Countin' Chickens


By: Wayne Brown

The last time that I wrote about this subject, I told myself that I was done with it; that I was not going near the subject again because I felt as if I have spoken my mind and there was little left to say that was not of a redundant nature. That was before I got up this morning and walked out on the front lawn to pick up that rag of a newspaper that my lovely wife makes me subscribe to so she can read the obituaries each morning. A quick glance at the front page and I knew that I was heading back into redundancy mode and quickly!

Right on the front page of the newspaper is a story with a headline touting how much more money all taxpayers are going to have come January. Huh? What planet is this dim bulb living on that he or she can conclude such a thing. I have this sneaking suspicion that this article might have been ghost-written by Nancy Pelosi because she is one of our elected officials who think exactly in those terms. And I can understand it too especially after she adopted the position that long-term unemployment benefits was an economic stimulus. Yeah, well flying government airplanes over cities and dropping taxpayer money out into the air could also be construed in the same manner but neither one is very effective in terms of economic growth, so quit selling that crap.

The fact of the matter is that you or I or any of those rich people they talk about when they argue this subject are not going to have any more money in our pocket come January than we do today. The truth of the story should be that the government has agreed to let us keep what we have for the present time. Taxes are not going up in January and they are not coming down…they will remain the same, rate-wise. Your paycheck will essentially be for the same old amount that you normally see on it unless someone decides to raise your pay in the interim.

Now there are those serving in elected positions in our government who just don’t see it that way. They way they see it is that the Bush tax schedule was due to expire therefore the additional money potentially coming from those reductions belongs to the government. In fact, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, those officials were already counting that money into their coffers for further spending purposes. Recently, she took the position that the “tax cuts” were going to cost the government $700 billion dollars which would just wind up in the mounting pile of deficit debt. When I heard that statement, I almost pulled an “Elvis” and unloaded my pistol into the television set.

For Ms. Pelosi to subscribe to such a position can only be possible on the basis of two assumptions. First, we have to assume that she means that all the money coming in from a rate increase in income taxes would be applied against the ever-increasing debt we are piling up as a country. And on the second assumption, one could only conclude that she is indicating that as a country our intention is to continue to spend at the same rate whether the taxes are raised or not. In other words, she has no intention of even giving consideration to any approach that might put the government on a budget and restrict spending to a lesser rate. In embracing such a position, she can only be sending the message that she believes that every dime of taxpayer money now spent is being spent in a reasonable and effective manner and there is no pork-barreling, earmarked funds and no waste.

The commission appointed by President Obama recently to look at the revenue situation tends to think in the same mindset. They are not exploring methods by which to reduce spending and save money, oh no, that would be an awful waste of good time. They are spending more time looking at the various revenue streams the government has and attempting to find more ways to squeeze money from them so the government can continue to spend at the same rate. Well guess what, the largest stream in that revenue flow is the American taxpayer so it does not take long to figure out that we need to drain more money out of their pockets to pay for the excesses of government.

I have heard pundits right and left offer up their interpretations of the message that was sent by the voters in the mid-term election cycle. The further we get from those elections, the worse the interpretations get. Not only do they get convoluted, they also become very complex and one tires of trying to reinterpret the message as a listener. The fact of the matter is the American public is fed up with the way our current representatives in the federal government are handling our tax dollars. As citizens, the majority of us were sick and tired of watching elected politicians spend money like drunken sailors out on a weekend pass. We were tired of the blatant disregard of budgets and the ever growing deficit. We were tired of having things shoved down our throat in what should be a rather democratic society. It is not a complicated message and if you want the simple version, here goes, “Stop pissin’ our money away!”

Now I have my local newspaper telling me that I will have more money to spend come January. If I took them at their word, I might run out and buy a new car thinking that I could afford the payment. Man, wouldn’t I be surprised when I saw my paycheck? At the same time, keep in mind that is the exact conclusion some of our representatives in Washington would be making if the Bush tax plan did expire, “Oh, look at all this new money coming in…let’s buy something!”

Honestly, do you really believe that your hard-earned money is better spent by some Washington politician than what you can do with it for your home and family welfare? Do you really believe that someone in Washington is going to spend the time to actually sit down and read any bill they dream up in the process of spending money? Government should be a resource which provides the necessities of infrastructure and military protection for the citizens of the country. It should not be a monster that spends all its time looking for more and more and more ways to spend money. The possibilities are endless and never-ending and it does not require a genius to come up with them.

The federal government is long overdue to go on a diet, to slim down to a lean and mean operating weight. It is the only entity in this country which has grown in size and scope over the past few years. Local and state governments have shrunk as their revenue based decreased in this economy. The federal government on the other hand has continued to grow and expand ignoring spending limits and head count. As taxpayers, we must realize that government is a “necessary-evil” and the less we have of it the better off we are in terms of tax burden and individual freedom.

