Federal Funding

What Federal and State Governments Should and Should Not Spend Money On

by Griping Grandpa

Senator Rand Paul recently spoke out against so-called Sanctuary Cities, like San Francisco, that refuse to comply with Federal laws on illegal immigration. He proposed to withhold federal aid to these cities to help enforce compliance.

While on the one hand I sympathize with Senator Paul’s views, on the other hand I disapprove of such coercive means. However, I mention this incident because it raised another question in my mind, “Should ANY city be receiving federal funding at all?”

The Constitution’s 14th Amendment instructs, “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” While this does not exactly promise “equal justice for all,” it is an ideal to strive for.

Equal justice for all means that no person or group should be singled out to be rewarded in any way, other than what they are owed. The reason for that is simple: If the government rewards someone with public funds, it can only do so by taking it away from others.
Davy CrockettThere is a story about Davy Crockett, of Alamo fame, who also served as a Congressman in the 1800’s. During his first term, some homes burned down in Georgetown. Congress, with Crockett’s support, approved funds to help the victims of the fire rebuild their homes.

Later, when campaigning for re-election, a constituent rebuked him for voting in favor of financial aid to the fire victims, because by doing so he was taking money from others whose need was even greater. Crockett realized the man was right and, after he was re-elected, when financial aid to the widow of a deceased officer was proposed, he voted against the measure, while offering to contribute a week’s pay of his own money to help her. He made an impassioned speech about the issue and the measure was defeated as a result. No other member of Congress offered any of their own money.

No Bail-Outs!

Of course the federal government needs money to operate at all and do its job, such as protecting our borders and maintaining friendly relations with other countries. But it should not engage in bail-outs, hand-outs, foreign aid, or subsidies. Those things are unfair and a burden on those who are not the immediate beneficiaries. Similar rules should apply to state, county and city governments.

These principles are things to keep in mind when voting on propositions in the future. If we demand impartiality and vote down any measure that would favor one group or individual at the expense of others, who knows, we might even reduce the national debt!




Getting Out the Vote

Excerpt from “Politics IOU”

(Norman is the candidate for the Constitution Party
Ginger is his wife
Rith is his Campaign Manager. (Prior to joining the campaign she had been a Volunteer     Manager in a large hospital.)
Spider is the campaign’s volunteer coordinator)

Volunteer Calling Out

“Elections are won in many ways and a large factor is the ability to get out the vote,” said Norman, “I need a clever plan.”

Rith had her brilliant ideas in the early hours of the morning when she was lying in bed. As soon as it was light she called Ginger who promised to fund the plan, and then the candidates wife began to laugh. She was still laughing when they all met around the kitchen table to share the idea. “With more than a third of the electorate over sixty, Rith, I think this is a brilliant idea,” said Norman.

So Rith went ahead and called her favorite volunteer who was now living in a Senior Center together with Spider’s mother-in-law, the diminutive 60 year old Pearl. Listening to Rith explain the project, the little lady began to jump up and down in excitement. She asked Rith to hold on while she talked with Jay and Marjorie. Yes, they would do it, they were all gung-ho, boy were they gung-ho!

Volunteers calling

Spider had discovered that the voters had been bombarded with election messages and that most were blocking their calls. He was hoping this new plan would change when the word began to get around that cute little seniors were calling out for Norman. So he flew out to corral his mother-in-law and their friends and to get them started.   “Not an outing,” said Jay, President of the Auxiliary, to his fellow volunteers, coming into the lobby with two suitcases. “This is serious, political stuff.” He did a little jig. Are you in? Are you coming with me. “  Of course they were. They had been bored out of their mind.

Spider quickly turned them into a working team. He put them calling out. He was considerate and didn’t overtax them, they worked in comfortable shifts. If a volunteer failed to reach a voter he would have them leave this message. “Blessed are the children, for they shall inherit the national debt!”

Pearl on the phone

Voters were charmed by the novel messages and the phones began to ring and ring.  Spider was into creating games for them: If a senior could stay on the phone talking for half an hour, he would reward the volunteer with a chocolate ice cream cone! The volunteer who had most promises to go to the polling booths in a day would be rewarded with a special volunteer pin. The volunteer with the most pledges got to choose from a selection of kiddy-gifts on a table, and have Ginger send the gift out to a grandchild with a glorious card.

Jay loved chocolate ice cream and so he was their best “stay on the line” caller.

“Why am I calling you?” he would say, “I am calling because I have five grandchildren and they mean a lot to me. Do you have grandkids? Seven, now ain’t that something?” He would then share family anecdotes and precious kid moments. He was so interested that he bonded with every voter that he called. His four hairs would flop into his face as he warmed to his subject and as he moved into the home stretch he would ask, “Now Mrs. Bumble what do you think is the worst thing, I mean the very worst thing that we are leaving our grandkids?” The voter would answer up, “That’s right, that’s right, you are quite right, it is the national debt!” The voter would lament the bad politics, and say that nothing could be done about it. “There is something you can do, Mrs. Bumble,” he would say, “Are you planning to vote in the primaries?”

Occasionally, Pearl would beat him with the number of pledges, but not too often. Her specialty was getting return calls. “I have called you three times; sweet Maryanne and you haven’t returned my call. I am really, really worried about your grandkids!” “Thank you for calling back, Maryanne.” “How old am I? Oh I forget. I am not trying to be funny. Does this happen to you sometimes? The answer is in here somewhere, I just have to find it.” Spider knew his sweet mother-in-law knew her exact age to the very last minute, but she had reached a dodderer and she wanted to bond.

“Why do I do this calling out?” Comment from the voter. “Yes it is very important to me, very important. I don’t like the state of the world.” Long talk from the voter. “Sorry to interrupt you, I have it now; I am all of 73 years old.” Admiration from the voter. “Aren’t you also worried about your grandkids?” Answer from the voter. “You are quite right, it’s way out of control. Plug for Norman (following Spider’s script) and another voter was taking the pledge! “

old twoMost seniors in Shadow State went to the polling booths come polling day and they also took their dogs and their cats and their friends and families with them.

 Quote for the Week

 Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.  John Quincy