Symptom of the Disease

Local budgets depend on state and federal grants for larger and larger portions of their funding. State budgets depend on federal hand-outs even more so. Soon, those grants become unfunded mandates. The finger is pointed at the federal government for leaving states and communities high-and-dry as politicians demand even more money to replace lost funding.

This – for lack of a better term – is our disease. Our politicians in Washington are rated on how much money they can steal from the residents of other states to be redistributed back home. This continues while most of you don’t even know the names of representatives on your town’s finance committee.

The following posts are from our Symptom of the Disease category, and these symptoms (posts) can easily referred back to our country's disease.

IRS not answering Senate Finance Committee questions

By Steve McGough | May 31, 2013 |

The IRS thinks it’s OK to ask conservative and libertarian groups hundreds of questions, yet they ignore Senate Finance Committee questions posed concerning how the department put into place policies targeting groups including local TEA Party organizations.

Symptom of the Disease: Duke Energy writes off $6 million loan guarantee to DNC

By Steve McGough | March 1, 2013 |

President Obama’s political party – the Democrat National Committee – will not repay millions Duke Energy provided to help pay for the September, 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Symptom of the Disease: Candidates for president spent $7 billion on 2012 election

By Steve McGough | February 1, 2013 |

As I have said before, this is now a full-blown, full time industrial complex that puts big dollar salaries into the hands of many people and is a huge financial boost for media and television.

Culture of corruption: Menendez and free private jet rides to Dominican Republic

By Steve McGough | January 31, 2013 |

What scum. And let me point out if this guy was a Republican I’d be calling him scum too. These are the benefits you get from “friends” when you’re a United States senator. Pure corruption.

Like I’ve been saying… Federal grants represent one-third of state revenue

By Steve McGough | November 6, 2012 |

This is the disease. As you head for the polls this morning, I want you to think about the state of our union. Over the past five-plus decades we have allowed our freedom and liberty to be taken away from us in favor of central planning. For some reason, state after state, and voter after…

Symptoms of the Disease: LEO salaries and mini-golf direction from federal government

By Steve McGough | June 28, 2012 |

I really should get back to my Symptom of the Disease series. If Jim and I were to write a book, we’ve discussed this as a topic. Kind of a mesh between Mark Levin’s Liberty & Tyranny and Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption. One leads to the other. Anyway…

Symptom of the Disease: $300 million in earmarks benefit political elite

By Steve McGough | February 7, 2012 |

Wynton Hall over at Big Government points to a Washington Post article posted online yesterday detailing earmark projects that benefited property and business owners who happened to be congress-critters who either sponsored or voted for the earmark.

Politico: More details on Gingrich relationship with Freddie Mac

By Steve McGough | January 31, 2012 |

On this day of the Florida primary, more details are surfacing concerning Newt Gingrich’s interesting relationship with Freddie Mac. You might call the relationship incestuous, but it’s not lobbying and it seems to be perfectly legal. Instead of historian, call him a team motivator.

Does it really matter who the Top 1% are and how much they make?

By Steve McGough | October 27, 2011 |

For some, it makes a big difference. I’ve been spitting out tax statistics that people have been shrugging off for years, but I had a revelation earlier today. It does not matter. It’s just another Symptom of the Disease.

Biden’s correlation between rape, murder, and Obama’s jobs bill

By Steve McGough | October 20, 2011 |

At the risk of “screwing” with the vice president, I’m going to call him out. He’s playing dirty politics using scare tactics and a curious use of statistics to again bolster the president’s job [killing] bill, while supporting the statist agenda. Consider this post part of my Symptom of the Disease series. Can you guess…