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Big Bad Government

Posted in People at 12:43 pm by bsdman

You know what grinds my gears? It’s people that think their government is out to get them.

These people feel the need to yell at the top of their lungs that the government is out to get them and everything in daily life is just one big conspiracy. My favorite is when people say toothpaste has fluoride in it just so the government can track you. Guess what? If our government could track you by fluoride use then any other government could as well. You really think a government would like to have everyone know where everyone else is? And how is that feasible anyway? How would you distinguish between one user of fluoride and another? Or does it mix in with our DNA to make some super signal that is different on each person? AHHHHhhhh!!!

Here’s a recent quote I found off an auto website:

A 100% gasoline free vehicle is possible and has been for a long time. Even 25 years ago there were 100 mpg V-8 inventions that the government bought the inventions from private citizens, paid them off and threated their lives to keep quiet just to protect the oil companies financials. Get real people, this energy crunch is a sham created to control the people. When the oil is gone, these other inventions will suddenly come to light and all will be saved, except for the air we breath. Thank you to the U.S. Government for the lung cancer…

Um, really? The first sentence is the only one that actually makes sense – we’ve had battery operated vehicles for years now. But a gas engine getting 100mpg? I’ve read that some people have been able to mod their Toyota Prius to attain just over 100mpg. That’s a hybrid system with a 4 cylinder 1.5L engine. The smallest car-based V8 I can find is a Chrysler Hemi 2.5L V8. Generally V8 powered vehicles are between 4L and 8L. And the government can keep a tight lid on this “technology” but can’t silence this one single person? Get real indeed.

And that’s what grinds my gears.


Government Spending

Posted in Systems at 12:59 pm by bsdman

You know what grinds my gears? It’s government spending. Only in the government can you “balance” your budget by borrowing money from another source. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is no way to run a financial institution.

missouri, fucked

I just read a story from the St. Louis Business Journal that states the following:
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon balanced his proposed budget with the expectation that the state would receive $809 million in federal funds as part of the federal economic recovery plan.
Let me highlight the interpret this for you as to how I read it:
Missouri is fucked.

It’s not balancing the budget if you’re expecting 809 MILLION DOLLARS to get you back to even money. That means the state of Missouri is probably spending 809 MILLION DOLLARS more than they should be. I have a better idea: why don’t you just spend less money?

Before anyone gets their panties all in a bunch, allow me to explain a little bit. I understand that when times are tough government spending helps the economy push through. But we’ve been spending far beyond our means for several decades now and there is no end in sight. Here’s our current time line situation:
Times are tough – Government deficit spending
Times are good – Government deficit spending
How is that a good plan? Does anyone else see a problem here?

Here’s an idea I’ve been tossing around for a while now:
If you have $400 budgeted, you can spend a maximum of $400.
If you have $400 budgeted, you can spend a minimum of $0.
If you have $400 budgeted and you spend $400, you have $0 left.
If you have $400 budgeted and you spend $0, you have $400 left.
If you spend your entire budget, you will have $0 remaining and you will receive $400 + inflation next year unless a new budget is approved.
If you spend nothing, you will have $400 remaining and you will receive $400 + inflation next year unless a new budget is approved. This means you’ll have $400 + interest + $400 + inflation ($800 + interest + inflation) the following year.
You are rewarded with interest payments when you DO NOT spend your entire budget.
You are not penalized the following year if you do not spend your entire budget. Many people are afraid that if they spend half their budget the following year they will only be allocated half the money the following year.


Another point of government spending that I dislike: pensions.
Government workers don’t pay into social security like the rest of us peons. They pay a small fee into their retirement fund – a fund that is supported mostly by tax money – so they can feel good about raping the rest of us silly. Most public and private companies require a worker to be employed for 20, 30, even 40 years before they can collect a pension. Not so with our elected officials – they can collect a pension of 3/4 pay after “serving” the public for a single term. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to get 3/4 pay for the rest of my life by “working” for 2 to 6 years. Let’s make it so politicians actually have to work – that they MUST vote on each and every piece of legislature that crosses their desks.


And that’s what grinds my gears.