“Woe to the land whose king is a child and whose leaders are already drunk in the morning. Happy the land whose king is a nobleman, and whose leaders work hard before they feast and drink, and then only to strengthen themselves for the tasks ahead”. (Eccl 10: 16-17)


"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat


Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


To continue following Trader Dan, please sign up for Trader Dan's World at the link on the sidebar to receive a 1 month, no obligation, trial membership



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Cesspool on the Potomac

If you ever needed any further proof (not that we do at this point) how hopelessly corrupt Washington DC has become, take a look at the following report from "The Washington Examiner".

The package of legislation to come out of that vile place screams to heaven itself how far gone this nation is and how nothing can be done to reverse the inevitable slide into decay and mediocrity.

One thing I am more and more convinced of with the passing of each week - the fact that former Senators/Congressmen are allowed to serve as lobbyists for industry once they are either defeated in an election or choose to retire is a major source of the scum that floats on the surface of the water in Washington D.C.

Get rid of that and institute term limits and maybe we can eliminate some of the ills that afflict DC.

Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the 'cliff' deal

January 2, 2013 | 6:00 pm
The "fiscal cliff" legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren't the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff's edge -- they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/tim-carney-how-corporate-tax-credits-got-in-the-cliff-deal/article/2517397#.UOTPwUbDVSJ

2 comments:

  1. our elected representatives reflect the wishes of a majority of our fellow citizens. ponder that only if you want to get really depressed...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Term limits will give those who remain, those who have institutional knowledge, even more power. Those people are the career civil servants and the lobbyists. Therefore, term limits will be counter-productive for restraining govt growth.

    If you want to restrain govt growth, reduce the power of each elected representative by expanding the size of the US House of Representatives. It was supposed to grow according to the size of the census results. Growth of members was capped in early 1900s. Have each House Representative in a district of 50,000 instead of the current 700,000 and an average person will have access, there will be too many representatives for lobbyists to pay off, and each representative will have less power and less reason to stay after serving a couple terms.

    Thirty Thousand dot org has all of the info.
    http://www.thirty-thousand.org

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.