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Browsing Posts published in March, 2010

Our blogroll, with its breadth and diversity, leaves many readers paralyzed with awe, understandably. To ameliorate this condition, I proffer the following links for your enjoyment and diversion from the stresses of domestic life. Just click, and read.

The Monk foresees King Obama. I foresee the Joker.

TC suspects George Allen may be considering a Senate run. I am inclined to see it as a real possibility. If Barack Obama has managed to revive the Republican Party so quickly, rehabilitating Allen’s public image by 2012 should be a piece of cake.

Linda B. wrote a new post this week!! Another sign of the change of seasons. Seriously, she does a lot of writing in her real life so she can be excused for intermittent blogging. Go read her because everything she writes is good.

Not Larry Sabato links to one of our 2006 photos to make his case. The Cuccinelli obsession is odd, but at least someone still frequents the old blog. I’d hate to see it forgotten.

Eric – he of the life you and I can only imagine – muses about his upcoming travels and his country ham dinner. In related news, I heard a millionaire just won the Powerball lottery.

Eileen is perturbed about Obama’s possible straying from the climate alarmist straight and narrow. She and I don’t agree on much, but her conclusion drilling here ” ain’t never going to happen” is one we share though probably for different reasons.

Is John McCain truly up to his you-know-what in alligators? If one of the gators is his cousin RS, I’d say the answer is yes. If you were not following Stacy’s recent travels, you missed something. Click here and here for starters. If all this compels you to do some good in the world, by all means help pay for the trip.

Vivian says stop the violence lest the genie be released from the bottle. Good observation.

Ed maintains the vigil against Chinese death-merchandise. Buy American. Read MonkeyWatch. Tips to live by.

The subversive project known as Digital Camel continues apace. The good thing is, if they talk about other blogs it is usually NVTH. The bad thing is, they think we are evil. Well, any PR is good PR.

In closing, some good news posted by that remarkably prolific libertarian-type dude. Maybe it is like morning in America again albeit waking up with a hangover.

As I was sitting here this morning, I was wondering if Obamacare provided any coverage for “medical” marijuana, when this came up on my google search :

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations having the capability to (1) grow, harvest, analyze, store and distribute GMP grade cannabis (marijuana) on large and small scales; (2) extract cannabis to obtain purified phytocannabinoids including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), analyze, and store; (3) prepare marijuana cigarettes and related products; and (4) distribute marijuana, marijuana cigarettes and cannabinoids, and other related products for research and other Government programs upon NIDA authorization.


The government getting into the business of large scale production of marijuana and distribution of joints ? Is the plan to deny medical care to granny and then keep her stoned for the remainder of her days ?

Guess George Soros is buying his way deeper and deeper into our culture…

LCPS is Loudoun County’s largest employer. That is just plain scary. This means the single largest “product” of Loudoun County is the student population. Our productivity goes toward what cannot pay for itself (education needs other income as the source for the money to pay for it). It is no wonder that taxes are high in order to support such a structure. Not only that, but if LCPS is the largest employer, the rest of the county employees must make Loudoun even more government heavy. Government jobs need productive jobs (real productivity jobs, not service jobs) to support them. What industry does Loudoun provide?

We must attract and keep industry to Loudoun. Didn’t anybody study macro economics in school? What do we teach these adults in college these days!

Wow. I’ve heard of blatant “vote buying” but this takes the cake. In an article on unions wanting their own bailout (through strong arm tactics against companies and non-labor union employees, Ben Brubeck, a director with the Associated Builders and Contractors (a union group) is quoted as saying “This is incredible when you think about it, after all the promises that were made, we are coming off a pretty unsuccessful year for organized labor … After all the money they invested into electing Obama and the Democratic Congress, you would think they would get something”. While the guy is frustrated about what is happening, remember that unions got a deal with the health care reform bill. They are exempt from the “Cadillac” tax. And Obama just appointed Becker while congress was out.

I doubt the Obama administration will investigate themselves … they don’t go after anyone that helps their cause … there is no justice.

Remember November.

Page 4 of the county budget has the projected student population. (The .pdf is here.) The salient piece is that the projected student population grows to just shy of 80,000 (from the present 60,000) in the next 5 years. This may seem small of me, but I know I will not be teaching class sizes of more than 30. I’ll go back to private industry before that, because I know I just won’t be able to make a difference at that point. Law dictates student/teacher ratios of no more than 21, but that does nothing for the average class size. What also is not taken into account are extremely small classes, or students with special needs that have individual teacher aids assigned (which occurs through federal mandate, and includes federal money).

