Thursday, May 17, 2007

$2.9 Trillion, For What?

WARNING: Foul Mood Diatribe Ahead



$2,900,000,000,000

Intriguing, isn't it? But that's the figure the Democrats in Congress have agreed on. 2.9 trillion dollars of the people's money being spent with only one thing in mind, buying votes.

During the last election campaign I seem to remember deficit spending by the GOP being an enormous issue (as it should have been). I know, they say that this will eliminate the deficit and even create a surplus by 2012. And on the surface, this is good.

But here, we see a record budget being discussed and nothing offered to Social Security, nothing to Medicare either. All these years, they have been taking SS taxes out of my checks But yet today with this budget, we are no closer to fixing a problem which is only going to get worse, especially as the baby boomer generation (of which I am a part of) gets ready for retirement.

No, Congress raided the SS funds a long time ago and this current group sees no reason to put the damned money back, so I can have a little of it when I am ready for it. To me, that's extortion.

Before you get all worked up on this, rest assured that I don't expect to live off SS, I am not an idiot. I have seen this coming for years and so have many others. Mrs Sunsett and I have other things in place. Plus, I have skills that I can use to work until I drop dead if I have to. But in true governmental fashion, they have found it quite practical to ignore the coming crisis, thinking that if they ignore it, it will go away.

Well, it won't.

If you are a young person, what do you care, right? You probably haven't paid into the system nearly what I have, so I wouldn't expect you to give a piper's damn about any of this. But let me break this down for you.

1. Be prepared for your parents to come and live with you because they cannot afford to live on their own. So, when you are shopping for a house, make damned sure you have a spare bedroom (or two, if your parents are divorced), so that guys like me can have a place to live during the golden years of our lives.

2. Be prepared for us to sit in your house, eat your food, and tell you how to run your lives and raise your kids, because that's what we do when we live with you.

3. Be prepared to pay for our medical bills because the illegal immigrants have thoroughly drained the healthcare system by then, and not paid a dime towards it in the process. (Have you checked your out of pocket expenses on your plan lately? Whew. Imagine what that's going to look like when we get too old to afford medical care.)

If you do not want to see these things come to pass in your lifetime, too bad. If this is not want you want, I'd highly suggest you get ready to lobby your elected representatives and threaten them with termination. Or, prepare to have your taxes increased to European rates in order to pay for the millions like me that were merely hoping to buy a few groceries and a few pills, with the paltry sums of return that we have expected to receive from a failed and depleted system. Prepare for that to be your lot in life, just so your elected officials can throw it all away, like it's candy being thrown at you at a parade.

And while I am venting my feelings here, consider this article from the Politico.

Democrats are wielding a heavy hand on the House Rules Committee, committing many of the procedural sins for which they condemned Republicans during their 12 years in power.

So far this year, Democrats have frequently prevented Republicans from offering amendments, limited debate in the committee and, just last week, maneuvered around chamber rules to protect a $23 million project for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.).

On Wednesday, Democrats suggested changing the House rules to limit the minority's right to offer motions to recommit bills back to committee -- violating a protection that has been in place since 1822.


We all know just how important Murtha's projects are, don't we? Mr. "Dodge-The-Abscam-Indictment", himself, is the king of pork barrel spending and we wouldn't want him to not get his, would we? But that's not the half of it. To tell you the truth, I expect this from a guy like Jack. He was cut in the mold of Dan Rostenkowski and Jim Wright, two guys that paid heavily for their crimes. But, Jack gets off scott-free because of his stance on the war.

No, what really gets my goat is the hypocrisy of it all. Remember this one?

House Democrats' anger at heavy-handed Republican tactics reached a new level yesterday, with the chamber's top Democrat asking the House speaker to embrace a "Bill of Rights" for the minority, regardless which party it is.


And later in the same article we read:

Pelosi's document, which she vows to honor if Democrats regain the majority, says: "Too often, incivility and the heavy hand of the majority" have silenced Democrats and choked off "thoughtful debate." She called on the majority to let the minority offer meaningful amendments and substitutes to important bills; to limit roll-call votes to the normal 15 minutes rather than keeping them open to round up needed votes; and to let all appointees to House-Senate conference committees participate in meetings and decisions.

"When we are shut out, they are shutting out the great diversity of America," Pelosi said in an interview. "We want a return to civility; we want to set a higher standard."


