As we all know by now, Republicans love to talk about cutting spending. In fact many of the Republicans in Congress were standing tall in the recent budget clash by demanding cuts! During the campaign it was $100 Billion. Then they got elected and it went to $60 Billion, then they cut a deal for $38 Billion. Now word comes out that the real deal only cuts $353 Million. Had enough?
Candidate Barack Obama said that, "...The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation...." However President Barack Obama sent American planes into Libya to destroy Libyan air defenses without consulting Congress. Some would see this as a unilateral delcaration of war. Do you think Obama should be impeached?
"Gov. BIll Haslam in his first State of the State address, urged lawmakers to work together to continue reducing the size of government as Tennessee recovers from the country's worst recession in generations." His new $30 Billion budget includes over $100 Million in cuts, but it gives state employees a 1.6% pay raise. Of course this is based on an assumption that the Tennessee economy will grow by 3.65%. Only time will tell.
After several years of concerned citizens telling the Blount County Commission that it needs to cut spending, they still don't. Mayor Mitchell has taken a 12.8% decrease in pay (but still makes over $100,000/yr) but it's a nice gesture. He's asked that all other departments do the same. Every month since the new, all-Republican commission has been in charge, we have seen budget increases. What makes us think they'll finally start listening?
It seems, once again, that gas prices are increasing. Some say it's because of the unrest in the MIddle East and that to fix the situation we need to increase the gas tax so we can end our dependence on foreign oil. But with the billions of taxpayer dollars the government is using to subsidize oil companies, how will this situation ever improve?
As many state governments begin to see their budgets tighten, some are ending the practice of government-employee unions being able to use collective bargaining for their members. We've seen this happen in Wisconsin and now in Tennessee. Some believe that this ability has caused our current financial crisis; others believe that it is the polticians who made all these promises about employee benefits and pay. What do you think?
In the February commission meeting, Blount County commissioners ignored, once again, the citizen warnings and voted to re-finance Blount County's debt. This is a financial mess that these "fiscal conservatives" got us in and so far they seem to refuse to do anything about it. Every month there have been spending increases. So much for their campaign promises.
We are now being told that maybe we've been getting too much fluoride. The Tennessee State Health Department has issued a statement that, "...we believe it wise to suspend promotion of fluoridation by our State employees." It's a good thing they decided this. It's not like we haven't been telling them...
Because the Federal Reserve did such a great job with the Republican-supported, $800 billion TARP and the Democrat-supported, $800 billion bailout, let's keep it going!! This time they're calling it "Quantitative Easing 2". Essentially what this means is they will print more money. This will inevitably decrease the amount our money is worth and make things more expensive. Ready for "Recession 2"?
Want to fly? Not before the government looks at you naked and gropes you. It now seems to be a crime to fly. It seems that by buying a ticket you are giving up your rights protected by the Fourth Amendment.
Remember Benjiman Franklin's words, "Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither."