posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 10:31 PM
When you think of wasted taxpayer money, what do you think of? Bicycle trails over old railroad tracks? Airports that service few, go almost nowhere
yet have some special Congressman or Senator's name on the road sign? How about bridges to nowhere or even the endless pensions paid to Congressmen
and Congresswomen of all shapes, sizes and colors, red and blue?
These are the things I consider when I hear someone start off a sentence with words like "You know what I heard the Government wasted a pile of money
How about National Defense? Lets see what the Heritage Foundation has on this?
National defense is the only mandatory function of the national government.
Most of the powers granted to Congress are permissive in nature. Congress is given certain authorities but not required by the Constitution to
exercise them. For example, Article One, Section Eight gives Congress power to pass a bankruptcy code, but Congress actually did not enact bankruptcy
laws until well into the 19th century.
But the Constitution does require the federal government to protect the nation. Article Four, Section Four states that the “United States shall
guarantee to every State a republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion.” In other words, even if the federal
government chose to exercise no other power, it must, under the Constitution, provide for the common
Yup.. Says right there. National Defense. It's a responsibility of Congress to provide the resources necessary to accomplish that goal.
So...What is wrong with this picture, folks?
Congress Frets About How Much It'd Cost To Save Earth From a City-Killer Asteroid
WASHINGTON (CN) - The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology shied away Wednesday from pledging tax money to track down and deflect
"city-killer" asteroids, but called for international and private help during a hearing on giant space rocks.
"Congratulations," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Colo., told B612 Foundation CEO Dr. Ed Lu, whose organization has been raising money to build a
space-based telescope system that will orbit the sun, tracking city-killer asteroids that aren't detectable by NASA and Earth-bound amateur
Ummm.... Errrr.... Uhhh..... I think a few thousand Russians would tend to feel pretty strongly about space based "oops" type things occurring
without notice or ability to mitigate. In fact, a few probably need that in sign language....or at least did immediately after the booms that blew out
windows for a rather surprising distance.
"In our first hearing we learned that of the estimated 20,000 asteroids that could be labeled as city-killers, we have identified only 10
percent," said Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R- Texas. "And we are unlikely to have the means to detect them until 2030."
But, Smith said, "In these fiscally challenging times, [the government and private sector] can't afford duplication or the inefficient use of
our recourses. The more we discuss and understand the challenges we face, the easier it will be to facilitate possible
Fiscally challenging times?! We ought to SHOW him fiscally challenging times!
I say we start with HIS
pay package and HIS
pension after his sorry tail gets a size 12 boot out of Congress on his
next election. I don't give a hoot if he's an R and that means a D likely would replace him.
(R)idiculous is all the R stands for in this case, IMO. This isn't just a potential city and hey...while he's worrying so much about pennies over
dollars during orgies of spending that are still happening
in a Congress who can't even PASS a budget? Perhaps he might consider.....it could
be HIS city. At the very least, he ought to lose his spot on the bus to whatever shelter Congress has these days if such a thing did come calling
....without funding to have seen it in advance.