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A certain member of my family (name withheld to protect the guilty) had, at one time, a reputation of spending a dollar to save a dime.  There are times when money must be spent in order to save a greater outlay of funds farther down the line.

They are lacking abject wisdom.

If they had any courage, they would discover a way to deal with an increasingly embattled and incompetent POTUS.  The problems is the fact that they are abject cowards.  They are owned by the Tea Parties and the losertarians who control them.  They can’t behave in a rational manner.

They are abjectly S – T – U – P – D when it comes to handling the press and trying to save money.  Case in point, Eric Cantor’s arrogant and tone deaf comment about funds for Irene victims.  When are Republicans in the House and Senate going to figure out that they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.  No matter what they do or say, it is going to be held against them.

The Hill

Stupid, Arrogant, and Tone Deaf, Yep, That’s a Republican!

Take NASA, the shuttle, and the ISS.  Thanks to Obama and the sniveling cowards in the House, it is possible the ISS must  be abandoned.

“…The loss does not pose an immediate logistical threat to space station operations. The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, dropped off an enormous shipment of consumables back in July.

“We’re in a good position, logistically, to withstand this loss of supplies,” Suffredini said. “The way we had done our logistics with the shuttle flight, we had put ourselves in a position to get to the end of the calendar year 2012.”  …”

Space News reports that there is no immediate threat to the ISS, but NASA tries to consider all the angles of things, including the worst case scenarios.

“...Investigations are under way as to why the motor of the third stage of the Soyuz-U rocket switched off early, preventing Progress M-12M from reaching orbit. The unmanned cargo vehicle crashed minutes later in Siberia, 1,000 miles east of the launch site in Kazakhstan. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties on the ground.

So why are there concerns about getting astronauts into orbit when the failure happened to the rocket carrying an unmanned vehicle?

Well, the Soyuz-U rocket’s third stage is almost identical to equipment used on the Soyuz-FG booster used to propel manned Soyuz vehicles to the ISS. Yes, those are the same taxi rides NASA now depends on to get U.S. astronauts to the orbiting outpost.

In fact, since the retirement of the shuttle fleet, it is currently the only human-rated ride into space on the planet.

According to Spaceflight Now, the Russian space agency Roscosmos is carrying out an inquiry into the agency’s plans for their manned spaceflight program, space manufacturing quality and a board has been set up to recommend corrective actions.

Naturally, the Progress failure has spooked NASA…”

The Pink Flamingo has been rather quiet of late about the horrible way NASA has been treated by the cowards on the right, libertarian idiots, and the Dems who are always after it.  Right now we’re dealing with the perfect storm. The GOP is so afraid of the Tea Parties that they can’t do a durn thing right.  They have no courage.  They’re destroying our future because the libertarians who control the tea parties don’t think we need a national space program, rather allow commercial interests to wallow in technology from the 1960s

They’re after FEMA:

“…Recommendation #8: State and local governments should run their own disaster responses because they know their own geography, people, business conditions, and needs better than the federal government ever can.

State and local governments should be weaned from dependency on FEMA so that they can reassert their traditional role in responding to all but the most catastrophic disasters. With any federal response 48 hours to 72 hours away, state and local response capabilities are key to minimizing the loss of life and property. To be effective, state and local jurisdictions must not only build disaster response capabilities, but also use them for the multitude of disasters, large and small, that occur in America every year. This will allow FEMA to focus its finite time and resources on building catastrophic response capabilities.

Congress should reduce the cost-share provision for all FEMA declarations to no more than 25 percent of the costs. This will ensure that at least three-fourths of the disaster costs are borne by the taxpayers living in the states where the disaster occurred. For a catastrophe with a nationwide impact, such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, Congress could provide a higher federal cost-share if the total cost exceeds a certain threshold…”

This is nice if you live in a fantasy world.  If you live in a small town in a place like New Mexico, forget about it.  I suspect they will be wanting to limit the amount of money spent on fighting fires like the one that raged behind my parents’ this summer.  Here in Ruidoso, a bridge on Eagle Drive was taken out during a flood about four years ago.  Because we’re not in important in the grand scheme of things, they are only now trying to replace the bridge.  That’s four years.

National Review

They are now going to divert funding for replacing the tornado ravaged towns in Missouri to repair Irene damage.  This time there is a very good reason for it.  Obama is incompetent.

“..but the moves will further sap the federal disaster fund, which over the weekend had about $900 million, according to FEMA, less than the $1 billion officials prefer to keep on hand.

Last week, after a Virginia earthquake that rattled much of the East Coast, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that any new money for FEMA disaster assistance would need to be offset by spending cuts.

On Saturday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) called on the Senate to quickly pass the House GOP’s version of the annual Homeland Security spending measure, which includes $1 billion in additional money for the disaster fund this year and $2.65 billion for fiscal 2012.

The Obama administration “has let the fund reach critically low levels, putting continued recovery at risk, without a plan for the future or a clear method for dealing with new disasters,” Rogers said.

In anticipation of a shortfall, FEMA began providing congressional appropriators with weekly updates on funding levels in May; daily updates began this month, Racusen said.

Several other agencies also provide funding after natural disasters, including the Small Business Administration and the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture, but their funding levels were not immediately known….”

Then there is the post office.  Don’t get me started on the cuts being made here.

“… the Postal Service $4.3 million, according to an audit by the Postal Service inspector general’s office. In 2009, 1.2 million hours were billed at a cost of $30.9 million.

“At a time when the Postal Service is challenged to operate more efficiently, monitoring standby time is critical to ensuring their ability to effectively manage the workforce,” the report said.

Members of the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers have been eligible for standby time payments and rarely used the option until 2009, when mail volume began to plummet and the Postal Service started to consolidate processing plants in the Northeast and the Midwest.

Audits of operations in Dallas and Detroit found that many workers incorrectly billed the Postal Service amid lax oversight of such payments.

In response, the Postal Service said it would require new monthly tracking and monitoring of standby payments by the end of September. But standby payments are expected to continue even as the Postal Service is set to announce next month at least $7 billion in losses.

APWU and the Postal Service struck a five-year deal this spring; negotiations with NALC on a new multi-year deal will began this month.

As negotiations with NALC began, postal officials announced that they are seeking permission from Congress to cut 120,000 jobs by circumventing labor contracts, a move that postal and federal union leaders fear could eventually compel lawmakers to meddle in other federal labor-management deals….”

Why can’t the GOP seriously attack graft, incompetence, stupidity, duplicate programs, ethanol subsidies, sugar subsidies, farm welfare, waste, and programs we don’t need.  Why should we be paying a million buck grant to protect some rare animal, yet there is no money to help rebuilt Prattsville, NY (where some of my family once lived)? Why spend money we don’t have demanding annoying little lizards that aren’t endangered be considered endangered?

If you were to add up the idiocy and futility of spending money on military advertising, NASCAR sponsorships, and things that are not all that important?

Instead of bitching about the cost of education and teachers salaries, why not simply cut out the number of administrators?  Did you know the reason college tuition is going up is because of the horrible increase in administrators?

Why can’t the GOP stop pandering to the tea parties, libertarians, and atheist Randians and start acting like Republicans again?  Until they do, we’re screwed.

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