Those who would be secure in the knowing that the government continues to grow and expand are living under the guise of a false security. In fact, there is no such security, and if there was, the price of it is far too high. Every time the government steps up to take over the functionality of some process or to regulate some area, we all lose a little more of our freedom. That situation has grown to the point now that the federal government will soon be regulating the bake sale that a handful of little old ladies are planning down at the local Baptist church. Eventually, those in government decide that it is the government’s responsibility to protect a fool from himself…which is simply nothing more than a losing proposition not only for the government but also the fool.

Don’t stop by my place and tell me that the good news is that I am going to get to keep what I already have. That is the same effect as the boss coming by and telling me that I won’t be getting a raise this year and the good news is they are not going to reduce my pay. If I look at it from the government perspective…you just did! I was already counting on that raise that I am not going to get therefore I have suffered a reduction in pay! Remember the old adage, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”? Well, this just might be a good example of the reasoning behind that statement.

Oh, and if those insane voters out in the Bay area of San Francisco ever decide to do the right thing and turn Ms. Pelosi out of elective office, I suggest that you not consider hiring her to run your chicken farm, otherwise, you just might be missing some chickens come payday.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

I don't know if it was calculated on your part or not, Wayne, but the final video on your hub says it all in relation to the government fools spending our money: "Looney Tunes." :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...That part was not intentional but fun to realize and it really fits the mood! Thanks much. WB

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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"As citizens, the majority of us were sick and tired of watching elected politicians spend money like drunken sailors out on a weekend pass."

I love that imagery! It's the truth though. It does not matter what political ideology one holds, that statement (that politicians are wasting and mismanaging tax-payers money) is true.

In my opinion, the problem is not with paying a tax but with paying a tax and watching politicians spend that tax on limos, airplane rides, family get-aways and the like. Here in Toronto people pay a lot of taxes and the roads are terrible. The public transportation system is antique and homeless people sleep on subway vents all over down-town so they don't freeze-off.

Where is the bloody money from the taxes people pay going? Is it just vanishing in the air? There is no accountability - that's the problem. And there are hardly any penalties for being a crooked politician either.

Nice blog Mr. Wayne.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Mr sentiments exactly. We toss around billions of dollars down here in the USA and treat it like a night out for dinner with the family. There is no end to the amount of money that gets buried in the name of education yet education never seems to improve significantly. Here in the USA, we have lost the central focus of what taxpayer money should be used for and apathy has allowed politicians to make those choices. Those days need to be over and soon before it bankrupts us entirely. Thanks for the good comments! WB

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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

You're right about education. That is a big problem though because children are the future and that's no metaphor. Some teachers are there because they thought it's a good job when you get the summers off. I have had many teachers who were honestly not worthy or capable enough for the job.

On the other hand, my sister and her husband are both teachers and they both tell me their classrooms are over-crowded thus, affecting the quality of education since there is very little time for teachers to have a "one-on-one" with students. They also do a lot of work at home too which is not paid for ... Education is a tough subject.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Mr. Happy...I agree with you on education as I have close relatives who work in the industry and report some of the same issues. There are problems but we are addressing them too often in the same generic way. At the same time, I am a bit baffled by some of the problems in that, being a baby boomer, I know that most of us boomers (the largest population bubble passing through time)are pretty much done raising our kids. Our kids now have kids in school but in most cases, we had less kids than our parents and our children had less kids than we did. By all indications the population of children in America should be decreasing not increasing thus class size and crowded classrooms should not really be expected to be issues. I have to question how much other factors such as illegal immigration, etc. are playing into these problems. I believe that all professions, not just that of teaching, has individuals within it who are less than dedicated. Those individuals are just there to earn a paycheck and then they leave their problems behind them. I think that is part of human nature and it will never go away. All the money in the world will not fix that aspect of education. There does not seem to be a viable litmus test for dedication so in that vein we are stuck and have to hope for the best. There are issues with teacher's unions that come up when the unions go above and beyond in protecting poor and ineffectual teachers in the ranks from being fired or reassigned. That is a factor within the system again which money will not cure. On the contrary, the present Congress just appropriated $26 billion dollars to give to teacher's unions and public employee unions as really nothing more than a gift to gain their votes and redistribute the money back into the campaign coffers. It is this type of devious manipulation we file under the heading of spending for educational purposes of which we as taxpayers really receive no value and education is not improved one iota. It really comes down to the fact that few care to really drill down to the roots of the problem and tend to sweep all of them into the bin marked, "we need more money!". Thanks for your good comments, Mr. Happy! WB

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

Government by nature is redundant. The idea of a balance budget and fiscal responsibility alien and spending money that they don't have the norm. The Government is probably using the Ponzi system in their budgetary spending.....robbing Paul to pay Peter :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Excellent article. The way congress is acting shows they totally ignored the election, thus the will of the majority of Americans. I have heard more idiots on the news these past few days that I will be glad when this year ends and at least some will be gone even though we are stuck with Reid wanted to add internet gambling to the tax bill. At least Pelosi is not in charge of the Reps. They still don't mind adding totally unrelated items to any bill they come up with which is how we quite often get the wasteful spending.

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TimBryce 6 years ago

Wayne -

Good column. Let's discuss on the show today.



