Hooray, for Scott Walker and his victory over the greedy unionized government thugs of Wisconsin! Even here in our own Hernando County, I've learned that county government employment rolls have been reduced by 50 percent since the economy went bust. As for the 50 percent of public employees that still remain, they have been made to experience a 30 percent reduction in pay roll, mostly through furloughs and the elimination of overtime.
You would think that the corresponding reduction in labor costs would translate into savings for the embattled county taxpayers, whose bruised and battered wallets need resuscitation; unfortunately it's not so. Every single county position is still being budgeted at cost before the economic collapse to this day!
What that means to taxpayers is that we are still being lied to. We are still paying too much, just so the county can set money aside, and as soon as things pick up; they can hire all their friends and family back again. In other words we are still being jerked around!
I read the headline, "Budget Armageddon" with all of this money floating around and not being used, the solution seems pretty simple to me. Eliminate the positions permanently from the budget and use the hoards of piled up cash to offset some of the budget shortfall, and quit playing games!
Though the county government work force has been reduced 50 percent and those left are costing us 70 percent what they did before the economic collapse, I haven't noticed any reduction in service. That tells me one thing; we need to cut county government employment by another 50 percent with another 30 percent reduction in labor costs again! And keep cutting until we finally do notice a reduction in service.
Only then will we truly know that we have succeeded at trimming the fat from government. We already know we can't go by what our county and budget officials tell us!
These same county and budget officials once said that you get what you pay for. They needed more of your money so they could get the best people to apply for the job and improve your lives. How did that work out for you now that you're homeless and hungry?
Isn't it about time that our public servants learned what it's like to live like the rest of us?
Listen to Ron Paul
Vinny Martinez talked a good game with his "The shredding of the Constitution" column on June 7 until he got to the end and was talking about voting and taking our country back.
I have to ask what makes him think Mitt Romney will do that. I see a man who helped Sen. Ted Kennedy shove health care down their states throat. I also heard the man say he would never do that to America, but I don't believe it for one minute.
If you really want to take back America you should vote for Ron Paul. After all it is as plain as the nose on your face how the media has not given him the time of day. They never do listen to his kind.
This game happens every election. It got worse this year when Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano was taken off the air. He was giving the Congressman too much airtime.
The media is afraid of Mr. Paul's message. That's why they won't give him airtime. He could be the one to galvanize this nation like we haven't seen since the 60's and they know it!
What a shame
A small incident recently made me sad. The other day when I was in a store shopping, there was a family, I presume grandmother, mother and her 10-year-old son having a heated discussion next to the lemons.
The son wanted to have a lemonade stand, but the grandmother explained heatedly, that if someone got sick on his product, that "they would make him responsible." He was lead off in a huff and being told if he wanted money he would have to think of something else.
As I stood there trying very hard not to get involved, I thought that this is a great way to make the youth fearful of "them," This action of a young boy should have been celebrated, not undermined.
What a shame. Sad, that we have become a society that fears the unknown. It is also sad that our governments have put so many regulations into our lives. We are probably breaking their laws and not even knowing it.
Thank you for publishing the names and pictures of the recent graduates from all the Hernando County high schools.
I'm sure many of the students will feel even more honored and enjoy having a nice keepsake for many years to come.
When will the parties stop?
The spending of millions of dollars of the taxpayers money by federal employees on agencies parties, mostly in Las Vegas and Hawaii, will not stop as long as each of the hundreds of federal agencies have millions of dollars in excess of their needs to operate, as is the case of most of our federal agencies.
Over the past years these federal agencies have had hundreds of parties spending excessive amounts of agencies money for employee parties. Until recently Congress has ignored this excessive spending. The news media has also conveniently ignored the waste of taxpayers' money.
Recently some Republican congressmen and the Fox News blew the whistle on two current federal agencies employee parties, where each one cost between 800,000 to 1$ million of taxpayers money. One party was run by the General Service Administration Agency and the other by the federal judges from the 9th District.
Where did all this money come from for these expensive parties? These funds came from monies budgeted to them by Congress, which funds were for in excess of the needs of each agency. The agencies rooked their books falsely to show a need for more and more money and Congress never gave them an independent audit of their actual expenses.
The only way to stop this wasteful flow of party money is to go after each agency which has a record of wasteful spending and reduce their budget by 20 percent.
You must urge your Congressman to do one more thing, that is to cut the budgets of all of hundreds of agencies, and we can reduce our debt by hundreds of million dollars.