Wednesday, April 25, 2012

If It Ain't Broke.......Defund It

then it will be. Then the Repubs will declare it a waste of "taxpayer money," privatize it, give contracts to political friends and backers to run it, and become a stockholder. From this they will make more money which they will use to influence more deluded souls that they are only looking out for the "best interests of this great country." Those people being the ones whose jobs were lost because manufacturing was sent overseas ( to help the companies' bottom line), or whose teaching jobs were lost ("because unions cost us too much money and are evil"), those who are unemployed (and are "too lazy, want to live off the government, and won't work for minimum wage"...while wanting to lower the minimum wage.)

One example of this is the USPS, an entity that is used by all of us. Congress, led by the Repubs are doing their best to get rid of it.
"In fact, it's the Postal Service that’s currently bailing out the U.S. government. Politicians have been raiding Postal Service revenues for years, using them to make the federal deficit appear smaller than it really is. ......the Postal Service is right now forced to pre-pay health care benefits for employees the agency hasn't even hired yet — in fact, for many future employees who haven't even been born yet — all to artificially shrink the federal deficit."......Bob Sullivan, Red Tape Chronicles
"No one prefunds at more than 30 percent," Anthony Vegliante, the U.S. Postal Service's executive vice president, told reporters last year.

Higher education is in their sights, too. It seems as if bettering your position in life and following your dreams, by hard work and studying long hours, is supposed to be only for those with unlimited incomes. With college tuitions rising faster than your part-time paycheck and Congress wanting to raise student
loan interest rates, lower funds for Pell Grants and other subsidies, regular folks sometimes must turn to for-profit-colleges to get a head start in this direction. Michelle Rhee (remember her aim of replacing public schools with charters and on-line-learning....and changing test scores?) and George W.Bush will be speaking at APSCU's conference this June, a conference of Big Business owned schools that fatten their CEO's  bank accounts and leave their students in debt, with no chance of getting jobs.
Another Repub Virginia Foxx ("I don't have any sympathy for college students having to pay exorbitant loan fees.......I only paid $97 tuition in the Ice Ages.") also supports these types of schools and takes campaign money from them.

"In her first year on the subcommittee, Foxx picked up at least $48,668 from PACs or individuals affiliated with for-profit colleges. We counted 22 companies or trade associations in the for-profit college industry on the list of her top contributors, including: Bridgepoint Education, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the Apollo Group (which owns the University of Phoenix) and student loan lender NelNet Inc."
Then there is Paul Ryan, the oh-so conservative Repub and his shout-out to for-profit colleges:
And then of course, there are the "social safety nets" that the Repubs are so fond of taking money away from.
"Most Republicans agree there should be a "safety net" to assist the less fortunate;
 however, they tend to believe the private sector is more effective in helping the poor than government is; as a result, Republicans support giving government grants to faith-based and other private charitable organizations to supplant welfare spending. Members of the GOP also believe that limits on eligibility and benefits must be in place to ensure the safety net is not abused." 

A good theory except that little by little they are pushing this back on the states and then defunding the states' money. The private sector depends on people donating time, goods, services, and money to be able to do this job. The people that were able to do "this job more effectively" are now unemployed themselves, or trying to pay medical bills, feed their own families, and trying to keep their house. And don't get me started on the church's role in all of this. The larger ones are corporations pushing their own political agenda.....and should be taxed. That in itself would go a long way to alleviate some of the problem.

I think it's time we "defund" some of these Congressmen's paychecks.

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