Friday, June 26, 2009

Stimulus Update

Several months ago, President Obama was here in Columbus holding a press conference to promote his stimulus package. He was with 25 police officers who's jobs had been saved because stimulus money was going to be used to pay their salaries for the next year. Here's an update on how that's working out:

So, now Columbus is saying they need to raise taxes (above the current 2% city-levied income tax) in order to prevent the layoff of nearly 300 police officers, including the 25 President Obama claims he saved. It's been just a few months, not a year, and we already need more money to keep going. This is yet another piece of evidence that large government spending is not sustainable. If you are in debt, it doesn't seem rational to believe that you can spend yourself out of the situation. Yet that's what we're doing, and what is the result? The problem is only being exacerbated. As a student, last year I paid well over 20% of my already meager income to fund government spending that still isn't making up for the deficit, and yet now I'm told I have to pay more to preserve a police force the stimulus package supposedly already funded. I don't have a problem paying taxes and contribution my fair share, but I certainly have a problem when its used in a futile attempt to spend our way out of debt.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The BCS and The Congress

Neither are organizations I have been particularly fond of lately, so it's tough to take sides in this debate.

Now, I hate the BCS system with a passion. I thought it was awesome when President Obama said that he wanted a playoff system. I'm all about, as fans of college football, pressuring the BCS to change their money-grubbing, discriminatory ways. I want a playoff. And I don't see why a 16 team playoff system doesn't work. (Sorry President Obama. If you want to be truly fair and non-exclusionary, 8 teams isn't enough.)

BUT, I am sick to my stomach (not swine flu, I checked that out already) that The Congress feels the need to have the government become involved. Senator Hatch is making Utah look like a whining baby. They just seal clubbed Alabama, ranked number 1 for most of last year's season, and proved just how good they are. Do we then need to bring legislation against the BCS to make our point??? No! They just need to continue to beat the BCS teams into submission and prove that we can play with the so-called big boys. That's what sports, and sportsmanship, is all about. That's why it's fun. Getting the political system involved is only sinking to the level of the enemy. Maybe even lower.

I laughed and laughed when President Obama started smack talking the BCS. But I worried and worried when, in a later interview, he looked quite serious and said he might use his "presidential weight" to shake up the BCS. Noooo! That's not what the President should be doing. And frankly, the idea comes across as completely arrogant. Just because you are the President doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. It means you are the highest level public servant, not a dictator. Not that Senator Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Barton (R-TX) are any better with their hearings and threats of legislation. Noooo! The government and legislation are not how we should be solving problems in this country. Whether it be the economy or the BCS, the people are the solution. True change happens when the people get together and pool their abilities, talents, and strengths. When the underdogs from Utah come together and decide that they can play with the big guys, then work and work to make it happen, that's when the foundations of the BCS crack. Not because the government said so, but because the people took a hammer to it.

Want to save the economy? Get out of debt and start working, earnings, and saving. Want to save the environment? Start conserving energy. Want to fix the BCS? Start beating their teams. Want to mess everything up? Turn it over to the government.


Friday, March 6, 2009

More On Rush

Now, I'm not a huge fan of Rush Limbaugh. Or rather, I don't listen to him that often. He's too Republican for my tastes. I've never been a huge fan of partisanship and I think he tends to deepen the divide between the right and the left rather than bridge it. That said, the DNC doesn't need to sink to his level as well. They must know that he actually enjoys getting them riled up. This is only going to encourage him.