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Educational Stupidity: DC Schools Declare World Traveling Piano Prodigy ‘Truant’

Imagine that you represent an embattled urban school system.  Plagued by decades of failure, waste, and ridicule, you have one saving grace-a young student that is a piano prodigy.  This student travels the world; winning competitions and amazing world wide audiences with her talent.  You might want to publicize that to perhaps enhance your own embattled image. Nah, declare her ‘truant’ and threaten her parents! Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer. The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 […]

Change, Intervention, and Dependency

The concept of the government “solving” all the problems of the world has crept into our society over time. With every new program, every new entitlement, the public has  gradually become accustomed to the government solving the ills of the world. And what of fact that the government seemed to make all of these problems worse? Well, that’s neglected. After all, the government is taking care of it-I don’t have to worry about it, right? Starting with the “progressive” movement in the late 19th century and accelerating greatly since the great depression, the government has vastly increased it’s meddling in […]

$1.2 Billion Obamacare Contract Pays Workers to Do Nothing

“I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it’s there… We will fire government managers who aren’t getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money and we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government… The only way we can do all this without leaving our children with an even larger debt is if Washington starts taking responsibility for every dime that it spends.” – September 2008, Barack Obama Yeaaahhh, right. That’s what Obama said in […]

Top 10 Ways Congress Wasted Your Money in 2013

We obviously need to introduce the notion of fiscal responsibility to Congress.  There are so many programs and items that are funded by the federal government that need to be sent back to the states, districts, or counties to fund. Whenever Congress, federal and local governments propose spending our money and raising taxes Congress, teachers, and government officials need to ask themselves at least this one question: Is this item or monetary increase absolutely necessary that it is a must to require my neighbor, friends, and family to reach down deeper in their pockets and pay more in taxes? Original […]

Do government Health Regulations Cause Hunger?

Here is the first post of our newest contributor, Teresa, of TeresAmerica.  Please welcome her to the team! -Matt On December 5th Pope Francis had a private audience with leaders of  “Movimiento de Trabajadores Excluidos” (Excluded Workers Movement) of Argentina where he said:  “We are living in a throwaway culture where we easily leave over things, but people as well,” the Pope said. “You recycle and with this, two things are produced: an ecological work, which is necessary, and on the other hand, a production that promotes brotherhood and gives dignity to one’s work, you are creative in your production, […]

Welcome to Soviet America: Detroit’s Curbs Lead the Way to a More Inept Tomorrow!

That’s right, comrade!   The future is brighter for the disabled people in the People’s Republic of Detroit! Either that, or Detroit’s curbs should have been curbed in the first place.  Motor City Times has a hilariously typical example of big government at work… Friend of MCT, T Shelton sent a link to a very interesting post @ Motor City Muckraker. MCM has a post giving us a small glimpse into the absurdity that is government bureaucracy run wild (at the local and federal level): Two years after the city dished out the tax dollars to install the ramps, the Motor City Muckraker examined the whereabouts of […]

Cash for Clunkers Revisited: More Damage Done

For those of you that have been here since almost the beginning, you know that we pegged “Cash for Clunkers” as the huge failure that it was.  Here is what we wrote while the program was ongoing… The cars traded in on the program are to be destroyed.  Now, in normal situations, a trade in will either go on the dealer lot, go to auction, or go to the junkyard.  In any of those situations, others will have the opportunity to benefit from this car, either by driving it, or by purchasing the usable parts from it.  When the car […]

Government Spent Enough on Welfare in 2011 to Give Each Family in Poverty Over $59,000 Each

A long term criticism of social programs, especially the entitlements, has been the massive waste associated with them.  Recently, a report was released that shows that if Welfare spending was concentrated, each family in poverty over $59,000 each.  CNS News has more… According to a report from the CRS produced for Sen. Jeff Sessions(R-Ala.), $1 trillion was spent on federal welfare programs during fiscal year 2011 – with $746 billion in federal funds and $254 in state matching funds. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were approximately 16.8 million households living below the federal poverty level of $23,000 per year for a family of […]

ObamaPhone Hilarity: Over 250,000 Have More Than One

When you give away free stuff things that other people are paying for, you have to expect some fraud and abuse along the way.  For a great example, we need to look no further than the infamous ObamaPhone.  But, it seems that people are loving their free paid for by us phones so much, they can’t stop at just one.  Liberty News has the story… Note that Obama’s own minions found that more than 250,000 people have more than one ObamaPhone.   I guess it’s probably racist to point that out, right? To lighten the mood a bit, All American Blogger has […]

If Teachers Were Paid Minimum Wage to Babysit Students They Would Make $189K/year?

