Free Markets, Free People
Are you wearing a cotton shirt? Undies? Neal Boortz is wondering:
Now while you’re sitting there surrounded by all that cottony comfort, I thought you might like to hear about the $20 million dollars that was spent last year by the Cotton Council International. Spent where? Spent in India, that’s where. Spent on what? Well …how about a reality show? Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? $20 million for an Indian reality show.
Not much right? But here’s the point. This is something repeated over and over and over again through unnecessary programs such as this using your tax dollars. Crony capitalism. The Cotton Council International needs your tax money like you need a hole in your head. They have members, let them finance the Cotton Council International. My bet is you wouldn’t see money spent like that.
Want to cut waste? Here’s a perfect example of where to begin cutting. As Boortz emphasizes:
Oh … and the $20 million? That came from YOU. It’s taxpayer money. Part of the Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program.
Now just remember that $20 million. That $20 million represents the entire federal income tax liability of about 2000 American families. That money is money taken from these families that could have been used to pay some past-due bills, get a home out of foreclosure, pay for a family vacation, or put that new roof on the house. But those families didn’t have that money to spend. They didn’t have it because some sharp lobbyist for the Cotton Council managed to talk some political types to seize that money instead and send it to India to swath some Indian babes in brightly colored sarongs for an Indian TV reality show.
Then there’s this little beauty for you to consider.
Amtrak, the heavily government subsidized and controlled passenger rail system, sent out this email to its customers:
Yes, it says exactly what you think it says. If you join a lobbying group that works to increase Amtrak subsidies, you will get a discount. Those who don’t join the lobbying group will pay full fare (such that it is). Or as the recipient of this email says:
Whatever you think of government funding for train travel in the United States, is it problematic that a government corporation will give people discounts if they pay to join an organization that will lobby the government for more subsidies?
Put another way, Americans who pay to support more subsidies get charged less to travel on subsidized trains than those who oppose the subsidies. Two classes of citizens, based on political beliefs, when riding the train?
Apparently that’s fine.
But remember, any cuts we make in spending will lay off police, teachers and fireman. Because everything else that’s being spent right now is both critical and necessary.