Framing the Dialogue

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Takes Two To Tango

Perhaps one of the saddest statistics that can be pinned to George Bush’s second term and hyper-inflated by the Obama Administration is the fact that as of August 2011 more than 45 million people were receiving food stamp benefits. So approximately 14 percent of Americans need government to survive. Since half of the recipients are children their parents are obviously unable to properly care for them. These “safety net” programs have morphed into the natural order of things for many families; relying on the government dole to exist.

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

Sunny Side of the Street

As we limp through this arduous winter toward spring I look forward to warmer weather and sunshine. Something about shining light on stuff has a healing affect. Perhaps that is why laws requiring that government meetings and hearings are open to the public are referred to as “sunshine” laws. A common rule-of-thumb about personal behavior used to be for you to consider whether you would want your mother to read about your actions in the local paper. Today I guess it would translate on whether she would learn about your activities on FaceBook.

Are You Smarter Than…

This posting is a quiz based on recent news stories and will test your ability to discern the correct answers to the questions.  Good Luck!

Are you smarter than politicians?

Question 1:  Senator John McCain and Senator Tom Coburn recently released a report, Summertime Blues, detailing some of the worst cases of wasted tax dollars.  We have almost become immune to these types pet projects that scream WASTE!  I don’t know where Sen. Coburn stands on the issue of earmark, but Senator McCain has been steadfast in his fight against them and has refused to participate and we should celebrate his efforts.  One of the items on the list was a mere $712,883.00 to build a machine that tells jokes.  Here is the test.  Which of the following is the machine?

One Thousand Dollar Hammers

Around television ratings weeks investigative reporters pull out their eye-raising stories that are typically about government waste and abuse.  They often use “gotcha” tactics to surprise government workers who are not really working.  A favorite is the story about some item that you or I could buy at the local Home Depot for under ten dollars, but our government has paid hundreds or even thousands for.  I, like many have asked why the government pays so much for stuff  and even more for any work that it wants performed. 

News Briefs – Volume II

ankle-braceletBrief 1:  The first story is about a convicted sex offender being paroled after first receiving what seems to be a minimal sentance for a crime where he “broke into the woman’s residence on Sept. 21, 2007. He dragged her upstairs by her hair and tried to rape her. When she resisted, he forced her to perform a sex act.”  You can all feel comfortable with our court system as the creep plead guilty to burglary and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse receiving 11.5 months to 23 months for the burglary and probation for the sexual assault.  It should be noted that the judge was a female who later paroled the sexual predator after serving only the minimum sentence.