Some people claim that teachers’ are overpaid- they argue that teachers’ only work 9 or 10 months a year and basically most teachers simply babysit kids today. And for that they should be paid a minimum wage. That’s right- people claim that we should pay teachers $7.50 (roughly the minimum wage in most states) an hour and only pay them for the hours they worked (not any of that silly planning time or any time they spend before or after school). That would be $48.75 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that […]

$16 to Serve Hamburgers on Amtrak Trains?

Yes, you read the title correctly.  It costs our government $16 to serve crappy quality, microwavable hamburgers on Amtrak.  However, to make up for it, they sell them for $9.50!  Bloomberg has more… I live in New York City, so I’ve eaten my share of $16 hamburgers. If a hamburger costs that much, it’s usually pretty good. It had better be! But that’s not true if you’re on Amtrak. At a congressional hearing yesterday, we learned that the agency’s on-board, microwave-in-bag hamburgers cost $16 to serve, even though the agency only charges travelers $9.50 to buy one. The purpose of the hearing was […]

Get Your Free Obama Phone

“Call me; I need campaign money.” He never delivered on the Obamamaniac’s desires for him to pay for their mortgage and gas, but Barack Obama  can give you a free phone. (Question: Since when does a government program have a .net address?) Predictably, if you’re already sucking on the government teat, you automatically qualify for a phone: If you, or members in your household are, receiving the following benefits you automatically qualify for the Lifeline program. Those interested in the program must have an income of less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. (For example in the 48 Contiguous States and D.C […]

Shovel Ready? $11,000,000 Spent-two People Helped!

For government work, that’s a bargain, apparently.  We said that when the porkulus passed, that there would be tremendous waste and corruption.  So, when the following came to light, I was not surprised.  Michelle Malkin has more on the shenanigans in Detroit.   Part of an $11 million grant intended to provide business attire to 400 low-income job-seekers instead helped only two people, an audit of the city’s Department of Human Services has found. The audit, conducted by the city’s auditor general for the period from July 2009 to September 2011, found the department failed to control the operations and […]

New Chevy Volt Commercial

With Volt sales lagging far below expectations, or should we say “unexpectedly,” GM and their union masters are going to great lengths to get buyers.  Here is the latest effort. Of course, it’s a parody.  But, how close to reality is it?  Pretty close, if you ask me! H/T:  Nebraska Energy Observer

Nanny State Alert: LA Unified School District’s Healthy Meals Make Students ill, Cause them to eat more Junk Food

Here’s the scenario; government identifies an invented problem, or creates one via nonsensical policies.  Then, they propose to solve the problem with even more government.  Since government is force, and totally inept at solving problems, they tend to create even more problems.  Sometimes, it’s tragic. Other times, its hilarious. This is one of those hilarious situations. It seems that the LA Unified  School District discovered that their school lunches were not healthy enough.  So, in typical nanny fashion, they likely hired experts, held meetings, and decided that they would be the agents of change to save the youth from a lifetime of obesity, high […]

And we need another Porkulus? To fund more cars from Finland?

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If you’ve been following the current debate over Porkulus 1000.0, you’ve heard a lot rehashed rhetoric from the original effort back in 2009.  Of course, we all know how that worked out… Turtle Tunnels Billions in funds going to Congressional Districts and Zip Codes that do not exist. Solyndra Fish Sperm Curb cuts in places where there are no sidewalks Increased unemployment Lib organizations that claimed more jobs saved than their total number of employees More money going to districts that voted for Obama, only to see their unemployment rates increase even more. “Shovel ready” projects that were apparently not […]

There Will Be No Instant Gratification

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Nile Gardiner, based in Washington and writing for The Telegraph, has analysed current polls and believes that end of big nanny government may be in sight. Here are some of the poll results that he sites:  81 percent of Americans dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, which comes from 65% Democrats and 92% Republicans. And from a Gallop poll, he reports  57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010. And  Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every […]

Graph: Unemployment Rates Projected with and without the Passage of Stimulus Bill II

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Stimulus I not only didn’t work, it probably made the unemployment rate go higher by transferring available funds from private investment and savings to spending by government, making the marketplace more uncertain, preventing the free markets from self-correcting on bad investments, and discouraging savings and efficiency gains. Democrats promised that if this one-time only trillion dollars in spending was enacted, it would prevent unemployment from going above 9% and would shorten the length of time of recovery. But the spending was permanent and unemployment went above 10%, sharply increasing shortly after the passage of Stimulus Bill 1, and has now […]