"The most significant threat to our national security is our debt," Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 27, 2010

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Slow down that swing; keep your head down

Everyone who wants to head out to Tacoma for a post USOpen Golf Championship round at Chambers Bay (CB), step forward.  What’s that you say?  How much will it cost?  To play this publically funded, fescue infested masterpiece?  Well, if you go to - http://www.chambersbaygolf.com/golf/rates-and-services/ and you are not a local resident, either $275.00 or $299.00.  And that is before local taxes of 14.4%!

Please step forward.  Hello, just step out of line and we can make arrangements.  Hello.
Before we really get going on this senseless situation on the sound (Puget that is) we would like to pose these few questions to the USGA:
·         Speed up play.  Isn’t that one of your schemes?  Ideas?  You know play it forward – while we’re young?  Great thoughts to speed up play?  This course requires a 10 mile effort just to get from 18 greens to 17 tee boxes.  The course must be walked – no carts.  The pros this week are taking over 5 hours to play.  We get to watch them fume as they try to remain focused and wait, and wait.  What are they thinking?  What were you thinking? 

·         Across our great land we have a number of privately owned golf courses.  Not private courses – not the grand clubs and venues like Medinah or Augusta or The Olympic Club.  No, not those places you showcase occasionally that the average Joe or Jill would be arrested if they entered the other 360 days of the year.  What are you telling these mom and pop operators trying to hang on while you showcase this senseless situation on the sound?  Built with taxpayer money?  Some government clown bureaucrat fulfilling his wet dream with public money?

·         Here is a bit of information we didn’t hear about or see about in one of those hard hitting interviews/commentaries from one of Fox’s “golf experts.”  Remember, CB is a public course.  They have this special deal – open to only 25 “members” and they call it – Lone Fir Membership:
o   Forty (40) rounds at Chambers Bay (not valid May or June)
o   Rounds are non-transferable and cannot be used for contracted group outings
o   Members pay Golf Club rate (lowest rate available) for all other rounds played (A savings of up to $66 per round)
o   Exclusive invitations to Golf Club events in 2015
o   2015 WSGA Membership including GHIN handicap services
o   Benefits expire December 31, 2015
o   2015 Chambers Bay Golf Club Lone Fir Membership price: $4,000 plus tax
FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS PLUS TAX.  Sounds like a Donald Trump scheme. But, hey, it includes the GHIN handicap system!
·         As to Fox coverage – Buck is okay.  Norman needs a little work.  Faxon, Pavin and Weiskopf are just plain good.  The rest of them need to head back to Sioux City and Grand Rapids (or just stay in Tacoma) and resume their weather reporting positions.  One more thing – hire someone who can communicate to the commentators on the course they are about to be called upon to comment.
In an era of government gone wild; politicians who dare not speak the truth; and idiocy in every basic public task and function replacing common sense and fundamentals we say this to the USGA – you fit in very nicely.
You dropped the ball USGA – didn’t keep your head down – time to revisit the fundamentals – clean house – start with the bald guy and pick a venue for our national championship that is affordable and accessible to regular guys and gals.
To all you Dads out there - Happy Fathers Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prison break

“Mitchell was charged Friday with supplying contraband, including a punch and a screwdriver, to the two inmates. She has pleaded not guilty. She has been suspended without pay from her $57,000-a-year job overseeing inmates who sew clothes and learn to repair sewing machines.”  source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/16/new-york-jail-escape-search_n_7599494.html
So, the patsy, er, we mean prison tailoring shop instructor, who has been charged with aiding the prison break guys (punch and a screwdriver - ????), makes $57,000.00 per year, plus, we assume, full benefits and a good pension.  Let’s say that adds another 20% or so to the paycheck – annual cost of about $70,000.00. 

If you look at the picture – all the two legged “first responders” or “protect and serve” fellows/gals – all of them “on the job” – we can safely assume that they are making more than the gal teaching the boys in the lockup to sew clothes and repair sewing machines or some other such highly needed skills in our advanced technology workplace.
Let’s say they each cost, including benefits, $100,000.00 per year.

As you can see in the picture – just this one spot, there are  quite a few of them involved in this carefully managed, planned and supervised search.  The article says there are 800 of them – all on the job.  The local sheriff alone has found it in his budget to dedicate 50 of his cops to this activity.    
Eight hundred at $100,000.00/year + overtime. 

The debt of the state of New York – known debt that is – we don’t know what the real, total obligations of the state are today – $360 billion.   
If you are interested in the debt situation in your state, click on - http://www.usgovernmentrevenue.com/state_tax_gdp_population

The US constitution prohibits: "excessive bail" and "excessive fines" and "cruel and unusual punishments."   It does not prohibit excessive deficits and debt.  

As clearly displayed in the picture above.