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The Important Things We DON’T Have Money For, And The Crazy Things We DO Have Money For…

Government WasteIn an age of "belt tightening" and "budget cuts", you would think that government officials would be trying to spend our money wisely.  Unfortunately, when it comes time to cut spending our politicians tend to do everything that they can to protect their own interests and their own pet projects, but they don't seem to mind implementing cuts that deeply hurt military families, the poor and the elderly.  The facts that you are about to read will likely upset you very much.  The federal government and our state governments are wasting money in some of the most ridiculous ways imaginable.  Meanwhile, we are being told that we don't have any money for a lot of really important things.  Our hard-earned tax dollars are being horribly mismanaged, and the American people deserve to hear the truth about this gross negligence.

Now before I go any further, I want to make it very clear that I believe that the federal government and our state governments are already taking in more than enough money.  They should be able to do everything that they need to do on the money that they are already extracting from all of us.  And if we had been living within our means all this time, we would not be drowning in debt as a nation today.

Unfortunately, our politicians did choose to go into tremendous amounts of debt, and the American people did not stop them.  So now we are rapidly heading toward a debt crisis unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

And our politicians should be reducing spending.  There is no question about that.  But what this article is about is priorities, and right now our politicians really seem to have their priorities messed up.  What follows are some examples of this...

The city of Detroit says that it is totally broke and has no money for pensions...

...but somehow the city has 444 million dollars to spend on a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings.

Large numbers of federal employees have been hit with mandatory furloughs in 2013 due to the sequester...

...but somehow the federal government is able to spend tens of millions of dollars to fill our skies with surveillance drones.

The U.S. government is so broke that it has had to borrow more than a trillion dollars from China...

...but somehow we have plenty of money to help  "modernize China’s energy grid".

The U.S. Congress has cut $60,000,000 for schools on Indian reservations across the country...

...but somehow the IRS is able to pay out $70,000,000 in bonuses to their workers.

It is being projected that federal budget cuts will cost the U.S. economy 1.6 million jobs through the end of 2014...

...but somehow the federal government has plenty of money to provide many former members of Congress with six-figure annual incomes for life...

Members of Congress receive retirement benefits that are far more generous than those earned by the average worker, according to a recent Bankrate analysis.

Not only do congressional representatives and senators earn the guarantee of a monthly pension check -- a benefit that has become increasingly rare for most U.S. workers -- they also receive Social Security payments and can opt to pay into the federal Thrift Savings Plan, a 401(k) style-plan with fees that are far lower than most retirement plans.

As a result, longtime members of Congress can easily retire with six-figure annual incomes for life.

The Obama administration is forcing the U.S. Army to reduce the number of active combat brigades from 45 to 33...

...but the Obama administration has no problem finding millions of dollars to send to radical jihadist Syrian rebels that are beheading innocent Christians over in Syria.

Barack Obama says that there simply is not any money available for White House tours...

...but the Obamas are able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on exotic vacations.  In August, Obama and his family will be spending 8 days in a beautiful home on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

The federal government says that there was not enough money for the traditional 4th of July fireworks at many military bases around the country this year...

...but somehow the National Institutes of Health has $509,840 to spend on "a study that will send text messages in 'gay lingo' to methamphetamine addicts to try to persuade them to use fewer drugs and more condoms."

Due to "budget cuts", swimming pools for military families are being shut down all over the country...

...but Barack Obama felt that it was so important to send $500,000,000 to the Palestinian Authority that he signed a national security executive order last Friday that enabled him to get around an act of Congress that was intended to prevent him from sending that money to them.

The state of California is so strapped for cash that it may have to release thousands of violent criminals back on to the streets...

...but somehow the state of California has plenty of money to provide a multitude of welfare benefits for illegal immigrants.

A total of about 38 million dollars is being cut from "meals on wheels" programs around the nation due to the sequester...

...but somehow the federal government has plenty of money to hassle ordinary citizens with ridiculous amounts of red tape.  For example, a small-time magician out in Missouri that does magic shows for kids was recently forced to submit a 32 page "disaster plan" for the rabbit that he uses in his shows.

With priorities like this, is it any wonder that our national debt is completely and totally out of control?

If the U.S. national debt was reduced to a stack of one dollar bills, it would stretch from the earth to the moon five times.  It would circle the earth at the equator 45 times.

If our politicians would have been spending our money wisely all of these years, we would have enough money to do the essential things that the government should be doing.

But instead, our money has been wasted in some of the most bizarre ways imaginable, and yet the American people just continue to sit back and allow our politicians to flush our money down the toilet.

So what do you think about all of this?  Are there any additional examples that you would add to the list above?  Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below...

