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Sunday, April 07, 2013 ISSUE #754

One word for federal spending: Dopey

    Here we are in the middle of tax paying season and the President announces more ways to spend our hard-earned money. He wants banks to loan money to people with poor credit so they can buy a house. That idea worked so well when Barney Frank and Chris Dodd persuaded banks to do it that he wants to repeat it. Of course those bank loans would be federally insured, with our money. Back in the ‘30s we had Hoovervilles; if this goes through we may be stuck with Obamavilles, financed with our money.   
    Next, the President wants us to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a “path to citizenship.” But he offers no concrete plan to close the path that got ‘em here. Unless we control the borders this is an open invitation to the next 11 million waiting to sneak in. Of course we want immigrants. But it’s our house and we should get to pick the ones we want to live with.
    Oh, I apologize. According to the Associated Press, those of us writing in newspapers must stop saying “illegal immigrants” and substitute the term “undocumented immigrants”. But I like Jay Leno’s term better: “undocumented Democrats.”   
    Here’s exciting news. NASA has requested a hundred million dollars for a plan to “lasso” an asteroid and pull it into an orbit close to the moon. Since there’s never been anyone better with a lasso, I suggest the rocket ship built to do this be called the “Will Rogers.” However, if you scoff at the idea of spending millions on a hair-brained scheme to round up an asteroid, I can understand why you may want it named after one of Will’s favorite horses: “Dopey.”

Historic quotes by Will Rogers: (on taxes)
    “The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it's in the way that it's spent.” DT #1764, March 20, 1932
    “It costs ten times more to govern us than it used to, and we are not governed one-tenth as good.” DT #1770, March 27, 1932
    “Here is New York City where all the money in the world is, and where every guy with a dollar is doing better than he was a year ago. (They say) ‘What's this country coming to? This income tax is terrible.’ (and) ‘I am doing better than I have since ‘29, but when are we going to get back to the good old days?’ Well, the good old days (for) most of us was when we didn’t earn enough to pay an income tax.”  DT #2699, March 31, 1935
    “California is pawing the ground over a proposed State income tax. The kicks would carry more weight if we could get somebody to kick that didn't have to pay it. Some of our patriotic citizens have offered to leave the State if it passes and the State may take ‘em up on it.” DT #2184, Aug. 3, 1933
    “Everybody says, ‘Where’s the money coming from that we’re spending’? Well, offhand, I’d say it’s coming from those that have got it.” Radio, April 7, 1935

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