Average spending for the federal budget as a percent of GDP from Eisenhower through Bush was 20.0%.  In its first year, the Obama administration blew out the budget to 25% of GDP.  That was when the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress.  In order to lock in the 2009 level of spending, which included the allegedly temporary stimulus, the Senate has not passed a budget since April 2009, even though the Budget Act of 1974 requires it to do so every year (making Harry Reid a scofflaw). 

The whole article is worth a gander.

http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=8695865 So, when the NBA collects the fine, where does the money go? Does it go to the fans in attendance? Does it go to TNT for poor ratings? I’m not sure I understand the purpose of the fine. The article says they broke league rules, so they deserved the fine, but is a useful rule? I don’t know, and I’m not an NBA fan, so I don’t really care that much, but the thought of being fined for resting players is odd to me. Maybe the league should play fewer games. In the end it makes me think about how we submit to authority and to what authority we are submitting. This could be the government telling you that you can’t sell large sodas to customers. Oh wait…they already do.

…and that’s good enough for me.

Munch, munch, munch

Well, it’s not good enough for the politically-correct health-nut ninnies in our government and on public television. Apparently, Cookie Monster is not allowed to eat cookies anymore because it sets a bad example for the impressionable youth of our country.

Bah!

I let my kids eat cookies but I don’t let them watch Sesame Street. So there!

Seriously, why do we allow these “I-Know-Better-Than-You” types to dictate what my kids can and can’t eat? If they (they being the government “officials”) want to suggest to me healthy ways of feeding my kids, I’m all ears. But to dictate to PBS and the creators of Sesame Street that Cookie Monster can’t eat cookies? Oh wait? Taxpayer money subsidizes PBS…so I guess they have to do what Nanny Sam tells them. (Well, truth be told, I don’t know how that decision was reached so I best not pontificate too much on the connection between the Nanny Government and Sesame Street.)

Let Cookie Monster be Cookie Monster, I say. Let loose the cookies!

With gasoline prices at a two-year high, President Barack Obama today called for a crackdown on “price gouging” at the pump. Some consumers may feel relief to hear that the White House intends to protect them from supposedly unscrupulous suppliers. But the President’s energy policies are a lot more to blame for the current high prices than any market manipulation. And to the extent his “price gouging” rhetoric persists, the rise in oil prices could worsen.

No one person can “control” gas prices, but the president of the United States certainly has a lot of potential influence, for better or worse, in that department.

The record shows that government price controls have consistently proven to be disastrous. In the 1970s, for example, artificially low prices imposed by the Carter Administration resulted in shortages that caused gas lines a la Eastern Europe.

Quotes are from the Diane Katz at the Heritage Foundation

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The federal government supports less than 9% of the cost of public education. Why should Americans tolerate the central government directing policy in local districts?

Unfortunately, he doesn’t cite a reference for this figure. If its accurate, wow! That needs to be publicized more in order to highlight the bizarre relationship that local schools have with the federal government who typically clamor for federal monies. Of course, if it isn’t true then I wonder what the real figure is.

From American Thinker

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/challenging_the_teachers_union.html

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From the Heritage Foundation:

Granting unions a monopoly over work done in government gives unions enormous leverage over budgets and taxes. Unions use this power to raise taxes and get more of the budget spent on them.

via What Won’t the Government Unions Tell You? Unions 101 – AskHeritage.