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  • Shmeggle Marxist

    further proof that liberals are total pieces of garbage, similar to european socialists. they are both are pieces of trash

    • Hambone

      If only it were just libs. I have to say there is a fair amount of reasonable, thinking people who have become apathetic — too consumed with their daily distractions and i-whatevers to notice that Rome is on fire.

      • Shmeggle Marxist

        hmmm, have to agree

      • GSOB

        Yes Spark Hambone,

        Rome is burning.

    • Boo-urns

      Ditto conservatives. The only thing worse than a Republican is a Democrat.

      • Shmeggle Marxist

        explain please

        • Boo-urns

          It should be self-explanatory. Both parties have utterly failed us all, and if you think that voting one way or the other is somehow the right / better choice then you are woefully misguided.

      • GSOB

        Is there a punch line Boo-urns?

        • Boo-urns

          Sadly not, because the jokes on all of us.

      • stupid is as stupid does

        No, what’s worse is the poor sap who is under the false assumption that one is bought and paid for while the other one isn’t.. Wake up!! They are all (both parties) puppets on a string!

    • GusFarmer

      There are liberal AND conservative people who are very concerned about all of these issues; the basic knowledge of how screwed we are is shared by many on both sides. The rotting garbage bags you smell are the Democratic and Republican parties themselves, which have both sold out to corporate interests and don’t care at all about us anymore.

      • Shmeggle Marxist

        ok, I could vote for that

  • Shmeggle Marxist

    Les libéraux sont des morceaux d’ordures

    • Mondobeyondo

      Oui, c’est vrai….

  • Rodster

    “Are there any additional examples that you would add to the list above?”

    Paul Krugman claims he’s an economist. Yet he thinks that if we would fake an alien invasion it would spur the economy.

    And you wonder why we are royally screwed when he’s considered to be an economist and Gary2 worships him. :-D

    • Hambone

      I was in the Army and later worked for a defense contractor (a helicopter company). Bear in mind, I saw about 0.05% of the government in these two roles, but even there, I saw countless opportunities for waste reduction. We are bleeding money on the most senseless stuff you can imagine.

      For example, my company had an entire department dedicated to reporting on “supplier diversity,” and there is a corresponding government agency that monitors it (for every defense contractor) to see how many vendors we buy from that are woman owned, Alaskan, Minority, one-armed lesbian bike rider, etc. It’s absurd and pointless.

      We cut air traffic controller hours, but we keep stuff like that. It’s unbelievable.

  • markthetruth

    Now there trying to say it is our Debt that is the problem and not the Governments. Go figure.

    Like i said in another post we are going to be Advertised to Death. Wait and see. We are going to be buying everything we don’t need.

    the end…

    • GSOB

      how about ‘endure’ to ‘the end…’
      ?

  • K

    I will add yet another example 14 billion dollars to construct the Gerald R Ford. The first in a new class of even larger aircraft carriers. We already have as many carriers as the rest of the world combined. All of ours far more advanced then any of theirs. Oh and the above cost is just for the ship. Add in the planes and helicopters, about an extra 4 billion. Michael thank you for this article. I also saw about the new hockey stadium in Detroit.

    • MeMadMax

      I would also like to add that the Ford has a “new” reactor propulsion unit that is being built by a company that I have never heard before(I used to work on Naval propulsion plants) Generally, you have Westinghouse building the reactors, they have done it for generations now, and now, all of a sudden, we have a newcomer on the scene called Bechtel… Now, the real problem with this is safety, nevermind the price. These are nuclear reactors we are talking about, not some diesel generator, ya know. I would prefer to have the decades worth of experiance that Westinghouse can provide than some noob…

      • K

        Bechtel seems to have a similar story to Haliburton. Started in the oil fields. Now they have the fingers in everything. And lots of political friends. They were just rewarded a contract to build something called small modular reactors for TVA. So if they screw up it will be a lot more than the Ford who will have trouble.

        • MeMadMax

          Ahh I see. It also seems like the selling point behind the Ford reactors was that they would be smaller while putting out more energy. That doesn’t sound good, that means things were omitted/reduced in order to get more. Can’t do that with a reactor. It’s like having a import car that is light as a feather, fuel efficient, but if you get into a wreak with anything bigger than a bicycle, the car will more than likely be flattened lol That’s just a contrast by the way, there are some good imports out there lol

          • Brooklynresident

            Floating guided, manned, nuclear bombs?

        • GusFarmer

          Bechtel was the main contractor behind the huge boondoggle of Boston’s”Big Dig” project — several billion dollar overruns, collapsing ceiling plates in the tunnels, and they STILL can’t stop the tunnels from leaking years after they opened.
          Yep. Just the crew to be building a nuclear carrier!

