I have been thinking a lot lately about government, politics and the state of this country today.
There are a few things that really frustrate me.
Borders– No matter your opinion on the immigration problem in this country – I suspect most all of you believe that there should be better security at the borders. The first step that needs to be taken to resolve illegal immigration is to stop illegals from entering this country!! I mean – this has been going on for years and both sides of the political landscape are to blame. It doesn’t take much common sense to see that a wall needs to be built and measures put into place to monitor the border – NOW! Period.
Am I missing something?
Rhetoric -The bickering and spin that goes on both sides of the political aisle is ridiculous. Finger pointing and making accusations – so much effort is made in the direction of “nowhere” when so much could be done in making good decisions and taking positive steps to improve this country. The media is so blatantly biased. I would love to see some real reporting and investigating going on. We have crooks in government – report the truth and lets get things better.
Am I missing something?
Billions of our tax dollars overseas – I pay plenty of my money in taxes – and I am not talking just about federal income taxes. From supporting local sales taxes, state sales taxes, state income taxes, excise taxes, gas taxes, property taxes, vehicle taxes, etc. – I pay more than my fair share. I am sick and tired of hearing about MY money – and YOUR money – going to help others. Countless billions of dollars are being sent overseas to to so many countries.
Here is an excerpt from The Federal Budget planned for 2011 – money being spent in other countries :
- $8.5 billion to expand the President’s Global Health Initiative to save millions of lives and securing our future with smart health and development investments. The President’s Budget expands funding to treat and prevent global HIV/AIDS, implement maternal and child health initiatives to reduce the mortality of mothers and children under five, expand efforts to stop malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases, and enhance capacity and long-run sustainability of local health systems.
- $1.6 billion for agriculture development and nutrition programs as part of a multi-year plan to lift people out of poverty and reduce under-five malnutrition for millions of children by 2015, with funding provided through two main channels to poor countries – through bilateral assistance and through a new multi-donor facility administered by the World Bank.
- $1.4 billion to help developing nations adapt to climate change and pursue low-carbon development with the assistance of U.S.-built clean energy technologies and increased sequestration of carbon stored in soils, plants, and trees.
- $446 million to fund the second year of the President’s initiative to significantly increase the number of Peace Corps volunteers, and keeps the Peace Corps on track to grow by 50 percent so it reaches 11,000 volunteers by 2016.
- $1.9 billion in annual contributions and arrears to Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to help meet the needs of the poorest populations globally, including countries that have disproportionately felt the effects of the global financial crisis.
- $1.3 billion for new Millennium Challenge Corporation compacts in eligible countries, such as Indonesia and Zambia, to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth.
Now – I am all for charity and helping our fellow man in other countries – but let’s display some sense of judgement. What about the people here at home? How about taking care of “number 1” first? How about funding our schools? How about funding our infrastructure? How about reducing taxes?
I am tired of hearing how programs and teachers have to be downsized due to a lack of funding. School field trips being cut due to no money. Libraries closing due to no funding. Pretty unbelievable that the cost of college continues to skyrocket while at the same time billions of our tax dollars are being sent to other countries. Pretty much sick of hearing how some government sponsored employee is getting paid $75k per year to study ketchup flow. Unbelievable that our tax dollars are going to fund a study as to whether or not alcohol has an effect on the sex lives of college students (no joke!). I can answer that!!!!! Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter! – my hand is raised. Give me back some of my damn tax dollars!!
Am I missing something? I will tell you what I am missing – a DAMN WALL AT THE BORDER THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BUILT COUNTLESS TIMES WITH ALL OVER THE MONEY WE SEND TO OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!
Alright – there is my rant for today.
Take care all –