Sunday, June 06, 2010

Junk Big Government

Dagen McDowell: US Could Save $340 Billion By Cutting Public Wages Down to Private Sector Pay Rates (Video) Gateway Pundit via Steve Bartin. This comment hits home:

First we had junk food devoid of nourishment and we thought it was so funny we all laughed about it.

Then we had junk bonds devoid of value and we bought them as we all laughed about it.

Then we had junk entertainment devoid of talent and we all thought it was so, out there.

Then we had junk art devoid of any aesthetic merit and we put it up on pedestals and everyone thought it was, like, really cool.

Then we had a junk education system – and even the kids laughed about it.

Then we had a junk judicial system and there was little we could do about it.

Now we have a junk government and it isn’t funny anymore is it?

When are we going to wake up and take notice of all the people that go into government only to feather their own nests as they totally abrogate their responsibilities to represent the people and be the custodians of our best interests?

$340 billion is a lot of money!

Sotheby's to auction Lehman Brothers art collection. Let's have more auctions! Junk

So, here comes the good intending Bob Corker (R-TN) of the Senate Banking Committee offering-up a simple piece of legislation this past week which would require at least a 5% down payment on a mortgage to be acceptable to Fannie and Freddie.

So, here comes the democrats and shoot it DOWN on a straight party line vote 57-42.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd explained the universally accepted Democrats rationale for voting against down payments on taxpayer-backed mortgages.

Chris Dodd (D-Conn) explained: “. . . passage of such a requirement would restrict home ownership to only those who can afford it.”

Junk Fannie and Freddie. And junk incumbents in November--unless they give you a damn good reason why not.

Because we need real jobs.

Remember when Democrats blathered and badmouthed all those entry level jobs, disparaging people who worked at McDonalds or Wal-Mart? Well, we could use more of those couldn't we. No thanks to them feathering the SEIU and federal and teachers union's nest with the stimulus of government, not private sector jobs. We pay for those government jobs--they are a burden on us. And on our children. And our children's children.

JUNK Big Government.

P.S. Junk The One

The central challenge for the twentysomethings is converting campaign skills into the realm of government. On the trail, “we got accustomed to marching orders: ‘You’re going to Iowa, you’re going to South Carolina, you’re going to New Hampshire,’” says the former agency staffer. “And in the real career world, you’re supposed to navigate this on your own.” [snip]

“A lot of folks have identified that [they] should actually know what [they're] talking about,” says Evans, “not just advocate what’s in my heart, but what works.”

More. Who Needs Economic Stability? The Dervish as Regulator


Obama and Vice President Joe Biden fed the expectation by predicting the report would be a good one. It was -- if you count Census jobs. There were 400,000 of those, or about 90 percent of the total, suggesting Obama and Biden see no difference between a temporary government job and a permanent, private one.

They ought to finally hear what employers have been telling them: Washington's taxing, spending, borrowing and red tape are holding back job creation. Nearly 5 million Americans have been out of work for more than a year, a dismal record of long-term unemployment.

But listening is not high on the White House agenda. Two people who have frequent contact with the administration told me recently that between Obama's "arrogance," as one put it, and his near-total reliance on his Chicago inner circle, as the other said, there is no welcome mat for dissent or fresh ideas.

Back in Chicago: Blagojevich trial opening statements expected Tuesday

And this: The Times Are Changing, But Obama Isn't - Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard

Don't bet on his changing. But yes we can. In November.

Related: The Blago Bloody Slugfest, Obama's 'Chicago Way' plunders the private sector

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