      • GOM

        American owned. Ties to JP Morgan & the rest. Riley Bechtel: member Trilateral Commission, Bohemeian Club, attends Bohemeian Grove yearly. 1 of 200 richest people in the WORLD….

    • Mondobeyondo

      ANOTHER aircraft carrier?
      Why? To protect ourselves from what?
      Maybe to protect Argentina from Australia, or vice versa?

      Now, I do not have any inside intellligence info or anything, but- as far as I can tell-there is no immediate military threat from any foreign government against the U.S.

      So, why the new aircraft carriers?

      • K

        The Ford has nothing to do with protecting ourselves. There just is nothing like an aircraft carrier, for sticking your nose in other peoples business.

      • Gay Veteran

        because the military-industrial complex needs MORE money

        • GSOB

          You are straight on that one.

    • HerrinSchadenfreude

      Make sure you don’t forget railguns and laser cannons so we can put on a real live Rebels vs. Empire sea battle with…”they”, who will surely destroy us and force us all into sky blue polyester should we fail to meet their military challenge with these new Wehpunz ‘o War.

      Or should I refer to the guns by a cooler name? The “Peacemakers”.

  • Lforlife

    how is it that WE let it happen? I would like to know how WE can stop it?

    • K

      Never vote for an incumbent again. Never vote for anyone from the two major parties again.

  • RarefiedSnotress

    You all should have voted for Hillary in the Primaries like I did.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Are you joking with us?

      Michael

      • northernconservative

        Both Hilary and Obama are progressives. That had to be a joke.

        • Boo-urns

          And all the so-called “conservatives” are just as bad. A vote for a Republican is just as bad as a vote for a Democrat.

        • GSOB

          There is a riff b/t them though,

          ego, pride, all about national health care and who gets the credit for it.

          She’s pissed.

    • Robert Mulle

      Voting for a major party candidate is against my best interests

    • RarefiedSnotress

      You gave what you gave, and you got what you got.

  • markthetruth

    Sports come First in all Aspects, High School , College is all about sports. We watch a guy hit a small white ball around for a prize of 1million in Golf.
    Baseball the cost is ridiculous to watch players that where brought up in Dominican republic and that’s all they done from age 5 or 6 and forget school, look for 7 ft humans for basketball . The money they get payed because we go to watch a freak show of Players on Steroids and Blood Doping and call it your team when it’s a Dominican Team. We like to flush our money down the toilet to watch a ball.

    the end…

    • Mondobeyondo

      Wrong, College is about education.

      Right?

    • WeRThrough

      “Sports come First in all Aspects, High School , College is all about sports.” -That’s because all that revolves around sports is money and GREED. If people stopped caring about professional sports, they would go away and the “money and GREED” would follow..

      • Rick

        People are not going to stop caring about sports. Why not quit caring about Movies, TV, Ballet and on and on?? That is private money. What does it have to do with the government?? You are barking up the wrong tree. Although I agree these guys get paid way to much thus causing it hard for regular folks to attend games but it has nothing to do with government waste.

        • WeRThrough

          “Barking up the wrong tree” you say? Not really, GREED falls from the SAME tree my friend.. Besides that, I don’t care about TV or balet. But to hear people argue about sports and destroy property over it is a complete and utter shame and angers me beyond capacity..

    • 2Gary2

      I despise all sports as the huge waste of time and money. Detroit is bankrupt and they are building a new stadium???

      • Rick

        I agree that Detroit can not afford a Stadium but that is hardly a reason to throw out all sports. Many people don’t like Movies, Theater and on and on but are you asking that it also be thrown out?? Government waste can be cut without getting rid of private businesses such as sports teams.

        • Kent Harris

          We have become Rome. A game of fools we have become. We laugh, we play then we are no more. Nero smirks as he plays his fiddle. No hero we lay oh to die we see but life’s harsh riddle.

        • 2Gary2

          private sports teams are the biggest welfare queens this side of walmart. I would hardly call them private. I can choose to see a movie I have no choice when a tax is levied to pay for a millionaire team owners new ball park.

          You could make the case that Hollywood movies get tax breaks, however, they are nothing compared to the sports taxes.

          • GSOB

            Agree 2Gary2

            “The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it.” –

      • GSOB

        That’s entertainment!

    • Rick

      That is private money. What does it have to do with the government?? You are barking up the wrong tree. Although I agrre these guys get paid way to much thus causing it hard for regular folks to attend games but it has nothing to do with government waste.

