Jun 3rd, 2012 by Mike

What are the three branches of government?

Name at least two members of the supreme court.

Point to Louisiana on a map?

The majority of Americans—three in four—identify Larry, Curly and Moe as the Three Stooges. That’s certainly understandable. But only two out of five respondents can correctly identify the executive, legislative, and judicial as the three branches of government.

More than three quarters of Americans can name at least two of the seven dwarfs, while less than a quarter can name two members of the Supreme Court.

Less than six months after Hurricane Katrina, one third of those surveyed couldn’t point to Louisiana on a map.1

Really? And I thought Jay-Walking was a set-up.

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  1. Source Readers’ Digest, June 2012, citing, business, and as their sources. []
Golf and Government
May 25th, 2012 by Mike

“The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.”
—Former California Governor George Deukmejian

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Only In America
Mar 9th, 2010 by Mike

We just received a letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce telling us that our 2010 Census form will arrive in about a week. I’m glad the government is spending billions to tell us this. Last year we received a letter from the government telling us that our stimulus check would arrive in about a week. Anybody else think this is a waste of money?

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Oh, Good. Another Bailout
Dec 9th, 2009 by Mike

President Obama announced another bailout. It’s not likely to work, but he has to do something besides blame the “previous administration” for the economy.

Here’s why government spending won’t fix the economy: Government money has to come from somewhere.

  1. Taxes. Taxes come from the economy in the first place, so the net effect of government spending from taxes is zero.
  2. Borrowing. Sure that puts extra money in the economy, but because of the interest, each dollar spent is worth less than a dollar.
  3. Printing. Each extra dollar printed reduces the value of all the dollars already in circulation. Thus, each dollar spent is worth less than a dollar.

Government spending doesn’t create new wealth or extra jobs, it just redistributes money from those who pay taxes (or loan the government money) to those who help politicians get elected.1

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  1. I had a little help here from Glenn Beck’s Arguing With Idiots. []
Government at Work
Oct 27th, 2009 by Mike

USA Today reports that the contractors who spent 16 billion dollars of the stimulus package created 30,383 jobs!

Incredible, the stimulus package is working. It only cost $528,610 per job. If the rest of the package is as successful, the stimulus should create just over one million new jobs.

Let’s turn over more stuff for the government to run.

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Veterans in Congress
Aug 21st, 2009 by Mike

The numbers of veterans in Congress has significantly diminished over the years. From the 70’s to today the number of veterans in Congress has dropped by 75 percent. According to a recent report published by the Congressional Research Service:1

  • There are 121 total legislators who have served in the military (five less than the last Congress)
  • There are 96 veterans in the House and 25 in the Senate
  • Their collective wartime service includes World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq

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  1. Quoted from the Aug 21, 2009 MOAA “Legislative Update” []
Cash for Clunkers
Aug 3rd, 2009 by Mike

Anyone out there taken advantage of the cash for clunkers program?

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The Reason for Taxes
Jun 8th, 2009 by Mike

“Remember, the reason government is funded by taxes is because it produces almost nothing that people will pay for willingly.”  — Mark Hillman

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Federal Income Taxes and You
Apr 17th, 2008 by Mike

 The Congressional Budget Office released the following figures:1


% of
Approx Annual
% of Tax
Burden Paid
Top 1% $1.3 M or more 38.8%
Top 20% $512 K or more 86.3%
Top 40% $58 K or more 99.4%
Bottom 60% Less than $58 K 0.06%
Bottom 40% Less than $37 K 0.00%2


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  1. Historical Effective Tax Rates: 1979-2005. Released December 2007 []
  2. Many in the category will get money “back” even though they paid no taxes. []
Government At Work
Nov 12th, 2006 by Mike

Quoted from The Villages Daily Sun:

Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Animal-control officers in Cobb County have cited tow women for having their dogs off leashes–even though the women were in a park created specifically to let dogs off leashes. When Cobb opend an off-leash dog park last month, it seems, officials didn’t take the county’s leash law into account.

“It’s ludicrous to say it’s off-leash and to give people tickes for having them off the leash,”1 said Clare Salkin, who was ticketed for violating the law. She has a court date in about three weeks for unleashing Bob, her Labrador-mix.

The county says it has stopped enforcing the leash law in the park2. It plans to clarify its ordinances to make it legal for people to unleash dogs in the park, said a county spokesman.

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  1. Duh []
  2. Even though those already ticketed are being prosecuted []
Only in California
Sep 21st, 2006 by Mike

The Villages Daily Sun, Wednesday, September 20, 2006.

Santa Rosa, Calif.

One-time JonBenet Ramsey murder susptect John Mark Karr was offered a plea deal Tuesday on child pornography charges that would free him on probation.

Assistant District Attorney Joann Risse said prosecutors would waive three of the five child pornography charges against him if he pleaded guilty on two remaining charges.

Karr, 41, would get credit for time served and would be placed on probation for three years.

Maybe this kind of stuff happens in other states, but I can’t help thinking that, in light of the outcomes of the O.J., Robert Blake, and Michael Jackson trials, prosecutors in California are just a little gun-shy about taking criminals before its citizens. I know; I know. Karr is not a pop icon…or is he out there on the coast?

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