They can’t even help themselves. This didn’t feel like good material for a Friday funny type of post, even though most of these stories are funny in their own dark way. Instead, I offer here a collection of proof that our governing bodies are cracking up and failing us. I hope you haven’t placed your faith in government. If you have, prepare to be disappointed. Leading off the parade is a recent story about a 6 year old girl who has made the terrorist no fly list. It would really be funny; if it weren’t for the fact that these poor parents have nothing but harassment to look forward to every time they travel with their daughter by plane.
The Thomas family was allowed to make their trip but they were told to contact Homeland Security to clear-up the matter. Alyssa just received a letter from the government, notifying the six-year-old that nothing will be changed and they won’t confirm nor deny any information they have about her or someone else with the same name. “She’s been flying since she was two-months old, so that has not been an issue,” said Alyssa’s dad. “In fact, we had traveled to Mexico in February and there were no issues at that time.” According to the Transportation Security Administration, Alyssa never had any problems before because the Secure Flight Program just began in June for all domestic flights. A spokesperson will only say, “the watch lists are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying.” Right now, Alyssa has other priorities. “My Barbies, my magic mirror and jumping on my bed!” But her name will likely stay on the list and as for the next time she flies, the FBI says they’ll rely on the common sense of the security agents.
Good luck on relying on the common sense of government officials in the future based on what they have done so far. If you were curious about government waste, you might be interested to know that we pay $38,796,307 as a nation every year just in salaries for White House staff. There is a breakdown of salary by individual available at the site. It also informs that this amount allows us to retain 469 individuals who are absolutely necessary to the stability of our government I am sure. Oh, and thankfully, three of the employees listed work “free of charge” or else it would be costing us even more. The oil spill in the gulf is a pretty big disaster; and it is growing by the day. But it seems that our government is intent on making it as bad as they can. From turning down help from others who have the means to help minimize the damage and speed the cleanup to dragging its feet in approving or suspending idiotic laws that are actually hurting the cleanup efforts, we have a classic display of government at work. If you thought that California was a government in trouble, check out Illinois. Word is that Illinois can’t pay its bills anymore and some are comparing them to Greece now. Sadly, a large contingent of the people who helped put Illinois in this position are now in the White House pulling down over 38 million in salary.
So where is the exit door from this crisis? In Illinois, it depends on whom you ask. The state representative Barbara Flynn Currie, one of the Democratic leaders in the statehouse, sees salvation in the economic cycle. “In the long run, we’ll muddle our way through,” she said. Perhaps, but many analysts, liberal and conservative, warn of a potentially far grimmer reckoning — Greece by Lake Michigan. Borrowing costs are rising, nonprofits that depend on taxpayer money are dropping contracts, and the state’s pension costs and unpaid bills balloon each month.
Yes, that’s very comforting. We hope the economic cycle will bring us through if we just muddle along here.
Cheer up though. The government that has proved so efficient in all of these other things is going to take control of health care as well. Don’t worry about those people who predicted disaster before it was passed. Listen now to those who are waking up to reality instead.
The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.
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Administration officials insist they can make changes to the program to ensure it lasts until 2014, and that it may not have to turn away sick people. Officials said the administration could also consider reducing benefits under the program, or redistributing funds between state pools. But they acknowledged turning some people away was also a possibility.
But, everyone was supposed to be covered. This was supposed to fix everything they said. Those who knew better tried to warn of the dangers of this bill before it passed, but that was ignored.
So, I say to you again. The government cannot save you.