Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Government shutdown: Will the quails get their cocaine?

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This is Day Five of the federal government shutdown. Have you noticed? I haven't either. I think it can only be a good thing.

"CNN and MSNBC — Fox News, too — will need to fill their programming with “news” for 24 hours daily, seven days a week, so they will make the Trump Filibuster as ridiculously overblown and dramatic as possible," Dov Fischer writes:
Someone somewhere will die, and they will blame it on the shutdown. They will blame global warming on the shutdown. Freezing blizzards on the shutdown. They will blame tornadoes, hurricanes, and Kevin Hart’s tweets on the shutdown. They will blame the Trump Filibuster for Michael Moore gaining weight and for Ocasio-Cortez being unable to remember whether she was elected to Congress, the Senate, or the New York State Assembly. But it all will be stuff and nonsense. None of it matters. Every three minutes on Fox, there will be a loud clang followed by “Fox News Alert.” Even Fox aficionados long ago learned to tune those out; they never amount to anything.
Here's why this is a good thing.

The federal government has added another $1,370,760,684,441.54 to the debt since last December 25. The Christmas-to-Christmas increase in the debt equals approximately $10,743.82 per household.

Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a “Green New Deal,” which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades. The goals include moving the U.S. to 100 percent green energy, federal job guarantees for workings forced out of their fossil fuel jobs, guaranteed minimum income and universal health care.

Nineteen million public employees cost taxpayers nearly $1 trillion. Last year, we found 1.7 million public employees earned $100,000 or more. The vast majority – 1.3 million six-figure earners – worked at the state and local levels. There were 105,000 local and state government employees out-earning every governor of the 50 states at a salary of $190,000 or more.

State and local government employee total compensation is now 47 percent higher than for private-sector employees. 

Federal bureaucrats make 78% more in total compensation than people in the private sector. Combined with laws that make it extremely difficult to fire public employees, even for explicit or criminal misconduct, it's no wonder that hardly anyone leaves.

The five richest counties in the United States when measured by median household income are all still suburbs of Washington, D.C.

The IRS spent $20 million last year on private debt collection, and managed to raise … almost $7 million.

American taxpayers this year have also been forced to subsidize:
  • $76 million to provide stipends to Somali National Army
  • $18 million to promote tourism in Egypt
  • $2.4 million to study daydreaming
  • $1 million to support “legislative priorities” in Libya
  • $875,000 to study the sexual habits of quails on cocaine
  • $635,000 to develop a Pashto-language TV drama series for Afghanistan
  • $400,000 to support asset seizure programs in Paraguay
  • $360,000 to study horse and donkey hunting on the ancient Anatolian Peninsula
  • $250,000 to teach Rwandan special interest groups how to lobby elected officials
  • $75,000 to make videos marketing U.S. colleges to Indian students
  • $75,000 to blow leaf blowers at lizards
  • $35,000 to encourage people in the Republic of the Congo to use local resources
  • $15,000 to fund a fictionalized opera about Prince Harry, called “Stone Prince”
  • $50,000 to create conceptualized games in India
  • $50,000 to teach female entrepreneurs in India how to “vlog”
  • $50,000 to fund museum trips in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Tell me about your shutdown.

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