Government Actions

The Government Workers Protesting in Wisconsin

There has been a lot written and said about the battle in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states between the new Republican governors and the public employee unions in recent days but there have been precious few people talking about the essential issues that are now in play which will have a big say in the future of OUR country which revolves around the central premise that there have been promises made by our “bought-off” Elected Leaders that cannot be met by the American People under ANY circumstances.

 

First, we must say that we here at Mad As Hell And…. are not against people organizing themselves into unions if they willingly choose to do so (forcing someone to join a union is not only wrong it is un-American and any state that forces people to join unions only hurt their own citizens) and it has always been our opinion that any company in the private sector that does not take good care of and recognize the importance of their employees will probably end up with the formation of a union in its, workplace and rightfully so.

For the members of Mad As Hell And…. that run their own companies we believe in the words of the Great Henry Ford:

“There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.”  Henry Ford

We would also add to Henry Ford’s words that paying one’s employees the “highest wage possible” also the importance of providing a solid health insurance plan for the employee and his/her family and offering the opportunity for employees to save for their/their families future and retirement with the employer maximizing contributions to employees retirement program.

Those are the principles that we live by when it comes to hiring and retaining employees and it has been our experience that if an employer places the proper high value on the employees that make the products and provide the services of the company then there will be little interest by the employees in forming a union.  With all of that being said it is our opinion that in the past two decades that public employee unions have grown to be out-of-control in the United States of America and their influence over some of OUR “Elected Leaders” is threatening the future of the American Republic.

Just like the Wall Street Bastards and Corporate America Welfare Queens that spend Billions of Dollars every year buying off OUR “Elected Leaders” in order to get tax breaks and favorable treatment, the public employee unions also spent Hundreds of Millions of Dollars of their union members’ money to buy off politicians on all levels of government and that has led to those “bought-off” officials making promises on wages, benefits, and pensions that cannot be met by the American People.

We here at Mad As Hell And… do not object to government employees being paid a wage and benefits that are in-line with what people in the private sector are being paid, but it is wrong and outrageous for government employees to be treated as if they are BETTER than American citizens and that they should somehow be exempt from the economic forces that shape our country or that they should be guaranteed retirement income that far outstrips what the people that are paying their salaries have in their own lives.

Sorry, government employees WORK FOR THE PEOPLE whether they are elected, appointed or hired by the government and that means that government employees MUST ANSWER to the Will of the People and the American People are saying in a very clear and very loud voice that the promises that have been made to government employees over the past two decades by politicians that have been “Bought-Off” with campaign donations CANNOT BE MET and WILL NOT Be spent.

Just like there is no chance in Hell that all of the promises that have been made by OUR “Elected Officials” on Social Security and Medicare can be paid for without massive tax increases on the American People there is no way that the increasing wages and benefits and especially all of the pension obligations to public employees in America can be met either.  We don’t give a Damn if there have been “contracts” negotiated with government employees  by the politicians that they “bought-off” promising these future benefits because the FACTS are that there is No Way in Hell that the American People are going to stand for 50 Plus percent of their hard-earned money going to retired government employees to sit on their asses for 30 plus years in retirement while they are working their asses off in the Real World without a guaranteed pension and if there is someone in the Democratic party or at the public employee unions that would like to challenge the American People on that point, by all means, give it a try!

To that point, it has become increasingly clear to us here at Mad As Hell And… that the American People need to be educated and told about on the amount of money that government employees are now making on all levels of government and the very lucrative pensions that many are now pulling down in retirement and that are promised to current government workers in the future.  (To see the disaster that is now unfolding on government employee pensions in the state of California that is already eating up Billions of Dollars that should be going to schools and other essential gov’t services check out the

(To see the disaster that is now unfolding on government employee pensions in the state of California that is already eating up Billions of Dollars that should be going to schools and other essential gov’t services check out the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility website which details the thousands of public employees that are hauling down $100K plus a year in retirement!)  It is our opinion that just like most Americans do not understand that most of the largest corporations in America spend Billions of Dollars buying-off OUR “Elected Leaders” for perks and benefits that they also do not realized that public employee unions also spend small fortunes to elect people that they know will sign-off on whatever BS the union leaders will come up with.  That set of FACTS have convinced us beyond a doubt that in the coming 2012 political cycle that the American People will need to be told the truth about how well government employees are living while both working and in retirement and that there are very effective, informative and entertaining ways we can do just that.

 

 

We just remind the folks at the Democratic Party, the public employee unions and in the Obama 2012 campaign team that the Buffoons, Hacks, Idiots and Fools that the Democratic Party has faced since the 1992 election are no longer the only people on the playing field and that the younger generation of the 1980 and 1984 election cycles have reluctantly decided to take some time for their very busy working and family lives to help take back the Republican Party from the Wall Street Bastards and Corporate SOBs and then to defeat the Democratic Party in the 2012 election.

