by Anniel 5/1/15
I have been indulging in a bit of nostalgia and rereading many of the articles from the beginning of StubbornThings. Not for the first time it strikes me that most of the postings are as pertinent today as they were the day they were published, and the same names, or counterparts who act the same, always pop up.
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) wrote, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” sometimes translated “. . . The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.” Or, as Yogi Berra put it more succinctly, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” It would seem the world and politics really do little changing in fundamentals.
The battle from the beginning has been truth, light, goodness and freedom against lies, darkness, evil and slavery. Every person born on earth, no matter where or when, must make the same choices in their lives. Not all choices should be political, but as the power of government grows, along with the corruption and lies, we are all faced with the need to preserve what we can by our actions at the local level, especially when it comes to voting. And we need to preserve our culture and heritage as much as we can, and remember that God is still in charge.
I wrote the following article a long time ago, so now that déjà vu is knocking at the door, I offer my Recycled and updated political thoughts to you.
LET PAUL PAY HIS OWN WAY
Do you remember the times in your life when you suddenly understood clearly what was going on? When your eyes opened and your ears heard and you could articulate enough to think everyone else would understand if they would just listen, then no one did?[pullquote]There have been people warning us for years about where we are headed, but it’s still so much more comfortable to remain ignorant and sleepy.[/pullquote]
It was a long time ago for me when one of the national TV stations was doing a report on how taxpayer funds are spent. The show was narrated by the late Peter Jennings, who was famous for saying that United States voters had thrown a giant temper tantrum when they elected Republicans after Newt Gingrich’s Contract for America caused a political earthquake. No bias on Jennings part of course.
The television report detailed how much money was collected by the Government, how much was taken to run various Federal programs, and how much went back to the states in revenue sharing. Jennings reported that, as I recall, 40 cents of every tax dollar stayed in Washington D.C. to fund the Federal government and the military. I’m not sure what that figure is today but under the Obama Regime, and the ineffectiveness of the RINOs, it’s undoubtably higher.
Seattle was then shown in the Report as a “typical” U.S. City participating in revenue sharing. Jennings nattered on about the great things Federal money had funded for the area, showing pictures of roads, airports, bridges and buildings. Finally, in his conclusion, Jennings threw out some monetary amounts, which I have to guess at here since it’s been so long ago, and said something like this: “How much money did the people of the Seattle area pay in taxes? $45 million dollars. And how much did they receive in revenue sharing to pay for these projects? $55 million! So I would say the good people of Seattle got their money’s worth.”
If 40 percent of the assumed $45 million paid in taxes stayed in D. C., that means the greater Seattle area lost $18 million to begin with. That amount, plus the extra $10 million Seattle received over and above their own taxes, makes $28 million that had to come out of a lot of somebody else’s pockets in order to pay for Seattle’s goodies. Whatever the true amount, Peter Jennings appeared not just to approve, but seemed blissfully unaware that some little taxpayers in Pioche, Nevada or Bangor, Maine might not find that money going to Seattle such a good deal when some of it could have been better used for their own local needs.
That was simply a report on revenue sharing. It had nothing to do with how much money is spent every year stroking the fur of the purring fat cats of Washington, D.C. We have been asleep for so long that most people don’t even see what is right before their eyes. The burgeoning bureaucracy and crony capitalism that now engulf us seems like over-hyped myth to so many. There have been people warning us for years about where we are headed, but it’s still so much more comfortable to remain ignorant and sleepy. Now that we are over 18 trillion dollars in debt, isn’t it time for us to be fully awake and aware if we are to survive further theft and depredations by what P. J. O’Rourke termed the “Parliament of Whores?”[pullquote]The fact that any programs, and the funding for them, pass through the giant money laundering machine known as Washington, D. C., is so disgusting we should all be outraged.[/pullquote]
Is it possible that a lot of money could be saved if the “middle men” were removed from the picture? If all of those funds did not get siphoned off in D.C.? If national taxes and programs were cut, and each city and state paid for their own programs and projects from local and state taxes? Let the arguments over paying for “Bridges to Nowhere” be conducted by the people who decide they do or don’t need that service. Let the people who know them hold their local and state authorities accountable for their ideas and honesty. Wasn’t that one of the original intents of the rights retained by the states? That’s a good reason for overturning the 17th Amendment and letting the States appoint senators again.
Let’s have that battle over States Rights. Sign up now supporting the Convention of States. Encourage your Governor to grow a spine that is straight. Then take time to thank a politician when they do something right.
The fact that any programs, and the funding for them, pass through the giant money laundering machine known as Washington, D. C., is so disgusting we should all be outraged. Just look at the Clintons, including Hillary’s Secretary of State and Clinton Foundation dealings, Dianne Feinstein’s husband getting a $1 billion kickback on the sale and rental of Post Office facilities around the nation, the scandals at the IRS and the VA, to name just a few recent evils. We mustn’t forget all the other millionaires and billionaires who make their fortunes using our taxes.
If government robs Peter to pay Paul, only Paul and his political friends are happy. Paul certainly has innumerable happy friends today. • (1348 views)