Gut Rumbles

September 23, 2005

federal government

You've got to love it. Nobody else in the world takes a job more seriously and works as hard as a federal employee.

All 110 people who laid out in a time of crisis had a legitimate reason for doing so. They knew they wouldn't be fired for fucking the people they are supposed to serve.

Federal government: NOT the best that we can do.


I left Houston on Wednesday. The airport was pretty empty.

Posted by: clonefan on September 23, 2005 03:10 PM

The acidman must have written this, "I got my new Lexus RX400h, and returned to the dealer the next day, complaining that I couldn't figure out how the radio worked. The salesman explained that the radio was voice activated.

"Watch this!" He said, "Nelson!

The radio replied, "Ricky or Willie?"

"Willie!" He continued....and On The Road Again came from the speakers.

I drove away happy, and for the next few days, every time I'd say, "Beethoven!" I'd get beautiful classical music, and if I said, "Beatles!" I'd get one of their awesome songs.

One day, a couple ran a red light and nearly creamed my new car, but I swerved in time to avoid them.
"ASSHOLES!" I yelled.....

The French National Anthem began to play, sung by Jane Fonda and Michael Moore, backed up by John Kerry on guitar, Al Gore on drums and Bill Clinton on sax....

Damn, I LOVE this car!
Doesn't that sound like the Acidman?

Posted by: Joe Owen on September 23, 2005 03:14 PM

Have you seen any of them??? 'Nuff said....

I applied, former-deputy, LE training, white...job filled, we'll contact if any new openings.

Wonder who showed for work, and who didn't? Don't hold your breath as you try to figure that one out...

Posted by: Wayne on September 23, 2005 03:17 PM

The irony is that it was a dim-a-crat mayor complaining again about the Feds. But it is the dim-a-crats who support the 'guvmit' employees unions that preclude firing the bastards for not showing up for work.

Posted by: GUYK on September 23, 2005 04:44 PM

Airline security is a federal gummit function run by the same mentality of the post office. The Army Corps of Engineers has had over 3 weeks to rebuild and reinforce the NO levees, and a couple of inches of rain causes major reflooding and the Corps. is "disappointed?" Just wait until we get Hillary care to see what a fine job the feds will do then. Potus #40 ( Ronaldo Magnus ) used to have a saying, "government is not the solution, government is the problem." How true indeed.....

Anyone recall the 90's Northridge earthquake when major bridges over I-10 were destroyed? Then Gov. Wilson hired a contractor (with incentives) and the bridge was removed and rebuilt in just 66 days. What has Blanco done about their section of I-10 that's colapsed other than bitch and complain for the past 26 days?

Posted by: Walt on September 23, 2005 05:00 PM

From Al-Reuters: " White, a Democrat, blamed the "failure to show up at work by (110) essential personnel of the federal TSA.""

But wait!...the Dimocrats keep telling us that the Gummint is the answer to everything, if only it were bigger. Obviously, the reason this happened is that the Gummint just isn't big enough yet, right?

Another Dimocrat talking point down the toilet.

Posted by: Vulgorilla on September 23, 2005 05:58 PM

I read where Galvaston built a 17 foot wall ten miles long to protect itself after the worst hurricane in American history in 1900. Does anyone know if the federal government funded and engineered this project?

Posted by: Tom on September 23, 2005 09:34 PM

Bill White has done an awesome job. He's a businessman, with a brain, with an apparent attitude that tries to direct peeps to accomplish what needs to be done, now. Cut to the chase and get on with it. He got just about 2.5 million folks out of the possible harm's way. (And, he was not responsible for the busfire for all you weirdos out there.)

I'm thinking the lessons from Katrina, the failings of NO local and state government and FEMA have kinda sorta made an impression.

This is a good thing. Next hurricane is around the corner since we have til November to deal with all of this shit.

Posted by: Kim on September 23, 2005 10:25 PM

Tom...AFAIK the Feds didn't do anything in Galveston in 1900, it was rebuilt by Texas and sympathetic donors.

Quite an engineering feat, really. They raised the remaining structures on pilings and pumped 7' of dredge material in, raised the city elevation while building the seawall. All in less than 4 years...

If the Feds had been doing it, it would still be under construction...

