I had a quick trip to New Orleans today. I left early this morning. When I got back the paper was out to recycling already, so I have no idea of the details in our Advocate. I do recall that suggestions by the governor were made to local school districts to pay their teachers any salary amounts that might be due, for the state has no money. Now, that’s a radical idea – making the people who hire the teachers actually pay for them instead of sitting on apparently tens of millions of dollars. It might encourage the payers to investigate the payees all the more carefully for any number of things. Still, the districts and the teachers are up in arms. For different reasons, however somewhat disharmonious from each other, they are trying to stick it to the taxpayers. They surely don’t see it this way, but that’s what it is.
The districts don’t want to spend this money they have, or perhaps have other purposes, but still, it’s all vague, for if they truly had a reason to do this or that they would have done it already. What is the purpose of this money if not to spend on education? Now, the state is facing three billion bucks in revenue shortfalls versus spending promises. There’s but two ways for this to resolve itself. One is that money already on hand is used for current purposes. The other is to raise taxes or borrowing-which-raises-taxes on an overburdened people. If the latter course is taken it makes no difference if it is done at the district, parish, city, state or federal levels, the reality is more money taken out of the active economy and given to those deemed more deserving of this money than those who earn it.
Now if the districts don’t want to spend the money they have on teachers, then the teachers could take a pay cut. Actually – don’t look at it as a pay cut at all. In our Orwellian world of tax-talk we can call it a tax surcharge. That is, the teacher tax is paid only by the teachers, in the form of less money each week, just as if we had our taxes raised and deducted each week to pay the teachers. Why shouldn’t they pay their own tax to support themselves? The amount in question seems to be $5,000 a year. And if teachers are so willing to take out as a tax $5,000 from us a year to pay for their salaries, then they should be willing to tax themselves $5,000 a year to pay for their, um, pay cuts. It’s the logic games of taxes that can be played both ways. Welcome to Obama’s America.
But the I turned to the internet, as I and millions of other Liberty Minded people are wont to do, and I just got done reading about the ousted but not yet shamed out of office Chuckie (as in that movie) (W)Rangle (as in unmitigated chutzpah in glomming the system) being replaced with one (Little Lord, as in unbelievable royal hissy fits) Fortney (Slimy, as in just nasty like pond scum) “Pete” Stark (as in really blatant foul and absurd comments) as head of the (Pushy) Ways and (No More) Means Committee, on www.americanthinker.com
There I posted to the comments section the idea that the list of transgressions there listed, among which are:
“You think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp?” Stark taunted. “Come on. Come over here and make me, I dare you. You little fruitcake.” […]
2001: At a Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on abstinence promotion, Stark referred to then-Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) as the “current Republican Conference chairman, whose children were all born out of wedlock.”
1995: In a private meeting, Stark called then-Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (R-Conn.) a “whore for the insurance industries.” […]
… means that this is “just a start to rid us of this cretin.” He’s a fouled mouth bully, lacking in decency and decorum, who abuses his position like a spoiled brat who needs a spanking. These guys want to push us around? We shall push right on back. They want to push reconciliation? They must reconcile their actions with We the People. They don’t seem to realize this, so we must hound this doo doo head out of office. No time like the present then to take the battle to the toilets and cesspools of power and flush out the corruption and the appearance thereof. We should take up Queen Nancy in making sure we have “the most ethical Congress ever.” In fact, we need to slosh her out of the bathtub gin she’s been wallowing in, too. None of them should have a moments respite. They do harass and harangue us; anyone can play in this face politics. They are goners, all of them. One way or the other, sooner or later.
But then, just when I think I’m the lone wolf in the woods howling at the moon I come across this at www.hillbuzz.org
“We’ve been invited on The Andrea Shea King Radio Show tomorrow night to talk about setting up a national alliance of moderates, conservatives, and independents to defund the Left by identifying Democrats’ donors and pressuring them to stop giving money to the DNC and Leftist Democrats.
Which, at this point, is all of them.
It is the best idea we can come up with for putting pressure on elected officials to stop the madness that is the “nuclear option” of Reconciliation to ram the Rationing Bill through Congress. If we pressure the donors, the donors will call the DNC and Senators in a panic, and Democrats will actually listen to these very wealthy funders of the party.
We will do everything we can to take down the DNC using what we know about the fundraising world and the FEC records.
So, tune in tomorrow and let’s work together to do something that’s never been done before: to take the fight to the people who write the checks to fund all this madness.”
…. and then I think of how to continue to ratchet up the pressure on these people, to teach them for whom they work. They seem to think they are free agents and we are simply to hand over the bucks for their purposes. Not going to happen. No more.
My proposal is to make a sort of “Congress Person for Dummies” program. Stronger than the invitations given out by three ladies in the Orlando area, to candidates (which means current office holder too, since they are in perpetual campaign mode) to address groups of citizens. These elected officials should be required to come to town hall meetings on a set schedule of our choosing.
In this state how about January in Jennings, so we make sure they are not two faced like Janus.
Feriday in February, so we might see that they are not following in the foot steps of the cousins Jerry E. Lewis and Jimmy Swaggert into debauchery.
Monroe in March, so that they are constrained from warring against us like Mars himself.
Alexandria in April so that they might be encouraged the fortitude to defend our nation as Alexander the Great defended his, and not sell us into wimpyhood internationally.
May in Metairie, so we might compare federal malarkey with local malarkey.
June in jiving Lafayette, so we can see if they are as patriotic as that city’s namesake.
July in jumping Lake Charles, to see if we should not run them off the plank into the cold waters of the lake of reality, as is done in that city’s Contraband Days to the mayor of that city.
August in Houma, so that they might feel the heat and be thankful we don’t feed them to the alligators.
September in Shreveport, to see if they can’t break the log jam on the river to prosperity as surely as Shreve broke the log jam on the Red to prosperity for that region of the state.
October, well, I’ll let them choose from any number of small towns and cities around the state. I’m sure there are many that would be glad to talk to our Senators, and find out if there are tricks or treats, or if it is all one big horror story.
Then November in New Orleans, so that we might see if they are free from the temptation to spend like drunken frat boys on Bourbon Street.
Finally, December in Baton Rouge, for they do think it’s Christmas every day and our legislature sure likes to give out the goodies to themselves and their cronies. We just want to see if they are being naughty or nice.
Unrelenting demands for reconciliation with the people – yah, I like the sound of that.
You pick the cities in your states – there’s only so much reconciliation I can do.
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