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Levy: The Reason for the Tea Party Season

By Mark Levy

Dear Readers: 2011 has come and gone, and for at least 47 percent of Americans it will be painless come tax time. For the rest of us who will experience some pain, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has released his annual "Wastebook" to remind us how excruciatingly wasteful our government is.

Despite Coburn's evidence of government irresponsibility, the tea party continues to be labeled as radical or clueless for wanting to rein in government spending. With that in mind, even the squishiest liberals shouldn't be able to justify the following expenditures, but I'm sure they'll try -- and China loves them for it.

-- $147,000 for the American Magic Museum in Michigan. Please excuse the bad metaphor, but Congress makes money disappear faster than Houdini escaping a straitjacket. If we're going to spend the money, at least put this museum where it belongs -- next to the Capitol.

-- $48,700 for the 2nd Annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival. As if Hawaii needed another reason to attract tourists. Maybe the president has a large sweet tooth to fill while he vacations in the Aloha State.

-- $175,000 to the University of Kentucky to study the effects of cocaine on the sex drive of Japanese quail. First of all, how do the birds get the coke up their beaks? Second of all, what the heck does this have to do with anything remotely constitutional? Then again, maybe the ornithological lobby is pretty powerful.

-- $50,000 to support the Oregon Cheese Trail. I'm sorry, but I thought a cheese trail is what lobbyists follow to Washington, D.C.

-- $150,000 to develop a "Rapid Guppy" cellphone game app. There are already thousands of popular cellphone apps available from the private sector. Leave it to the federal government to waste money on an app that chronicles the growth and evolution of a guppy. I can see the kids lining up already.

-- $765,000 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking. As the father of a college student, I'll give our government a simple "Duuuuuuh!" Who needs a study -- just ask the marketing departments of Apple, Facebook and Google.

-- $1.35 million for Entrepreneurship training in Barbados. Let me get this straight: Our government has done so well creating jobs that it wants to spread this knowledge to other countries? Well, if you're going to fail, you might as well fail in paradise.

-- $62,000 to support wine conferences. Isn't that just another name for the Occupy Wall Street movement?

-- $55,000 to study Jordanian student hookah smoking. This money would be better spent researching what Congress smokes in its water pipes.

-- $300,000 to explain the origins of the universe through dance. I'll support this expenditure as long as Washington politicians are required to explain legislation through interpretive dance, as well. Just picture Barney Frank and John Boehner square dancing to explain the need for a debt ceiling hike. If they're going to waste our money, let's at least be entertained.

-- $606,000 to Columbia University in New York City to study how using the Internet affects sexual behavior. Wait a minute, isn't New York City where disgraced Rep. Anthony Wiener is from? I'm just saying.

-- $120 million in benefits checks to deceased former federal employees. This one doesn't really bother me because many of the dead former employees might actually be more productive than some of the current federal employees -- namely, those in Washington.

Have a happy and prosperous 2012.

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  1. beargfrComment by beargfr
    January 2, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Know what’s really sad?  Most of the people who read this story will be angry, but they’ll also think to themselves that there’s nothing they can do about it – so the situation will only get worse.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    January 2, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    This is what you get when you place your hard earned cash into the hands of nimrod socialist and entrust them to spend the stimulus money wisely to CREATE not CONSUME your wealth. Our redistributor in chief wasted $787 billion on such fiscal tripe and now wants us to trust him with another 1.5 trillion more, that he can run through the hands of government and skim another billion into his campaign treasury????? Just how stupid does he think we are. The above examples are prima facie evidence why no jobs got created. Only the socialist collective of losers get rich when in power. I thought when elected Presidents ere suppose to defend ALL American, not just democrats who apparently are created more equal than the rest of us

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    • irreverentoneComment by irreverentone
      January 2, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      It constantly amazes me that intelligent people will go off the deep end politically and make very un-intelligent comments. Blaming one political party for the current deplorable circumstances our country faces is naive in the least. No one person, regardless of how inept or corrupt, could put this country where it currently resides. It has taken both of our political parties decades to get us here. The elected elite in our state capitals and in our national capital look out on the landscape of America and laugh their collective rear ends off. They see us out here fighting tooth and nail over whether our neighbor is more patriotic that we are. We call each other names like socialist, facist, neo-nazi, communist and on. In the meantime, life in the upper political circles continues as before. There is a way for “We the People” to put an end to this circus. All we need to do is vote every incumbent out of office in November of this year, do it again in November of 2014 and in November of 2016 the people who we put in office will do what the majority of voters want them to do. There are a very small minority of people on the fringes of both parties who carry an inordinate amount of power and that power can be negated by the vast majority who are in the middle if we only can get past the labels that keep us fighting amongst ourselves.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      January 3, 2012 @ 1:00 am

