Posts Tagged 'United States government'

What??

Someone must have reported me to the Feds as a disgruntled American citizen.  Yup, I must have been flagged and my words perused and digested by our commander in chief.  Or maybe those “organized screaming mobs” in the town halls of America, that Nancy Pelosi charged as un-American for using their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech finally drove their point home.   In his own words today, President Obama explained exactly why our nation’s health care should not be run by the government:

“UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems”.

Thank you, Mr. President.  The government SUCKS at running things.  I’m glad you agree. : )

Yeah, I know that wasn’t the point he was trying to make.  But no truer words were ever spoken.

Stupid, Stupid Things

Stupid, stupid me.  I know politicians are overpaid arrogant windbags.  And I know they make little deals amongst themselves to get their own agendas pushed through.  But I didn’t know it was common practice to not even read the bills they’re trying to push through.  I wonder how many other U. S. citizens were surprised when Michigan Congressman John Conyers expressed shock that the American people actually expected them to read the health care bill that Obama wants to push through in record time.  Gee, it’s over a thousand pages.  It’s in lawyer-speak.   How can we expect them to actually read the thing?  Well, hell.  Most of us don’t make over $174,000/year with life-time top-of-the-line health care, huge government pensions, and outrageous expense reimbursements, and we do our jobs.  They even have taxpayer provided staff to do a lot of the work for them.  What exactly is their job???

On the state level, our Pennsylvania windbags can’t even push the budget through.  And we’re not alone.  A month behind, and our crooked governor’s solution is to withhold paychecks to the state police and other state workers who are actually doing their jobs and accomplishing something.  This is his way to pressure the budget makers to raise taxes yet again in our tax-happy commonwealth.  Meanwhile, the idiots who can’t get anything done are still able to collect their car allowances and other expenses.  If we could eliminate some of their wasteful spending, we could pay our public servants and not raise taxes.

President Obama did a stupid, stupid thing when he decided to open his mouth without the teleprompter to guide him.  He alienated law enforcement across the country when he decided to publicly comment on something he didn’t even have all the facts on.  He showed his true colors (which apparently is anything but white) when he accused the Cambridge police officers of “racial profiling” when they went to investigate a call that was made to them.  The officers were responding to a 911 call that someone was breaking into a neighbor’s home.  That man was breaking into the home; however, it was his own.  He had forgotten his keys.  Instead of thanking the officers for responding promptly to the call to potentially protect his property, the arrogant black buddy of Obama put up a fuss and insisted they were picking on him because of his color.  A less arrogant person would have explained the situation and showed some ID.  A less arrogant president would not have even commented on such a non-presidential matter.

Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has completed his mission of decimating our once-loved baseball team.  He has been systematically trading all of our world-class professional ball players for “prospects.”  Our popular and incredibly talented infielders, Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez, are the latest to go.  Only catcher Ryan Doumit remains from the Pirates’ starting lineup of July 2008.  It’s a good bet he’ll be gone by Friday, the trade deadline.  The last several trades have been shocking to everyone in the area.  Star players are being let go for nobodies.  People are selling their season tickets.  Die-hard fans have quit watching.  I’ve even read letters from sports fans in other cities wondering what’s going on.  It makes me wonder if old Neal is getting some kind of financial kickback.  Hubby expects that maybe we’ll soon see him managing one of the teams that has so cheaply acquired some of our best players.  He claims he is “building” a team for the future.  In the meantime, he’s losing the loyal fans we had.  Why pay Major League prices and deal with city traffic to watch a minor league team?  We can watch more exciting baseball for free at the local Little League field.  Who cares about a “future” team when there will be no fans left to watch?

Army Strong and Army S-L-O-W

This weekend, Soldier Son’s name was in the paper. It said that he was scheduled to be deployed soon to an undisclosed location. It was nice of them to recognize my son’s efforts by sending the news item to our local paper. Thing is, Soldier Son has been overseas almost five months now. However, this is pretty quick response time for the Army. Like all government run operations, the paperwork is overwhelming and the inefficiency is astounding. I am not talking about the soldiers themselves. They are well-trained for battle and most are extremely dedicated. I am talking about the bureaucracy and paper pushing required to do almost anything.

They promise you a lot of perks when you sign up. But they don’t tell you what a battle it will be to try to claim them. Everything requires about a dozen forms with signatures, and there is no definitive place to find out exactly which form you need to request what you need. Then you have to hunt down the right people to sign it. If you’re lucky, you may have access to an admin specialist that can point you in the right direction. But even then, you fill out the paperwork and wait. And wait. And wait.

So one son, who has recruited 3 people and was promised $2000 per recruit, waited over a year to get just one half of just one of the amounts owed. This was after countless calls and e-mails. The other son, who was promised total school loan repayment, has gotten about a fifth of it finally paid after well over a year and a bunch more paperwork. I don’t know when they plan on paying the next chunk, because that paperwork was filed ages ago. They supposedly have a great savings plan for our active duty soldiers to enroll in but then again, it must be really hard to sign up for because Soldier Son gave up and instead is going to try his luck investing online like the rest of us poor civilian schmucks.

Our soldiers work so hard. They should not have to bend over backwards to get what they’ve earned. Especially when you’ve got assholes on Capitol Hill not working at all, but getting handed so much money that they don’t deserve.


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