Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bugger Them Beggars

Have you heard the one about the Vegas beggar who asks each person passing by for money to feed his family? One woman reaches into her pocket for some cash, but before she hands it over she says, “How do I know you won’t waste this on gambling?”

“Not to worry,” the beggar reassures her. “Gambling money, I’ve already got.”

Of course, this little joke about misplaced priorities has nothing to do with the beggars governing our country in real life.

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Sorry. Failed attempt at sarcasm there. Forget about the beggar, while I tell you about priorities here in my glorious state of Connecticut, currently facing a deficit of nearly $9 billion. So our taxes are going up, on the theory that Connecticut’s budget problems are caused by our having only the third highest tax burden in America. If only we could say “We’re number one!” we wouldn’t have a deficit.

Meanwhile, our state Commission on Culture and Tourism – this is true – paid out grant money so a local university could hire a New Age jazz musician to perform this week as part of some save-the-earth college festival. And the state still gives expensive (and sellable) tax credits to Hollywood types who agree to film movies here. (We might have high taxes here, but by-God we also get to say “I live in the same state where Tom Cruise filmed some scenes in the ‘War of the Worlds’ remake a couple years ago!”)

My own city’s contemplating spending a half-million to replace a clock on the outside of the concrete slab we call City Hall. Maybe you can’t afford a watch, but you can drive downtown and read the time there.

In personal news, I've gone over four weeks without a cigarette, and in addition to the money the federal government isn't getting, the state has already lost about $56 they’d been counting on to get from me this year. Ha ha ha.

Ha ha.

9 Comments:

Anonymous smartass sob said...

In personal news, I've gone over four weeks without a cigarette, and in addition to the money the federal government isn't getting, the state has already lost about $56 they’d been counting on to get from me this year. Ha ha ha.Ha! Good for you, Jennifer. Hang in there.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Ahem. Preview is my friend. Preview is my friend. Preview is...

8:11 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

My own city’s contemplating spending a half-million to replace a clock on the outside of the concrete slab we call City Hall.I don't know anything about the lightning that broke it back in 1955. Not at all.

In personal news, I've gone over four weeks without a cigarette, and in addition to the money the federal government isn't getting, the state has already lost about $56 they’d been counting on to get from me this year.Uh oh...That was like the one thing that kept me from getting all adolescent over you. Damn, I'm in trouble.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

My own city’s contemplating spending a half-million to replace a clock on the outside of the concrete slab we call City Hall. Maybe you can’t afford a watch, but you can drive downtown and read the time there.But that's only half what a Tomahawk cruise missile costs, and how many of those did we shoot off just attempting to get Saddam Hussein - not to mention the total number of them we used in Afganistan? Perspective? How many people in this country will never make a million dollars even in a whole lifetime? Yet government spends that kind of money as though it were pocket change - and still, still it wants more. It's worse than a crack addict.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

What the heck is going on here? Preview shows separation between what I quote and my comments, but when it's finally posted, there is no separation. Did something change when you deleted that book-length comment someone posted on your other thread?

8:19 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

What the heck is going on here? Preview shows separation between what I quote and my commentsLet's try an expeerimint

12:00 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

SOB is right, it takes out spaces upon posting. The expearimint failed to disprove his premise, so to speak.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

New kind of chewing gum? I've heard of juicey fruit, doublemint, and even spearmint - but "expearimint"? Sort of a minty pear flavor? :-)

12:32 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Make that Juicy Fruit. (sigh)

12:38 AM  

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