Our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, likes to report to us spending items that “waste, fraud, and abuse” our hard earned tax dollars. I remember one in particular item that he complained about, the Talking Urinal Cakes. He reported that the Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety and Planning spent $10,000 in federal funds on them. These cakes were place in urinals in Michigan Bars, and when a patron approaches the urinal it plays a pre-recorded anti-drinking and driving message.
Reed said, “While $10,000 may seems like a small amount when considering the massive sum the taxpayer dollars the federal government spends annually, it would go a long way for a family or a small business in the Southern Tier of Finger Lakes.”
I wonder if Rep. Reed remembered the talking urinal cakes when he sponsored House Resolution #240 last week. This Resolution calls on the House Clerk to place a real time display of the United State’s national debt.
Why A National Debt Clock?
When Reed held his Dryden Town Hall Meeting in February, he pointed out that he only supports funding that strengthens the National Security. The reason to have an electronic sign hypnotically flashing out numbers from an automatic algorithmic formula is to remind our representatives of the debt we are burdening our grandchildren. It is to persuade our representatives that the only reason they are there is to look at the bottom line. Remember, we have a “Spending Problem” not a “Revenue Problem”.
This is just a political stunt that would waste our time and money, and to keep our eyes turned away from our real problems. Debt is like the protozoa that resides in our intestine that we can’t live without. Our country has been in debt every year since 1776 except for two years, 1835 and 1837. National debt is normal.
We have posted a series of articles on the debt crisis in our country. They are listed here. A click on a title will take you to that article.
- A Monthly Debt Crisis? Are You Ready?
- A Skeptical Look at Fix the Debt
- The Debt Guilt Trip and Other Economic Fallacies
- Reed’s Committee Plans for US Debt Default
- Debt and Growth: Reed’s Faulty Analysis
I tried to find the cost of such a clock, but I have had no success yet, but I would bet it would be at least the $10,000 spent on the talking urinal cakes that concern Rep. Reed so much. The cost of the Debt Clock, like the cost of the Talking Urinal Cakes, would go a long way for a family or business in our congressional district.
The sad news is that Rep. Reed also brought this up in the last congress. It went to the House Administration Committee, where it died. Hopefully it will do the same this term, but knowing the right wingers of the Republican Party, who knows what will happen. Making it through the committee or not, by supporting this foolish resolution again, Reed get the attention of the extreme right-wingers. A political point for him.
Instead of a Debt Clock, why don’t we have a “Sequester Clock” that tells how many cancer appointments were missed…and how many Meal On Wheels clients have been missed their hot lunch…and how many Head Start Pupil/Minutes have been lost because of the Sequester? Our Do-Nothing House Members need to be brought up to date on how their ineptitude is hurting our country.
Rep. Reed is making a joke of congress. I would hope that he realizes that they have more important things to do, and I’m not talking about the IRS probe or Benghazi. Those are just one or two steps above the Debt Clock fiasco.
How is that farm bill coming?