      • Brooklynresident

        What about Giuliani diverting HUNDREDS o of MILLIONS of dollars to REBUILD Yankee stadium? I paid my tax money–into that.

        I at last ought to get free soda pop for it.

        But then, I paid for that, with my taxes…

        • Rick

          Just think of all the cabbies, hotel employeesa dn stores that make money off the Yankees plus the huge number of employees at the Yankee stadium. The couple hundred dollars total taxesyou paid was well spent compared to all the Liberal crap that New York waste money on.

          • Brooklynresident

            Just give me back my money. Let Steinbrenner–or whoever–build the stadium with HIS money.

    • Brooklynresident

      I got a degree from Penn State. Interviewers were only interested in what position I played. Which I didn’t.

      Now, those scores have all been swept away.

      And I just laugh and laugh…

  • Concerned Boy

    I am very concerned..

    • Mondobeyondo

      Me too. People don’t know how bad it can get, because they don’t study/ignore history.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        “We’re seeing history repeat it self. The crash of 1929—the panic of ’08. Currency wars, trade war, world war. We’re in currency war. Next comes world war. To get people’s minds off the terrible economics, they take you to war.”—Gerald Celente

  • Stezie

    Excellent commentary; it really shows the level of corruption in the US government. But I feel like the author is preaching to the choir at this point. This message probably won’t reach those who need to hear it the most.

    • Jim Davis

      That would be like talking to a wall. There is no political solution to this country’s problems.

      • GSOB

        The political solution finds it’s fulfillment in Christ.

        Isaiah 9:5 > 7b
        For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.

        6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

        7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, …

        • Hammerstrike

          The political solution is to make it happen.

    • greyprepper

      I agree but I’m grateful for this blog. Thanks for keeping it up Michael!!

    • WeRThrough

      LOL, yeah this kind of information would NEVER be posted on CNN!

    • Jodi

      Just like Obamacare. The people who really needed to hear it didn’t get the message and now we are closer than ever to loosing the healthcare system as we know it. Sept 30th is the end. It must stop. Call your representatives & tell them to Defund Obamacare.

  • Bob1

    All these “wasteful” purchases are merely part of a strategy to keep the world addicted to the dollar. Sort of like handing out samples of crack to keep the junkies coming back to your dealers, rather than going to the competition.
    We can print plenty of dollars as long as the world accepts them. The trouble will be when we try to send $500,000,000 to another country and they politely decline or ask to have the aid in another currency or gold. Then, all of the dollar bills can be used for toilet paper or burned for heating. So, in truth, the dollar will always have some sort of value as it turns into a consumable.

    • Brooklynresident

      Wallpaper, kites, shopping bags.

      Glue would be a good thing to invest in…

  • Makati1

    The US of A no longer deserves to exist. It is a land of fools and charlatans. There is less than 1% that is sane, rational, and intelligent, and they are NOT the leaders! You should get out now, while you still can.

    • Mondobeyondo

      The country’s not over and done yet. But time is getting short.

      Are we going to make it?
      “Make what?” you say.

      Uh-huh.

      • El Pollo de Oro

        One of my favorite comments about the BRA was that the only thing we manufacture anymore is bubbles. I don’t remember who it was that said that. Maybe Peter Schiff. And when the bubbles pop, it isn’t pretty.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      I refer to this hellhole as The Banana Republic of America because it is no longer the USA. It is, in the words of Gerald Celente, a “fascist banana republic.”

    • GSOB

      You may be correct.
      There is still time.
      But what you described is a kakistocracy.

    • Rachael

      And go where? Do you read world news as well?

      • Brooklynresident

        The Mesa. Off the grid. But you need to save up, cause you’ve got to build it yourself…

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    For those that are interested, I was on TruNews with Rick Wiles earlier today. You can find the link here…

    http://www.trunews.com/Audio/7_29_13_monday_trunews2.mp3

    My interview is during the second half of the program.

    Michael

    • smallergovnow

      I listened to the whole thing. Was great Michael…

  • Mudpie

    I thought I was the only one who saw this. Corruption of course guides the political allocation of money at this point. And note Detroit now plans to use Obamacare to pay for its pensioners’ health care plans. So we all are going to be slaves in a decade paying taxes we cannot even fathom.

    Jump. Swim. I hope to leave this nation soon. Even a less free place heading in the RIGHT direction beats a group of people so vile that they would allow their heritage to become spoiled to this degree.

  • Saintmatty

    That’s why there is a place called heaven. None of this insanity will get in.

    • Boo-urns

      You go on and keep hoping for your magical dreamland to whisk you away from all of the problems of the world.

