The Myth of Government Budget Cuts (The Austerity Myth)

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We hear over and over that there are “big budget cuts” and that government budgets have been “cut to the bone” and that there is “nothing left to cut.” What is the truth behind government budgets? The cuts are a myth. And the idea that austerity hasn’t worked is pure fiction, because we haven’t had any austerity in the United States. Governments have continued to spend like drunken sailors, and cries of “nothing left to cut” are merely  fraud on taxpayers.

The Milwaukee Public School system gives us an excellent example of this. For years we’ve heard about budget cuts and how individual schools are suffering. We hear about how teachers don’t have basic classroom supplies, and how “budget cuts” are leading to classrooms with 40 children. Continue reading

MacIver Institute: Underpaid Public Employees Getting Screwed Again

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Image courtesy of MacIver Institute

I am a firm believer that government employees are too highly compensated. While the perception is that these people are public servants, doing work out of the goodness of their hearts for little pay…. the reality is that they are  mediocre employees who took their jobs because they are secure jobs which require little performance for far too much pay. (Yes, I realize there are some government employees who are exceptional. But I believe that the vast majority are average at best.)

Last week the MacIver Institute released its findings related to sick leave benefits accrued by retiring state workers in Wisconsin. As you probably expect, the results show that state workers are receiving benefits unlike those of any private sector worker. Continue reading

TSA Agent Thedala Magee Rapes Passenger, Then Demands Money

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As the United States goes back to normal, following our remembrance of September 11, 2001, one of the most offensive bits of “normal” continues at airports. We, the citizens of the United States, allow the Transportation Security Administration to shame, humiliate, and violate us every single day. (See a photo of the kind of thing I’m talking about here.)

Today I focus on one Thedala Magee, a TSA employee who violated Amy Alkon in an airport. What Thedala Magee did, as described by Alkon, is nothing short of sexual assault. But it was sanctioned and allowed by our government in the name of “safety” at airports.

You may have already heard the story about Thedala Magee’s lawyer, Vicki Roberts, sending a threatening letter to Amy Alkon, demanding $500,000 for publicly saying that Magee raped her. Continue reading

Food Stamps Create Jobs, and Other Government Delusions

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It’s hard to believe that our elected officials and the people they appoint to important jobs can be this stupid. But it’s true. They are.

Recently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated in a interview on MSNBC that food stamps and welfare are stimulus programs. As if that wasn’t funny enough, he went on to claim that every dollar given out in food stamps creates $1.84 in economic growth.

Are you done laughing yet? Continue reading

The Cost to “Create” Jobs Via the “Stimulus”

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Last week, the Council of Economic Advisers of the Executive Office of the President released its quarterly report on The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The numbers are stunning, to say the least. Our federal government has spend $666 billion to date, with another $106 billion that it is obligated to pay but has not yet paid. Continue reading

School Spending Per Child: Milwaukee Public Schools Versus Other Public Schools and Private Schools

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I have written plenty about Milwaukee Public Schools and their failure to educate children, despite their out-of-control spending. Teachers and administrators always claim that more money is the answer to all their problems. And the money is for the children!!!

This is obviously not true: Continue reading

General Motors Will Never Repay Taxpayers

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Last week, Reason Magazine ran an excellent article entitled “General Motors Will Never Repay Taxpayers.” I don’t really have anything to add in the way of commentary, but wanted to reprint some of the information here for your enjoyment.

I was against any and all bailouts from the very beginning. I truly believed that the markets should be allowed to work. If one or more of the automakers had a business model that could not survive in today’s economic climate, than it should have been allowed to die. There would still be demand for cars that would need to be made up somewhere, and another car company would have filled that need (at little or no cost to the taxpayers). Continue reading

Milwaukee Public Schools: Is Merit Pay the Answer?

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Yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had an article on the concept of merit pay for teachers. The idea has been floated many times, but not tried very often. Teachers are against it for the most part. Wouldn’t you be? Why give up your $100,000 compensation package in return for having to earn your pay and benefits? Continue reading

Our Government Defrauds Us: Cash For Clunkers

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clunkersPeople who support our government engaging in “stimulus” activities are fools. While it sounds good to “stimulate” the economy and there are supposedly jobs created and saved with stimulus dollars, the truth is that these government programs are at best very wasteful, and at the worst downright fraudulent.

Look at the stimulus numbers in general. In Wisconsin, for example, federal stimulus money was reported to have “saved” 8,284 jobs. That sounds impressive, until you find out that 75% of those jobs were government jobs. (And no, I don’t belive the government report that the jobs saved were “essential.” That’s a smokescreen, plain and simple. There are plenty of tax dollars to fund “essential” services, and the reason governments are “broke” is because they’re using tons of tax money to fund non-essential things that they should not be doing!) Continue reading