       
      It constantly amazes me that when one political party makes open war on law abiding  people , manipulates their Constitution at will to undermine the will of the majority and subvert the rule of law, they just throw up their hands and blame the whole world and would throw out the baby with the bath water. Wake up, this is not your father’s Democrat party, but a den of traitors who manipulate your laws and Constitution at will to destroy your freedoms.  The days of politely holding hands singing Kumbaya in political correctness are over. If you do not call out the enemy for what he is and identify the target for the kill you just end up taking the shot gun and blowing up everyone who is in sight including those who cover your back. You obviously have never been to war nor understand who your American enemy is. Let me make is clear, they wear the face of the Socialist American Democrat Party and their political propaganda arm called the liberal media. Their leader and enabler in chief is Barack Obama.
       
      This is a spiritual battle and those who cannot get into the spirit of battle and can neither lead nor follow, need to just get out of the way of those who do. We did not ask for this war but will not shirk from doing what is necessary to identify the enemy and confront it when challenged.
       

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 7:12 am

      Well put inner lit one.  Mr. irrev. obviously STILL hasn’t thought this through thoroughly and to its’ unfortunate and inescapable conclusion.  BUT neither are our own hands without soil for allowing so complacently things to get this badly out of hand.  Blame DOES rest with us also, in that we’ve been MUCH too trusting of our “leaders” (who wanted to be led, anyway?) abilities in performing correctly.  That is, in the interest of world peace, less aggression, and a happy international community, along with myriads of others’ desires.
      We must stand together shoulder to shoulder to ensure that this is never allowed to happen again, and we MUST work to crush attempts at its’ rearousal by a disaffected and ignorant few else all of our fathers’ works will be undone.  “A free society only remains so under the diligent watch over its’ safety.”
      That has been said a lot of ways by a lot of different people, but it remains the truth.  

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  3. Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
    January 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    These examples are endless and never cease to amaze me. What we need is a law that forces recall of every member of Congress when the federal government fails to operate within the revenue for any given year.

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    • JimRedComment by JimRed
      January 2, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      “What we need is a law that forces recall of every member of Congress when the federal government fails to operate within the revenue for any given year.”

      There is a law on the books that states that the Federal government can not spend more than it takes in. This law was adopted in 1981, Public Law 95-435, Section 7.  It’s still valid, so why do our elected officials in Congress not obey that law?
      That raises a number of other questions.   Is there a penalty clause for violations of the law?  Can every politician who voted in favor of violating the law be punished?   Is a violation a misdemeanor or a felony?  Who would be in charge of prosecuting the offenders?
      We the people are expected to obey the law; why won’t we hold our servants (who have, regrettably, morphed into masters) to the same standard?
      Finally, since the law is already being ignored, what makes us think that an amendment would not also be ignored?  The Second Amendment is a prime example in New Jersey; what part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand?

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 7:22 am

      An excellent point Jim.  WE must draw the line, as it has become clear that “career politicians” will do nothing but thumb their noses at it else.  The unmitigitated arrogance of these swine is what really takes me aback.  When we have the President of our nation giving the finger to whoever he wants to just because he thinks he can?  BS, says I.  The really spooky part of this bologna is that that arrogant *** has his finger on enough explosives to blow the planet out of its’ orbit.  Now THAT should scare the Hell out of all of us.  Republican and Democrat alike!  He MUST go!

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  4. mvjimoComment by mvjimo
    January 2, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    So: 47 percent of Americans pay no federal taxes. How do we get this to change? Is this because the Census Bureau recently branded about the same percentage of Americans are below the poverty line? If government agencies are this clueless about our American people, then let’s get them out of Washington! And then decrease the percentage of Americans who don’t pay taxes to about 20 percent — for starters.

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 7:30 am

      The size of our government has rendered it mostly inoperable, AND uncontrollable.  This too needs done desparately.  There are now so many “agencies” that NOONE’s really sure who’s responsible for what!  How can you control that?  You can’t!  There aren’t enough of us left to work in this country and oversee the government too.  It’s a physical impossibility.  Cuts MUST be made, and I mean ACROSS THE BOARD in our ENTIRE GOVERNMENT, in order to just be able to see who’s screwing what up!

