Tuesday August 02nd 2011, 12:44 PM
Filed under: Anger,assholes,Budget/Spending,business,fantasy,ineptitude,lessons,questions

My Opinion on Spending

Does anyone remember the news reports a few years ago about how the government spends its money? You know, $450 for a $45 hammer?  $75 for a single nail? Has anything been done about that?

With all the talk about balancing the budget and making cuts, I began to think. Just like my doctor gave me little baby steps to lose weight in a manner that wouldn’t hurt, why can’t the government do the same? I mean, I know that when you are talking about the word ‘trillions’ or even ‘billions’ , the cost of a hammer or nail is a drop in the bucket. But let me put it like this:

A man works at Home Depot (or Lowes or Ace Hardware). Business is down, and in order to save their business they let the man go. Now there is no income for the man to feed his four kids. Now they are forced onto welfare and of course the government is cutting all kinds of programs so he still can’t make ends meet. His kids get ill from poor nutrition, they lose their home, and the downward spiral doesn’t end.

Now, if the government would pay $45 for that hammer -say at a Home Depot – that frees up $405. More money spent in Home Depot, man keeps his job, pays for his insurance to take care of the kid, keeps his house, etc.

I’m sure there are flaws in my logic. I am not an accountant or financial adviser. But I am a housewife. When the bills get too high,  I make changes. I shop for the best prices. If I can get that hammer somewhere else, I damn well won’t spend $450 for it!  If I need to meet someone for lunch to talk business, I will go to say, Applebee’s , rather than a four star restaurant…because I don’t have the money for it!

This is just a little step. But if every sector of government did little things, took baby steps, in the end it would add up. I am not talking about program cuts, I am talking about the wasteful spending. Little steps among every congressman and representative could add up to millions if not billions. If they started there, I think that the American public would feel alot differently about the goings-on in Washington. Maybe if we all demanded an itemized spending list from each of our officials and said NO to what we feel is unexcusable, then maybe, just maybe, things could work out.

That’s just my opinion.


  1. Skittles said:

    on August 2, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I’m with you on this twinster! Stop the 500 dollar “business” lunches! Pack a lunch once in a while like us pions do! Start small like normal people do when they are on a budget, cut coupons, stay home for dinner!!!!! Just little steps…like you said…..but this is too simple for our government!!!! Simpletons!

  2. Metalmom said:

    on August 2, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Skittles-When they look into the camera and say things like “we’ve make every concession possible” it makes my blood boil. When they say that government workers won’t get paychecks, they are talking about State Park employees, postal workers and soldiers. NEVER does it mean an end to their cars, lunches, or apartments close to Washington.

  3. Sybil Law said:

    on August 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    The problem is, they get bids from people they know, owe to, etc, etc. It’s all absolute bullshit, and I agree with you. I remember reading that a rest stop near my parents’ house cost MILLIONS to build. Actually, they renovated it – they didn’t build a new one or anything. And I’ve seen this rest stop, and it’s like, WTF? How did that place cost millions?! You know how? Some fucking cousin to someone in charge won the bidding war and they charged what they wanted because they COULD.
    GAH. I can’t even get started on this shit. Can’t.

  4. Metalmom said:

    on August 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    SybilLaw-I know. All I keep thinking is that they should get a housewife in there to do the budget shit. No strings to anyone, just get in, fix it and tell the lawmakers to suck it up or there won’t be dinner tonight. Ya feel me?

  5. Megan said:

    on August 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Oh, I’m right there with you. I’ve often said if they’d let me get a hold of their office supply purchasing, I could make a huge dent in spending.

    Fraud also accounts for a lot of money walking out the door. They need to take better steps to prevent and to punish fraud.
    Megan´s last blog post ..On The Edge

  6. Karl said:

    on August 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    The problem here is that you’re being LOGICAL. Logic does not apply to politicians.
    Karl´s last blog post ..My New Writing Gig

  7. Jay said:

    on August 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    But, doing the things you talk about would result in really rich people and big corporations having to be a part of the “shared sacrifice” and that just isn’t fair. All the rest of us folks should be willing to sacrifice FOR THEM. That’s how our system works now.
    Jay´s last blog post ..My Porn Comedy Dream …

  8. Metalmom said:

    on August 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Karl-It saddens me to think that our country is run by a lack of logic. They spend too much time over thinking with nonfunctional brains.

  9. Metalmom said:

    on August 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Jay-I really don’t understand how money can be such a HUGE sacrifice to rich people. They get so much for free that it’s disgusting. The richer you are, the less you pay for damn near everything!

  10. Metalmom said:

    on August 3, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Megan- I agree. If it were one of us, we’d be caught and prosecuted,just like tax evasion. I also think that some of the term limits should be capped so there wouldn’t be any of the older politicians who are stuck in the past.

  11. Vicky said:

    on October 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    The rich people and big corporations having to be a part of the “shared sacrifice” and that would not happen because “they” are the one who behind the gov.
    Vicky´s last blog post ..career organizing

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