Thursday, May 17, 2007

Both Sides of Their Mouths

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
--George Bernard Shaw

Congress rolled out a $2.9 trillion budget blueprint yesterday. You can bet feathers will fly between Congressional Democrats and The White House over spending increases for education and other pet domestic programs.

The Democratic plan promises a budget surplus in five years, but only by allowing some of President Bush's tax cuts to expire.

Let’s think about this for a minute: If the Government runs a surplus, that means you are running a deficit at your house. In a choice between the government and my family, I choose my family’s welfare first. Let the government run a deficit—I’ll keep my surplus, thank you.

Speaking of surplus finds, Financial Reports to the Federal Election Commission by some of the Presidential Wannabe’s are being released, and make for interesting reading… Man of the People Rudy Giuliani reported $16.1 million in earned income over the past 16 months, most of it in speaking fees; I wannabe one of his people.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson holds up to a half-million in Valero stock options, despite his desire to reduce fossil fuels…

John Edwards reported earned income of $1.25 million, the biggest single source of which was a hedge fund that employed him part time.

Edwards’ campaign includes a plank for fighting poverty. He’s doing his part.

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