Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Debt & Deficit Blabber

July 29th, 2011

What you’re hearing from our elected congressional “leaders” is all lies and cowardice. Let’s recognize that in two years the Sun God and his minions have increased federal spending by over $4 Trillion dollars. What’s keeping congress from whacking off that $4 Trillion right now? Cowardice. They think we’re dumb and inattentive. They think we won’t notice that a 10-year promise to not spend $1 to $2 Trillion means anything we can count on. It’s total BS meant to deceive you and me.

Stand pat. Don’t raise the debt limit. Prioritize spending of what the IRS collects. End Obama’s $4 Trillion binge right now. Not over 10 years, NOW. Then trim $15 Trillion over 10 years. That might make a difference. Anything less is a fraud.

What to Cut? NO. What to Keep.

July 26th, 2011

The budget “crisis” is entirely backward. The pols are arguing about what to cut. The discussion should be about what to keep. They need to assume that the whole government is a pile of manure, and perhaps there’s a pony in there somewhere. Their job should be to find the pony and shovel the rest out into the fields.

I’ve made this appeal before. What part of the federal government’s programs would you want to keep? What programs to you personally benefit from? You’ll have to think long and hard to identify anything personally beneficial and worth keeping.

Don’t Negotiate, ACT!

July 14th, 2011

The very idea of having the congressional “leaders” negotiate with the President on the debt ceiling is obviously unproductive. The republicans should, instead, prepare legislation having major spending cuts, effective immediately, not over 10 years. They should try to get democrat members to buy into it, then pass it. If the democrats won’t participate or the president vetos it, then the responsibility for a failure to raise the debt ceiling will properly belong to the democrats. Keep the dept ceiling where it is and live with it. The whole idea of a ceiling that is blithely raised every time it is hit is something only Washington could think is sanity.

NASA, RIP

July 10th, 2011

Let’s face it. The NASA Apollo moon landing project was one giant publicity stunt designed to one-up the Russians during the cold war and burnish the image of a young, inexperienced president. While the moon landing was a source of pride to Americans and a thrill to watchers worldwide, it was not a significant contribution to science.

Since then, NASA has spent billions of dollars on the space shuttle and the space station. The shuttle was supposed to be able to land, refit and fly again within a few weeks at a cost of a few tens of million dollars. The reality is that it couldn’t turn around in less than three months and each flight cost half a billion dollars. The thing was a kludge from the start. Just look at the picture and tell me if I’m wrong. Some say the shuttle was only justified as support for the space station and the space station was only justified as support for the shuttle. If you think that’s success you must be a government employee.

In between flights NASA has involved itself in everything from nutrition to automobile technology to rubber bands to global warming alarmism. It’s contribution to technology is miniscule to non-existent. Its cost has been exorbitant.

In light of the need to cut government down to a reasonable size, NASA is an agency we should be happy to sunset. RIP NASA.