Patterico's Pontifications


Your Tax Money (Almost) Going for This Dude’s Bail

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:53 pm

When it comes to fixing the budget, we can’t do it without raising taxes. Because otherwise, how could guys like this use welfare money to try to bail out of jail?

A convicted drug dealer — who cops said wanted to use cash from his taxpayer-funded EBT card to post bail — is the new face of welfare abuse, according to tough-minded lawmakers who are pushing the reform-resistant Patrick administration for a crackdown.

Kimball Clark, 45, was locked up Friday on drug-dealing charges — again — when he was overheard using his one phone call to ask the person on the other end of the line to “get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outa here tonight,” according to a Boston police report.

Thank God we did welfare reform, huh?

Just Google “EBT and ATM” and poke around to see all the ways you can cash in (literally) on government handouts.

To spend on bail, or whatever your little heart desires. Maybe some drugs for you? In 2007, I wondered how much tax money goes for drugs:

[Y]our tax dollars, some of them anyway, are being spent on drugs.

Crack, heroin, PCP . . . you’re buying it all. From your pocket, to the government’s pocket, to the addict’s pocket — to the pusher’s pocket.

I’d like to see someone do a study that estimates how much tax money is being spent on drugs.

The results might be as eye-opening as the line of meth you just bought someone on Hollywood Boulevard.

This is the kind of stuff Americans have in mind when they resist paying more in taxes.

Four more years!

Ann Romney Hasn’t Had It Tough Like Michelle Obama

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:47 am

Pro-Obama flack Hilary Rosen doesn’t think Ann Romney knows squat about economics, because she’s one of those stay-at home moms:

What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, “Well, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues.” And, “When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing—in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do—why we worry about their future.

Dana Loesch (and many others) properly focus on the insult to stay-at-home parents implicit in this statement — but I want to focus on the the other message: Ann Romney doesn’t understand the travails of working families.

Like Michelle Obama does, you mean?

Michelle Obama knows the hard scrabble life of earning over $300,000 a year to be a hospital administrator at a hospital that was trying to get earmarks from her husband, the U.S. Senator:

Join President Obama in fighting earmarks! He has fought them ever since, well, never. This is a guy who sought millions and millions in earmarks when he was a Senator — including, famously, “a request for $1 million in federal funding in 2006 for a new pavilion at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where his wife, Michelle Obama, was a vice president at the time.”

Oddly enough, “Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.” Almost as if the administrators had an inkling that having her there might help them cash in!

It didn’t work, by the way, despite Barry’s best efforts. The earmark didn’t go through, and her salary was promptly reduced back to $273,618.

And when she left, they didn’t replace her. That’s how critical her job was.

In February 2008, Byron York related the difficulties Michelle faced in getting by:

Michelle Obama is sitting with a group of six women around a table in the basement playroom of the Zanesville Day Nursery, here in economically troubled central Ohio. . . . . “It’s a constant sense of guilt,” Obama, dressed simply in a blue sweater with a triple strand of pearls, tells the women of her own dilemma as a working mother.

. . . .

“I know we’re spending — I added it up for the first time — we spend between the two kids, on extracurriculars outside the classroom, we’re spending about $10,000 a year on piano and dance and sports supplements and so on and so forth,” Mrs. Obama tells the women. “And summer programs. That’s the other huge cost. Barack is saying, ‘Whyyyyyy are we spending that?’ And I’m saying, ‘Do you know what summer camp costs?’”

With all those concerns, one might wonder whether the women should be comforting Mrs. Obama, but she assures them that she’s really O.K. “We don’t complain because we’ve got resources because of our education. We’ve got family structure,” she says. “So I tell people don’t cry for me.”

Don’t cry for me, Argentina.

So you see, if you want a woman who’s been out there fighting the tough economic fight, vote for Barack Obama. Maybe the next time Michelle complains about how tough she had it, she’ll have a quadruple strand of pearls instead of a mere triple.

Obama Campaign Slogan Contest Winners

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:46 am

It’s a day late in coming, but wasn’t the wait worth it? The selection was made through a careful selection process by conducting a vote of the readership by me. All judgments are final, no takebacks or returns.

AND NOW . . . the top 10 Obama campaign slogans — written by the staunch Obama supporters here at

10. “Racists.” — Noodles

9. “Be happy we don’t take it all.” — Kevin M

8. “The Audacity of Indifference.” — Col. Haiku

7. “Psst! Romney se reanudarán las deportaciones.” — Sammy Finkelman

6. “All of your bucks stop here.” — Icy

5. (tie) “It’s still Bush’s fault!” — Steve
“I still blame Bush.” — daleyrocks

5. “Do the math.. On second thought, don’t actually do it.” — Sammy Finkelman

4. “Uh…” — Dustin

3. “We’re so boned, does it even matter any more?” — Gazzer

2. “Who will pay for my daughters’ $85 million spring breaks?” — nk

And the top Obama campaign slogan:

1. “Obama 2012: Are you Better Off Now Than You Were 5 Trillion Dollars Ago?” — Colonel Haiku

Colonel Haiku will receive . . . .Turtle Wax.

. . . if he buys Turtle Wax.

What? You thought you’d do better than that?

Welcome to Obama’s America!

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