      • Brooklynresident

        The World will whisk us away. Plenty of bullets for everybody…and mostly hollowpoints, too.

    • Tim

      Good comment, Saintmatty.

      Don’t let trolls discourage you.

  • anne

    they are not trying to be fiscally responsible. They are knowingly engineering the collapse of the dollar and have a new currency (North American Union?) already developed and printed. The govt gets the money it has not only from our taxes, but from the sale of the illegal drugs they are managing from the CIA efforts and the US military guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan. There is so much corruption, it is probably beyond most ordinary people’s understanding at this point. The press acts like gov’ts are against each other, like US vs China, but then you hear of Chinese troops training with US troops on our soil. I personally believe we really are not privvy to 90% of what is actually happening and what they intend.

    • Reynaldo Neggle

      The amount of corruption, cronyism, and fraud going on in the federal and state govts, and in collusion with corporate Amerika, is so vast that people simply cannot comprehend it, and instead choose to shrug it off instead of giving a single thought to what they can help do about it. And I am sorry to say that these problems are a reflection of the American people, some of the most uninformed, wasteful, ungrateful, materialistic people on the planet, and they really don’t care so long as they keep getting their piece of the swag.

      • WeRThrough

        Well, I agree with mostly, but what are we supposed to do, rebel against these monsters? For YEARS we have had the schools and media brain washing us and our children. I never succombed to the brain washing attempts but most of the people I know have. They won’t listen to me. So again, what are we to do? Voting doesn’t work, protests don’t work, riots don’t work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

        • college kid

          Revolution Comrade.

          • Rachael

            Who’s gonna lead? I see many warriors, but no leadership…anywhere, be it govt or the masses.

        • Brooklynresident

          One gun against an army.

          Look that one up.

    • WeRThrough

      anne, you SO hit the nail on the head…

    • GSOB

      What the?

  • GSOB

    Tyranny is always better
    organized than freedom.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Oh, there’s money out there. Somewhere.
    Where is it?
    Your guess is as good as mine *sigh*. And I’ve got some pretty good guesses. *sigh again*

    So much money has been dumped into Detroit over the years, that calling it a rathole would be an insult to rats. These long tailed rodents must truly be living the high life!

    I can only come to the conclusion that our great national wealth has been Incredibly,Unbelievably Squandered.
    There is no way under God’s green Earth, or Satan’s fiery furnace (aka The Eternal Inferno) that such a nation blessed with such wealth, prosperity and priviledge, should find its citizens in such dire shape. It just should not be.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Oh, by the way – some of that money that’s been squandered? That was your tax money and my tax money.

  • TtT Engine

    $4-6 BILLION on a high speed rail connecting Mojave Californians seeking to gamble in Las Vegas. Billions of rounds of ammunition for HSA. Billions of dollars allocated for half cocked Goreleonian bankrupt “green” energy companies. Let’s run our cars on algae and corn, eh ? Meanwhile, we’re sitting on more oil in Utah than Saudi Arabia. Billions of dollars in foreign aid to Islamic thugs like Morsi. NICE WORK GUYS. How much has the psycho in North Korea counterfeited and sucked out of the US Treasury ? When you print up 85 billion per month, it is just a matter who gets invited to the monopoly game. Money is certainly not the issue. Christi Fidelis !

    • Dee R

      how bout that 16 trillion bank bail out? Im sure that dwarfs all the others.

  • Nexusfast123

    It is not specifically corruption but more to with the notion of how budgets are allocated and who decides. If the electorate voted on how to assign public money and that we enshrined in law rather than the paid for politicians then I am sure spending priorities would look very much different at the Federal Level.

    At the small town level in the US voters can vote for allocated budgets but as you rise to the Federal level the influence of the electorate diminishes to near zero as priorities are decided by other ‘interests’.

    Governments hardly ever revisit why they spend money on programs as budgets are just rolled over from year-to-year. It is assumed that billions still need to be spent on the military, defence R&D, prisons, spying, welfare expenditures stay the same, etc, when in fact they can all be adjusted. To keep on spending vested interests make up enemies, lobby for more laws to incarcerate to justify prison construction programs, etc.

    It is as if the US Citizen is now a stranger in his or her own country.

  • Ralfine

    Nothing to worry about.
    If the CO2 levels keep rising, ocean levels will rise by 25m until the end of the century. And if the Antarctic melts too, 70m.

    Most of us here won’t be too much affected. Those with children might want to think about it.

    Let’s say 25m within the next 88 years, starting 2012, thats 1m in 3.5 years.
    Just prepare for the migration of the fishermen and the farmers near the seaside, where the rising saltwater will affect farming.

