More Reckless Spending on the Way

The bill’s price tag comes in at over $800 billion. This on top of the $700 billion stimulus package passed last year. That bill was loaded with “gimmees” and handouts to banks which now claim they can’t show where the money went (give us a break! Bankers know where every dime of the money is). And don’t forget the $168 billion tax rebate “stimulus package” from 2007. That handout also failed to stimulate the economy.

Democrats prepare to saddle future generations with nearly a trillion dollars in additional debt

By Chris Ingram

Barack Obama is our new president calling for change, but nothing has changed other than Washington politicians leaving nothing but change in the pockets of our children.

The Democrats’ “economic stimulus” package is nothing more than another Congressional attempt to pass a spending bill with a sense of urgency that ultimately is only designed to get members re-elected.

The bill’s price tag comes in at over $800 billion. This on top of the $700 billion stimulus package passed last year. That bill was loaded with “gimmees” and handouts to banks which now claim they can’t show where the money went (give us a break! Bankers know where every dime of the money is). And don’t forget the $168 billion tax rebate “stimulus package” from 2007. That handout also failed to stimulate the economy. Continue reading “More Reckless Spending on the Way”

Water Cooler: Only little people pay taxes

Tim Geithner, the well-educated president of the New York Federal Reserve (who earns $398,200 taxpayer dollars as remuneration for this position), failed to pay $43,000 in taxes and interest from 2001 to 2004. He also kept a housekeeper with expired immigration documents on his family payroll and once had the gall to claim his children’s’ summer camp fees as a deductible expense as part of the dependent child-care tax credit (this is an I.R.S. “no-no” which would get most people audited).

The Water Cooler is an occasional look at important issues people should be talking about

By Chris Ingram

I want to give Barack Obama and his new administration the benefit of the doubt that Obama will accomplish some of the 500 some-odd things he promised on the campaign trail. And I want to put politics aside and wish him well for the benefit of our country in hopes he’ll get us out of the current financial mess we’re in.

But I’m having trouble doing this.

The reason is: Timothy Geithner. Continue reading “Water Cooler: Only little people pay taxes”

Obama’s Payback Time

For years now, harassed and brow-beaten workers have been publicly nodding their heads in agreement just to get union organizers to leave them alone, but then in the privacy of their secret ballots they’ve been voting, “Thanks, but no thanks.” That’s why union membership today is at its lowest level in half a century.

Big Labor looks for big returns
By Chuck Muth

Big Labor came through for the Democrats last November big time. They put their man in the White House, helped expand the Democrats’ majorities in Congress. Now it’s payback time.

The biggest problem facing organized labor in this country today is that so many people have wised up to their scam and no longer are joining unions voluntarily. Indeed, the only membership growth area for organized labor is among government workers, not in the private sector. Go figure. Continue reading “Obama’s Payback Time”

BBB gets a failing grade as a rater

Certainly the years in business category yields information. But a new high-end restaurant could get a lower grade than a ten year old hole in the wall. Using the new grading system for six “cookie cutter” chain Taco Bells we checked, three received B’s, one got a CCC, and two received CC’s. Yet all reports from these Santa Barbara locations show no consumer complaints.

Where’s the Beef in rating system?

By Richard Berman

The Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) stamp of approval has historically provided a high comfort level for consumers.

In the past, the bureau labeled businesses “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” for resolving consumer complaints. In 2009, the business watchdog is employing a new rating system.

Starting this month, businesses will be rated based on 16 weighted categories with a scale from AAA to F. The BBB Reliability Report’s algorithm calculating a company’s ranking revolves around a set of subjective characteristics including the nature of business, length of time since opening, whether the business is “problematic in the industry,” and BBB accreditation, i.e., are they a paying member. Continue reading “BBB gets a failing grade as a rater”

Being Offended Is A Full Time Job

Recently there has been a furor created over the song, “Barack the magic Negro” that was made famous by Rush Limbaugh last year. It is a parody to the tune of “Puff The Magic Dragon,” sung by an Al Sharpton impersonator with the theme being that attempts to satirically question Barack Obama’s racial authenticity.

Parody and satire are by nature offensive

By Michael A. Matteo

I have been writing comedy for approximately two decades and have laughed at jokes since I was able to understand the spoken word. In my lifetime I have heard thousands of parodies, one-liners, puns, jokes and many other forms of humor. Some of these attempts at humor I found amusing, some made me yawn and other stuff made me cringe. And even when things made me cringe I thought, “Well, I may not like what I’ve heard but someone may feel that way about something I’ve written. Thank God for freedom of speech.” Continue reading “Being Offended Is A Full Time Job”