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>>This “Week in Government Failed Policies

Posted on: April 2, 2010

Downsizing Government is a site that should be on everyone’s blogroll and visited at least once a week.  For those of you who haven’t yet made this site a part of your weekly (or daily) reading I try to keep you up here.  Usually I do these as individual posts but I am lazy this holiday weekend and am putting them all together   with of course little tidbits from me. :)  BB

This Week in Government Failure

Posted by Tad DeHaven

Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

  • The U.S. Postal Service wants to drop Saturday mail delivery to save money. Here’s a better idea: give Americans the freedom to choose the mail services they want by repealing the USPS monopoly.
  • “Supporters of the government mail monopoly regularly cite their amazement that they can drop a letter in a mailbox and it will arrive unharmed in another mailbox clear across the country. As a $70 billion operation with the largest workforce in the country, I would hope the USPS can pull off such a feat.”  I think this quote from the article says it all.  The USPS has been reduced to handling junk mail because business have found that UPS and  others do the job better with  few employees and even making a profit  (forgive me please for using such a vulgar word as profit on a family oriented site.  My baser demons got the best of me and I find I can not delete the nasty word.)  BB
  • Obama’s latest mortgage bailout plan will expose the Federal Housing Administration to more risk.
  • Darn it anyhow!  Just when I get to the age where I no longer want the bother of owning my own home and doing all the mowing and other chores the government steps in and tells me that they will make someone else pay my mortgage!  Where were they when i was slaving away paying the mortgages on the five homes I have owned in my lifetime?  Then again I grew up and lived mostly in a time when Americans were free and willing to stand on their own two feet.  BB
  • Unemployed college grads are using food stamps to purchase organic food at high-end grocers like Whole Foods.
  • “Today’s generation seems to be different. This Salon article tells of unemployed college grads using food stamps to purchase organic food at high-end grocers like Whole Foods.
    From the article:
    At Magida’s brick row house in Baltimore, she and Mak minced garlic while observing that one of the upsides of unemployment was having plenty of time to cook elaborate meals, and that among their friends, they had let go of any bad feelings about how their food was procured.
    “It’s not a thing people feel ashamed of, at least not around here,” said Mak. “It feels like a necessity right now.”
    Savory aromas wafted through the kitchen as a table was set with a heaping plate of Thai yellow curry with coconut milk and lemongrass, Chinese gourd sautéed in hot chile sauce and sweet clementine juice, all of it courtesy of government assistance.
    Remember that many of these students probably had their college educations subsidized by the government as well.”
    I guess this just about says it.  But we must remember that these college students of today have been brainwashed in our public schools  to see the government handing out goodies as a good thing.  Furthermore their Left wing professors Are also promoting this. BB
  • Obama’s crackdown on improper payments made by government programs probably won’t help taxpayers.
  • “Under the administration’s latest budget proposal, the federal government will consume a quarter of the nation’s output for years to come. Would Congress or the president pass on any savings from the fraud crackdown to taxpayers? I haven’t heard of any such plans. Any savings would apparently just go to expanding programs.”   If fraud and abuse can now be cut out then why hasn’t it been done already?  Really the only way to cut fraud and abuse is to cut the government programs because there will always be thieves amongst us—look at Congress if you don’t believe me.  BB
  • Congress needs more legislators like William Proxmire who was willing to stand up to his colleagues and special interests when it came to cutting wasteful programs.
  • “One such policymaker who wasn’t afraid to annoy his colleagues was former Sen. William Proxmire (D-WI). Proxmire, who held his Senate seat from 1957 to 1989, was known for his “Golden Fleece Awards” that made public spectacle of wasteful government programs.”    Senator Proxmire’s Golden fleece Award did shame some crazy irresponsible spending  but since he left there has been no one to take his place until Rep Michele Bachmann.  The Democrats have pulled out all stops to defeat her in this years elections.  The fanatical Left will not tolerate anyone or any organization daring to question their policies.  Look how Rep. Waxman called the
    CEO’s of 4 major companies on the carpet for telling the truth about what the Health Care Bill will cost them.  BB
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