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Posts Tagged ‘Dogs’

Voters and Government Waste

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 2, 2014

pigJeff Jacoby, writer for The Boston Globe, posted an article titled “No wonder voters like a candidate who knows how to castrate hogs” about voter concern for government waste.  Jacoby points to one of the most successful political ads of this year by Joni Ernst that plays on her former farming background as a way to focus on government waste.  The catch lines of the ad included below is: “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm.  So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”  She goes on to say, “Washington’s full of big spenders.  Let’s make ‘em squeal.”

Ernst is currently running for her first term in Congress against four term congressman Bruce Bailey.  Polls show the race to be a tight one.

As Jacoby points out, the Ernst advertisement has gone viral not only because of catchy words, but also because of voter discontent with Washington wasting the People’s money.  By way of example, Jacoby points to a recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report that included the following government waste:

  • From 2011 to 2013, the federal government spent $775 million to pay thousands of government workers for paid leave.
  • 57,000 government employees were on administrative leave for over 30 days. The GAO report covered only 3/5 of the federal government’s workforce so the actual number is higher.
  • Hundreds of government employees were on administrative paid leave for three years.

Government workers are typically placed on administrative leave when being investigated for some form of misconduct or criminal act.  Their superiors find it easier to use administrative leave rather than fire such workers given government mandated employment protections.  Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn bluntly says: “Charging booze and personal trips on the office credit card.  Passing out on the job after a late night partying.  Wasting most of the work day surfing for smut on office computers.… Any one of these outrageous behaviors would be reason enough for most to be fired … unless, of course, you are on the federal government’s payroll, in which case you might instead get a paid vacation lasting months or even years.”

Adding insult to injury, The Washington Post reported that “while the employees stayed home, they not only collected paychecks but also built their pensions, vacation, and sick days, and moved up the federal pay scale.”

There was a time when working for the government, either on the local, state or federal levels, was considered public service.  That is no longer the case.  Today, many government workers’ pay and benefits are higher than comparable jobs in the private sector.  Add the bloated workforce and inability to discipline unsatisfactory employees and you have a recipe for corruption and waste.  While people working for the government industry prosper, the People are hurt due to higher taxes and lower quality services.

Greed and mismanagement occur within both the private and public sectors of the economy.  In the private sector such poorly managed companies ultimately go out of business with their employees and stakeholders damaged in the process.  Not so in the public sector.  When a governmental organization is mismanaged, it is typically given more employees and more tax dollars to fix the problems.  Unfortunately, this approach only feeds the government workers industry and makes government even less efficient.

 

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TSA Blows $100 Million on Dogs

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 3, 2013

ABC News reported that the National Transportation Administration (TSA) has another boondoggle to add to its list of “accomplishments”.  In the past two years the TSA has spent over $100 million of taxpayer money on a program to train dogs for bomb sniffing at airports.  The program has failed with the General Accounting Office reporting: “As part of our review, we visited two airports at which [dog] teams have been deployed and observed training exercises in which … teams accurately detected explosives odor (i.e., positive response), failed to detect explosives odor (i.e., miss) and falsely detected explosives odor.”

When confronted by ABC on the failure, TSA in a written statement said: “To that end, the National Canine Program (NCP) will reestablish annual comprehensive assessments.  Beginning in March 2013, TSA plans to expand the canine website to improve functionality and reporting capabilities addressing a GAO recommendation.”  This is an example of the waste and arrogance that is government.  Not only did TSA waste $100 million, we required a separate government watchdog group to reveal the program’s failure.  But that will not stop the TSA from wasting even more on the program.

The failed canine program adds to a growing list of TSA waste of the People’s money.  A larger example was the expenditure of $2 billion on the full-body scanners in recent years.  These machines are already being removed from service and replaced by other machines.

Government waste is not new nor is it limited to the United States.  It is, however, become more grotesque in the United States in recent years as the government continues grab increasing powers.  In addition, the ability to run nearly unlimited deficits; i.e. print money, has allowed individual wastes to become astronomically large.

President Obama has often repeated the statement that wealthier Americans need to pay their fair share.  Absent from his rhetoric is any discussion about government cutting its waste.  Any attempt to cut government spending is demonized as inhumane the President and his progressive allies.  Why not, it is not their money being wasted.  In addition, their power derives from their ability to dole out money to their constituents and special interest groups.

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Merry Christmas, It’s a Dog’s Life

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 25, 2012

We are quickly approaching the end of 2012.  The year ends in a similar fashion as it began, with multiple challenges facing society.  However, today this Blog will act as if those problems do not exist, a path followed by many fellow countrymen.  Instead, we look to man’s best friend for a few smiles.

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Kara DioGuardi and PETA don’t Understand Dogs

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 28, 2012

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been running an expensive advertising campaign in national publications including the Wall Street Journal.  One advertisement features Kara DioGuardi of American Idol fame.  Besides including a photograph of Ms. DioGuardi with her pooch in arms, it says: “Walk your dogs every day.  Don’t ever create or change them.”

Through this advertisement PETA confirms that while they may know what a pretty woman looks like, they know little about dogs.  Dog owners who crate dogs know that these animals feel comfortable and protected in their crates, much like their wild relatives the wolf is comforted in their den.  Even after being released from the crates, many dogs voluntarily go back to them for comfort, especially when they are not feeling well.

PETA logic is typical of Progressives who believe that any who disagree with their “new religions” are defective.  They incredibly also believe that even animals think of safety and freedom as Progressives do.  How narcissistic!

 

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Give Michael Vick a Second Chance

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 16, 2009

There has been much fanfare about Michael Vick’s return to professional football.  art.vick.giI believe he deserves a second chance in the sport for reasons discussed here. Read the rest of this entry »

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