|Politicians.......I've had enough
I'm sick and tired of our government screwing the public over.....I've had enough!
I've decided that its time for a real change, and will never again vote for a republican or democrat that's running for any type of office. I believe we as Americans would be served better by an independent or someone who has never been in politics before. This latest fiasco over raising the debt ceiling sealed the deal for me.
We had enough money to pay all of our debts, our servicemen and women, and life would have carried on with no big noticeable effect.
There would have been no government shutdown.
If they had not raised the debt ceiling, our government and politicians would have had to tighten their belts and stop all of the ridiculous spending on bull-shit projects like:
850 Million: to Amtrak - A railroad that hasn't turned a profit in 40 years
$1,700,000 - for swine odor research in Iowa
50 Million: for the National Endowment for the Arts
246 Million: tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film
600 Million: to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
150 Million: for Smithsonian museum facilities
75 Million: for "smoking cessation activities"
500 Million: for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland
160 Million: for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service
100 Million: for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
110 Million: to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems
200 Million: in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations
$849,015 - for genomics for southern crop stress and disease research
$1,709,946 - for sorghum research
$968,175 - for berry research
$470,000 - for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Maritime Museum
$329,000 - for American Village Citizenship Trust Montevallo for character programs in at-risk areas
$1,175,000 - for Jackson State University for computer software and mapping
$3,200,000 - for the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP, a weapon of mass destruction and able to manipulate weather conditions around the globe)
$2,400,000 - for National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing skill set analysis
$1,600,000 - for micro-satellite serial manufacturing
$492,000 - to deepen Anchorage Harbor
$27,643,472 - directed to the Yazoo River and Basin, a plan long derided as wasteful, with an estimated cost of $200 million, which would drain thousands of acres of wetlands and forests in order to increase useable farm land
$1,968,000 - for bioengineering research training at Jackson State University
$590,400 - for the University of Mississippi Medical Center for research in the areas of increasing efficiency by reducing the amount of contrast media needed for certain procedures
$492,000 - for the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum
$500,000 - for unspecified upgrades to Barracks Row, an upscale neighborhood eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building
$150,000 - for a rodeo museum in South Dakota
$143,000 - for Nevada Humanities to develop and expand an online encyclopedia
$238,000 - for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$143,000 - to teach art energy
$332,000- for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas
$2,100,000 - for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York
$650,000 - for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi
$1,000,000 - for Mormon cricket control in Utah
$200,000- for a tattoo removal violence outreach program "to help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past"
$475,000 - to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah
$209,000 - to improve blueberry production and efficiency in Georgia
$47,500 - to remodel and expand a playground in Ottawa, Illinois
$400,000 - for copper wire theft prevention efforts
$819,00 - for catfish genetics research in Alabama
$380,000 - for lighthouses in Maine
$380,000 - to revitalize downtown Aliceville, Alabama
$900,000 - for fish management
$951,500 - for the Oregon Solar Highway
$26 Billion - for private equity companies, the vultures that buy companies, load them up with debt, collect exorbitant fees, and then try to sell them to the unsuspecting public
$4.6 Billion - for clean coal
$250 Million - to repair NASA facilities damaged by Hurricane Ike and to reduce the significant backlog of maintenance and repair projects at NASA facilities nationwide
We would all be better off had our bailout money not been spent on the unneeded crap above, and this is only part of what your money was spent on. All our elected officials had to do was to stand their ground as they had already stated that they would do, and not raise the debt ceiling. Our government needs to learn to live within its means just like you and I have to do, "or do without".
I am supporting Herman Cain in the 2012 presidential elections as I believe he is our only chance to straighten out this huge mess and get us back on the right track. If you are not aware of Herman Cain or had a chance to see him speak, please go to his website here.