Posts Tagged “Congress”

Government’s New Math: 12 + 12 = 20

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 It seems that the old saying “the more things change, the more things stay the same” is as true as Isaac Newton’s law of gravity.  One thing for certain, it ain’t a pretty picture.   To quote Benjamin Franklin,  “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

In the United States, that has never been more true than today.  Looking at news headlines all year has convinced me that we are have already become a nation where the morons far outnumber the rest of us. Let’s look at some of the more notable issues of this past year.

In Detroit $15,000 per student was spent on public education with a 24.7 percent graduation rate. Now just what employer wants to hire someone who has demonstrated they are a quitter by dropping out of school? I can’t imagine why they have such a high unemployment rate in Detroit, can you?

We have President Obama that plays golf all the time and waits for Congress to work together and bring solutions to him.  That’s like being a general and waiting for your troops to work out the battle plans for you. Do you think just maybe we have a failure of leadership here?

The state of California is drowning in overspending and debt and who do they elect for governor?  Good old “Governor Moonbeam,”  the very guy who spent them into oblivion the last time he was governor.  We have a retirement supplemental program called Social Security, that everyone knows is running out of money rapidly, and what does our infinitely wise government do?  They classify drug addiction as a disability so drug addicts can suck off of Social Security disability payments.   After all, we wouldn’t want those poor disabled drug addicts not to have the money to buy more drugs now, would we?

In his re-election campaign,  the President’s campaign managers have declared Governor Romney has a “war on women.”   Now just how does a man that has had five children engage in a “war on women?”  Five kids kind of indicates that you like women pretty well doesn’t it?  New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg has outlawed soft drinks over 16 ounces to limit the sugar intake of New Yorkers.  Instead of buying a single 24-ounce drink New Yorkers are now buying two 16 ounce drinks.  I guess old Mayor Bloomberg just isn’t very good at math.

The number one problem in Mexico is drug gang violence, and it has resulted in over 35,000 murders.  So what does our Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) do?  They allow shipments of over 2,000 assault weapons to be sent across the border to Mexican drug cartels. Now that makes sense doesn’t it?   Makes you think maybe the ATF has been hiring Detroit dropouts.

The Chicago teachers are some of the highest compensated teachers in the nation.  So what do they do? They go on strike because they don’t want to be held accountable for their performance.  I just can’t imagine why Chicago schools are failing, can you?  Derek Jeter should join the Chicago teachers union.

The pièce de résistance rests in the White House and holds the nation’s office of the Vice President of The United States. I like to call him “Gaffy Duck” Joe Biden.  This is a guy that is the envy of all the writers on Saturday Night Live. They can never top the things that this guy comes up with. He was the very first person to note,  “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”  Now that doesn’t imply that the former African-American candidates were mumbling, stupid, dirty, and ugly does it, Joe?  Does it worry you that this idiot is just a heartbeat away from the Presidency? I mean this guy was laughing all the time in the recent VP debate about Iran obtaining a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Cincinnati. Nice to know the nation’s VP thinks ICBMs in the hands of Islamic martyrs are laughable.

I don’t know, maybe it’s me and the fact that I’m getting older, but it just seems that common sense has left this country and moved to China. You know, the place where Jeep is putting in a new factory, and according to our nation’s leaders they will never import Chinese made Jeeps to the U.S.  Oh well, I think I’m just going to take the “Bloomberg common sense” solution to all of this. Instead of ordering a 20-ounce margarita I’m going to order two 12-ounce ones instead! I guess that’s the new math.  — Larry Oscar

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.



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Truck Weight Limits

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There are still efforts in Congress to increase the gross weight limits for trucks.  One piece of legislation is the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (H.R. 763).  This bill would allow increasing the weight limit from the current 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds.

Proponets of heavier trucks claim it will reduce greenhouse gases, ease what they see as an upcoming driver shortage when the economy improves, and make freight transportation more efficient.  In other words, fewer trucks can haul more freight and reduce highway congestion.  Heavier truck supporters also  say new hours of service regulations going into effect in 2013 will create increased demand for more equipment and drivers.

What proponets of heavier trucks usually don’t admit is they want to load more freight on the truck, but pay truckers the same old freight rate.  It doesn’t matter to them that heavier trucks also increase risk of more highway damage, not to mention the greater wear and tear on tractors and trailers, decreased miles per gallon and longer distances required for a big rig to stop resulting in more crashes.

Some things never seemed to change in trucking and this is one of those issues that has been out there for decades.

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