Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The War on Poverty

The number of the day is:
Those who guessed that 77,506 is the number of yardsigns to be found on the bottom of Waukegan Harbor are eligible for an honorable mention. $77,506 is actually the annual pension former State Representative Cal Skinner receives from the State of Illinois. As reported on this blog ...
Elephant Joke
Skinner is the brainchild behind the McHenryCountyBlog. Yes, the same anti-government McHenryCountyBlog that seems to channel its instructions telepathically from the mind of Grover Norquist:
I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.
Grover Norquist
Case in point, the McHenryCountyBlog is none too happy that Illinois Democratic Congressmen like to vote in favor of anti-poverty bills. Apparently the McHenryCountyBlog resents tax dollars going to poor people; and would rather see that money sitting in the church coffers instead:
There is another comparison I'd like to see. Call it a "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" scorecard. Let me see a chart showing the percentage of household income that each Member of Congress contributes to his/her church and other charities.
Anti-Poverty Support Index vs. Put Your Own Money Where Your Mouth Is Index
So all you liberal legislators, touche!

Well your LakeCountyEye is ready to take the McHenryCountyBlog challenge -- and put the LakeCountyEye money where the LakeCountyEye mouth is. Sadly however, decades of laisseze faire government -- the sort of government championed by the McHenryCountyBlog -- has resulted in all the good jobs going overseas. And years of industrial and financial deregulation -- the sort of hands-off-government approach extolled by the McHenryCountyBlog -- brought the economy to the brink of Great Depression 2.0, where no one is working anyways. But the minute things start looking up for your LakeCountyEye, your LakeCountyEye will be ready to take the McHenryCountyBlog challenge!

In the interim, your LakeCountyEye has incorporated a 501(c)(3) charity for the benefit and well-being of underemployed Internet satirists:
Throw the Blog a Bone, Inc.
Wealthy pensioners who would rather see government drowned in the bathtub, please take note!

1 comment:

Cal Skinner said...

I prefer to select my own charities, but thanks for noticing.

I do wonder if you think it might be interesting to know what percentage of personal income that politicians voting to raise taxes contribute to charities and religious organizations.