Where Did it Go?

It seems that everything on the news lately is about the government’s budget or lack of one.  I am amazed at how Washington justifies spending.  When it comes to property management, the federal government likes to purchase and hoard a lot of real estate.  Uncle Sam owns more real property than any other entity in America: 900,000 buildings and structures covering 3.38 billion square feet.  The Office of Management  and Budget estimates that “55,000 properties are underutilized or entirely vacant, costing taxpayers $1.66 billion to maintain each year. That is probably too much stuff to cram into an hour-long “Hoarders” episode, but it should still be brought to the public’s attention.”

Today, Citizens against Government Waste (CAGW) bestowed upon Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the March “Porker of the Month” Award for his absurd belief that a federally-funded Cowboy Poetry Festival in Elko, Nevada (pop. 17,000) constitutes essential government spending.
The Freeman repost listed these budget items: “Without authorization, for instance, the feds spent $19.6 million annually on the International Fund for Ireland. Sounds like a noble cause, but the money went for projects like pony-trekking centers and golf videos. Congressional budget-cutters spared the $440,000 spent annually to have attendants push buttons on the fully automated Capitol Hill elevators used by Representatives and Senators. Last year, the National Endowment for the Humanities spent $4.2 million to conduct a nebulous “National Conversation on Pluralism and Identity.” Obviously, talk radio wasn’t considered good enough. The Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency channeled some $11 million to psychics who might provide special insights about various foreign threats. This was the disappointing “Stargate” program.”

Reading these reports makes me sick and angry.  We are all supposed to be tightening our belts and making sacrifices in order to get our country back on a sound fiscal foundation.  Because of rising gasoline prices, I ride my motorcycle to work.  I use coupons to help defray the rising cost of groceries, and I pay my bills on time to avoid interest charges.  Is it too much to ask of our legislators that they get serious about our national debt?  I think that because it is so astronomically large, and they don’t have a vested interest in reducing the debt, there is no incentive to do it.  Everyone in Congress should have to live like a normal middle income American for a month—trying to find ways to cut back as costs rise, and then maybe they would get it.


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I love my son, my fiance, my mom and the new children that will be becoming a part of my life.

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