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Sunday, March 25, 2018 ISSUE #930

Federal Budget, Tunnels and Facebook

 Congress passed a Budget. The total is $1.3 Trillion for discretionary items only. Actually it is a Republican budget plus a Democrat budget. They totally ignored the Taxpayer budget. That’s why it is so high. The total budget bill is 2200 pages, or over half a billion dollars per page. To save a bundle, next time limit it to 500 pages.

To get an extra $60 Billion for our military, President Trump had to accept an extra $100 Billion or so for things he didn’t want. He wanted $25 Billion for the Mexico Wall, and only got $1.6 Billion. Of course he campaigned on the idea that Mexico would pay for it. Maybe he can use a billion to bribe Mexican officials to put up the Wall themselves.  That’s how things get done down there, bribery. If we could figure out how to intercept all the drug money and other payments headed south of the border, we wouldn’t need bribery.

While Trump got $1.6 Billion to build a 1900-mile Wall, Sen. Schumer got $1.0 Billion for a 2-mile tunnel connecting New York City to New Jersey. Frankly I don’t know why he needed the money; the Governors of both states already promised a total of $11 Billion. If you can’t drill a hole under the Hudson River big enough for a train to go through for $11 Billion maybe they need other ideas.

I understand that 200,000 New Jerseyites insist on working in New York. Maybe they should just move to New York. Or have the government give each one a rowboat. Think how many boats you could buy for a billion dollars.

If 200,000 Americans decided to work in England, would we be expected to build a tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean?

Facebook is in trouble because an outfit called Cambridge Analytics “analyzed” data from Facebook posts in 2016 to skew the election in favor of Trump. When asked where they got the idea they said, “From Obama in 2012.”

I don’t know about you, but if they analyzed everything I put on Facebook they would conclude I am mighty confused. Does he live in Oklahoma or Ohio or California or West Virginia? Is he really old enough to comment on politics in the 1930s? Is he a comedian, an engineer, a rancher, or deranged?

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“The Budget is a mythical beanbag. Congress votes mythical beans into it and then tries to reach in a pull real beans out.” DT #2047, Feb. 24, 1933

“We will never get anywhere with our finances till we pass a law saying that every time we appropriate something, we got to pass another bill along with it, stating where the money is coming from.” DT #1733, Feb. 12, 1932

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