But inside the Beltway and among Congressional staff here in Georgia, many government elites have seen their paychecks grow, as WSB-TV investigators unveiled that lawmakers have boosted their own internal budgets every year since 2007.
According to WSB, Congressional office and staff expenses stood at $1.2 billion in 2008 and went to $1.3 billion for 2009. The budget was up to $1.37 billion this year and is slated to jump to $1.42 billion for 2011. Our good senators, Isakson and Chambliss, had a combined total increase of about $3 million, the report disclosed, while other Cobb congressmen also budgeted in the tens of thousands more for bureaucratic wants.
Wasn't it SNL's church lady who used to say, "Isn't that special?"
Columnist and PR guru Dick Yarbrough said recently we simply don't trust government with our money and I'll concur. When regular people are scrounging, we look maybe a little harder at the ones who set policy. Government workers receiving raises while the private sector withers reminds me why I became a tea partier. The Big Gov liberals can call names all they want, but no matter their varied motives, we know our country is being fundamentally crippled.
Which reminds me of a couple of minor things, pesky little beefs I just want to throw out before ending this year of oh so faux jobless, shovel-ready recovery or whatever they're trying to feed us.
Or not feed us. How about that silly ban on McDonalds Happy Meals those anti-capitalists in San Fran passed? Ridiculous. My four kids have eaten Happy Meals for 22 years, have never been harmed, aren't overweight and are quite athletic, one a dance major planning to try out for the Radio City Rockettes next year. She doesn't eat them now, but did back then, and we have great memories wrapped up in Happy Meal memorabilia - mini Beanie Babies, Barbies, Toy Story and other little collectibles. They make moms happy, kids happy, yet the freaks in the formerly great city of course know what's good for us little people.
To top that, D.C. Comics has re-made Superman, putting him in a hoodie and calling it a "contemporary makeover." Edgy is the word, remaking wholesome Clark into an urban thug. More like sacrilege. Lois will probably be remade into Lady Gaga.
And then this disturbing tidbit: President Obama has been pitching the latest Liquid Comic superheroes from his bully pulpit like a snake oil salesman, in what The American Thinker calls a "chilling attempt at indoctrination."
Is America's newest superhero perhaps modeled after our recent outstanding Medal of Honor recipient or another combination of brainy Marine sniper, brave Army specialist or NYC firefighter? Certainly comic books might've come up with some great new inspirations after 10 long years at war?
No, sorry. President Obama's newest comic book hero is a disabled Muslim "youth" who lost his legs in a "tragic landmine accident" and "must use his newfound super powers to fight for social inclusion, equity and justice."
I won't ask which side set the landmines, but it figures.
And the president shook hands from behind a barricade when visiting the troops in Afghanistan on Friday too. Like they were dangerous.
Give me a break, and let's end this bizarre year, soon.