American Elephants

Just Stop! No More Spending, None! Please, Just Stop. by The Elephant's Child
August 28, 2009, 3:55 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy | Tags: , ,

Americans are angry.  They don’t like the uncontrolled, useless spending coming out of Washington.  Stimulus funds going to residents of federal prisons, to rebuild bridges that have no traffic, to build bicycle paths and fund pornographic theater, are not designed to make people feel better when unemployment is growing towards 10 percent.

That’s the national average.  In many places it is far higher, and the job outlook is dismal.  That is dismal, except in Washington D.C., where employment has never been better.

Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, caused a bit of a stir earlier this week when he relayed the latest wage data from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The new data show that average federal compensation is now ore than double the average in the private sector.

In 2008, the average wage for 1.9 million federal civilian workers was $79,197, which compared to an average $49,935 for the nation’s 108 million private sector workers.  The federal advantage is even more pronounced when worker benefits are included.  In 2008, federal worker compensation averaged a remarkable $119,982, which was more than double the private sector average of $59,909.


For those who wanted to argue elites and essential and highly educated, he responded with further clarification. If you are one of the folks who are struggling along on a pay-cut and just grateful that you still have a job, I’m  sure that it is comforting to know that the federal workers are an elite workforce with highly educated people.  That’s why they’re making such a mess of the spending.

What was it that W.F. Buckley used to say about how he’d rather have the first 500 names in the phone book than the faculty of Harvard…?

About What’s In The House Health-Care Bill HR3200 — All Those “Myths” by The Elephant's Child


During the August recess, Democrats President Obama, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and dozens of others have insisted that ObamaCare does not provide coverage for illegal immigrants, no way, not ever.  The President said during his Saturday address that he wants “an honest debate,” not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions”

They are wrong in claiming illegal immigrants will be covered “That is not true.  Illegal immigrants would not be covered.  That idea has not even been on the table.” Obama said.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) says under H.R. 3200, a “Health Insurance Exchange’ would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option.  H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens — whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently — participating in the Exchange.

CRS also notes that the bill has no provision for requiring those seeking coverage or services to provide proof of citizenship.  Oops!



President Obama said on Saturday: “Some are also saying that coverage for abortions would be mandated under reform.  Also false.  When it comes to the current ban on using tax dollars for abortions, nothing will change under reform.” reported on Friday”  “As for the House Bill as it stands now, it’s a matter of fact that it would allow both a “public plan” and newly subsidized private plans to cover all abortions.”

The House bill would mandate the establishment of at least one insurance plan that covers elective abortions in every regional health-care “exchange” for every federally-subsidized plans.  Again, Oops!

Let’s do have an honest debate, not one dominated by misrepresentations and distortions.

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