    Migration and Food prices.

    Civil engineering might be a good job choice for your kids.

    Get yourself some maps and draw the new coastlines when the sea rises 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 25m, with the estimated dates.

    You can fight the migrants or you sell them new homes, schools, hospitals, libraries.

    • Mal Reynolds

      Nothing in nature is linear. The warming will be replace by cooling soon enough. If you want to worry put your imagination towards visualizing a world wide pandemic that kills over 50%.

      • Ralfine

        Any idea what kind of pandemic?

        • Mal Reynolds

          To speculate would attract the attention of the Leviathan that monitors all communications. Mal not want to go there!

          • Ralfine

            Everyone speculates on wall street.

          • Ralfine

            So, you already live in fear of your own government.
            Interesting.

        • Brooklynresident

          Syphilis and gonorrhea.

          • Ralfine

            That’s not too bad.

            You can easily protect yourself against both.

          • Brooklynresident

            Sure, for now. But when Hillary gets together with Nancy, and they develop her flying monkeys further-, as carrying agents–

            We got trouble.

          • Ralfine

            So? Just use the same protection methods with your monkeys.

          • Brooklynresident

            Franchi 12 gauge double barrel trap?

            Probably 0 shot, or Flechettes…

    • smallergovnow

      CO2 levels are well within historical norms at 400 ppm. CO2 is good, a nutrient required by every plant on earth and in the oceans. CO2 further represents only 0.04% of the atmosphere. The majority is Nitrogen and Oxygen. The hole carbon credit meme is just another form of global control and tax sham. Why try and control 4 one-hundredths of the atmosphere when mother nature in the form of volcanic and biological activity on land and in oceans produces 97% of all CO2 that enters the atmosphere annually. Why do greenhouses use CO2 to boost production? Sorry, you AGW advocates are really political pawns.

      • Ralfine

        Well, there is no problem with a higher CO2 level. Just the sealevel is higher, too, when the ice isn’t there.

        Happened before.

        No problem for the earth at all.

  • FounderChurch

    MANAGEMENT IS ALL ABOUT PRIORITIES by FounderChurch at Gmail.Com. The idiots running this country at every level of government along with other institutions is guilty as charged, but what do their opponents offer as alternatives? NOTHING!!!!

    Michael is a smart guy, but his examples are mostly all wrongly chosen. For example as between Detroit spending on a stadium and pensions, pensions are the absolute lowest priority imaginable. And while I am not a fan of professional sports at all, a stadium is better for Detroit than pensions.

    Pensions are killing this nation in every way, shape or form, and are the worst of all ways to spend resources, public or private. Luke 12 says it all about the total evil of retirement pensions. There should be no such thing, including SS.

    • markthetruth

      Read the article again !!!

      Now before I go any further, I want to make it very clear that I believe that the federal government and our state governments are already taking in more than enough money. They should be able to do everything
      that they need to do on the money that they are already extracting from all of us.

      the end…

      • Brooklynresident

        The key word. NEED. Damned politicians are always putting more “pork in the barrel,” and “bringing home the bacon to “their” constituents. Resistance is futile. Failure is inevitable. Greed is All-pervasive.

    • Mondobeyondo

      I have to disagree with you there, as far as building a new Grand Sports Palace With Gargoygles and Stuff, in of itself improves a city’s economy.

      New stadiums sound great on the surface, but what are the long term effects and benefits?. The short term – that’s rather obvious. A few hundred mnimum wage jobs, with minimal job security. Essentially the same as concert security guards who work a gig at the Pink Floyd concert or whatever’s available, on the 340-odd days the stadium or venue is inactive. It’s a job, and people desperately need any kind of work these days. I won’t deny that, not at all. I’d sign up to be a security guard at a big name concert. (Justin Bieber? Yeah. Imagine all those hyperventilating chicks! Oops, off track again) But as a long term economic solution? No.

      Football season is 16 games (regular season). Eight of those games are played at home. An awful return on a 20-30 year investment on a stadium. You’d better hope your team makes the playoffs. (side note – the whole Glendale AZ. vs. Phoenix (Arizona) Coyotes National Hockey League team’s future was focused on this debacle). But I digress…

      What else ya got? Well, how about lots of construction jobs (to build the place), and maintenance jobs (to maintain it). Apart than that, who benefits? City councilmembers perhaps.

      Well, the city to a certain degree (although in the case of Detroit it’s so indebted, this doesn’t really matter).

      I do agree, pensions won’t save Detroit, or any other city for that matter. There will certainly be no pensions from any of these jobs, that’s for sure.

