An Intrepid Government Deal

Government Run Health Care sounds like a winning idea after you see this 🙂

What would you think if you saw a deal like this in the want ads?  For lease: a 2004 Dodge Intrepid, just $608 a month, plus 15 cents per mile. And you have to pay for maintenance.

Then multiply that by 110.

Government does and when you ask them about it, “Well, I didn’t do it, it was the last guy” is the general response. Sound Familiar?

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Would you ever pay $608 a month to lease an eight-year-old car?  We are not talking about a Ferrari. We are talking about a run-of-the-mill Dodge.

That is what the Detroit Police Department is paying for a 2004 Dodge Intrepid.  And the 7 Action News Investigators have learned there are over a hundred other similar expensive leases still being paid by the department.

One expert said this lease arrangement is wasting millions of dollars at a time when the city is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

The waste is estimated at around $4 million dollars. And this is just a local government waste. Imagine what Washington wastes.

Oh, that’s right, the US Post Office loses $25 Million A DAY!

And now some Congressmen want to BAIL IT OUT. But we won’t call it a bail out.

And it’s mostly to save the government union jobs not the post office itself. Those are jobs worth protecting because they are Democrats.

Jobs from Oil, Gas, and etc are evil and should be destroyed. And low income jobs are only good for Class Warfare.

If your job is useful to the Democrats it may come. But the company may go bankrupt anyhow, just like Liberal ideas.

The city has been paying $608 for 93 months. That comes to $56,544. Then there is the cost for extra miles. If, for instance, the Intrepid has 100-thousand miles on it, which is a conservative estimate, that’s 60,000 miles over what is allowed in the lease agreement.

At 15 cents per mile, that is another $9,000, bringing the total amount invested in the 2004 Intrepid to $65,544.  That does not take into account all of the money the city has spent on maintenance over the last eight years, or the fact that they will have to pay for any excess wear and tear when they eventually turn in the car.

“I think mismanage is probably the wrong word. This is malfeasance. It makes no sense to me,” said Joseph Duncan, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association.

Duncan told 7 Action News that this kind of waste is especially troubling given the sacrifices his members have made.

“It’s appalling. It’s an affront to the men and women that go out every day. They haven’t had a raise since 2008,” said Duncan. “They made historical concessions on their pension, and now the city wants to take a ten percent pay cut again?”

And the think is that the Detroit Police is a Union. 🙂

Although there are multiple reasons for the USPS’s current budget shortfalls, its biggest problem lies in its bizarre relationship with the federal government. While the Postal Service is expected to finance itself, it is not allowed to set its own rates, choose its own hours, or determine its internal policies. To turn the problem around, the USPS will either need to be directly funded by the government (as is the case in many countries) or it needs the freedom to set its own prices, policies, and hours.

So if they want to close post offices and lay off government union employees, they can’t. If they want to change the pay & benefit structure, they can’t.

Therein lies the USPS’s ultimate problem: every policy decision must be approved by Congress, leaving the agency as agile as an elephant.

And with the partisan vitriol and the Democrats protecting every potential “base” voter they won’t do anything about it.

Now imagine if government is running health care and the costs skyrocket (as they will) and they can’t do anything because of partisan hatred and “base” constituencies….

Sounds like a great idea to me. Damn those evil “obstructionist” “racist” “misogynist” Republicans it’s all their fault! 🙂

And besides we can “re-educate” them. (Cue the Orwell music…)

A leaked U.S. Army document prepared for the Department of Defense contains shocking plans for “political activists” to be pacified by “PSYOP officers” into developing an “appreciation of U.S. policies” while detained in prison camps inside the United States.

The document, entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations was originally released on a restricted basis to the DoD in February 2010, but has now been made public.

The manual outlines policies for processing detainees into internment camps both globally and inside the United States.

International agencies like the UN and the Red Cross are named as partners in addition to domestic federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

The document makes it clear that the policies apply “within U.S. territory” and involve, “DOD support to U.S. civil authorities for domestic emergencies, and for designated law enforcement and other activities,” including “man-made disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks and incidents in the U.S. and its territories.”

Aside from enemy combatants and other classifications of detainees, the manual includes the designation of “civilian internees,” in other words citizens who are detained for, “security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power.”

Once the detainees have been processed into the internment camp, the manual explains how they will be re-educated, with a particular focus on targeting political dissidents, into expressing support for U.S. policies. (KFYI)

Two Minute Hate: Daily telescreen specials (Or nightly newscasts!) in which various elements of crimethink were packaged into a parade of horrible images and sounds, at which, the viewers were expected to boo, hiss, curse. and release any negative emotions upon the Republicans and other ‘enemies of the state’ (aka Liberals).

All Hail Big Brother!

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