Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Trending on the Journal

Recent Comments

rifleman0311 - Council tables insurance vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
You must be drinking buddies with the mayor?
QuincyJournal - Mays to wear new hat in pro-business career - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Mays opted out of a state pension as a state representative and is doing so in this position as well. BG
AYHSMB - Council tables insurance vote - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
For sure, he's waiting to see the best deal for the Union. He was high up in the Plumbers Union at Celotex before they closed. Tried to bump the boys at the Vets' home after that... That didn't work, but he still weaseled himself into a $76,000 yr position there, that I'm not sure how he was qualified, but that's the Union difference, I guess.
AYHSMB - The Patio restaurant could open as early as February 1 - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Relax. It's JMHO!
UrKidsWillPay - Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
You can actually look at the Public School retirement on there its just in a separate section. Some pretty large numbers in that one to be sure. $17,000 per month ain't bad if you can get for watching the price is right in your underwear but that is what the system calls for that we as taxpayers allowed to be put in place. There is also one person on there that has been retired since 1973!!!!…

Most Popular

Quincy School Board selects architects for new school buildings

Police shooting, pursuit in Downtown Hannibal

The Patio restaurant could open as early as February 1

Lovelace trial delayed until summer

Trainsmart with Gary joins the Quincy Family YMCA

Illinois education board wants $730M more pre-K-12 funding

Finance Committee wants more details on wastewater, sludge removal bids

Illinois state senator revamping school funding overhaul

Editorials & Opinion

Strawman: Did You Hear the One About the Missing Money?

5 months, 3 weeks ago by Strawman

 

 

Things you just don’t hear about.  There seem to be a lot of them. And there are probably many more.  It’s just that no one has taken the time--- or been allowed to report on stuff that might awaken the otherwise comatose average American.

Like this for instance: a government website—usaspending.gov---one that you and I paid for—recently reported that it’s missing over 600 billion dollars from over 300 Federal programs.  Those totals came right from the Government Accountability Office. What that means here, Chet, is that someone who cannot be fired and who will retire with full health coverage AND a pension cannot account for 600 billion dollars in spending.  The agencies in question just “don’t know” where the money went.  Sorry, we just can’t tell you what we spent the money on—or who we gave the money to—it’s just not here.  By the way, Chet, that’s our money they’ve “disappeared.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/05/federal-spending-transparency-money-missing/13485581/

Now, in the real world where fraud is fraud, and theft is theft, those responsible for the missing money would be in big trouble.  But this is 2014 and we know that as we live in the age of total transparency that not being able to account for 600 billion bucks isn’t a big deal. Cause if it were, we would have heard about it, right?

And, of course, we’re dealing with those in big government who don’t seem to think that 600 billion bucks IS a big deal.  I’m sure it would be a big deal if those managing the money had a vested interest or had helped generate the funds or knew that if they didn’t handle the money correctly there would be penalties or loss of position.  But none of that happens with big government.  Theirs is a world where, when money is short, you just tax Joe Citizen a little bit more and the money problem goes away.  Sure, Joe is going to whine for a minute, but that noise will subside quickly as Joe and his friends rarely look at their pay stub.  They just look at the amount they’ve been “allowed” to keep and then text pictures of their cat wearing a Cardinal’s t-shirt.  Fascinating.

And so we don’t know where the money went—and we won’t.  There’s no one in Washington who cares.  It’s not their problem.  Our elected officials are too busy raising funds to get re-elected, dining with lobbyists and making appearances on CNN.  Doing the work of the people?  Who me?

If you’re one of the chosen few citizens he’ll visit with in person ask Dick Durbin what he thinks about the missing money. He’ll probably blame the republicans, prattle on about climate change, throw in a line about funding for illegal immigrants and then expound on the benefits of Obamacare.  Or something like that. And then you, and those attending, will just sigh, experience some incontinence and marvel at Mr. Durbin’s ability to sum up 600 billion missing bucks in a 20 second sound bite.  And that same thing will happen all over the country in the coming weeks as the general public and local press share time with their elected officials.  They’ll just coo and giggle and count their lucky stars that they’re in the same room with that great Congressman or Senator.

And should you think that’s not the case show up at a town hall meeting hosted by one of your senators or congressmen and see what you get.  If you can find a town hall meeting to attend.........  

 

 


From the Newsroom

QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 6 hours, 25 minutes ago

Yarbrough, Mahair arrested on meth charges - ISP haz-mat team needed after bust http://t.co/FvWUrhydTw
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 10 hours, 24 minutes ago

Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports http://t.co/NIdhbWMsLu
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 10 hours, 25 minutes ago

45th Annual WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo Feb. 7-8; Aggie Alumni Social Set for Feb. 7 http://t.co/vglS05m101
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 10 hours, 25 minutes ago

RT @Mark Benson: I knew #SonsOfLiberty was going to play fast and loose with history, but I didn't expect the show to outright ignore it.