Let’s take a closer look at the numbers ...

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised when politicians fudge the numbers and “adjust” the facts.

I shouldn’t be, but I am and I continue to be disappointed.

A couple of examples, if I may.

The Debt Ceiling

I imagine that by the time you read this, the debt ceiling “crisis” will have been resolved in one way or the other.

I write “crisis” with apostrophes because while Republicans, Democrats, and the White House have worked long and hard to convince the American people we were facing the greatest economic crisis in the history of mankind, the “crisis” they and the media have concocted is so illusionary it is stunning.

And yet this “crisis” has become a CRISIS of monumental proportion in the eyes of the American people.

There is a shocking level of anxiety in the country over the debt ceiling issue - over what is, in fact, a manufactured crisis.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I implore you ...

This nation has always been in debt. Since Day One.

That is a simple fact of life.

I’m not saying it’s a good fact. Actually I think it’s a bad fact.

Debt is not good, but it is what it is.

We have always been in debt.

This nation cranked up $75,463,476.52 in debt during the Revolutionary War. Heck, we borrowed $12 million from France to help pay for that war.

The first statutory ‘ceiling’ that limited how much debt the U.S. government could take on was set in 1917 with the passing of the Second Liberty Bond Act.

Now, for all of those who have been boon-doggled into thinking this debt ceiling thing going on in Washington was some new Obama-generated Socialist crisis, pay attention ...

(I’ll make this as graphic as I can so that you best understand what is going on here.)

The United States government, (both Democratic and Republican administrations), increased the debt ceiling in: 1919, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1954, 1956, 1958 (twice), 1959, 1960, 1961,1962,1963 (twice), 1964 1965, 1965, 1967 (twice), 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 (twice), 1973, 1974, 1975 (twice), 1976 (twice), 1977, 1978, 1979 (twice), 1980 (twice), 1981 (three times), 1982 (twice), 1983 (twice), 1984 (three times), 1985 (twice), 1986 (twice), 1987 (three times), 1989 (twice), 1990 (twice), 1993 (twice), 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (twice), 2009 (twice), and 2010.

And here we are today, with folks in an tizzy because somebody wants to raise the debt ceiling - something you would think is unique and has never been done before in U.S. history if you listened to our ‘leaders.’

There you have it.

It’s just the same old crap in Washington.

The boys, (and again, I refer to the politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle), get together to create a crisis that gets the Great Unwashed all bent out of shape - when there is NO CRISIS except what they have drummed up.

It is business as usual.

But this time around, the Dems want you to understand that the Republicans are the Spawn of Satan. The GOP wants you to realize that Pres. Obama is the Devil incarnate.

It’s all a game ... a bluff they know they can foist off on you..

Michigan’s Public Education Funding Problem

Then, we have local politicians tickling the numbers and embroidering the facts in much the same way as the guys in Washington are doing.

At a recent gathering of the West Central Michigan Counties Alliance elected state officials from this area explained their version of “The Situation” to local board members.

You may have read or heard about the public school funding problems.

Well ... everything you read or heard is wrong, they claimed, especially if you read it in local newspapers, (re: the Pioneer-Osceola Edition), which Rep. Phil Potvin believes is only good for “... tearing into strips and taking to the outhouse to wipe yourself.”

In truth, say the guys from Lansing, under Gov. Snyder’s plan there will only be $99 per student eliminated from school funding.

Only $99 per student. Full stop.

How odd.

If you take the time to call ANY district superintendent in this area and ask how much they stand to lose in per pupil funding, the number you will be told will be plus/minus $470.

And by the way, the politicians claim, public schools (K-12) are much, MUCH better off than universities and community colleges when it comes to funding.

An interesting lesson in economics.

Then, on top of it all, we get a lesson in civics.

Rep. Potvin told the gathered locals that one of the jobs of the legislature is to “educate the educators.”


When asked for a clarification of “Educate the educators” Potvin got positively poetic: “What were trying to do at this point is to educate the educators on how important it is to join the team and work together — work together as a Michigan team ... reinventing Michigan as our governor has called, and as I firmly believe ...

“We can only do this as one team. Everybody has to pull their belt in a little bit.”

Hmmmmm ...why single out educators?

Team effort? Belt tightening? Cut a little here, hack a little there?

Fact of life is, it would seem “the team” — teachers, cops, social workers, public healthcare staff, and more — is out on the field playing “the game” every day with ever decreasing funding for the basics. But the governor and legislature are still kinda enjoying themselves in the dugout.

Potvin may be dreaming of a team, but there really doesn’t seem to be much team effort.

That too, is a bluff.