(If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. That’s what they say right? The thing is that we woke up in the middle of the night the day before yesterday because there was a burnt wiring smell throughout the rental house. Granted, it’s a small house, but the smell of anything burning can’t be good. The next day we realized that there was a connection between the smell, the duct work, and the lack of cool air comming from the air conditioning unit. So we spent a 95 ish degree day without air conditioning. Points go out to the landlords because they were not only awake-ish in the middle of the night, but they came right on over to investigate. The lady at the store where we bought an extra fan mentioned that three other people mentioned having the same issue. It’s either a condenser failure or the result of a lightening strike.)
Proverbs 21:17, “He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.”
The Bible is well known for is passages on money. Various pastors have made or destroyed their ministry on the subject over the years. I just thought it would be interesting to see how the State has managed without the influcence of the Church:
In Oakland, $2,806 of Federal Stimulus Money was spent reimbursing the SSCF for it’s field trips. Even though government guidelines said the stimulus money could not be spent on entertainment.
Over a year and a half, government-funded credit cards payed for $74,000 worth of exotic dance clubs and prostitutes, $70,000 worth of cruises, $49,000 spent on gambling, and a little over $100,000 on tickets to entertainment events.
The Postal Service had a $13,500 meal, comming to about $167 for each guest.
The SEC spent $3.9 Million dollars to re-arrange its desks. (I routinely re-arrange my room for free.)
Taxpayers will foot the bill for paintings of high ranking congressmen and women costing $50,000 each.
Washington sent $1.8 Million dollars to Georgia for the purpose of building a private golf course. (I hope they get discounts.)
In fact, the GAO found that over half of all credit card purchases on the government dime are improper, fraudulent, or embezzling. Taxpayers have paid for: gambling, mortgage payments, liquor, lingerie, a Lexus, iPods, Xboxes, Plasma Televisions, jewelry, Internet dating services, and Hawaiian vacations.
What irks me most is that the federal government gets away with alot but it has alot more money to get away with. When state and local governments are under the administration of a bad apple, they do the same things. It’s only a small blessing that they have less to work with. I can’t help but wonder what our government’s budget would look like if they actually operated under the principles of the founding fathers, who did not seperate their beliefs from themselves even when they worked in the newly-formed government.