Random ruminations from your resident curmudgeon...
Welcome our new dog for 2014. Given the ineptitude and incompetence in the White House, Congress, and Washington in general, you might wonder why this little fella is smiling. This happy dog has a good outlook because he knows that the American people have awakened to the travesty that is this administration and Congress. When the American people wake up and get engaged, Washington will take notice and respond. And that makes this dog happy.
Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter penned an excellent article about the need for those that have conservative values to stand up and fight for their viewpoints and for the truth. He says it better than I ever could, and as we launch out into 2014 and begin to change the direction of this country, this is a must read. You can find the article here.
There is a lot to be thankful for in this life. For instance, I am sitting here thankful that wrinkles don't hurt.
This is old news, but it bears repeating. No... actually it should be shouted from the rooftops because it shows the mindset of those on the Left. The budget deal that was negotiated at the end of 2014 had a provision that provided tax credits to illegal aliens through Child Tax Credits. Illegal aliens that filed tax returns using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number provided by the IRS are eligible to file for the credits. How much money are we talking about? According to the IRS, in 2010, the last year for which they have supplied the data, illegal aliens received $4.2 billion in credits. The new budget deal keeps those credits in place for the illegal aliens, but lops $6 billion out of military retirees pensions. Realizing that the budget rewarded illegal aliens to the detriment of our military retirees, Senate Republicans moved to take out the tax credits for illegal aliens and restore the military pensions. You know what happened next: every Republican voted to restore military pensions; every Democrat except Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted to rewarded illegal aliens. So, my friends, know that those on the Left and their minions in Congress would rather reward illegal aliens than our own military retirees that have served and sacrificed for our country. And shout this fact from the rooftops.
As I get older, I find it harder to lose weight. I think it is because my fat and I have become such good friends.
While veterans are getting screwed by the Democrats, know that those same Democrats have no compunction against spending frivolously for their pet projects. Remember during the budget negotiations when Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously said, "The cupboard is bare. There's no more cuts to make." Let's just see how bare that cupboard really is. Here are a few examples:
- The Department of Interior spent $98,670 to install an outhouse on an Alaskan trail. It is a single toilet with no internal plumbing.
- The National Institute of health spent $335,525 to find out if couples are happier when the woman calms down after an argument. What?? Everyone knows that if mama ain't happy, ain't know one happy. I could have told them that for half of what the NIH spent.
- The State Department spent $5 million on crystal glassware the week before the government shutdown. Presumably to use to drink the $400,000 in liquor they bought at the same time.
- The American Embassy in London paid $1 million to an artist for a sculpture that has been described as nothing more than a "stack of paving stone" according to the London Daily Mail.
Is it me, or do Buffalo wings taste like chicken?
And that, my friends, is my view.