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  5. billwvComment by billwv
    January 2, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    All my teen years I was admonished that a ‘penny saved is a penny earned’ and now we throw away money as if there is a race to the ‘poor house’.  ‘Fed up’ is an understatement of the outrage the taxpayer should feel for ‘a disconnected Washington establishment’ run amuck.  We have elected ‘members’ of Congress for extremely long terms and ‘they’ in return show their complete disdain for the American voter and taxpayer.  Many times I go into the polling booth — not to vote for anyone in particular— but to vote against.  We need to send a clear message to Washington and elect some sane people [if that is possible].  Especially we should vote out the Ospender-in-chief !

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  6. llrnccrpComment by llrnccrp
    January 2, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    And, why should the rest of us who do have to worry about taxes and all the deadlines, limitations, penalties, etc., have to carry the burden – working for those who won’t/can’t work?  These people should not have representation without taxation – this must be enforced now with every fiber of our being.  It’s time to limit government to the extreme.

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  7. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    January 2, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Republicans are not on a winning path at this point, as hard as I (an independent) find it to believe, as much as I wish it were not so, the Republicans with their constant attacks on each other have put themselves on a path to losing the Presidency and Congress. How about the Republicans quit attacking each other so venomously and instead focus on winning, on showing they can do a better job.   If We do not take the WH and the Senate & keep the House, we are doomed

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 7:34 am

      Succinctly and thoroughly well put “gamer.”

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  8. JDZComment by JDZ
    January 2, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I keep holding on to the thought that Americans, when the chips are down, always do the right thing no matter how hard it may be. The history of this country is based on doing what is in the best interests of the country (and the world at large) going back to the Spanish American war and up to the present time.

    But, key to this being the case, it is our leadership in Washington that ends up debating each case, selecting the best action out of the options, and then coming together and approving the action selected and working together to inform and convince the American public of why the action selected is in our best interests.

    I know in my heart that our current government is basically incapable of working togetther to solve the critical “internal” problems that we are facing. Yes, if the country was facing a blatant terrorist attack or some other national disaster, the government would react in the best interests of the country and deal with it because those in government themselves would be at risk, and therefore their self interests are also at risk.

    But our economic problems are not being solved because politics and ideology are in the way, and fundamental differences in beliefs have polarized the country, primarily due to President Obama and his horde of extremist liberal socialist policies.

    Time is against resolving this situation and the longer the current administration is allowed to run our government, the possibility of avoiding the massive debilitating impact of this socialist agenda is waning. If we think that our national debt, unemployment, shrinking tax base, etc. is bad today, just let Obama and his incompetent minions be re-elected and watch what will happen.

    It should be clear to every American that we need major changes in Washington…but it is still possible, in spite of the obvious, that Obama could get re-elected this year. It is the future of this country that is at stake, probably more then any time in our history..and what makes it really scary and critical, is because…the enemy is within, not from the outside. Are you getting this…if so..let’s pull together and elect a new President and as many conservative congressional candidates as possible this year.

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    • irreverentoneComment by irreverentone
      January 2, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

      I agree that major changes are required to lift our country out of the mire. I believe that “We the People” can do this in a way that will be like the “shot heard round the world”. When you enter the voting booth this November, vote against every incumbent on the ballot regardless of your personal political affiliation. Do it again in 2014 and we will have sent the message that the power comes from “We the People” and not some special interest group. In November of 2016 the people we put in offices throughout America will understand that not only do we give them power, we also can take it back and hand it to someone else. They will know that the majority of us require them to do what they promised to do.

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 7:41 am

      Mr. irrev.  We cannot afford to attempt this all in one fell swoop.  It needs to be done logically and surgically, with good forethought for the aftermath.  Your agitating immediate and complete reform will only open our nation to further attacks by the enemies we have from the outside.  We MUST show the courage to stand together, or we’ll fail nonetheless.

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  9. harleridrComment by harleridr
    January 2, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I am a life long Republician, voting since 1959 as much as I hate to say this, the Republicians lately have been no better the Democrats, that is why I joined G.O.O.H.. It is time we get rid of these money hungry congressmen who care less about the middle class taxpayer and our U.S. Constitution. I am voting for Ron Paul he is the lesser of the other two evils. As you can see I am on Social Security and and both parties think we are sucking on the govt. teat. In reality they are the ones sucking the S.S. fund dry for things like the projects listed above.

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    • PeruvianMarineComment by PeruvianMarine
      January 5, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

      A vote for Congressman Paul, who calls himself a Republican, but is in fact a Libertarian, is a vote for Obama. You will recall that he didn’t say he would support another nominee should he not be selected. This leaves open the door that he MIGHT run as an independent, therefore splitting the conservative vote and independents. Think really hard. Remember Ross Perot? Paul too has been in Washington too long.

