Posts Tagged ‘wasteful spending’

The other day I had some harsh words for the “average” American. While I still stand by what I say when it comes to taxation, there may be some hope after all.

65% of voters favor across the board spending cuts.

I hate to break it to the political class in Washington. The American people may be ignorant about things that matter, it seems they get that we have a spending a problem. Failure to compromise could hold some interesting political consequences to the tyrants that currently “represent” us.

I am actually willing to go along with small tax increases on everyone, including myself, as long as we get massive spending cuts. The thing is the Democrats have no intention of compromising and there will be no spending cuts offered. The mainstream media has somehow managed to convince the American people that the Democrats and the Marxist in Chief are willing to compromise. It could also be that the American people are just a bit naive in believing the elected members in the Democrat party actually care about America. The American people are about to learn how much they have been duped.

Any Republican that goes along with a crap compromise that has no spending cuts of any size should be primaried and removed from office. I already will not be voting for Roy Blunt in the next Senate primary, and I definitely won’t vote for him in the general if he supports the wrong path in the next year.

Another interesting piece of data is this, 68% of people are favorable to capitalism only 24% are favorable to socialism. We still believe in the things that made this country great. The problem is I don’t think Americans are well educated on the ins and outs of each system. It is up to us to educate our neighbors, friends, and families.

Over the next year, pledge to learn more about American history and economics. Become an expert, and earn the trust of your friends and family, so that when what we are doing  as a country quits working (and it will!) you are there to educate them on the truth.

I was recently informed by a local political group about a film festival in Missouri that was funded by the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division with stimulus funds. The arrogance and idiocy of this government borders on criminal; a failing economy, no job growth, debt out of our ears and these morons think it’s acceptable to waste our money on complete crap like this. It would take me three years to make $10o,000 dollars! Below is the form letter generated from this groups website, normally I prefer things to be in my own words, but the letter covered what I would of said so I sent it. Clay County’s Doug Ervin was kind of enough to send a response to my letter. His response follows my letter.

Dear Representative Ervin:

I have recently learned that the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division provided nearly $100,000 of my tax dollars represented by the federal stimulus to fund a film festival. Besides not contributing to long-term job creation or economic recovery, this expenditure is a wasteful and unwise expenditure of public funds.

My understanding is that the department has reconsidered its use of these tax dollars and requested that they be returned. The fact this expenditure of my tax dollars was even contemplated for this purpose is extremely disturbing. As an elected official representing me, I have several questions for you:

– How did this happen in the first place?

– Who was responsible for making the decision to use these funds for this project?

– What will be done to insure the return of the money to the taxpayers?

– What corrective actions will be put into place to prevent such poor expenditures of my tax dollars in the future?

The answers to these questions are important. I look forward to your response.

Representative Ervin’s response:

Dear Andrew,

The simple answer is arrogance and elitism.  I’m sure you’ve heard the adage that it is easier to spend someone else’s money than it is your own.  Government doesn’t live the same life that you and I do.  Government doesn’t produce anything, government doesn’t create value, government doesn’t play by the rules, government writes the rules, and government doesn’t create wealth, nor does government want competition.  Government is a consumer of the industry, success, and wealth of others, because it cannot become anything on its own.

The legislature did not appropriate money to the department for film festivals.  The so-called federal “stimulus” dollars, or as I refer to them the federal dependency dollars, were not approved by the legislature for this use.  Governor Nixon vetoed a bill that would provide for transparency and accountability of the federal dependency monies received from the federal government.  Your complaint is precisely why such a accountability is necessary.  This last week the Missouri General Assembly met for its annual Veto Session where the House attempted to override that veto.  That vote failed on a party line vote.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call or write.

For a Better Missouri,

Doug Ervin
State Representative
District 35, Missouri

Thanks Mr. Ervin!

Below is the Feb. 1st edition of Straight Talk with Sam, the Congressman’s e-newsletter. In it Congressman Graves discusses Obama’s spending “freeze.”

Freeze Spending At Reasonable Level

We’ve all heard the cliché about closing the barn doors after the horse has bolted. The lesson is that you cannot prevent a problem that has already happened. But that is exactly what the President proposed to do in his State of the Union speech.

He proposed a spending freeze on non-defense, non-homeland security discretionary spending. Discretionary spending is the spending over which Congress has direct control. Other programs, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, are entitlement programs whose spending increases are based on a formula.

I agree with the President that we need to rein in Washington spending. However, we need far more than a spending freeze to repair a budget deficit that was $1.4 trillion last year and is projected to be $1.35 trillion this year.

The programs that the President is now proposing to freeze already received an enormous spending increase of 17.4% last year. Yes, we need to freeze spending, but not at last year’s budget-busting levels. Congress overspent last year. We need to freeze spending at a more reasonable level. It’s disingenuous to talk about fiscal discipline after approving one of the largest spending sprees in history.

For far too long, Washington has simply increased spending without worrying about where that money would come from. I’m glad that Congress is at least discussing spending less money. However, the time for half-hearted measures is over. We must begin to make tough decisions about our priorities. We need to get the horse back in the barn.

Sincerely,

Sam Graves