No, it will not be easy to wrench the Republican Party back from the Buffoons, Hacks, Idiots and Fools that have destroyed it over the past two decades but that is something that must be done because it makes little sense to have two political parties that are both bound and determined to destroy the American People with out-of-control spending thus it is our opinion that our jobs and families can see a little less of us over the next few years (and some of our wives might even welcome us being out of the house more!) just like they saw less of us in the run-up to the 2010 election.

The 2010 election seemed to work out pretty well for Republicans with the help of lots of Republicans that were determined to see a change in America, some we agree with on issues and some we don’t, and certainly, we will continue to work hard as the 2012 election gets closer.  As for the Democrats and those Obama campaign folks in the White House and that are now working in Chicago.  Don’t worry, we don’t know what we are doing……right?

Former US Senator Judd Gregg Calls Out For Leadership From President Obama

On Monday former New Hampshire and Republican Senator Judd Gregg asked for in an Op-Ed column in The Hill newspaper…

 

 

Step up, take charge and lead the nation, Mr. President

“Hope” is a great word, as is “liberty.” And “change” is nice. I have always been partial to “opportunity.”

They have all been words liberally applied in recent years by those running for office, many of whom have won. We now have a federal government that is dominated by elected people who have promised Hope, Liberty, Change and Opportunity. Where are we? We wait.

We confront the world where our role is in transition. Our policies in Afghanistan are struggling. The Middle East is in chaos and the cost of oil is threatening to stagger our economy. Our domestic energy policy is essentially non-existent, as is our immigration policy.

We have no good answer for Iran, Pakistan or North Korea, which represent legitimate threats in that they could be sources of weapons of mass destruction that may come under the control of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

Our military is being asked to be nation builders. This is not a proper use of their expertise or people.

Our economy continues to struggle. This is due to many factors, but certainly, a large part of the problem is the explosion in the size of the federal government. It has grown from 20 percent of GDP on average since the end of World War II to now absorbing 24 percent and going up.

This, coupled with an explosion of regulatory excess that makes France seem almost laissez-faire, has made the risk of taking risks and investing in new ventures that create jobs problematic.

Agencies like the FDA, EPA and the Labor Department have declared their own jihad against American entrepreneurs, resulting in a deflating of the forces that might give our economy some lift.

All of this is overlaid by a nation on a borrowing binge. Like a gambler who cannot stop placing bets, we continue to run up the debt — only in this case the house is made up of our international competitors, especially China.”

Very well written Senator Gregg but evidently, you didn’t get the memo.

What memo is that you ask?

 

 

That would be the memo that all of the problems facing the United States are just one big game that involves political consultants and various other hacks trying out themes, phrases, and words in order to try and get a leg up on the other political party so they can win the next election.

No, Senator Gregg, there really aren’t many people in Washington DC that give two rips about you, us, our children and grandchildren or the American People.  This is all about gaining and holding power and if these Morons that view Washington DC as some kind of game really knew of the very dangerous game they are playing that could put not only the future of the American People at risk but the fate of the world itself, we are not even sure if these Bastards would care one bit.

You see Judd, this is all just a fantasyland to the Democrats and the Republicans with the American People ALWAYS getting the shaft as the politicians that were elected to work for and serve the public play their games and put the very future of the American Republic at risk.

 

You see Judd, it’s just one Big Game.  Oh, but certainly you already know that this is all just one big game to these folks in Washington DC in both political parties because you spent almost 30 years of your life working with these Bastards.  Hell, you were right there in the US Senate when that Sorry Excuse for a Republican W. Bush and the Congress did this to the American People:

 

 

What the Hell was that Judd and why the Hell didn’t you tell W. Bush and your colleagues in the US Senate to step up and lead?  Now that’s a Damn good question!

Yes, President Obama needs to step up to lead and take on the very difficult problems facing the American Republic, but….and let’s be honest here….Obama’s political advisors would exchange right now re-electing President Obama while papering over the big problems facing the country even if they knew that American would implode in 2020.  Yes, Obama’s political advisors would swap their own children’s future for getting President Obama re-elected.  The same goes for the Republican political consultants as well.

This reality is the central fact about Washington DC that ALL Americans need to understand completely:

90 plus percent of the politicians in Washington DC would trade winning the next election and thus staying in “the game” even if they go re-elected by ignoring and papering over even very big problems that they knew would destroy the lives of our children and grandchildren (and even their own children and grandchildren’s lives!).  That is how addicted these folks are to holding power and the perks that come with having their asses kissed by lackeys that need to get a life and we know this to be a FACT because we have worked with and for these Bastards in our nation’s capital.

