You've seen them dozens of times somewhere around your neighborhood. A ten year old kid plucks a dozen lemons from mom's tree in the back yard. They cut up the lemons, fill up a pitcher with water, throw in some sugar, and, "voila", they're in business...lemonade: 10 cents a glass.
Let the government open that same lemonade stand. They'll hire a million dollar designer architect, pay him a million bucks to design a stone and glass edifice, erect the building for another five or ten million (winning bidder has to be a lobbyist over on K Street). Then they'll hire an interior designer who'll select the finest draperies, install new furniture, install a wall of filing cabinets, then put out a federal call for two hundred $150,000 dollars per year bureaucrats. Then, they'll buy each federal slug a personal I-Pad and a desktop I-Mac, and an I-Phone which the slugs will use to draw up a sole source contract with a "green farmer" who can provide organic lemons.
Think that doesn't happen? Well, you weren't reading the weekend headlines, then. Remember all those old vets who died waiting months for an appointment at a VA hospital? Remember our VA Secretary crying "budget restraints" as the cause? Well, this weekend we learned that the VA spent $697,000,000 dollars on new drapes, new furniture and new office equipment in the last three years...even as their "customers" were dying before their eyes as they "cooked the books" and said no veteran was waiting for treatment.
Or perhaps the IRS is more to your liking. We also learned this week that, when the IRS is not harassing conservative groups, they are busy playing video games. Apparently with management's blessing. And paid for by taxpayers! Seems the game is called "What If" and the IRS claims these games keep their employees minds alert! Yes, readers, this is the same IRS that was rewarding IRS malcontents with bonuses and paid time off (as much as two months!) in order to boost morale! Oh, and did I mention the IRS fella caught watching porn eight hours a day and didn't get canned?
Let's all pray that the feds don't open a lemonade stand. It would costs us $100 dollars a glass...and we just can't afford that if we're gonna keep footing the bill for VA and IRS boondoggles.