Skip to comments.Pork funding barbecues our children's future
Posted on 03/08/2004 3:18:57 PM PST by qam1
Federal deficit swallowing children's future.
TODAY'S TOPIC IS: Famous Hollywood Celebrities Having Sex With Squid!
Actually, that is not today's topic. I'm just trying to attract readers to today's actual topic, which is: The federal budget deficit.
WAIT! Come back! This is an important topic! Especially if you are a young person, or belong to a future generation yet unborn. Boy are YOU in for a surprise in a few decades! Ha ha!
To help you understand what I am talking about, here's an explanation of the federal budget deficit in the ``Q.'' and ``A.'' format, which enables us to simplify complex issues, while at the same time wasting space:
Q. What is the federal budget deficit?
A. It is a gigantic number of dollars -- like 300 jillion skillion drillion -- that the federal government is spending, despite not actually having it.
Q. Is that legal?
A. It is if you have nuclear weapons.
Q. Why does the government spend so much money?
A. Because it must pay for important federal programs such as Social Security, the War on Terrorism, and the artificial rainforest in Iowa.
Q. The WHAT?
A. True fact: Just recently, Iowa Sen. Charles ``Chuck'' Grassley got the government to toss in $50 million for a project to build a tropical rainforest under a giant dome in Coralville, Iowa.
Q. How will they heat it in the winter?
A. We are guessing pig flatulence.
Q. What is the compelling national purpose for building an artificial rainforest in Iowa?
A. It will provide the nation with something that, in these difficult times, is desperately needed.
Q. Votes for Sen. Chuck?
A. Exactly. But also it will, theoretically, attract millions of theoretical tourists from all over the nation to Iowa, driven by the proven, unquenchable thirst of Americans to enjoy the rainforest-in-a-dome experience. The rainforest will also teach important educational lessons.
Q. Such as?
A. Such as that Congress is as trustworthy with money as a crack addict who is experimenting with heroin. It's not just the Iowa rainforest: This year Congress has voted to spend more than $10 billion on pork projects, including (these are all real expenditures) $200,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, $2 million for a youth golf program, and $90,000 to study olive fruit flies in France.
Q. It's about time! If one of those olive flies gets up your nose, you might sneeze, and your martini is GONE.
A. That's why Congress is stepping in.
Q. So why is the deficit a problem?
A. Because it's going to get much, much worse when the Baby Boomers retire and start collecting Social Security. This will place a massive, crushing, horrendous, lifestyle-blighting financial burden on our children and future generations yet unborn.
Q. Serves them right, for Britney Spears.
Q. Speaking of pig flatulence, what is our political leadership in Washington doing about the deficit problem?
A. Both the Democrats and the Bush White House are setting aside their partisan differences and working together on a courageous, long-term solution to the looming financial crisis, even if this requires them to make unpopular decisions in the short term.
Q. Ha ha! Seriously, what are they doing?
A. They're being total slimeweasels. They're spending MORE. They're pandering their brains out. The Republicans just added a hugely expensive new drug benefit for senior citizens, which the Democrats have bitterly criticized because it isn't expensive ENOUGH.
Q. In other words, our so-called ``leaders'' are buying senior citizen and Baby Boomer votes by piling massive debt on future generations?
A. Exactly! It's like going to a fancy restaurant and ordering everything on the menu, secure in the knowledge that, when the bill comes, you'll be dead.
Q. But surely we -- the Baby Boomers and senior citizens -- are not going to selfishly steal the future from our kids, and generations yet unborn!
A. Of course not! We're going to let the government steal it for us.
Q. Well, OK, then! It sure is a good thing that young people and generations yet unborn do not, as a rule, read the newspaper.
A. I'll say! If they ever found out about this, they'd be putting anthrax in the nation's Metamucil supply!
Q. Ha ha! And speaking of beverages, here's to a bright future for us older people!
A. I'll drink to that! Hold the olive.
Q. OK. You hold the squid.
Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social aspects that directly effects Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1982) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.
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I'm having trouble parsing that sentence.
I say that as if someone is actually interested! ;^)
I can't say I blame you, But unfortunately the vast majority of when the Baby boomers ended and the Xers begin I've seen is 1965 (Lot of variation on when Xers end and Ys begin from 1975 to 1982). I am guessing 1965 was chosen because it would have been the first year the first (adult)baby boomers would have had children.
There seems to be a movement to split the later boomers off from the earlier ones, With the Later being called Generation Jones.
Nope, I'm even older than the boomers. :)
Dave's "generation yet unborn" is right up there with talking about a "generation yet undead." LOL
"Because screwing over the young for votes is compassionate."
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