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Commentary :: Politics
Is This What We’re Paying For?
04 Jan 2011
One of the number one issues this last election was cutting government spending. People had become tired of paying for our government to fritter away taxpayer money and taxpayer time – and frittering of their time always means a frittering of taxpayer money. Republicans ran to the polls because they wanted a change. Many Democrats stayed home in part because many agreed with this. Independents also were fed up with government spending.
There were issues like healthcare, the bailout and the waste of money on two wars at least one of which had no real justification for entering into in the first place. People were fed up with things like Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” and the CIA Act of 1949. The bridge was settled, but the latter still continues and Americans still pay vast untold sums to fund scams like intelligence officers going into “private business” for themselves doing the exact same thing they did when they worked for the government.

They leave then come back and say, “pay me twice the price or more or you lose my expertise and all that work.” Guess who gets stuck with the bill? The kicker is we technically don’t have the right to know specifics about it because under the CIA Act of 1949 all such behavior and money spent on it is considered “classified.” They are fleecing us then threatening to send us to jail if we try and make it public. I guess now we know what’s in the black bag.

By getting elected in 2010 to take over a majority role in the US House, the GOP were given a mandate to change things by the voters. They were voted in by folks wishing to see a break from government waste. There were specific bills in need of addressing, but overall there was a desire to have a group demonstrating how not to waste tax dollars.

These were supposed to be the true to the roots conservatives, issues focused and no silly sideshows. This was supposed to be a return to Reaganism.

Reagan was known for being able to reach across the isle to convince people of his beliefs. He was able to persuade people to sit down and talk issues over regarding legislation he wanted to see passed. He found ways to come to a consensus and was willing to negotiate to reach a compromise.

John Boehner promised to work with the new administration in order to get his goals met legislatively. Yet, already his new House of Representatives is promising to waste taxpayer money. First his members are seeking to cut away at the healthcare bill just passed. Democrats will most likely stand firmly against that with perhaps a few issues. Instead of wasting time attacking a proposal they know will get tied up and bogged down, why not try and come together to change it in ways amenable to both sides?

The nation gave them a majority in the House only – not the Senate. There’s a reason. They should be taking the hint. The ‘us against them’ approach is precisely what got hardly anything done over the past two years. They came together for a brief moment in December of 2010 and now are already threatening, blaming and reverting.

Next, they want to tie up the hard earned taxpayer dollars they claimed to be fighting for while they were campaigning in investigations of supposed corruption in the Obama Administration. They claim in two years the Obama Administration is the most corrupt in US history. Really? Oh boy. This is something Democrats are still angry at Obama and Nancy Pelosi for not doing regarding the Bush Administration which by 2008 everybody pretty much admitted was a corrupt White House. But, they put it down and took the high road.

What good will it do to tie up taxpayer time with this obviously partisan nonsense? They could not impeach Bill Clinton and they invested millions in doing that. Aren’t there better uses of taxpayer dollars? If they truly wish to demonstrate how conservative they are, why don’t they figure out how much it will cost to do all the investigations, then refund all that money to taxpayers. There’s a proper use of those funds.

Instead, after all the talk of grassroots, constitutional conservatism one of the first things they want to do is start up a three ring legal circus on the taxpayer dime. What will come out of it? Who wants to guess? (LOL)

There better be a strict accounting of all the money spent so we can see what a return to true conservatism will cost. Lawyers aren’t cheap and apparently we are all about to be reminded once again how true that is. Is this really what “return to true conservativism” Republicans are telling us we should be paying for? Poor form – bad start.

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