      • FounderChurch

        The point I’m trying to make is that PENSIONS are the worst investment on planet earth, so compared to ANYTHING else, Pensions are the worst of all possible investments.

        My point is that we supposed Conservatives are good at criticizing Democrat and Liberal proposals and actions, but we have absolutely no proposals of our own, and when faced with coming up with our priorities ours are nearly as bad as the Liberals. No wonder we are called the “aginners.”

        We need to focus on OUR alternatives and let up on obsessing on the errors of our opponents. Negativity never wins. Alternatives do win. THIS IS OUR NUMBER ONE PROBLEM AND MIKE IS ILLUSTRATING IT PERFECTLY HERE.

        • Brooklynresident

          Pensions aren’t an investment, they a are an obligation. The problem is, people think they are entitled to 20-30 years of inactivity. They were originally intended to shield the feeble from want. I know, my “retirement fund” being what it is, I will be perfectly able to retire…when I’m 112. A 40-year old man retiring after 20 years as a cop–there’s a crime for you. What is he expected to do with the rest of his life? Oh, right. Double-and triple-dIP…

          Now we really are at a point where this just cannot be sustained anymore…

    • GSOB

      I love you brother.

  • chris

    It is simply the politicians using the economic climate as an excuse to cut back on the things that help the majority while continuing to fund the projects to help the wealthy minority and their ‘friends’. It’s not just the USA doing this.

    Michael have you ever considered starting a new political party in the USA and trying to disrupt the corrupt and shambolic system you have now?

    • FounderChurch

      Talk about a death wish. Anyone who proposes a stupid 3rd party as a solution, knows little or nothing. There have been over 100 stupid thirds in our history and all of them have been grotesque failures.

      And the GOP was NEVER EVER A THIRD PARTY SO DON’T EVEN GO THERE.

      Unless you changed the Constitution no third party could ever stand any chance at all. So, forget it and focus on taking over one of the existing parties and mold it to your ideals.

  • Jodi

    4 out of 5 Americans are near poverty but Obama can spend hundreds of millions of dollars for a vacation. I guess as long as this narcissist & his Queen Mooch get their swanky vacations, nothing else matters. And the sad part, the masses really don’t care much as long as they get their free stuff.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Aren’t you curious what new dresses Michelle, Sacha and Malia will be wearing on their next vacation?

      • Jodi

        I can’t wait to see Mooches new $800 dollar dress & hairdo. It’s just like watching Entertainment Tonight.

  • skywatcher

    Government has money to keep spraying Chemtrails, pay for fluoride in the water, $7.6 million for Obama Vacation, billions of rounds of ammo, $80 billion/yr for NSA spy program,TSA scanners, $85 Billion/month bank bail out, farm bill so farmers can grow GMO plants, etc.

  • energizedmortal

    To make things more enjoyable the death of the economy could not be any slower. World war III can last at least eight or ten years. Hopefully the new world order after this one is not more depressing if there even is a inhabitable world left. Very bright future ahead for our youth. Lets give a warm thank you to all the evil, greedy and corrupt people in power that are ensuring our impending doom. We all will get our just due.

  • ChezKiva

    Michael seems a little smarter than the average city kid… suppose he too will be caught unaware when the music finally stops?

    Most of us will suffer as never before in our lives. Letting go of family–perhaps even drawn to the very brink of extermination because of them–will be the hardest part.

    ‘Fall-out,’ in the form of CHEMTRAILS and WATER POISONING, is already pervasively leveling the playing-field. The rich can’t run, and most will be devastated when the market crumbles, as they’ll have no way to shed prior debt payments.

  • jox

    I know you like to attack Obama, but this time it’s too much: a 8 day holyday in US seems appropiate, don’t you think so? Also, you cannot compare the cost of the military bases with a 500.000 study, you like it or not. It’s not fair. These are things of complete different scales.

  • jox

    By the way, it would be good to know the cost of the US military bases abroad, and the cost of the swimming pools for military families. It looks as if there were some items you wouldn’t want to discuss.

  • 2Gary2

    Politics is about making the rich happy and everyone else afraid. The
    Rich and their Republican lap dogs will not rest until there is no
    social security, medicare or any other trace of the social safety net.
    The real bad news is the Democrats are looking for every possible way to
    compromise here.

    • Shmeggle Marxist

      could you share your LSD?

      • 2Gary2

        IDK–you are pretty messed up when you are sober much less on drugs. Stick to drinking your own bath water.

        • GSOB

          LOL
          LMAO

          That was great 2 Gary2

          I love that one

          • Shmeggle Marxist

            you use your mouth on gary’s genitalia

        • Shmeggle Marxist

          ok punk effeminate dem

    • Brooklynresident

      Wow. I didn’t know Obamaphones were 4G capable.

