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Sunday, February 14, 2010 ISSUE #590

Snow, basketball and birthdays cost a bundle
#590   Feb. 14, 2010
    COLUMBUS: An awful lot of Snow has rolled off your Shovels since I communed with you last week.  I see where the Weather Bureau predicts more Snow. Good joke on the Weather Bureau. They can't have any more. They haven't got any place to put it. 
    Folks, that’s exactly how I started a column 87 years ago, Feb. 25, 1923. In Washington, DC, and plenty of other places, they will tell you it’s been about that long since they’ve seen so much snow. We have snow in 49 states; the only two places without snow are Hawaii and Vancouver.
    Our federal government was shut down for most of the week. Only essential employees reported to work Now, I know what you’re thinking; if the President wants to cut the budget, there’s a hint on where to start. But instead of cutting, the President raised the debt ceiling to $14 Trillion.  I think it was $10 Trillion a couple of years ago. Is that the way to solve our financial problem, make it so we can borrow more? 
    You would think the government shutdown in Washington would save us a pile of money. Instead it cost us taxpayers $100,000,000 a day. Makes you wonder what it costs when they are all show up.
    In Vancouver the lack of snow is costing the city millions. While other cities are paying to truck snow out of town, Vancouver is paying to truck it in.
    Speaking of losing money, the National Basketball Association says they will be $400,000,000 in the hole this year. Tonight they put on a game in Dallas and 108,000 showed up and paid to watch it. How could they lose money? Is the NBA run by the Post Office?
    Remember when we used to have Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb. 12, and Washington’s on Feb. 22? The government split the difference and this year Feb. 15 is the only day we get to blow out the candles. At least it saves the government the cost of baking another cake.    

Historic quotes from Will Rogers:
    "Washington, D.C.  papers say: ‘Congress is deadlocked and can’t act.’ I think that is the greatest blessing that could befall this country."
WA #59, Jan.27, 1924
    "There wasn't any Republicans in Washington’s day. No Republicans, no boll weevil, no income tax, no cover charge, no disarmament conferences, no luncheon clubs, no stop lights, no (radio), no head winds, no margins, no ticket speculators, no golf pants. My Lord, living in those times, who wouldn't be great?" DT #803, Feb. 21, 1929
    "Lincoln is the one that said, ‘You can fool all the Democrats part of the time, and part of the Democrats all of the time. But a Republican is the only one you can fool all of the time.’ That's why he was a Republican." WA #320, Feb. 10, 1929

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