the “Make Me Rich!” contest in June. Despite receiving about $850,000 in winnings, the Auburn resident is still using his Michigan Bridge Card, an electronic version of food stamps.
Fick’s lawyer said his client hasn’t done anything illegal.
What a cretin. All the while our next generation of workers are losing precious career building time:
Now evidence is emerging that the damage wrought by the sour economy is more widespread than just a few careers led astray or postponed. Even for college graduates — the people who were most protected from the slings and arrows of recession — the outlook is rather bleak.
Employment rates for new college graduates have fallen sharply in the last two years, as have starting salaries for those who can find work. What’s more, only half of the jobs landed by these new graduates even require a college degree …
Yeah, all those shovel-ready jobs only required a shovel, not a degree. The lost years wasted over the Reid-Pelosi-Obama Stimulus debacle. Years wiped out and unable to be recaptured. 4 years of punishment for making a rash and emotional choice on election day 2008. Hopefully we have learned our lesson.
Update: Hot Air has more on this, and a lot of comments!