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Dispute over $16 Muffins Heats Up
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 24 Sep 2011 | John Semmens

Posted on 09/24/2011 10:52:23 AM PDT by John Semmens

The revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice has been paying exorbitant prices for food and drink ($16 apiece for muffins and $8 a cup for coffee) at official functions sparked a heated exchange between Congressional critics and Administration officials.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) labeled the outlays “extravagant and wasteful. We’re in a recession. The budget is in a big hole. Families have to scrimp and save. What kind of a message does this sort of ‘lord of the manor’ attitude toward federal spending send?”

Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va), who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, also condemned the expenditures as inappropriate. “How can we tolerate splurging on snacks at a time when taxpayers are forced to tighten their belts?”

Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney called the criticisms “off-base” and “incredibly wrongheaded.” “Economists all agree that the remedy for recession is higher spending,” Carney maintained. “Quibbling over the prices paid is, at best, nonsensical nitpicking. As Keynes pointed out long ago, spending the money is what counts. Whether anything of value in the tradition sense is obtained in exchange is irrelevant.”

“The speed at which money can be pumped into the economy is crucial,” Carney continued. “From this perspective, paying $16 for a muffin is far more effective than laying out the more typical $2 that the average person might pay for such an item. That the government has the wherewithal and the sense to do this is something we should all be thankful for.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: muffintops; obama; payola; satire; stimulus; waste

1 posted on 09/24/2011 10:52:29 AM PDT by John Semmens
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ping


2 posted on 09/24/2011 10:55:00 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

pretty realistic.
Anyway, leftists think that overspending is good for the economy..... free lambo’s for all government employees!


3 posted on 09/24/2011 10:59:02 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: John Semmens

Is this satire?


4 posted on 09/24/2011 11:02:07 AM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: John Semmens

Why do Libtards think that the Gov’t spending money is a a ‘good’ thing; unless that money is for Defense?


5 posted on 09/24/2011 11:02:25 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: John Semmens
“From this perspective, paying $16 for a muffin is far more effective than laying out the more typical $2 that the average person might pay for such an item. That the government has the wherewithal and the sense to do this is something we should all be thankful for.”

A new twist on keynesian 'economics' perhaps?

Thanks John.

6 posted on 09/24/2011 11:02:32 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: John Semmens

Actually the hotel said it wasn’t just a muffin. Muffin was the word used to let them know what they got which was also fruit and a few other things.

In other words the muffin alone was not $16.
Based on the muffin, the coffee was also probably a coffee and something else.


7 posted on 09/24/2011 11:08:16 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: fwdude

Do you look at the keywords for the article?


8 posted on 09/24/2011 11:08:39 AM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: fwdude

Check the link under the title...


9 posted on 09/24/2011 11:18:54 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: John Semmens

Could be that 60+% of all federal spending is in some way tainted..

Much of it goes to Unions.. in one way or another.
From highways to federal workers.. to government contractors of every stripe..

Only 1/3 of the people on SSA are old people..
So up to 2/3rds of that money could stolen..

Medicare is known to be corrupted.. who knows where the drug benefits go..
Much of all federal spending could be corrupt..

For sure current congress AND retired congress Members are bleeding the system heavily..
What ex-Presidents get is obscene.. even House members are made men in the Mob sense of the word..

Same could be true in the States as well..
BAD in some States.. highway robbery in others..

Even local political graft is or has been becoming Mob like..
but then democracy is indeed MOB Rule by mobsters..
to expect any less would not be realistic..

Ron Paul wants a return to the Constitution..
And many call him crazy... that would require a very small federal government..
and many republicans WANT a bigger federal government.. but won’t admit it..
denial is not just a river in Egypt..


10 posted on 09/24/2011 11:26:51 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: hosepipe
“Ron Paul wants a return to the Constitution..”

Conservatives want a return to the Constitution. Good for Ron Paul to agree with us.
Paul's foreign policy views are toxic and would destroy our nation.

11 posted on 09/24/2011 11:32:35 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: ken in texas

Not usually. But I see it now.


12 posted on 09/24/2011 11:39:16 AM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: John Semmens

But....but with $16 muffins and $8 coffee you get refills on the coffee. So it’s not as bad as it sounds.


13 posted on 09/24/2011 11:45:25 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: A CA Guy
Actually the hotel said it wasn’t just a muffin.

Wink, wink...
14 posted on 09/24/2011 11:50:51 AM PDT by kenavi (Raise taxes on the "fortunate few": lottery-winners.)
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To: kenavi
Actually the hotel said it wasn’t just a muffin.

