Sunday, January 27, 2013

THE BAND PLAYED ON WHILE THE SHIP SANK

Yep, our politicians in Washington are real worried about the national debt.

They are so worried about it that, they hosted an inauguration that has (so far) topped out at over $170,000,000.00.

That’s

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY MILLION DOLLARS.

The budget for the balls and parties alone was approximately $45 million.

Think about that for a second…

FORTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS for parties.

 OUR NATION IS LIKE THE TITANIC.

It is sinking in debt.

The Outstanding Public Debt as of 28 Jan 2013 at 01:43:07 AM GMT is: $16.444,611,731,550.43  (Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is a time system originally referring to mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, which later became adopted as a global time standard)

 

And hey,  it is not only Obama throwing this kind of money around…This has been going on for years and years.

(The District of Columbia and the federal government spent a combined $115.5-million in 2005 In addition to the $42.3-million Mr. Bush's inaugural committee spent.)

Here’s a list of the National debt at the end of each presidential term:
Before Reagan $1 trillion $250 billion
Ronald Reagan $2.9 trillion $677 billion
George H.W. Bush $4 trillion $1 trillion
Bill Clinton $5.6 trillion $2.2 trillion
George W. Bush $10.6 trillion $4.3 trillion
Barack Obama $16.4 trillion $4.9 trillion

Now think about this…as far as I know, each and everyone of them held inauguration galas and events.

Hellooooooooo……

We are up to our proverbial asses in debt and you idiots in Washington, past and present, want to host $45 million dollar parties ???

Of course there were a lot of donations from the rich and famous and big companies. Four years ago, this  President's committee refused donations from special interests and big corporations. But, this year they, like others before them, accepted million dollar donations from companies like AT&T and Microsoft. These donations pay for all the fun stuff. Everything else, like security and transportation, which cost far more than the parties, etc. well, that’s our tax money at work. (Also big donations came from labor, postal worker and government employee unions.

hummmmm. Now of course this wouldn’t  be a form of; ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ …. would it? )

WHY CAN’T THESE SAME FOLKS CONTRIBUTE THIS KIND OF MONEY TO THE NATIONAL DEBT??? SORT OF PAY OFF THE LOAN SO TO SPEAK???

Can you tell that this really ticks me off??

I mean here we are as legal citizens of this nation trying to get by…just get by  and make it to the next pay check. My pay check was cut over $5 a week for rising Medicare tax…which doesn’t sound like much until you narrow it down to working for around minimum wage.

And all the while the national debt is climbing and climbing…

Did you know that part of the national debt is because the government is “borrowing” from Medicare and Social Security and they are suppose to pay it back?? This blows my mind. No wonder they say our kids may not be able to draw Social Security. The thieves in Washington are robbing it blind.

Here is the menu for the inauguration luncheon.:

First Course:
Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Lobster Tails
New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Sautéed Spinach
Sweet Potato Hay
Second Course:
Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake and Wild Huckleberry Reduction
Bison
Butternut Squash Puree
Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans
Red Potato Horseradish Cake
Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage
Wild Huckleberry Reduction
Third Course:
Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
Pie Dough
Cinnamon Crumble
Apples
Sour Cream Ice Cream
Maple Caramel Sauce
Garnish
Artisan Cheeses
Wine Selections for any course:
Tierce Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2010
Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California
Bedell Cellars Merlot 2009


Approximately 200 guests joined the Obamas for this luncheon.

Now, we could argue all day about which president spent the most at which inauguration, but this post is not about that……this is about ALL THE WASTE THAT GOES ON IN OUR NATION’S CAPITALand has been going on for years. If they had taken all this money that they have wasted and put it toward the national debt we wouldn’t be in the shape we are in now.

I wonder how many folks here in the United State of America…folks that work hard for what little bit of money they earn, or folks who are too old or feeble to work, how many of them went to bed hungry last night, or were cold and couldn’t afford to turn the heat on?

Minimum wage and social security doesn’t go very far a month folks.

Now go back and take a look at that $170,000,000. 00 price tag and that fancy luncheon menu again….

Sort of makes you feel like you touched something that made you feel dirty doesn’t it?

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hindsight

         mama with wyatt and will b
She use to embarrass me by always begging my friends to eat as soon as they stepped foot in her kitchen. No matter if there weren’t any food already prepared, she would have gladly cooked them something to eat, or at the very least, made them a sandwich. She couldn’t stand the thought of anyone being hungry.

Now days I am no longer embarrassed of my mama…but I am ashamed of my teenaged self.

I remember that when we first moved to town, there were some little children nearby that were sometimes left outside in cold weather with very few clothes on. They were cold. She would get them to come in our house and take her own grandchildren’s clothes and dress those little kids warmer. Then she would sit them down at her table and fill their little bellies up with eggs, warm grits, homemade biscuits, and sweet milk to drink.

Sometimes those same little children would come back, timidly knocking on her back door the next morning. They never even had to ask. Within minutes, they were sat at her table, clothed, fed and  given something to drink. She never talked about it…she just did what she figured needed to be done for those little kids.

I got to thinking about it today. I am about 16 years older now, than my mama was when we moved to town back then…and I thought she was old.

Isn’t it funny how we were so cock sure of ourselves when we are young? When you get older, you tend to get a whole new perspective on the way things actually were.

You even sort of see that things back then, were actually reversed from the way you thought it to be.

It was our parents who were smart…

       We were the dumb ones.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.