IRS managers and employees living large at government conferences

Public service once meant something quite a bit different than it does today. Sure, the benefits have been very good to great for government employees for decades, but the reports we hear from agencies like the GSA and IRS sound like parties from the Internet tech boom of the 1990s.

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IRS not answering Senate Finance Committee questions

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.

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

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.

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Told You So: Congress considering changing rules for upcoming sequester

On Feb. 20, I told you Congress would probably just change the rules when it comes to the upcoming sequester just like they did with the infamous fiscal cliff. Right on cue, Senate Republicans are suggesting the rules be changed.

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Free government cell phone redistribution subsidy filled with fraud?

Say it isn’t so. I laugh when people refer to the federal government’s cell phone as an Obamaphone. Certainly, the use of the program has exploded in the last few years, but it was started with landlines in 1984 and expanded to cell phones in 2005. This is part of the expansion of government “services” since the New Deal, but at least now we’re getting an idea of how much fraud was involved.

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

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.

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

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 voter have made the decision that politicians and bureaucrats hundreds if not thousands of miles away in Washington, D.C. can do a better job managing our state governments, our schools, our health care system and more.

We’re just not smart enough, so we send them our money. We send them trillions of dollars – our wealth – with the promise of a better future, yet the inside-the-beltway crowd has failed us over and over and over.

So after sending our hard-earned wealth to our nation’s capital, thousands of state and local employees fill out grant request after grant request trying to prove to some middle-management type in an unknown federal department that we deserve praise; but more importantly grant money to help pay for more cops on the street, a new school building, a wider street, or some sort of mis-guided magic bus route.

It’s outright disgusting and makes me physically ill. Winners. Losers.

I’ve been mentioning this for at least three years from within my Symptom of the Disease series here at RVO. Are you reading?

So how dependent have the states become on federal dollars in the form of grants … cash states don’t have to pay back to the feds? Well Jillian Kay Melchior over at National Review Online points us to the Pew Center on the States for the charts below. Melchior writes…

States now count on the federal government for $1 out of every $3 in revenue, according the 2010 Census… And $1 out of every $3 is just the national average: In Arizona, 46.9 percent of state revenue came from federal grants; in Louisiana, 48 percent; and in Mississippi, a whopping 49.6 percent.

If you think states like Texas get less funding as a percentage as compared to Connecticut  you’d be wrong.  Connecticut residents depend on the federal government for 25 to 30 percent, where Texas is getting 41 to 45 percent. Certainly each state has different needs, but this is not a Democrat/Republican problem, this is big government problem.

I’m really not comfortable Mitt Romney will solve this issue. I’m just hoping he’ll take one or two steps towards returning power to the states. When he is announced the winner of the election tomorrow evening, I’ll be holding him to a very high standard in regard to the size and scope of the federal government.

I hope you’ll join me in voting for Romney, celebrate for an hour or two, and move on to help guide our new president by holding his feet to the fire as we all support conservative ideals across our great nation.

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

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…

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Over-regulated: Feds demand public pools have ramps and wheelchair lifts

Why, just tell me why, the federal government feels the need to inject themselves into this issue? Can’t the public pool management just have a simple conversation with the people or families who need access to the pool and work it out?

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

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.

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