Probably a bargain when one considers that they could go down on the street and pay $40.

15 posted on 09/24/2011 11:55:39 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: A CA Guy
Actually the hotel said it wasn’t just a muffin.

"Hey, I'd pay $16 for a muffin if it was more than just a muffin - if ya know what I mean!"


16 posted on 09/24/2011 11:56:12 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
...Now that it's fashionable, the Good Old Pubbies come wwwwwwwaltzing in saying, we did it, we fixed everything...

...This Republic has been "Screwed" for a long time by both Ds and Rs. I'm just thankful a lot of the bovine masses have awakened. But of course, you still have a sacred cow to worship...

17 posted on 09/24/2011 12:13:26 PM PDT by gargoyle (...This looks like a good fight, deal me in...)
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To: John Semmens

The fishing is still good today, John!

: )


18 posted on 09/24/2011 12:18:09 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (PALIN 45 -The cure for "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Sarah Palin 2012 "Not For Sale!")
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To: John Semmens

Been sending your link to these to friends an coworkers. They love your work....

Stay Safe !


19 posted on 09/24/2011 12:20:18 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: John Semmens

Another good one John. Appreciate the ping.


20 posted on 09/24/2011 12:21:25 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Hey, I was just down at our local Fred Meyer store. A dozen muffins for $7. And they looked good! ;-)


21 posted on 09/24/2011 12:22:39 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 161)
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To: ArmyTeach

Hahaha!!!!


22 posted on 09/24/2011 12:26:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: John Semmens

“Sometimes a muffin is just a muffin.” ~ Sigmund Freud :)


23 posted on 09/24/2011 12:27:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: gargoyle
You must think all Republicans are conservative; there is sometimes a difference.
As I said before; Ron Paul would be a disaster. He would do as much damage to our nation as Obama has done.
24 posted on 09/24/2011 12:48:30 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: John Semmens

Oh my, so close to reality. Thank John for the ping.


25 posted on 09/24/2011 12:58:28 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: John Semmens

If I had to pay 16 bucks for a muffin, that muffin better be dam sure it taste hell of good.


26 posted on 09/24/2011 1:32:42 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: A CA Guy

The “something else” is politicians paying back the unions and other supporters.


27 posted on 09/24/2011 1:34:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: A CA Guy
In other words the muffin alone was not $16.
Based on the muffin, the coffee was also probably a coffee and something else.

It's good of you to keep the theme of satire alive in this thread.

28 posted on 09/24/2011 2:05:09 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: John Semmens

I was expecting the part about Bachmann attacking Perry for supporting $16 muffins — for 12 year old little girls.


29 posted on 09/24/2011 3:13:32 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: John Semmens

Why are you so concerned?

That’s what stimulating the economy is all about!


30 posted on 09/24/2011 4:24:52 PM PDT by Red6
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To: HereInTheHeartland

[ Paul’s foreign policy views are toxic and would destroy our nation. ]

I disagree..
The U.S. has no business with military in Turkey, Korea, Japan, Germany and its time to get out of Iraq...

And for God sake get rid of any aid to Americas enemies .. Like Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia..

The federal government scope should be reduced by at least 70 %... maybe 80 %...


31 posted on 09/24/2011 4:39:07 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: hosepipe
>"Ron Paul wants a return to the Constitution.. And many call him crazy...

I agree with about 99.9% of RP.

It's that .1% is a cyaninde tab of isolationism.

Thanks to jug ear jesus, and get along George, the stinky little hitler of iran is gonna have a bomb soon!

Burying our head in the sand is what got US here!

32 posted on 09/24/2011 4:43:06 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Nobodys perfect... except Romney who has never done anything WroNG...


33 posted on 09/24/2011 4:47:26 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: John Semmens

Hey! Satire you can sink your teeth into! Another good one, John!


34 posted on 09/24/2011 10:21:14 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: GeronL
leftists think that overspending is good for the economy.....

Their overspending ideology can only be tolerated with other peoples money.

35 posted on 09/25/2011 3:50:47 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: John Semmens
Thank you for another superb piece of satire and proving that separating government policy from absurdity is darn near impossible.
36 posted on 09/25/2011 6:59:12 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: John Semmens
Great job, John. Don't you just love Jay Carney? My, how he can twist things.

By-the-way, how long has it been since Dumbo The Flying Marxist gave an actual press conference?

37 posted on 09/25/2011 9:32:27 AM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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