Monday, August 16, 2010

One Way To Cut The Fat!

I was somewhat appalled listening to the Governor of Washington list the cuts necessary to curb their run-a-way budget. As is usual practice, politicians tend to cut things like libraries and such things deemed essential services in what I think is attempt to place the blame on the citizens. Make them feel guilty for exercising the use of such "luxuries" when in fact it is the politicians who spend like drunken sailors. Washington's governor did from day one! She had a huge surplus when she took office for about 32 seconds.

I didn't think it could get worse until she mentioned that Hospice was one of the services being cut. So much for having the chance to end ones life with dignity!

That's the state level. Let's have a look at the Feds. Recently they decided to cut the food stamp program to fund the bailout of union workers and public employees before feeding the poor. Well, okay. Now who needs Hospice? We'll starve to death first!

But wait. There's more!. Michelle's fight against childhood obesity is in need of funding. What's going to be tapped? Food stamps!

Well, it could solve the obesity problem for without food stamps families won't be able to feed their kids. On the other hand, there are restrictions on the kinds of foods that can be purchased with food stamps. More nutritious than otherwise. No tobacco. No alcohol. That leaves the less nutritious and less expensive foods to be put on the table. Fattening!

Perhaps they could grow their own? Maybe, unless they live in an urban jungle. Not everyone can dig up the White House lawn to make a point.

It seems to me priorities are a bit off kilter here. If they need to get the budget on track, don't starve the poor. Put a freeze on union and public employee salaries! Give up waging wars. Keep the illegals out.

Did you know in New York a teacher can get paid as much as $85,000 annually, in other words their salary, to sit in a "rubber room" and not teach because the unions prohibit their being fired? Tenure.

Next time I wander through Costco and watch a family of ten looking like another meal is the last thing they need, crowding around the free sample displays, perhaps I won't look at them with such distain. Maybe it's how they eat. Food stamps not required.

But watch out for the tax man. Next thing you know he'll be assessing you for that which you did consume! We have to take care of the campaign contributors you know. Elections are just around the corner!


Betty said...

I'm in favor of freezing the salaries of Senators and Congressmen. And, that's just the beginning.

Margie's Musings said...

It's sad, Isn't it. Cutting congresses salary and exclusive benefits would be the place to start.