It takes some digging to find out exactly what goes on in Washington, D.C.. Our lawmakers have free rein when it comes to what gets spent and how it gets spent.
I know that most of us don’t follow CNN and other channels that disburse offbeat news. One of the people that I stopped watching because of statements he made after the Haiti earthquake is the 700 Club, hosted by Pat Robertson. I found out that before the earthquake he had some interesting things to speak on which peaked my interest prior to that time. After the earthquake Pat Robertson made some comments regarding the Hatian People and their religion, which personnally I did not approve of.
Today I just happened to be listening when he (Pat Robertson), made a few statements about our government spending. There were some points in his commentary that everyone should know about and should tell the lawmakers from their cities and states that it is high time that they do something about the way they are spending our money.
ITEM #1: WASHINGTON SPENDS $25 BILLION ANNUALLY MAINTAINING UNUSED OR VACANT FEDERAL PROPERTIES.
When it comes to Washington’s spending we cannot blame all of it on President Obama, as the GOP would like to do. The stimulus spending and the bailout of the automakers and the insurance companies and the banks, but let’s be fair about what happens in D.C.. The Republicans want us to believe that they have nothing to do with the deficit. If you believe that they did not tack on some of the pork then, as the man sang about, you can also believe, “I have some Ocean Front Property In Arizona,” for sale.
We as Americans elect the men and women that are in D.C. and after the elections are over, we don’t think about what they are doing to us. They are giving us a shaft that is bigger than the Washington Monument.
ITEM #2: SOMEONE REALLY PULLED ONE OVER ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND THEY HAVE US PAYING $2.6 MILLION TO TRAIN PROSTITUTES IN CHINA TO DRINK MORE RESPONSIBLY ON THE JOB.
Why is it the house and the senate have to be divided and continually fight over what they are going to pass and which way they are going to vote. I think that everyone that is sent to Washington should have their own mind and vote the way they feel things should go. There should be no one influencing the vote by big business.
ITEM #3: HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO FIND OUT THAT THE SMART PEOPLE YOU ELECTED TO TAKE CARE OF THE BUSINESS OF THIS COUNTRY PERMITTED THE PENTAGON TO SPEND $998,798 TO SHIP TWO (2) 19 CENT WASHERS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO TEXAS, AND $293,451 TO SEND AN 89 CENT WASHER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO FLORIDA.
I don’t know if the lawmakers are stupid or if they just don’t care or if they think the general public is so gullible that they can pull anything on us. Now we all know that the Postal Service is now and has been operating in the red almost since day one. And they have been increasing the cost of mailing letters and packages almost every other year. Well they are not beyond spending a little money on themselves. Check out the next item.
ITEM #4: DINNER AT RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE FOR THE DEBT RIDDEN SERVICE COST $13,500 AND THAT IS FOR ONE DINNER WHICH INCLUDED “OVER 200 APPETIZERS AND OVER $3000 ON ALCOHOL, INCLUDING MORE THAN 40 BOTTLES OF WINE COSTING MORE THAN $50.00 EACH AND BRAND NAME LIQUOR SUCH AS COURVOISIER, BELVEDERE AND JOHNNY WALKER GOLD.” THIS TOTAL WAS FOR 81 GUEST WHO CONSUMED AN AVERAGE OF $167.00 WORTH OF FOOD AND DRINK APIECE.
Can we understand why they are operating in the red?
The above figures were compiled by Brian M. Riedl is a Grover M. Hermann, Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, and more of these goodies can be read at: www.heritage.org