Rant Options Overload!
Here I go again, round and round the rant goes, where it lands I don’t even know. My choices of stuff to rant about have my head spinning with little chance of winning.
Here are the choices:
*The reason for the ugliness of Sierra Highway, while the beautification of Downtown Newhall marches on.
*A Congress that can’t get out of its own way.
*Who wiretapped who, who knew about it and when did they know?
*Twitter suspending accounts they deem extreme.
*The gnashing of teeth by the Left, over Trump’s proposed budget.
*Trump Administration that began publishing weekly list of crimes by illegal aliens.
*RyanCare and the divided Republicans.
*The dreaded Russians.
*The stupid questions Neil Gorsuch is having to endure from ill-informed Democrat senators.
*The plight of the brick-and-mortar retail industry that is dying a slow death, similar to that of the horse and buggy industry in the early 1900s and the newspaper industry these days. Hey! Wait a minute! I resemble that remark.
*Wishing Steve Knight would show some of the same fortitude as other congressmen when it comes to voicing opinions on hot button topics. Instead we get press releases about him pushing to maintain historic rocket test stands near Simi Valley, while the all important healthcare bill was a mere forty hours away.
*Last, but not least, the lunatic running North Korea and the havoc he wants to reap on us. (And some say Trump is the next Hitler?)
The thing is, no matter what I bang out on this keyboard, by the time you read it, some other frantic issue will belly itself up to the bar, leaving this awe-inspiring rant to turn to dust in the wind.
It’s the Debt, Stupid:
Last week I lamented on having writer’s block and my desperate plea for help to knock that block down. Thanks to a couple of contributing columnists in The Signal, my plea was answered. The following cartoon represents the typical thinking of the Left and their complete disregard of our debt problem.
This was born out by Katie Hill (declared Democratic candidate for Steve Knight’s seat in 2018) and her piece in the Signal. She does start out with: “We should not be leaving trillions of dollars of debt for our children to pay.” Good start, but it didn’t last long, as she proceeds to lament the harm a list of budget cuts will be. There was then no mention of the debt or how to alleviate the problem of our kids having to pay dearly for the emotional soothing, financial and socialistic sins we are blindly committing by dumping more debt onto the pile of debt that is already incomprehensible in its massiveness.
I’ve ranted on this before and I’ll do it again; cutting expenses for the greater good is terribly, terribly difficult, especially when it affects folks negatively. Over the last 10 years I’ve had to make the most gut-wrenching decisions of my life having to lay employees off. Some were fathers who were the breadwinners of their homes and some were single mothers working hard to make ends meet, but it had to be done.
The government cannot be our fix all and end all savior. What Left-leaning, well-meaning, deniers like Katie Hill fail to see is the monster that is the federal government will collapse under the irresponsible, reckless spending they insist on. They must realize it’s all going to blow up in our children’s faces, unless we take drastic and painful measures to try and slice the fat off the beast!
In Case You Missed It:
Here are some of the proposed budget cuts that will be proposed and are the cause of much of the angst emanating from left-leaners:
• Eliminates the USDA Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, a reduction of $498 million
• Cuts $250 million by zeroing out National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants and programs that support coastal and marine management
• Reduces or eliminates 20 programs within the Department of Education
• Cuts FEMA state and local grant funding by $667 million
• Eliminates funds for Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing
• Ceases payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs for the Green Climate Fund and precursor funds
• Scales back funding for the World Bank and other international development banks by $650 million over three years
• Cuts federal subsidies to Amtrak and eliminates support for Amtrak’s long-distance services
• Cuts funding to the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program
• Shrinks the Treasury workforce
• Stops funding for the Clean Power Plan
If you ask me, since there is no cutting of entitlement programs there has to be a much greater reduction in all other areas of expenditures and these don’t come close to cutting it (no pun intended). But, if the lefties are having conniption fits over these minor cuts, imagine how they’ll react if and when the big ones ever hit.
Voices in the Head:
My favorite columnist in The Signal, Mr. G.H. himself, just can’t accept the fact that Donald Trump is our president. I can’t say as I blame him much, as I spent eight years myself not accepting Obama’s incompetence. G.H. wrote something about a “sad tale” relating to Trump, but nothing is sadder than the $10 trillion debt Obama accumulated for his and my kids to face, the depleted military that lessens our ability to effectively defend ourselves. Then there’s shoving the notion of the government comforting and saving us down millions of Americans’ throats, helping to create a snowflake generation that won’t be able to handle the slightest stress ball that will come their way.
G.H. also wrote something about Trump and “hysterics about immigrants.” I wonder if he heard about the 14-year-old young lady who was brutally raped by two illegal aliens in the bathroom of a high school this past week? Any hysteria deserving on that one?
Mr. H. also wrote: “We hear a population recoiling over the rape and pillage of Trump’s proposed health-care changes.” Rape and pillage? Now that’s what I call hysteria; it reminds me of the New York Times writer who said the election of Donald Trump was as bad as Pearl Harbor, or the Hillary supporters who proposed that Trump’s winning was worse than the 9/11 attacks, or even the accusations that Trump is another Hitler. I feel sorry for G.H. and others like him who live with the voices of unreality in their heads.
Quotes of the Week:
“In time of peace there can, at all events, be no justification for the creation of a permanent debt by the Federal Government. Its limited range of constitutional duties may certainly under such circumstances be performed without such a resort.” (Martin Van Buren, 8th president of the United States)
“The problem is real, and the solution will be painful. We must stabilize and then reduce the national debt, or we could spend $1 trillion a year in interest alone by 2020. There is no easy way out of our debt problem, so everything must be on the table. A sensible, realistic plan requires shared sacrifice – and Washington must lead the way and tighten its belt.” (The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform)
“When all of America comes to realize that President Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing, it will make last November’s national nervous breakdown look like a momentary case of the vapors. What can go wrong awaits in markets, banks, currencies, and the immense dark pools of counterparty obligations that amount to black holes, where notions of value are sucked out of the universe. There is so much that can go wrong. And then it will. And then maybe that will prompt us back to consider being a nation again.” (James Howard Kunstler)
“The great majority of central banks were established after 1900 to help governments spend money they didn’t have. They became engines of inflation. The largest number of runaway inflations and the worst runaway inflations have occurred since 1900.” (Jim Powell)
“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” (Ronald Reagan)
“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” (Herbert Hoover)
“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” (Milton Friedman)
Letters to the Ranter:
I tried repeatedly to post this comment on Betty Arenson’s article, but received an error message about (CAPTCHA) each and every time so am sending directly to you.
Thanks. I always enjoy your articles Betty and wish there were more folks who would take the time to research and write interesting and informative articles like yours. The leftist ideology is always well represented here in California but those of us with more moderate or conservative views are not as well represented, perhaps because we tire of being called racists and every other vile name whenever we share our opinions.
Keep up the good work Betty; we need to hear diverse and well-reasoned opinions like yours and not just the garbage from the whiners on the left!