If we have a 30 percent increase in student population there needs to be an increase in numbers of teachers (that’s the law as it now stands). If cut the pay, and you will lose teachers (I certainly know I cannot afford a pay cut … sorry kids, mom and dad don’t want me teaching). It is well and good that taxes are too high, and that the single largest spend is education, but unless you can come up with a way to stop growth, there is a requirement for more teachers.

And just in case you didn’t know, increase classroom size, and you decrease performance … why do you think home schooling does so well? It isn’t because of “teacher” training, it is directly related to student-”teacher” ratios (even a family with 10 kids has a much lower ratio than a public school). Do you really want to warehouse students?

The national debt we see as a killer and rightfully so. People are all upset about it and we know it stinks. But it seems we lose sight of it the closer it comes to home.

The county has been financing capital projects with debt it for what seems like forever. Every single ballot item for bonds related to building schools has been passed every year I’ve been here. What does it cost us now? A whole lot more than the 30 million or so that is going to put 290+ people out of work because the county budget needs to be cut. (Plus much larger classroom sizes, and we already have students that won’t be able to take AP courses because we don’t offer them every year.) Why? If you ask me it is because we don’t know fiscal responsibility.

“It’s the economy, stupid” applies to nearly everyone. As a single income household, attempting to live on a teacher’s salary, I don’t have a choice of using credit to pay for things. Some of you might be thinking that means I have to use credit … NO! Just the opposite. I cannot afford to use credit to pay for things. If I used credit, then I wouldn’t be able to stay a teacher, I’d have to find another job. How many of the problems with the economy are from people defaulting on loans? Debt is a killer for people as well as the county.

What’s more, the debt that kills the people is the reason people think it is “okay” to contract debt for the county. (If people buy a $3000 TV with debt … really stupid idea, people … then why wouldn’t they think that a county with a couple of billion budget should contract a debt of a $100 million or so for a school?) Both lead to the same disastrous consequences; the entity that does this ends up spending more and more of the total income on debt than the things it needs to survive. Buy a TV on debt? Why not? Buy a school on debt? Of course!

That brings us to the country as a whole. Elect idiots that believe that the “entitlements” cannot be touched and that it is okay to have debt (financially irresponsible people like us) and what happens? We have a national debt that is so high that we are facing national bankruptcy if the interest rates go up by just a little. Remember when mortgages where 16% a year … what happens if the interest rates triple yet again?. The interest per year triples as well. Look at our current proposed county budget; it includes $151 million in debt service (notice they do NOT break out principle and interest, so we can easily see how much waste is included). Waste? What do we get for the interest? Nothing … spending money to have today rather than tomorrow is the most essential waste I can imagine. I want it, and I want it NOW! Wait a year and you can pay cash, or you pay three times as much. (In other words, how stupid is it to put appliances on a mortgage rather than pay cash? Why pay $4500 for a $1500 washer/drier?)

Which brings us to the federal budget as well. How much do we spend on interest? What have we done electing people that think nothing of increasing our debt instead of paying it off? We are electing people that are as stupid as we are. WAKE UP! If Loudoun had never borrowed to finance building, we would not have the tax rate we do today, let alone the need to lay off 290+ LCPS employees (not that there isn’t waste in the school system as well … I’m not saying anything about that.) Wake up! If we want the future to be anything near reasonable, pay off the debt. I’d rather see a tax increase and a mandated unbalanced budget (i.e., a mandate for a surplus every year) than have the tax remain the same and not pay down the debt. $150 million is more than enough to lower taxes *and* provide full funding for the LCPS budget. If we had been paying as we go, it would have saved enough to build every school in the county we have now (even at the insanely small size we build schools). For the federal government, it may have taken longer, but the situation is exactly the same.

It is insane to borrow money except for an emergency, or something that is a one-time expense which is greater than the yearly income an entity generates. It is also insane not to pay off that debt as quickly as possible. Otherwise, we have a situation in which we are paying interest (total waste of funds) for what gets us nothing in return. If the freezer breaks down with $500 of food in it, it makes sense to buy a new freezer to save the $500 in food, but pay it off! It does not make sense to carry debt. In fact, it makes sense to save money so when an emergency happens (as it always does) you have the money to pay for the fix. If we have six months of income in the bank, there are few emergencies that would force us to borrow money. That is true for the county, the state, the federal government, or even individuals.

I loved this, and I hope Cafferty is right about remembering at mid-term elections …

“You Lie” Wilson seems to have been right. Again in the state of the union, Obama lying about the SCOTUS in overturning McCain-Feingold in Citizen United is yet another example. How can you tell that Obama is lying? His lips are moving doesn’t seem to cover all the times this guy can lie.