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Monday, October 01, 2007 ISSUE #473

Stock market rises while Congress lags

#473, October 1, 2007

COLUMBUS: Congress has been working on a budget all year, and hasn't passed the first appropriation bill. If you ask 'em, any Democrat will tell you government is essential and we can't get along without it. Even most Republicans will agree.

Just suppose Congress was running Ford Motor Company. They would say, "We began assembling a car in January, and if you're patient with us, it should be ready to drive off by Thanksgiving." Odds are, whatever Appropriations Bill they finally agree on will emerge as a lemon.

The stock market set a new record today. Even farm commodity prices are high. If you own a few thousand shares of stock or have grain in the bin you're not fretting over something as minor as a Congressional delay. Farmers would like to get a Farm Bill passed, but higher prices beats a government guarantee any day.

I read where Senator Clinton proposes giving $5000 to every baby born here. I'm confused as to why more young girls need an incentive to have a baby. Is there a shortage? Then tonight Britney Spears had her two babies taken away from her for incompetence.

Instead of giving 'em money, I propose giving all prospective moms an IQ test. Maybe check their Social Security card, and see if they have a marriage license. Now, many of you are saying, "That's foolish; this is America and you can't do that." Of course you're right; it is foolish. But no more foolish than promising them $5000.

Historic quotes from Will Rogers:

"It costs ten times more to govern us than it used to, and we are not governed one-tenth as good." DT #1770, March 22, 1932

"Tax relief, farm relief, flood relief, dam relief ... none of these have been settled, but they are getting them in shape for consideration at the next session of Congress with the hope that those needing relief will perhaps have conveniently died in the meantime." DT #557, May 9, 1928

"Corn is forty and fifty cents a bushel, but no farmer has any. He sold last fall and winter at fifteen cents." DT #2113, May 12, 1933

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