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Borrowing Borrowers

So, like a few other states, Missouri’s delaying tax refunds. Nice.

Guess what? I noticed.

I’ve always gotten my federal and state tax refunds at the same time — usually on the same day, via automatic deposit — but not this year. And now I know it’s not just me.

Missouri has delayed tax refunds and quietly borrowed $325 million from its cash reserves in order to pay employees, public schools, hospitals and other bills.

So they’ve wasted the money that they borrowed from you and me, and now they have to borrow even more to pay the bills. Repaying the money that didn’t even belong to them in the first place? Not exactly their highest priority.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s director of budget and planning confirmed Monday that the delay in tax refunds and the borrowed money both were necessary for cash flow purposes.

The “director of budgeting and planning” is obviously lacking in natural ability to do either. Think they’ll find him a new job, or just a new title?

Although Nixon’s administration never publicized it, Missouri borrowed $175 million from its reserves in February and an additional $150 million in March, according to an April 2 cash flow analysis by Nixon’s Office of Administration labeled as an internal draft.

Missouri began its 2009 fiscal year last July with $557 million in its budget reserve fund. The state constitution allows money to be withdrawn from reserves for cash-flow purposes so long as it is repaid with interest before May 16.

And yet they still have to pay out our tax refunds. Think that $325 million is going to be paid back — with or without interest — by next month? Yeah, me neither. Wonder how they’re going to make up the difference. Let me guess.

The longer the state takes to process tax returns, the longer it earns interest on the money.

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

So I guess I won’t hold my breath, waiting.

Observations

My favorite tweet from while I was gone (too late to reply now…)

girlarsonist - Warning sign #44 that you’re narcissistic: You name your dog after yourself. Case in point: BO. #tcot

True.

Quoth Bullwinkle

Hahaha. Who is this guy? (When I google him, all I find is that he has a “crush” on Michelle Obama. I guess that’s all the journalistic cred he needs, really.)

The Republican Party is becoming a cartoon.

This is so awesome, I don’t even know where to start. He’s doing everything he can to criticize the Republican party, presumably in the hopes of showing everyone how much better his own party is. And his first logical proof? Mocking southerner’s speech patterns. (Idiom doesn’t exist in his world, apparently.)

Bobby Jindal: “I’m certainly not nearly as good of a speaker as Obama.” Good OF a speaker? How about not as good at eighth-grade grammar either. It’s embarrassing.

Well done! No democrats in the south, Jack. Feel free to alienate as many as you want.

Next up, completely misconstruing the 2008 election loss:

If the Republicans are ever to emerge from the long dark night they have created for themselves it will have to be without pandering to the right wing nuts that comprise Rush Limbaugh’s radio audience. Didn’t they learn anything in the last election?

Um, we learned that running a moderate didn’t work. But thanks for reminding us! We’re much more interested in running an honest-to-goodness conservative next time, so please keep asking that last question. Loudly and often.

They were handed a golden opportunity to redeem themselves with the election of Barack Obama — a chance to line up and in unison condemn the evil their party put in the White House the previous eight years.

(a) Condemn the guy that gave us tax rebates and kept us safe from terrorism for seven years? Let me get right on that. Can I borrow your pitchfork and torch?
(b) There needs to be some kind of Godwin sub-law about using the word “evil” non-ironically.

George Bush — sold out the principles of the Republican Party in favor of huge deficits, a doubling of the national debt, and a growing intrusion of the federal government into people’s private lives.

Not my favorite part of the Bush legacy. Luckily, Obama’s already cataclysmically dwarfed these errors. In just 50 days! Overachiever. (Also? Pot meets kettle, hilarity ensues.)

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the Republican Party’s favorability rating at an all-time low. President Obama’s is at an all-time high.

An all-time high out of less than two months. Or is that as opposed to his ratings while he was voting “present” in the senate? I’m guessing those weren’t sky high.

The Republican Party is marching double-time down the road to irrelevance and they don’t even know it.

Bless Obama’s overwhelmed, underprepared, pathologically-lying little heart — he’s marching us rocket speed back from irrelevance. Keep wasting the little money we have left, and alienating our few remaining international allies. We’ll be happy to pick up the pieces when you’re done.

Shocking!

Looks like I’m not the only hopeful, wait-and-see pollyanna that’s officially Over It.

Polling data show that Mr. Obama’s approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama’s net presidential approval rating — which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve — is just six, his lowest rating to date.

Overall, Rasmussen Reports shows a 56%-43% approval, with a third strongly disapproving of the president’s performance. This is a substantial degree of polarization so early in the administration. Mr. Obama has lost virtually all of his Republican support and a good part of his Independent support, and the trend is decidedly negative.

Man, I tried. A lot of us tried. I genuinely wanted him to do well and help this country back to its feet. But this is just painful.

50 days is a looooooong honeymoon. But I think it’s over.

*meaningful head tilt*

I actually found the region one DVD set gift to the British Prime Minister gaffe to be funny, if sad, and sort of telling. But this is just rude:

The [State Department] official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

To one of our closest allies? Who still has troops fighting alongside ours, in harm’s way? Really?

