The Long Version

Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

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I’d venture to guess that every U.S. taxpayer knows his or her tax dollars are often spent in ways that he or she would not agree with, would consider wasteful, or would say is just plain foolish.  But in a time when government spending is truly out of control, talk of tax increases is becoming more than just talk, and millions of Americans are either out of work or working for much less income than they were just a few years ago, you’d think someone with a brain would be looking at the more frivolous and unnecessary tax expenditures and cutting them off.

But then, that would be assuming anyone in control of the government purse strings actually had a brain.

Here’s a little something to chew on.  Be careful not to bite your tongue off as your chewing grows more vigorous…

WSB TV in Atlanta has discovered that the State Department is spending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas.  This coming on the heels of an announcement by a government commission suggesting the US eliminate the interest education for home mortgages as a way to reduce spending…  Oh how times have changed.

A $770 million project to rebuild Cairo’s sewer system, paid for by the U.S. State Department’s USAID program is where the money for the mosques is coming from.  How exactly does the government explain to the American taxpayer right now, whose having an extraordinary time paying bills and making ends meet that this is why we took these taxes out of your paycheck, so we can fund this?  Oh that’s right, it’s the government.  They don’t have to explain their actions to us.  Besides, we’re too stupid to understand what it all means anyway, just ask our President and select members of Congress.

Egyptian-American human rights activist Nonie Darwish told Channel 2 Action News anchor Justin Farmer that trying to buy respect in the Middle East only shows our weakness.
“This part of the world has a lot of respect for power and America is not showing its power, it’s showing its appeasement. They are laughing all the way to the bank,” said Darwish.

Darwish was born in Egypt and is now a former Muslim. Darwish told Farmer that she moved to America and has written several books critical of radical Islam. Darwish said that most of the mosques in Egypt are run by extremists who have ordered former Muslims like herself to be killed.  “We are rebuilding mosques to support the radicals, not to support the moderates. We are building mosques to issue fatwas of death against people like me,” said Darwish.

Other items being paid for by our tax dollars include computers in mosques and internet service.

Hope your tongue is OK…

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