Skip to comments.How the Feds are Conning You
Posted on 03/15/2013 7:07:05 AM PDT by yoe
This week, President Obama told ABC News that the current national debt, approaching $17 trillion, is "sustainable" and he does not feel the need to try to balance the budget.
Where is Herbert Hoover when we need an economic genius?
Just about every honest economist knows that running up massive debt without an effective strategy to improve the economy is flat out dangerous. If the U.S. dollar collapses, there will be a worldwide depression that will make the recent recession look like an after-party at George Clooney's house.
In the meantime, I can report the following federal expenditures that the President apparently has no problem overseeing:
- $27 million to the country of Morocco to teach the folks over there how to make pottery. I guess the Moroccan government is not capable of pottery instruction. This con is courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which now has the nerve to tell us that the pottery project is "not on track to achieve its goals." Translation, the dollars we've sent are likely to have been stolen.
- $1.5 million to the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to study why many lesbian Americans are overweight. The National Institutes of Health calls the situation "an issue of high public health significance." Sure. Everybody's talking about it.
- $947,000 to research a "Mars menu." What astronauts would eat on the planet Mars if they ever get there. NASA says it will send six volunteers into a barren Hawaiian landscape to eat stuff so it can figure out what tastes good on Mars. I am NOT making this up, with apologies to Dave Barry.
- $325,000 to develop a robot squirrel. The National Science Foundation wants the robots to scare rattlesnakes. The agency also says the robosquirrels will help in "public outreach." Does anyone know what that means? Rocky? Bulwinkle?
- The National Science Foundation strikes again by funding a New York City theatre company called "The Civilians." They got nearly $700,000 tax dollars to put on a play about "climate change and biodiversity." Have you seen that play? No? That might be because it only played in Kansas City. Even Al Gore hasn't seen it.
Finally, if you go to the Alabama Watermelon exposition this year, you paid for some it. If you visit Nebraska, you should know that your tax dollars funded a company that makes shampoo and toothpaste for pets. And if you like caviar - you paid for a website designed to bring those exotic fish eggs to "the masses."
These expenditures are so stupid it hurts. But I also think they are a criminal misuse of our tax dollars. It is estimated that the federal government could save $400 billion a year by eliminating wasteful and redundant programs.
There comes a point when folks get the government they deserve. The American people reelected Barack Obama knowing he is the biggest spending president in history. In fact, Mr. Obama has spent more federal money than every president combined up until George W. Bush's second year in office. And to this day, Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party are proud of their spending record.
The Donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party. It should be the robosquirrel.
OBAMA'S MOTTO---"NOTHING FOR THEE---EVERYTHING FOR ME"
NRO tallied up the total for the Obamas' cost of living in the White House: $1.4 billion per year: Air Force One ($181,757 per hour), executive chef ($100,000 per year), three full-time White House calligraphers ($ 277,050 per year for the trio), chief of staff to the presidents dog ($102,000 per year), Ohaha's royal motorcade ($2.2 million).
The current annual cost of the White House just in household expenses, not including US policy operations for which the WH exists--administered by some 900 policy staff recruited by Ohaha) is $1.4 billion:
Annually, Ohaha vacations cost $20 million (the low estimate for one vacay Ohaha took to Hawaii while Moochelle was skiing Aspen) was $4 million, but the true cost is probably five times that); the first familys yearly health-care costs are $7 million; more than $6 million is spent on the White House grounds each year. Transporting the president cost $346 million last year.
But as Mrs O whined, "America is basically a downright mean sort of plac," ...... so kid's WH tours will just have to go what with those Repubs forcing sequestration cutbacks on the US.
"Toleranr and compassionate" Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently told Chris Wallace on Fox News, "It is almost a false argument to say that we have a spending problem (WRT sequestration)."
(TRANSLATION "And besides, we need trillions to subsidize all our "new citizens" who will vote---and make me Majority Leader, again---not to mention the billions in foreign aid we plan to give to all the countries on the other side of the border.")
L-R--Sen. Robert Menendez , (D-NJ); Dr Salomon Melgen, VOXXI Chman of the Board; Rep Nancy Pelosi; Francisco J. Sanchez, Under Secy of Commerce for Intl Trade, and Emilio Sanchez, president and CEO of VOXXI at the Ntl Assoc of Latino Elected and Appt Officials Gala in Washington. (Photo/ Voxxi---Melgen's web site)
Michelle Obama appears on the cover of Vogue and opens up about what she says is her biggest priority -- maintaining a happy and tight-knit family. "Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole,"
I'm surprised Mrs O did not wear for the Vogue cover, the pricey diamnod bangles she sported at a DNC fund-raiser last Sept....raised big bucks to keep Mr O in office so he could work for "the poor."
Musta wowed all the "tolerant and compassionate" Dems who hate the rich and support endless govt programs "for the poor."
The Gothic cuff was priced at $15,350 set with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 set with 1.73 carats in diamonds. (Excerpt) Read more at houston.culturemap.com
Family togetherness---that's a laugh. They took separate vacays few weeks ago. Been estimated he's spent some 800 hours golfing. All those shots of him on the greens never show the kiddies and wifey in tow. That's togetherness?
While kids were shut outof the WH supposedly due to Secreat Service cutbacks, the O's teen daughter was spotted in NYC the other night---with girlfriends---dining st the pricey Buddakan, scoffing up rock shrimp, edamame dumplings, short ribs, lobster fried rice........replete w/ five Secret Service guards dining nearby, while students her age were denied access to the people's house.
I have lived in 4 places where rattlesnakes were a problem. So Cal. No Cal. Oregon. N Nevada. Seen dogs & horses bitten by rattlers. Some made it. Some died.
I have never known a ‘squirrel’ to scare a rattlesnake.
Basically, I have never seen anything a rattlesnake was bothered by.
Friend told me that he found a story on Daily Caller:
Obama at lunch yesterday with Republicans-—refused to
EAT HIS lunch because.....’his official taster’ was not there to eat first.....
Since when does Obama have an ‘official taster’ and what does that cost in the budget???
Others at the lunch were eating the same lobster item that Obama was refusing to consume.....
How far around the bend is this country?
How long has this been going on?
My question is, are these leftists like Obama actually trying to collapse the economy because they think the resulting chaos and social upheaval will result in a MORE authoritarian and socialist state. (Which seems a rather dangerous gamble on their part because they are just as likely to end up with a far right government...)
Or, do they honestly believe their own rhetoric that the money supply is endless and will always come rolling in no matter how much they spend and if things do get a bit tight, it can all be solved by raising taxes on a few rich folks.
I'm not sure which view I find more dangerous...
Well it IS the Ides of March...
That Vogue cover doesn’t look a thing like her. How many hours of airbrushing or photoshopping did that take?
There is one thing but those are quickly being banned. Before long we'll be reduced to garden hoes.
I’ve heard of the taster. It keeps people from poisining the prez. I think it’s Standard Operating Procedures for all presidents.
Yes, we need a president who understands economics. Hoover was a great engineer, and did remarkable relief work after World War One. As an economist, however, he failed miserably.