Posted by: Wayne on September 24, 2005 06:15 AM

Vote Republican for free lap dancing
Gerard Baker
Suddenly the party known for fiscal prudence is throwing money about with abandon

MANY PEOPLE think conservatives, especially the American kind, are a mean-spirited, selfish bunch of misanthropists, irredeemably opposed to public spending on anything other than tanks and prisons.
They should talk to Abby, bartender at the Baby Dolls Strip Club in Houston. A week after Hurricane Katrina had relocated thousands of New Orleans residents to Houston, Fema, the much-maligned federal agency responsible for dealing with the crisis, decided it would be a good idea to hand out debit cards with a value of $2,000 to the displaced to buy necessities.

There were virtually no restrictions on the use of the cards and so the definition of “necessities” acquired some latitude. Louis Vuitton did a roaring trade in handbags in the Houston area and a good deal was dropped, as it were, at some of the city’s finest adult entertainment establishments.

Interviewed by a reporter for the local TV station, Abby over at Baby Dolls said she had seen many clients using their debit cards. She had nothing but praise for this exercise in government largesse. “A lot of customers have been coming in from Louisiana and they’ve been real happy about the $1.75 beers and they’re really nice.” It was only fair, she added that they should get a little publicly funded help. “You lost your whole house, then, why not?” she said. “You might want some beer in a strip club. There are a lot of guys out there that like to do that.”

Indeed. It may not be the kind of relief that most Republicans were thinking of when they voted through $50 billion in spending on the devastated region, but I can’t think of a more compassionate conservatism than one that pays for a Budweiser and a lap dance with somebody else’s money.

One of the more puzzling myths about the US in the wake of the Katrina disaster is the notion that heartless, penny-pinching Republicans have bled the Government so dry that the very idea of public spending, even on disasters, has become impossible. In fact, the Fema sponsor-a-stripper exercise was entirely of a piece with an outburst of fiscal incontinence proudly presided over by government-hating Republicans in the last decade.

When President Bush promised last week that the US would spend hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild the Gulf Coast it was the latest step in the remarkable conversion of the Republican Party from the party of fiscal prudence into the progenitors of the next New Deal and Great Society combined. The rhetoric, it is true, has been all about the virtues of small government. But since 2000 the Republican controlled Congress and White House have been on a spending binge that would make any self-respecting banana republic blush.

Stripping out the public spending that is mandated, such as on pensions, in the last four years, federal spending has increased by more than it did in the previous 17 years. It is not all extra military spending. Take out defence and you find that so-called discretionary spending has increased by one third in the last five years.

And those tightwad conservatives have only just started. Last year Republicans approved and President Bush happily signed a Bill to expand Medicare, the health insurance system for the elderly. It was the largest increase in the role of the federal government since Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. This year Mr Bush again praised and signed transport and energy Bills that funnel hundreds of billions of dollars into vast public works projects from Anchorage to Atlanta.

In this twisted new conservative orthodoxy, though, this propitiation of Leviathan is fine as long as you don’t raise taxes to pay for it. Signing the Transport Bill this summer, Mr Bush actually hit upon a new definition of fiscal prudence: “[This Bill] is fiscally responsible,” he said, “because it doesn’t raise [gasoline] taxes.”

You don’t have to have a degree in applied mathematics to figure out the consequences of this lopsided approach to budgeting: deficits as far as the eye can see, debt piled onto future generations of Americans, a growing dependence on the willingness of the People’s Republic of China to lend money to the US Treasury.

How on earth did Republicans get here? It began some time ago with the high-minded idea that tax cuts were the route to cutting spending: “starving the beast”. If you cut taxes, Congress, fearful of deficits, would be forced to cut public expenditure too. A nice idea in theory that never worked in practice. The next justification was an ideological one. You can increase spending, but as long as you cut taxes the economy will grow faster, generating enough public revenues to pay for the increased spending.

There was a word for that in the Middle Ages. It was called alchemy. Of course when tax rates are punitive, as they were in the 1970s, there comes a point where revenues do increase if you cut them, but we are well beyond that point now.

Don’t misunderstand me. There is much to be said for cutting taxes. But not for committing the Government to permanent tax cuts matched by permanent spending increases.

As Hurricane Rita tears open the Gulf Coast this weekend, we can expect another heart-warming promise of hundreds of billions to dollars to put it together again, with no suggestion of how it’s going to be paid for.

Oh, no, wait a minute. There will always be those debit cards to fall back on. I can even think of a slogan to promote them: Mortgaging America to the hilt? $300 billion. US dependency on China? $600 billion. A beer and a lap dance at Baby Dolls? Priceless.

Posted by: joe on September 26, 2005 02:54 PM
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