Now that I have your attention, I will explain.
Disgusted? At our politicians, both sides.
Mad? At how they spend OUR money.
Sad? That future generations will have to pick up the tab.
For the last few years Rand Paul has put out his list of needless spending by Congress. It is shocking.
Help for Tunisian youth to not feel like they are a problem 48 million
Study of Lizards on a treadmill 1.6 million
A wearable headset to track eating behaviors 2 million ( I don't need a headset to tell me I eat too much)
Overspent for pre-fab housing in Texas 182 million
Spraying alcoholic rats (!!!) with bobcat urine 4.6 million (WHAT??? WHY????)
Afghanistan counter narcotics 8.6 BILLION
For truant Filipino youth 37.5 million
Sending Russian students to community colleges 3.3 million
To a Sri Lanka think tank 800,000
Will Americans eat bugs? 1.3 million (not me, but if they give me enough of that 1.3 million I am willing to try)
Study Why adults watch so much TV 1.2 million
Gave Federal employees duplicate Medicare customer service access 217 million
Does a hot tub lower stress 2 million. (Give me 1 million and I will say yes it does)
To study why people fear the dentist 1 million
These are just a few of the crazies. Altogether the list totals 54 billion, 747 million and that doesn't include our giving Jordan millions to build a border wall or the money that goes to Pakistan for gender studies.
I want to know who applies for this money. I think there needs to be a list of what politician applies for and wastes money on projects such as these. The information needs to be distributed to the people in the Senators or Congresspersons State and district. Then VOTE THE BUMS OUT.
What else am I mad about? The distribution of the vaccine. In some states prisoners get vaccine before the elderly. Congress had their shots and now in the coming week 2 staffers in each Congressional office will get a shot. Elderly and the chronic sick again on the back burner.
The nerve of elected officials. One Congressman in NY had a skating rink shut down. Kids not allowed to play hockey. Then he played. There are many examples similar to this.
Our cities are crumbling. In the 1950s Detroit was our richest city. It is now among our poorest. Car manufacturing and other manufacturing moved to China and other countries that abuse their citizens. Bring manufacturing back. Then there will be jobs, jobs, jobs. We all know how hard it is to find something NOT made in China.
The Police situation. Less police means more crime. Just ask those living in Minneapolis.
And now to the Stimulus money. If the above stupid spending was eliminated this country could better assist those businesses suffering due to shutdowns. Sure, folks love getting those stimulus checks, whether $600 or $2,000. But many do not really need this money. There must be a way to determine which folks are really suffering due to COVID shutdowns. Who has actually lost income. Help those, only those.
Federal employees still get paid. Social Security recipients still receive their checks. Pensioners still get theirs. (We get both a pension and SS). Yes, we received the $2,400 earlier in the year. And we will receive the next amount whatever it is. I know we could give it back to the Treasury. For them to waste? NO!
When we got the $2,400 months ago we found a local family with a need and gave a large portion of it to help them. We donated cases of food to the local food bank. I tell this not to brag but to point out that many people felt the need to help. This is what Americans do. Look at what Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports has started. Americans have donated over 13 million to his fund that is supporting 49 small business so far. Again, this is what Americans do. (UPDATE: 53 small businesses saved and 14 million donated as of early Jan 1.
I guess I am done ranting for now. Did it help? NO.... I am still disgusted, mad and sad.
God bless each of you in the New Year.