      Or is that the Meth and cheese curls talking?

      Emperor Obama and All his cronies have sure given you LOTS of Kool-Ade,, haven’t they?

  • Rick Caird

    Benefit to the country and money spent on cronies have no relationship to each other. One is for the benefit of the citizens and the other is for the benefit of the politicians.

  • Corey Michael Naughton

    Listen, I agree with you but we must stop saying that congressman receive pay for life. They have a retirement setup just like most salary jobs. There’s no such thing as a one term senator with a paycheck forever. Quit giving the opposition ammo to discredit us.

    • FounderChurch

      FALSE…..I am informed that after 6 years in either house they retire on nearly full pay for the rest of their life. It you know the facts give them to us.

      MY VIEW? No public official should every be on the payroll drinking the blood of the citizens, period and no other person should be on the payroll either. All things the government needs to get done can be done by total privatization, including the CIA FBI and you name it. Even staffs of Congress should be privatized out to companies. I don’t want any bum drinking my blood, or anyone else’s.

      • Corey Michael Naughton

        No, quit getting your info from articles like this and look at the law. A Congressman/Women can’t even retire after 6 years. Not for any amount of money.

        • VegasBob

          Corey, you are WRONG! Go check Wikipedia for Congressional Pensions. Congresscritters are fully vested in their pensions at age 62 if they have just 5 years of service. It probably won’t pay much if they only served 5 or 6 years, but once they are eligible they collect that pension for life.

          • Corey Michael Naughton

            Thank you for agreeing with me. Idiots …

          • Brooklynresident

            In the days of Madison, Daniel Webster, and Henry clay, once they stopped serving, they stopped getting paid. Many argued federal service ought to be FREE. No pay. This was considered a duty by those who loved their country, to be taken up, then dropped after a limited time expending one’s vigor on behalf of the Nation. It was NOT intended to be a sinecure.

            Horatius. Cincinnatus. Washington. These were the models to emulate.

            These were the models ignored.

            Never to Serve.

            Now you have whole families, dynasties, eager to Rule.

          • Brooklynresident

            Unworthy creatures, eager to Rule.

            But never to serve.

  • Kent Harris

    We have become Rome. A game of fools we have become. We laugh, we play then we are no more. Nero smirks as he plays his fiddle. No hero we lay oh to die we see but life’s harsh riddle.

  • Shocked shocked I tell you

    Things the government doesn’t have money for: diffuse benefits

    Things the government has money for: concentrated benefits

    It’s really not that difficult to understand.

  • Kelli

    Okay….so what can we do about it?

  • GSOB

    Ain’t that America

  • David of OK

    I agree priorities are screwed up. But I disagree with your statement, “I believe that the Federal and State Governments are already taking in more than enough money… politicians should be reducing spending.” We are bleeding to death from health care for our government employees and pensioners. It is way out of control — not in line with inflation at all. Instead of trying to find more pockets to get insurance money from, a.K.a.: Obama care, we need to drastically cut health care, so everyone including government can afford their own annual health care costs. My only solution is to get rid of all health care insurance entirely and watch costs drop to levels that are affordable for everyone. Then everyone is going to look around and see how much disposable income they have and how our economy is going to rocket back to high growth, .

  • GSOB

    “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. ”

    P.J. O’Rourke (1993)

  • GSOB

    I was at Kingsoopers grocery store (Kroger), 7/30/2013 (today) and displayed were three cartons of a dozen Organic eggs (government intervention O) – reduced to half price.

    The lady knew I wanted one but she took all three and put them in her cart, with her two 10 year old boys. No words were exchanged.

    She was very fat and was wearing dark sunglasses and a long gown that looked like my red on beige curtains.

    Now, I was angry and could not understand why she could not render one carton to me, the slender guy.

    I look to the Lord at a times like this.

  • Cyber Revengeance

    To the world USA have to show that are powerful and wealthy. So they do not want to cut their international spending. Spending cuts is necessary when debt is high. What the government prioritizes is the question. Japan has survived with very high debt for a decade. that’s what USA is going to do for a decade. So don’t expect USA to default because of debt so fast.

    • Brooklynresident

      Wow. I didn’t know Obamaphones were 4G capable.

      Or is that the Meth and cheese curls talking?

      Emperor Obama and All his cronies have sure given you LOTS of Kool-Ade,, haven’t they

  • Hank

    Bottom line is…. the federal government has no authority to appropriate funds to begin with.! Therefore, it is time to stop paying income taxes. Taxing income is unconstitutional. Time to cut the head off the beast.

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