Defund the IRS

I keep hearing the spin about the over three trillion dollars bill that will not cost us a cent. Perhaps it is the Democrat version of new math, but what it means to me is that we the people will be taxed beyond our wildest dreams. Oh yes, we will hear the spin masters claim that they will only tax the rich and we the people will not be affected. I did the math about ten years ago when this same type of talk was going on, and the answer is there are not enough rich people to tax that much. In fact my math told me that even if we take all the money away from the rich there will not be enough to feed voracious appetite of our government. This new bill will swallow the rich as though they were a drop of water. One question I ask is why does the bill need money for the IRS when it is not going to cost us a cent? The IRS is currently collecting record amounts of revenue with the meager staff of 93,000. I’d say that if they were as good as Amazon we would need less then a third of the people they currently employ. Modern technology is certainly capable of making the IRS more efficient than it is.

Another scary part of this trillion dollar beauty is the part about giving the IRS the responsibility to look into our private bank accounts to make certain that we the people don’t fall into the rich territory. They portend to see all of our statement charges of $600 or more. I contend that that amount is getting into our wallets for sure. Recently I almost had a stroke at the checkout counter of my local grocery store when the bill came in at $350. Sure we bought many items that were big dollar items and we were restocking our pantry but that was inflation striking me in the heart, and that was before we had officially recognized that inflation is happening. Now that prices are skyrocketing I fear going shopping for anything. I am considering buying a new smart TV which will no doubt cost me over $600 dollars. As inflation continues to rise, how much sense does it make to report grocery bills that exceed $600? Somehow reporting that to the IRS doesn’t make sense to me except they want to know just how much I spend so they can then squeeze me harder.

The bill started as an effort to fix our aging infrastructure, like roads and bridges. It was my contention back during the Obama years that he could have replaced every bridge and road in America with the shovel ready stimulus package he lobbied for and got. It has been several years since then and I haven’t seen any bridges being replaced in my solid blue state. The infrastructure portion of the bill is less than a trillion dollars, the remainder is pure graft. I can rationalize infrastructure as an investment in the country which would benefit our economy, but the remainder smacks of under the counter pay-off money for politicians to squander.

Here is my recommendation: Instead of supporting the increasing murder rates across the country by defunding the police, I opt that we defund the IRS instead. The money we save can come back into our empty pockets to spend on things we want and not on the things our politicians think we need. Never has any Alderman, State Representative, Congressman, Senator or local Village trustee ever asked me what I needed or desired. Yet, each year they continue to raise the taxes to pay for what? Nobody ever looks at the city ledger to determine how they can reduce the budget, but they always spend any surplus and ask for more.

While I’m at it I also recommend we defund Education. Why do we continue to pay for poor performance in inner city schools, and for teaching the communist way? At the rate America is going we won’t need any college educated kids to be picking up our trash or cutting our lawns. So why do we continue to pay colleges for professors that spread socialism to making our problems worse?

This post is way too long and I am rambling wildly about how bad things are when I should be cooking my supper. The idea of eating supper is more appealing than getting all fired up about the sorry state of our union. I can do something about supper, but I can’t do anything about the union.

and Another Thing . . .

My earlier post was basically a rant about Hillary’s acceptance speech. I could have kept going but decided my readers had had enough in one bite.

If another presidential candidate announces he is going to fix the infra-structure I will puke on my keyboard rendering it useless forever. Last night, Hillary snuck in a phrase about creating jobs to rebuild infra-structure. So did Obama in two thousand eight, and again in two thousand twelve. (I’m sorry I had to spell out those numbers, but yesterday I fell asleep at my computer and knocked over a glass of flavored water drenching the desk and keyboard. Today the one, two, three, and the control key are not working.)

Back at the beginning of his first term Obama begged the all Democrat Congress for a trillion dollar stimulus package to keep the economy from collapsing. less than a year later he asked for another trillion, but only got $800,000,000. Remember shovel ready jobs? I am still looking for an accounting of where that money was spent. It is again my opinion that we could have replaced every bridge in America, built the wall across the border and a strung an EMI resistant modern electrical grid from shore to shore. Where did all that money go? It certainly didn’t build a wall, and it didn’t fix any bridges, and the grid is still declared vulnerable to EMI. One answer I get is that it went to bail out the banks. The Feds forced all the banks to take loans to keep the economy rolling. Later they leaked information the loans have all been paid back with interest. So where did the money go after it was repaid? Hillary is sure to ask for another trillion to fix things again while we drive on dangerous bridges and the unions get fatter, and fatter, and fatter.

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Thirty Miles Per Burger

Grumpa Joe Pulling Into the Job

Grumpa Joe Pulling Into the Job

In the last two days, I have heard how the government handling of federal highway funds is being squandered on things such as bicycle paths. I agree that we need safe bridges and good roads, but I disagree that we don’t need bike paths.

A bike rider has every right to share the road with drivers. He does carry the same responsibility as a driver and must obey the same laws. A bicycle is considered a vehicle the same as a car. Most drivers do not share this attitude, even though the laws clearly state the right. I know many avid cyclists who use a bicycle as a form of transportation. They ride to work,  take trips across states, and tour foreign countries; all on a bike. They use public highways when they ride. I also happen to live near a popular bicycle path called the Old Plank Road Trail. It is twenty miles long and connects six towns.  I walk the path regularly. I see hundreds of cyclists using the path daily. They range in age from eight to eighty. They feel safe on a path whereas they would never ride a bike on a busy public road. They get their exercise through the enjoyment of a linear park. 

Here is my argument. A bike path will keep  bicyclists off  public roads where sociopathic drivers love to score points for taking out cyclists. I have several personal experiences that I can share about how much love there is for a bicyclist by a driver.  A bicycle path promotes exercise, a much needed activity in this OBESE country. The logic would go this way:

A bike path promotes exercise,

Excercise helps maintain health

Therfore, a bicycle path helps maintain health.

With all the argument about the high cost of  health care, why pick on one thing that will help us maintain our health with a nominal investment?

Bike paths are infrastructure that don’t require as much maintenance as a highway. Thus, the money spent goes further than money spent on a federal highway.