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  10. CharieComment by Charie
    January 2, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    If Paul would be elected we wold be doomed for sure.  An isolationist at the helm is not a good idea in this day and age.  I also would not try to get rid of my representative and senator from Wisconsin who I just helped get elected.  Ron Johnson is a Tea Party candidate and is raising particular Hades in Washington, God bless him! 

    We got rid of one longtime Democrat, David Obey, a Washington insider for 40 years.  He was elected all those years by Democrats receiving entitlements.  His replacement is a young man who is not known to be a conservative Republican  but still a hundred percent better than the old one.  Sometime you have to go little by little instead of slam~bang as happened when we exchanged Russ Feingold for Ron Johnson.  Still makes me smile every time i think of it!

     

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 7:55 am

      Good for you Charie.  I was born and bred a Wisconsin boy myself, and like you, I looked to the GOP for years to put the right people in office.  Well, they haven’t always, and it’s been because they wanted to play the old Party games that have ended up leaving us in so much trouble today.  I like your new boy, and consider him a much-welcomed breath of fresh air into the stagnation of Washington’s atmosphere.
      It’s about time the people of my homestate recognized that the days of the corrupt Union Bosses are over.  We both know they won’t go down without a fight and spending most of their members’ pension funds in the doing of it.  It’ll be a painful wakeup call for the Wisconsin people, but they’ve let themselves be lulled into it with their own complacency.  Devil take the hindmost say I! 

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  11. dwilliams429Comment by dwilliams429
    January 2, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    irreverentone,  I agree it has taken both parties and all of the politicians working in concert to get us to where we are today.  But lets be fair, the redistributor-in-chief has increased the National Debt by 35% in only three years.  This crop of politicians has exceed even the worst nightmare!

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  12. eau55Comment by eau55
    January 2, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Every lame piece of legislation and every piece of pork has someone who sponsored it. Why is it that this information isn’t out front and in the public eye? I’m sure that we would all find out that some of our favorite representatives and senators were responsible for some of it. Unless we know about it, it is virtually impossible to call them on it. Nothing going through our legislature should be hidden or secret. Each program or propsal should be forced to be voted on individually and a name of the sponsor as well as the supporters should be out front. And no one can seem to find anything to cut? Unbelievable.

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      January 3, 2012 @ 8:01 am

      There are ways to do it, but it requires work and the dedication to follow up on it.  Something, I’m sad to say, that hasn’t been done by every American citizen!  Complacence is our worst enemy, and we fall into the same trap time and time again.
      “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom!” 

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    • tportComment by tport
      January 3, 2012 @ 10:50 am

      Wouldn’t it be great if the article had named names of the sponsors of each of those crazy expenditures?  Wouldn’t it be great if all journalists really reported instead of all the poll watching we are seeing?  It is really amazing that Congress can’t seem to find anything to cut!  I’m ready to say that everything just needs to be cut 10% and they have to trim all the fat, fraud, and excess spending out of everything, including Congressional salaries and operations!  Most Americans are watching every dollar and the federal government needs to also.  I’m grateful the stubborn freshman have said NO!

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  14. usa222gopComment by usa222gop
    January 3, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    beargfr: Call your reps in Congress, including the Speakers, and the White House
                as well.  Just think of what it would mean if they got 100,000 calls !
    eau55:  About sponsors, check out a site called “HonestBills,com” under “Bills”
                sections 4and 5.  (Read the whole thing too.)  I printed out a copy and
                handed it to my Rep.

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  15. lucky77777Comment by lucky77777
    January 3, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    I think perhaps when it becomes time for the representatives of both or more parties to start the debating process for the Presidential candidates. In the Republican debates so far, the candidates have been questioned by the public, debate moderators, or the candidates themseves.  I think that Obama and the Republican candidate, or other candidate from another party in this next particular round of debates should be asked as many personal questions about their past histories, their records of birth, (final proof of all candidates, to be properly veted).  Also verification of all the supposed academic experiences they have had in all the colleges they attended, (also proof of these achievements; Schools, degrees, etc. ).  If they were lawyers, prior to entering the political field, do they still have their licenses to practice law now.  (If not, why? This should be explained).  All the Republican candidates were really asked personal questions about every phase of their previous life experiences, and I believe that all candidates should be held to the same scrutiny, and questioning as the other potential Republican candidates were put through.  In addition to this, they should be asked if they ever have used aliases or were ever involved in any illegal activity, that would reflect a poor image to a person aspiring to such a high political office.  If a person were applying for a job in the private sector, these are all questions that a person would have to fill out on a application form.  Why should a Government job be any different? 

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