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.
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.