“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Friday, May 8, 2009

Spending cuts

After record-setting spending on bailouts, stimulus packages etc, we now have a round of "spending cuts" designed to make it all-better-soon-I-promise... (even though $17 billion is only half of last year's $34 billion in cuts, but this is different, really...) and even though compared to the total spending plan of 3.6 trillion it amounts to about one-half of one percent....

Is anyone starting to get that whole "I'll still respect you in the morning, and I promise to pull out in time." feeling from the government besides me?

Anyways, as part of the cuts, the administration has decided that the funds for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty needs to be cut in half as well. From $110 million to $60 million. Even with LEO deaths up across the board... Well, here's a little perspective on what the government felt was more important, from
Blue Sheepdog:

What’s more important that the widows and orphans of police officers? Try these:

Nice to know some family will be able to see the story of the latest officer death on their new digital signal...


Mrs. "Smith" said...

That is horrible.

Dori said...

"Proposed" cuts...big difference. Nothing made law and still not done away with completely. Maybe there's an alternative planned--anyone research that?

I'd still rather take care of ourselves than take government, aka taxpayer's, money.