Put ‘Er In Perspective

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2011)

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It could have been anyone.  It could have been any past POTUS with a great deficit and budget.  It happens to have been our present President and strive though he might, he could not impart perspective to his promise to save 100 million dollars from our budget.  I might, but it isn’t likely, be able to explain the perspective  or lack of perspective in the President’s plan.  But , there are those talented people safely ensconced in their lairs of meaningful life, that can do so with very little effort.

Therefore, I leave it to a particular young man who is anonymous to me.  Just follow the link found immediately below this sentence.

Put ‘Er In Perspective

I wonder if the young fellow has a job?

Petty Silliness Promoted To Sublime Pomposity — Just Cleave It

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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How do you explain the absolute silliness of a massive congressional earmark if it is indescribable in ordinary terms?  Sublime pomposity?  Criminal ignorance and disrespect  for the money and resources of others?  Perhaps all of the forgoing would be appropriate.  A $49 billion  earmark seems a bit gigantic to me and I hope to the rest of you taxpaying citizens.  Can we just cut to the story of the congressman who has the audacity to defend such an earmark … “Yes we can!”  I know we have all heard those last three words, but I do not believe we were prepared to interpret them as our acquiescence to blatant robbery by a congress member.  Here’s the story — at least part of it.  From The Southeast Missourian and columnist Mike Jensen:

Rep. Cleaver has proposed a $48 billion earmark

When absurdity gives way to hilarity, you must be talking about politics.

In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.

Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.

Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.

Just call this redistribution on steroids.

Cleaver’s office says this of the proposal:

“The Epicenter is a proposed estimated $48 billion (Phase One) mass scale urban reclamation project for combating, reducing, reversing and/or eliminating poverty within under served communities by utilizing mass scale economic redevelopment to bring about stability and self reliance.”

This thing just gets sillier and borders on stupid.  Here is a link to the rest of Jensen’s story.  PAY ATTENTION NOW — LOOK BELOW!

The story as Mr. Jensen wrote it seems not true.  Here is a follow-up to Jensen’s story, also from The Southeast Missourian, written by another author (Scott Moyer) :

Kansas City, Mo., Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is defending himself today to the national media, saying a Southeast Missouri columnist’s article that claims he was trying to seek $48 billion in federal funding for an inner-city revitalization project is false.”I think it would be hilarious if thousands of people did not believe it,” said Cleaver, who is serving his third term representing the Fifth District of Missouri in the House of Representatives. “It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever experienced in my years in politics.”

It began on Wednesday, when a column by Michael Jensen of Sikeston ran in the Southeast Missourian, asserting that Cleaver proposed a $48 billion earmark for a project called the Epicenter, an urban reclamation project for revitalizing low-income areas in Kansas City’s inner city.

The project is one of 127 proposals that were submitted to Cleaver via his website earlier this year for fiscal year 2011, which were posted on his website. But he posts every proposal he receives from constituents, he said, and not those that he actually chooses to send to Congressional appropriations committees.

So a sensational story has the kibosh put to it, by all things, an accurate story (we hope.)  We can read the rest of the “accurate” story and see that the congressman still loves pork bellies, pig tails and pig earmarks … just not to the extent to which he was accused by Mr. Jensen and others who ran with the original non-story that made a story in itself.  Here’s a link the rest of the revelatory piece by  Mr. Moyers.

While the above may or may not make a decent story, it should give any writer pause to consider sources and their veracity.  Something I have neglected on occasion as my friends and enemies can attest.

Below is a link which might help explain what Congressman Cleaver’s earmarks were, and what they were not.   But, with a name like “Cleaver,” surely the congressman can find an ear or two in need of marking for a butcher job:

Congressman Cleaver’s Earmarks

Here’s more and don’t forget the links toward the bottom of the page:

Republican earmarks do exist along with other Democrats, and Independents

DimWits — DemWits With Repubicrat Partners

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No, I’m not equating Democrats with dimwits, if they are equal they will manage to do so solo.  If we look at their latest action with the budget for Fiscal 2011 they may have an excellent start on their rising to the nickname.  The Hill has filed a report indicating that a 1.1 trillion budget with over 1900 pages has plenty of pork belly, pig rump, pig feet and bull butter contained therein:

Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.

The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill Congress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a senior GOP aide familiar with the legislation.

Of course some retiring or beaten-down RINOS have to join in to make the Democrats secure in their sorry rapine.  Here’s what those good ol’ Repubicrats have to say:

Despite strong opposition from Thune and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), several Senate Republicans are considering voting for the bill.

“That’s my intention,” said retiring Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) when asked if he would support the package.

Bennett said earmarks in the bill might give some of his GOP colleagues reason to hesitate but wouldn’t affect his vote.

“It will be tough for some, but not for me,” he said.

GOP Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), George Voinovich (Ohio) and Susan Collins (Maine) also told The Hill on Tuesday they would consider voting for the omnibus but want to review it before making a final decision.

Here is the link to the complete story from the source.  Looks as though Dems and Pepubs are just like the weatherman … can’t trust the weatherman, don’t you know?  Besides the links below, here is one from the Washington Times.


Help Cut And Balance New Mexico’s Budget

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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The Rio Grande Foundation has published a request — perhaps a plea would be a  more appropriate descriptor, for the public’s help in coming up with ways to fix New Mexico’s budget for the next fiscal year.  They have posted a narrative, a short report explaining their rational and a survey to allow all New Mexico citizens to take part.  They also request ideas from the public on other ways to cut at least 5 million dollar blocks from the pot.

Here is a link to their article of today:


Within the article, you’ll find links to the report and the survey.  We urge readers to participate and submit your opinions no later than December 31st … the cut-off date.  And, don’t forget to pass the survey on to your friends.  There are other recent stories dealing with our economic situation on their website with links to the stories contained on the same page as mentioned above.

Thanks to the “Foundation” for their work on this and other important issues affecting our State.