Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Congress Passes Still Another Bailout - This One For The Teachers' Unions

Before moving to the serious topic of the impending and altogether purposeful bankruptcy of the United States, a little humor . . .

The Kentucky Department of Labor claimed a small Nelson County farmer was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

Department of Labor Employee: "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them."

Farmer: "Well, there's my farm hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $ 400 a week plus free room and board."

"Then there's the mentally challenged worker. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally."

Department of Labor Employee: "That's the guy I want to talk to...the mentally challenged one."

Farmer: "That would be me."

Little too close to home? Well, this should add insult to injury . . .

Nancy Pelosi got her $26 billion teachers' union bailout passed in the House today.

Pelosi and the gang are up to it again -- rewarding bad behavior. State governments spend too much money. So when they run out of money the "solution" is to give them more money, e.g., banks, automakers.

Cutting spending is not in the cards.

Government at all levels is addicted to spending and we, those who elect our government representatives, seem hell-bent on feeding that addiction by continuing to bow to those who spend profligately, including States via public unions who make demands resulting in getting what they want, and then waiting for the Fed to come to the rescue with freshly printed money backed by nothing.

I am tempted to engage in wild comparative hyperbole here but nothing I could say would trump the pathetic truth.


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