1. Lack of Common Sense: Lisa Synder, of Middleville, Michigan, pictured above, decided to help out a few friends get their kids safely on the school bus. For free she allowed three other moms to drop off their three kids at her house. The kids wait for an hour and then Snyder and another mom escorted the three kids and Snyder’s child to the bus. Some neighbor with way too much time on his or her hands complained to the State and now Snyder faces possible misdemeanor charges for running an unlicensed daycare center! That’s what you get for being a good samaritan Lisa! A Republican state rep., Brian Calley, is attempting to pass legislation so that the resources of the state are not arrayed against moms helping each other gratis to keep kids safe.
2. A strong suspicion that we are not getting what we paid for.
Unlike the kitty pictured above, some federal workers at the National Science Foundation are not content to look at salacious internet material on their own time, but do so during the time that you and I pay them to work. The size of the problem can be judged by this factoid:
“For instance, one senior executive spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer and chatting online with nude or partially clad women without being detected, the records show.
When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women. Investigators put the cost to taxpayers of the senior official’s porn surfing at between $13,800 and about $58,000.
“He explained that these young women are from poor countries and need to make money to help their parents and this site helps them do that,” investigators wrote in a memo.”
Glad to see this public thief had a sense of humor. What isn’t so humorous is that he retired, presumably on a government pension, and no one apparently is concerned with having him repay the at least 331 days salary he stole from the taxpayers.
This year the cost of government day was August 12, 2009, the day when the cost of government was paid for the year. We spent 61.34% of national income on government this year. I am curious as to how many of our readers believe we are getting our money’s worth. My own view, in favor of not sending more money down the government money hole, is best set forth in this oldie but goodie from the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.