Watching our so-called governmental leaders in Washington reminds me of an old Keystone Kops movie.
Can’t these guys do anything right?
The Senate Sunday put the final touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill.
Yeah, that’s “trillion” with a “t” and that stands for trouble.
The federal debt stands at an all-time high and increases every minute. The “official” count of Americans out of work stands at 10 percent but that is a phony number because many more out-of-work Americans aren’t counted in the smoke-and-mirrors bookkeeping practices of the federal government.
What started out as health care “reform” is now a bloated bill that will most likely increase the cost of insurance for many Americans and provide even more loopholes for the industry that profits off the misery of others.
Americans continue to die in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Barack Obama’s announced plan for withdrawal from Afghanistan in 18 months contains so many conditions that it is more likely that we will be there for several more years.
Talking heads from the White House fanned out on the talk show circuit Sunday to predict better times ahead but while one was saying we should see jobs by spring, another admitted the recession will still be with us for most of next year and possibly beyond.
My God. These folks can’t even get their talking points straight. You know the country’s in trouble when the propagandists can’t stay on message.
Many economists predict the increasing national debt will trigger another, deeper, economic crisis but those in power don’t seem to care.
The health care “reform” package continues to grow in cost.
Members of Congress continue to pack spending bills with “earmarks” (aka “pork”) without regard to cost or effect on the economy.
And while Americans lose their jobs and face foreclosures and other financial tragedies, the federal government is responding by raising the salaries of its own employees.
The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.
The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules.
“There’s no way to justify this to the American people. It’s ridiculous,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a first-term lawmaker who is on the House’s federal workforce subcommittee.
We’re in trouble folks and the actions of our government make the problems worse, not better.
The inmates are running an asylum called the federal government.