Monday, May 11, 2009

Ronny Scores Again; Palmer Bogeys

It appears that there may be a single lone voice of sanity in congress these days. And he proved it again when he said no to...get this....a (gold) Medal of Honor for none other than ARNOLD PALMER!

Oh, you think, they must be talking about another Arnold Palmer...some hero of our empire's war machine...maybe some atomized Astronaut...for they couldn't POSSIBLY be thinking of using real gold and us poor innocent taxslaves' dollars to pay for some ridiculous little sparkly trinket....for a golfer!

Well, sorry to say, it's true. You hit the nail on the head. Out of the 435 members of the US House of Representatives, Ron Paul was THE ONLY person to say, "Whoa! Whoa there, fellas and fellatios, I can't seem to find this whole gold-medal-trinket manufacturing scheme in our job description." (paraphrased, of course)

But, alas, lest the dear reader think the good doctor Paul just isnt' a golf fan, here's Ron's actual the exact same issue, but with one minor difference: the House was trying to do the same thing for one of Ron's heroes, Ronny StarWars Reagan:

"I must, however, oppose the Gold Medal for Ronald and Nancy Reagan because appropriating $30,000 of taxpayer money is neither constitutional nor, in the spirit of Ronald Reagan's notion of the proper, limited role for the federal government."

"Because of my continuing and uncompromising opposition to appropriations not authorized within the enumerated powers of the Constitution, I would maintain my resolve and commitment to the Constitution--a Constitution, which only last year, each Member of Congress, swore to uphold. In each of these instances, I offered to do a little more than uphold my constitutional oath." (that is SO studly...GO Ron)

The he doubles down. (I can just see him twiddling the tiny china cup, ala Doc Holiday)

"In fact," continues Ron, "as a means of demonstrating my personal regard and enthusiasm for Ronald Reagan's advocacy for limited government, I invited each of these colleagues to match my private, personal contribution of $100 which, if accepted by the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, would more than satisfy the $30,000 cost necessary to mint and award a gold medal to Ronald and Nancy Reagan. To me, it seemed a particularly good opportunity to demonstrate one's genuine convictions by spending one's own money rather that of the taxpayers who remain free to contribute, at their own discretion, to commemorate the work of the Reagans (Too-fucking-SHAY! Ron!) For the record, not a single Representative who solicited my support for spending taxpayer's money, was willing to contribute their own money to demonstrate their generosity and allegiance to the Reagan's stated convictions."

And, regarding Sir Whack-a-ball, Ron's spokesthing makes clear, “It is certainly nothing personal against Mr. Palmer. In fact, Congressman Paul admires him greatly. Dr. Paul opposes using public monies for any and all of these gold medals given to private citizens (too bad he can't go a bit further and ban the pathetic hero-worship step at a time, I guess) , just on principle. Not to mention, it is unconstitutional to use taxpayer dollars in this way. He even suggested on the House Floor before he voted against Rosa Parks’s medal that if it meant so much to the Members of Congress, why not fund the award out of their own pockets? He pulled $100 out of his own wallet, but had no other takers. At a time like this when all budgets are stretched so thin, it seems especially inappropriate to lavish gifts like this on private citizens, as much as he may admire the individual.”

No matter, (yawn) the mini-abomination passed nearly-unanimously, anyway.... 431-to-1

By the way....the bill authorized spending $30,000 to make the medal and duplicates, which could be sold to cover the cost of making Palmer’s medal in the first place. (nice touch the coin dealers have to compete with the feds in the marketplace, too)

....and all this at a critically dangerous point in our history....when the politicoscum should be on a spending lockdown

Molon labe!

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