Founding fathers warned us of accumulated debt and of consequences which follow when undisciplined debt restricts sound policy decisions.
Currently, our federal government owes $16 trillion with no plan of debt reduction. In fact, plans are underway to borrow and spend more of your tax dollars.
Oklahoma has a balanced budget amendment, but is $19 billion in debt using smoke and mirror appropriations and bond indebtedness. There are no plans to reduce the magnitude of government and pay down the debt. Continue reading
The National Journal’s annual rankings of congressional voting records puts Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, at the top of the list of the most conservative in 2011. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, had the ninth-most conservative voting record.
Wow…..What a day! The President had been announcing that he would make a statement on energy today, but before I tell you the new technology that will save America from its dependency on foreign oil, it might be best to recap his previous efforts to save the planet during his first three years of office.
Keep in mind, he did say the oceans would recede as a result of his green energy policies and programs.
Our President has always loathed fossil fuels and those who produce them. I’m sure you remember his pledge to regulate coal fired energy out of existence. Before you say, “But he failed”, remember, he has another 300 days to accomplish this goal. Continue reading
Here I sit – watching the 20th Presidential debate – and each candidate is challenging the other with nit picking punches – with just a smidgen of deception – which only reinforces our perception that we have a dysfunctional government that cannot be fixed. Continue reading
It had been suggested by some City Council members that now is the time to propose a tax on motels, hotels and RV parks because the county had plans of their own to impose the tax.
The Update asked County Commissioners Tuesday if discussions had taken place for a hotel, motel and RV park tax.
Readers…..The Commissioners never had this discussion.
There can be little doubt following Tuesday’s County Commissioner’s meeting that Rock Island is a divided town on the issue surrounding the Rock Island Police Department.
Dennis Morris, business owner and outspoken critic of the tactics employed by the Police Department asked the Commissioners for help with the DA’s office to repeal the incorporated status of Rock Island. Continue reading
I could not help but laugh after reading the Governor’s press release on funding for a Capitol Fitness Center.
Years ago we were sold the presumption of a tobacco tax which would be distributed to the states as a punitive measure on tobacco companies for their role in marketing cigarettes to an ignorant consumer on the dangers of tobacco use.
We were led to believe this money would be for education programs to discourage smoking and treatment of those with tobacco related illness. Continue reading
It was encouraging to see that not everyone in the police department joined the union considering that public employee unions nearly always are nothing more than a tool to ensure job security, salary protection, decreased hours and benefits at taxpayer largesse. Continue reading
Mothers don’t always know what nutritional needs are best for their children with respect to packing a school lunch for the child’s school day.
This week a North Carolina mother – believing she had packed a nutritious and palatable lunch – sent her four year old to school with a turkey and cheese sandwich, apple juice, banana and chips lunch which failed to meet United States Department of Agriculture requirements of one meat, milk, grains and two servings of fruit or vegetables.
The four year old was forced to eat a government approved chicken nugget lunch. Continue reading
Tim Tebow has taught us much this past football season about ourselves and why we are prone to accept ridicule of faith as normal behavior and expression of faith in public as abnormal.
Coffee shop and cafeteria talk has me believing that too many of you think the Tebow phenomena was about a football player who made it to the “bigs”, but did not quite meet muster to play quarterback in the NFL.
It is nothing of the sort. Continue reading