And wasn’t this the guy whose biggest campaign promise was that he’d make the rest of the world like us again?

We can do nothing about it, of course. But it made me think, does this deserve one of those magical “We’re Sorry” websites that the left loves so much? Thousands of people in photographs, holding handwritten signs that say “We’re sorry our President is a tactless clod, P.M. Brown. Better luck next administration! We U!”

Who’s with me?

Grrr.

Also?

Obama Signs Order Lifting Restrictions on Stem Cell Research Funding

Yes! Why shouldn’t taxpayers foot the bill for research that private corporations and donors are perfectly willing to fund and support?! We’re made of money!

*tosses Obama a bucket full of hard-earned cash*

[Shut up. I know I'm a day late. I have a lot of leftover angst to refocus right now. I should've known this "trying to be nice" thing was a bad idea.]

Shuttering

I think I’ve made it pretty clear in the past that I don’t exactly love our local dead tree rag, the Post-Dispatch. It’s just about the only place for moderately up-to-date local news online, so I read it, but the editing is painful in its lack of, well, existence. Also, with very few notable exceptions, the writers tend to be unapologetically ultra-left wing, and the commenters are just plain toxic. So it pains me to say this, but I learned something there today.

I never even thought about this:

Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?

Abortion’s not my issue. I’m very wishy-washy on it, so I try not to discuss it — since it tends to be one of those not-wishy-washy-at-all kinds of topics.

There’s a big Jewish hospital in town with an amazing heart center (which gets a lot of press, which is why I’m even aware of it), but before I moved here, I never really thought of hospitals being affiliated with specific religious denominations. Which, in retrospect is a little odd, what with the “Saint” in so many hospital names. I have the constitution of a horse, so maybe that’s why? I’m never in hospitals (er, knock on wood.) so I don’t give them much thought.

Anyway.

A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law.

The Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, but its sponsor is poised to refile it now that former Senate co-sponsor Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office.

FOCA, as the bill is known, would make federal law out of the abortion protections established in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling.

I mean, they have to do what they think is right, I guess. I can see where you couldn’t have a private Catholic hospital performing abortions. I was Catholic in a former life, and as I recall the rules, that’s pretty high on the DON’T list.

The legislation has some Roman Catholic bishops threatening to shutter the country’s 624 Catholic hospitals — including 11 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis — rather than comply.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki, a Chicago auxiliary bishop, took up the issue of what to do with Catholic hospitals if FOCA became law. “It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions,” he said. “That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil.”

But that’s kind of scary to me. Again, not a big hospital patron, but 624 US hospitals would just close? Like decent medical care isn’t expensive or hard enough to find right now?

They won’t even sell, they’ll just shut down? Maybe sell the building to a mall developer or something?

Obama had promised during his campaign he would sign FOCA if he were elected.

This just never occurred to me. I figured they’d just excommunicate doctors who performed abortions. Neither side is a done deal, anyway. There are other options on both sides of the argument. So is this scaremongering or a real concern? Read the whole thing.

Galt’s Gulch

Sales of “Atlas Shrugged” Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis

Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009–Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold.

“Americans are flocking to buy and read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ because there are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day” said Yaron Brook, Executive Director at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. “Americans are rightfully concerned about the economic crisis and government’s increasing intervention and attempts to control the economy.

No kidding. And just wait ’til the Fairness Doctrine’s reinstated. It’ll be flying off the shelf like cheap scotch in a… well, now.

Right Now

Ok, this was painfully convoluted and rambling and I couldn’t look at it anymore. Let me sum up.

I don’t listen to Rush unless someone posts a clip online, because I believe that radio is for music. So I don’t know if he’s our “leader,” or who would be, if he isn’t. And I know what he was trying to say, with the whole “I want him to fail” thing, even though he said it less than elegantly. But here’s my thing. He’s a radio personality. It’s their job to keep ratings up by stirring the pot and making people angry.

We’re flying under the radar right now. Nobody cares about conservatives except conservatives, for this tiny, brief window of time, and that’s a good thing. Because the S.S. Obama is going to founder, and sink sink sink like a fat, porky stone — there’s no way that could possibly not happen. And if we take this period of invisibility and polish up, we’re going to look really good when we’re suddenly in the spotlight again. Wasting this opportunity by poking them with a stick, and then fighting amongst ourselves about the poking? Not really in our best interest. The poking was done. Now can we please shut up about it and go back to polishing? Thanks.

Hope, Change

There’s this lady in my group — she’s not on my team, but we’re under the same guy — she’s this teeny, cute little thing. I don’t think she’s even five feet tall. We were in a meeting last week, and one of the guys on her team said she punched someone.

She blushed furiously, but they pushed her to tell the story. She went to the Inauguration in DC, with some friends and their collective kids. While they were there, she caught a guy with his hand in her purse, trying to steal her wallet.

Did she hand it to him, graciously, assuming he must need the money? Did she sit down and cry? Cower in fear? Nope. She punched him in the stomach, and he ran away.

Everyone in the meeting laughed, and it is pretty funny. But when I said “Good for you!” and started clapping, everyone else followed suit, and she blushed even more at the round of applause.

I think there might be hope for the world, yet.