And while we are it, what about this one right after the election?

With their votes, the American people asked for change. They cast their ballots in favor of a New Direction.

They called for greater integrity in Washington, and Democrats pledge to make this the most honest, ethical, and open Congress in history.

The American people called for greater civility in how Congress conducts its work, and Democrats pledge to conduct our work with civility and bipartisanship, and to act in partnership - not partisanship - with the president and Republicans in Congress.

.............We will honor that trust, and we will not disappoint.


How's that for hypocrisy? How's that for lying right to the faces of the American electorate and then doing whatever the hell they want, in spite of the fact that they made the promises. How's that for the media and the American electorate letting them get away with it?

Mark my words, here. There's a damned good reason the most recent Gallup Poll shows Congressional approval ratings below that of the President. And what you are reading here in this post is not even half of it.

Way to go Nancy, that's showing us how it's supposed to be done. Enjoy the barbecue, we are paying for. And tell Jack to go easy on the sausage, I worry about his health.


Anyway, thanks for reading, have a good day, and I promise I will try to be in a better mood tomorrow.

5 comments:

Greg said...

Holy F*ck! If my parents come live with me, blood will be spilled. Seriously, people are going to get hurt if it comes to that.

LAS, I definitely share your frustration with our elected officials. Even if, being a gov't hack myself, I don't pay into SS (how wierd is that, btw?).

Mary Ellen said...

For crying out loud, LA, watch your blood pressure!

Let's remember who was in power for the last almost eight years. Remember the Republican Congress and Senate? The ones who did everything they could to dismantle Social Security? Remember how they f*&ked up the Medicare Prescription Drug program so the seniors would have to pay more for their drugs?

They have messed up so much and our national debt is higher than it has ever been in the history of the US. After Clinton left this country with a SURPLUS and the Republican Congress and Senate spent money like a bunch of drunken sailors on leave, you are blaming the Democrats? We've been in power for how long? Not even 6 months!

Why don't you ask yourself this question...why does the Republican party want to cut benefits to our troops and their families? They must hate our troops, they must hate America! How come the Republicans want to do everything they can do to keep our troops in Iraq, even though their own constituents are telling them they want them home? How do you explain the Republicans who go out and LIE to the American people and say they want to bring our troops home too and they don't agree with the President, then vote against the bill that would allow them to come home? They cry they don't want benchmarks, then they go on the tv talk shows and say they need benchmarks.

If you are worried about what will happen with your parents, you can thank Bush for that. The senior citizens have taken it up their keisters ever since Bush was elected. Before Bush was elected, my mother paid a small amount for her prescription drugs. She is now paying (and this is with her insurance) over $500 per month. If she didn't have my husband and I to help her, she would not be able to get half of her prescriptions.

No one can live on Social Security these days. Hell, thanks to our guy in the Oval Office, the cost of living is going up higher than anyone can keep up. Gas in my neighborhood was $3.49 a gallon. As the gas prices go up, so does the cost of food. Go figure...

If it weren't for Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats in office, Bush and his corrupt gang of administrators would continue to bilk the US citizens. You guys keep cheerleading for this war, the Democrats are going to get us the hell out of there before Bush and his supporters dismantle what little is left of our military.

Not to mention...TRILLIONS of dollars being spent on this war, countless people dying, our military being kidnapped and killed, while the Iraqi government takes a two month vacation. Yeah...they don't need no friggin' benchmarks, do they?

Mary Ellen said...

Here ya go, LA. Bush doesn't want to give the military a 3.5% pay raise because he doesn't think it's necessary. In other words, "Shut up and stand behind me for this photo-op!"

Yeah...he really supports our troops!

The Army News

http://tinyurl.com/2crqz7

Mary Ellen said...

Oh...this is off topic, sorry. Before you get too mad at me and when you are out of your foul mood (you said it,not I!), I started a blog and would appreciate it if you come over and check it out. Let me know if you have any ideas for me....and maybe I can e-mail you and get some help figuring out blogger....that is, when you are in a good mood again. ;-)

Here's the link:

http://divinedem.blogspot.com/


Thanks!

LASunsett said...

ME,

//For crying out loud, LA, watch your blood pressure!//

That's okay, I feel better now ;)

BTW, I left you a message on your new blog and sent you an e-mail. I will be up later tomorrow night. E-mail me if you have any questions.

Happy Blogging!