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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have had it with all of the political gamesmanship being played with our hard earned money.


While our “elected” officials enjoy CEO-style perks, the rest of us have to live within our budgets and all the while watch as our tax dollars are squandered by those elected to spend it wisely.


My income is taxed; my house that is paid for is taxed and everything that I purchased is taxed with all of that money used to pay for government-local, state and federal.


I don’t have a car and driver furnished for me to shuttle me to and from meetings. I don’t have a gym provided to me free of charge. I don’t have a paid staff to help me with my job duties. I don’t have free medical benefits and I sure as hell don’t have a pension, compliments of the U.S. taxpayer…but if I did, it might just insulate me from the reality that everyday citizens are struggling to make ends meet. It might cloud my judgment when spending someone else’s money.


When I go to the polls in November of 2012, I am going to vote for ADULTS; people who have properly gauged the state of our nation’s financial condition and who can sit down as adults, have adult conversations and make mature decisions that more accurately reflect sound money management.


I am tired of the fear tactics being used by BOTH parties. I am fed up with Harry Reid, who is nothing more than a five-year-old boy in the body of a 71 year-old man. I cannot look at or listen to Tim Geitner without thinking about anything lower than whale scum. He more than any other single individual brought this country to the brink of economic collapse in 2008. And Nancy Pelosi; Nancy, you don’t have the big gavel OR the big hammer anymore. Go away!


I am not a big fan of Michele Bachman, but she has more grit than Rooster Cogburn and more class than a 1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K. She is principled, intelligent and leaves no question on where she stands on the issue. This is not to say that I would vote for her, but I would seriously consider it. Oh; and she engages in debate like the grown up that she is. Plus; she is sticking to her promises made to her constituents, including not raising the debt limit and pushing for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


I thought that we had a thorough-bred in John Boehner when he became the Speaker of the House…


Then; he cried.


John! We cry at funerals and our kids’ weddings and maybe the birth of our grandchildren.


We DON’T cry after we have been elected to the third most powerful position in our federal government. Every time you go in front of the cameras, I wonder if I am going to see a tear form in the corner of your eye. Many of us grew up in tough times just like you. We did our fair share of crying THEN. It made us tougher NOW. Man up and go kick Harry Reid’s a**.


And what about Obama?


He is still organizing. He isn’t leading; he’s lecturing with that condescending tone. He acts as if he’s still on the campaign trail. If I played as much golf as he does, I wouldn’t be able to hold down a full time job. He likes to brag about how he can afford to pay more in taxes. Well, Barry; then stop taking advantage of all of those deductions and loopholes and write that check to the Treasury. I happen to think that I pay enough.


And where has Scott Brown been? You know; the guy from Massachusetts who was going to save the country? Did his pick up truck break down or what?

Paul Ryan has been noticeably invisible. After he failed to get his plan passed, did he take his balls and go home?


God, I miss Joe Liebermann. I thought that I would NEVER say that, but at least you knew what you were getting with Joe. He was almost a liberal Republican, if there is such a thing.




Chuck Schumer, Chuck Todd, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Barney Frank, Chris Mathews, D*** Durbin, Stuart Varney, Jay Carney, Glenn Beck, Jesse Jackson, Ann Coulter, Ben Bernanke, Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Malkin, Al Sharpton, Rush Limbaugh have all been to the “hyperbolic chamber” and for the past several months have managed to keep the country’s knees knocking with their non-stop, doom and gloom diatribes.


What about our Bills? No; not those kind. I am talking about Bill O’Reilly, Bill Maher and Bill Cristol.


Bill O’Reilly enjoys mixing it up with an administration that is STILL blaming Bush.


Bill Maher; I took you more seriously when you were a mildly entertaining comedian. Now that you are a mouthpiece for the Far Left liberals, we no longer find the same things funny.


Bill Cristol makes very good points, but it’s hard to understand him. He talks as if he only has about 20 percent of his lung capacity. And his presentation of his position on an issue doesn’t come off as scary of the others.


Stop with the commentary and REPORT the NEWS! I don’t want your opinion. I have one of my own. I want to listen to news…NOT your take on the news. Support whomever you want on YOUR time and stop wasting MY time. Try to remember why you got into journalism in the first place.


I am fed up with all of the name-calling and all of the hyperbolic comparisons to terrorists and hostages and other diabolical synonyms.


I am going to start the Pea Party and say, “Piss on them all”.


It’s time to get rid of all of the career politicians, re-tool the Constitution to keep power in the hands of the PEOPLE and secure a better future for the elderly and our kids.


To most of those named in this article? Well, let’s just say that I am going step away from them for awhile. We need some time away from each other. I have to re-evaluate their impact upon my “reasonableness”.


For a democracy that is 235 years old, it seems like it has a lot of growing up to do or at least the people elected to discharge their duties in accordance with the Constitution do.


Oh and this just in…


We have a “debt deal”.


Oh joy!




The opinions and views expressed are those of the article’s author, Art Goodrich, who also writes as ChiefReason. They do not reflect the opinions and views of, Fire Engineering Magazine, PennWell Corporation or his dog, Chopper. All articles by the author are protected by federal copyright and cannot be reproduced in any form without expressed permissio

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Comment by Mike France on August 3, 2011 at 11:23am
Two Words Art , " Government Intelligence".
Comment by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on August 1, 2011 at 5:33pm

I don't know Bobby, but it seems to me that we were going to get down graded anyway and not because of the debt ceiling limit but because of the DEBT.

I have great credit. People are always wanting to loan me money. The reason is that I pay my bills when they come due or even a little early. Hell; I might even pay a little more on the principle if I have extra money. Keep in mind that "I/me" is actually "we". According to my wife, the above statements are true!

But, if I had faltered anywhere along the way; missed a payment, allowed a car to go back to the bank or held too much credit card debt; don't you suppose that a potential creditor might not score me as high and even drop my credit rating? Bet your patoot.

No; I believe that the reason we are going to be down graded is because we left the nation's credit card on Obama's kitchen bar and with the money left on it from Bush, Obama decided to go on a spending spree. He, Little Timmy, Dirty Harry and Witchie Poo Pelosi went on a cross country crime spree with OUR money.

Don't get me goin'.

Thanks for the nice kudos. I am still trying to refine my blog.

Comment by Bobby Halton on August 1, 2011 at 2:09pm

This has to be one of your best ever, not sure why you're still holding back but it's good to see that you're letting go of some of your steam. It just seems amazing to me that our elite Lords and Dukes in Washington are so stupid that they don't understand the danger we are in with all of this debt. Adm. Mike Mullen head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff just said yesterday the greatest threat to the security of the United States of America is this debt, is anybody listening! And the great deal they struck today is going to raise the debt by another $7 trillion. These people are complete idiots the only one up there that I can even stomach anymore is Rand Paul. Thanks for sharing your opinion with us you are the most entertaining blogger that we have bar none.

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