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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SilentReed....A very apt descripton of the real life functionality of that has stood the test of time I am afraid. Thanks for the good comments. WB

@Pamela99...You are correct Pamela. I am really afraid that neither side of the aisle understand the fact that America wants this awful wasting of money to stop. I heard an argument for earmark spending today on of all things NASCAR. We have to use taxpayer money to keep NASCAR looking's time for those boys to get back to moonshining. Thanks for the good words. WB

@TimBryce...You got it! Maybe with a little Slim Whitman in the background doing "Cattle Call"! LOL! WB

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American Romance 6 years ago from America

My thoughts exactly! I am so glad you wrote on this! voted up!

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ralwus 6 years ago

Well put WB. One other thing, I read they want to increase tax on gasoline another 15 cents per gallon. Are they nuts? Shyt! It's now almost 3 bucks here. That tax will just make it more difficult for people all over the country. I know out infrastructure needs it, but they just waste too much. Nice rant Wayne.

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I was under the impression that there are upcoming salary cuts for government in Washington, D.C. and I've noticed the unemployment centers are understaffed, so, it would appear that at least the overpaid in government will be held in check to a small degree...if we can believe that.

The latest developments show an ineffective, hands-bound President. I believe his stance is now at the mercy of the Republicans. I am appalled that unemployment for the devastated affected by our mismanaged economy, was a bargaining tool for the wealthest in this nation to hang onto each and every dollar. With the numbers now unemployed, Washington D.C. may well know that the disgruntled in America could take things in their own hands. Historically, Obama would not be any more effective in dealing with anarchy than he has been since taking office. Your piece is not redundant; as the issues continue to mount, the stakes change. Thank you for this well written, inspiring take on the mess we all share.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@American Romance...Thank for the good words and the ups, AR! WB

@ralwus...That is the 50 billion brain fart that Obama had to show that he could think of some ways to put people to work...rebuild the highways and bridges of America but he didn't mention that he was going to tax gasoline to do it when touting his wonderful idea. WB

@Amy Becherer...There is so much doublespeak coming out of Washington today, I am having trouble determining if anyone knows what they are doing. I think they are in a panic because the one source they have had to constantly grab more spend keep up the tax and spend has been the formerly apathetic taxpayer...maybe those days are over! Thanks Amy. WB

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ValerieH 6 years ago

I just gotta say that I am not surprised by all of this. The government always thinks they know how we can handle our money better than we can and its always been that way. Peace

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ValerieH...Yes, would it not be refreshing to have a President who went to Washington with the idea of limiting government and making it physically smaller in as many ways as possible? Actually, that should be the motivation, then they could continue to collect the same level of taxes, have lower overheard, and more money to piss away! LOL! WB

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Wayne, the only thing I could add is a "like line of thought" with a string of 4 letter words, and I'm trying hard to stop that practice, LOL, great job, Dusty

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@50 Caliber...good idea Dusty but then the liberals would probably say that you were engaging in "hate speech" about their spending habits. You best stick to your practices! LOL! WB

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great writing Wayne. The tax cuts are not cuts at all. After a decade of living with these rates they are our taxes. Enough with the Bush tax cuts. It's a farce.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Poppy we need folks in Washington talking about spending reduction if we are ever going to move back to a position of sanity in this country. We cannot continue to spend beyond our means with the attitude that we will just return back to the taxpayer for more and more. Those days need to be over and government needs to be much less smaller and less intrusive into our lives. WB

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sueroy333 6 years ago from Indiana

Allowing the tax cuts to stand is not giving us more money... it just means the government is going to let us keep our money for a little while longer.

This will cost them billions. Really? Only if they were counting on our money in the first place... let's cut some of those federal employees that we keep adding to our workforce- then we'll talk!

I posted the above with your article. Some things just need to be shared!!

Voted up, shared, and liked. Glad to see there are still people with common sense left in the world!

You rock, WB

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sueroy333 6 years ago from Indiana

PS. I just read this to my husband who said, "God Bless Texas!"

Well written, WB, as always!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@sueroy333...Yes, that's the problem...the drunken sailors want to continue spending like drunken sailors. They've had ten years now without this money and now its a problem...pleeeeeeze! Get off your royal asses and do some hard work. Tighten up the purse strings and stop earmarking money for BS projects...that would be a great start. We need a down-sized federal government that pays a lot less attention to our business and focuses on running the infrastructure of this country. Thanks SueRoy and my best to your hubbie! WB

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samiaali 6 years ago

Hey Wayne Brown, It's gotten pretty scary. All money goes on mortgage or rent, food and gasoline. There is nothing left. I can't believe how high gas has gotten in just the past few weeks. Thanks for a great, thought-provoking Hubpage! :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@samiaali...Yes you are correct and by the way government measures inflationary rates, they believe there is not any thus the Federal Reserve just dumped $600 billion more dollars into the money supply basically devaluated the buying power of the dollar. We are presently seeing the effects of that. Many people do not connect the dots in the economy but there are many interrelated functions which usually head in the same direction when the dollar either weakens or supply goes down. Thanks for the good words! WB

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