Just take a look at the incredibly absurd and complete lie being told by the Majority Leader of the US Senator Harry Reid (from The Hill):

 

 

Reid accuses GOP of threatening Social Security in funding fight

“Reid said he is irritated by pundits and politicians who accept the GOP argument that Social Security is headed for bankruptcy.

“It’s not just an exaggeration that Social Security is headed for bankruptcy, it’s an outright lie,” Reid said.

Reid and other Democrats at Monday’s event note that Social Security has a $2.6 trillion surplus and is projected to pay out 100 percent of benefits until 2037. After that point it is projected to pay out about 80 percent of owed benefits unless changes are made to the program.”

Very simply, Harry Reid is LYING to the American People and it is our opinion he knows his is LYING about Social Security because anyone with a working brain in the US Senate knows there is NOT ONE DIME in the Social Security “Trust” Fund.

Harry Reid and other politicians in Washington DC have spent EVERY DIME of the annual Social Security surpluses that came into the US Government over the past 25 plus years and there is NO MONEY in the Social Security “Trust” Fund and Harry Reid knows that to be a fact but here we have Harry Reid flat-out LYING to the American People about that FACT.

Below is the filing cabinet that Harry Reid claims is holding the $2.6 Trillion Dollar Social Security “Surplus” which is in a US government office in Parkersburg, West Virginia:

 

 

Yes, it does take an extraordinary good liar to claim there is $2.6 Trillion Dollars in the above filing cabinet!  Sorry Harry, there are only I.O.U.s in that filing cabinet..but you know that and LIE about that FACT to the American People.

No, it does not surprise us that Harry Reid would LIE about the Social Security “Trust” Fund because it is our opinion that if Harry Reid knew for a fact that the American Republic would be destroyed in 2020 if he could paper over the critical problems facing our country right now Harry Reid would take destruction of America over losing a political advantage or an election.

That is how sick these people are and as Mark McKinnon points out The Daily Beast….

Three Truths about Social Security

“1. Life expectancy has increased 15 years, but the retirement age has changed little.

When the “Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance” program was enacted in 1935, average life expectancy in America was 60 years for men, and 64 for women, with the retirement age 65. Today life expectancy is 75.7 years for men, and 80.6 years for women. But the retirement age is now just 66 or 67, depending on your year of birth. We are living much longer after retirement than the program was designed for. Good for us, but a strain on the system.

2. Those hard-earned dollars you pay into Social Security today are paid out to somebody else tomorrow.

There is no lock box. Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system: Money in, money out. It’s a pipeline with “money from current contributors coming in the front end and money to current beneficiaries paid out the back end.” This transfer of income, from one generation of workers to another, works only when there are more at the front end than the back. But there is a boom in boomers retiring and a decrease in the number of children—future workers to pay into the system—being born. Today, 100 workers support 32 beneficiaries. In 20 years, 100 workers will need to support 46 beneficiaries. There are more of us nearing retirement age, but we are not procreating enough.

3. Social Security is short of cash.

Since 1935, the cost of benefits has been entirely covered by payroll taxes from current workers. In 2010, nearly 60 million people drew Social Security benefits. But in less than 25 years, that number will grow to 88 million, with benefit payouts doubling to over $1.4 trillion. Yet fewer people will be paying into the pipeline. We don’t need to wait 20 or 25 years to see that Social Security is nearing insolvency: The Congressional Budget Office projects payroll tax revenue will fall $45 billion short of benefits owed this year, not including the interest owed by the government to the Social Security trust fund. (Excess Social Security tax revenue in previous years was exchanged for Treasury bonds—federal government debt—on which the government now owes interest.) Although the system is expected to return to balance temporarily in 2012, it will begin running deficits again in 2015 if interest from the trust fund is excluded and in 2025 including interest payments. After that point, the trust fund will be fully exhausted in 2037. We are running out of time and money.”

 

Oh, you don’t believe that?  Believe it.  Most of these political hacks that are supposed to be representing the American People don’t give two rips about you, your family, often even their own family or anything beyond winning the next election.

Now, that’s the TRUTH and Harry Reid’s actions and the actions of most of these “Elected Leaders” in both political parties in Washington DC prove that TRUTH many times over every day of the week.

 

 

Here’s something that should give these political hacks pause:  If you Bastards destroy the American Republic with your out-of-control spending, irresponsible governing and outright lies the power in the world will shift to “other” countries that have a lot different outlook on the world than the Principles found within the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and in the heart and souls of most Americans.

Yes, these Idiots in Washington are playing a very dangerous game and if this Bullshit continues when they wake-up from their Stupid political games they and We the American People are going to look around and find a much weakened America and a much more dangerous world.