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Guest Writer Michael Hausam: Doubling Down On Success, Pelosi-Style

September 27, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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Michael Hausam is a father of 5, entrepreneur, and political junkie living in Newport Beach, CA. His political views are a blend of Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman; and they're usually expressed in sarcasm font.

“The cupboard is bare.  There’s no more cuts to make.  It’s really important that people understand that.  We cannot have cuts just for the sake of cuts,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday.

Our deficit this year is all the way down to $818,000,000,000, an amazingly small number, given how much good the Federal government does.  So the razor cutting and waste/duplication reductions have now been completed.  Other than that, this may be the first time ever that ongoing government efforts have been concluded, which itself is reason for celebration.  This victory over spending profligacy must be rewarded by looking into some activities that are due for a second look.  With the wind at our fiscal governance back, the sails must be let out.

So here are a few proposals (in no particular order as all can be described as “critical” or “essential for the children”).

Global Warming Blue Lines In Every City

In 2007 the city of Santa Barbara rejected a proposal to paint the city streets with a wavy blue line to indicate where future sea levels will be if the planet’s snow, glacier, and polar ice caps were to melt.  Unfortunately, property owners and business interests strongly protested the proposal.  Some scientists also pointed out that such speculative scenarios are forecasted to appear in future centuries.

Rising_sea_levelsTaking a look at this proposal, especially on a Federal level (where every good idea should be examined and implemented), we see it is a wonderful twofer: more jobs and constant climate-change awareness.  These two issues are perhaps the most important in the country today.  As the news of the increased growth of the ice caps seeps out (whole story here), per the UK’s Daily Mail from last week, the country risks global warming’s decreased strength as a justification for increased federal intervention.

More Road Signs

Everyone remembers during the summer of 2009 when the “Putting America To Work – Project Funded by the American Recovery and Investment Act” signs went up.  Everyone also remembers where those signs are, still today, as the shovel-ready works they touted are in most cases still pending.  At approximately $3,000 per sign, around $20,000,000 was spent throughout the country making and installing these signs.

ARRA+SignBut there haven’t been any new ones put up in a while, and that needs to be addressed.  And there are miles and miles and miles of bare highway shoulders that need similar decorating.  Time to add some more.

More Sharrows

Sharrows are the chevron-shaped arrows with a bicycle outline that are painted on formerly car-only lanes on city streets to remind motorists that the lane is meant to be used by automobiles and bicycles.  The city of Long Beach, CA also includes a painted 6-foot wide green stripe throughout the lane to increase the visibility of the sharrow.  Unfortunately, there aren’t nearly enough sharrows.

5707651891_77e88cc9d9All good citizens know that riding a bicycle is far superior to driving a car — the resultant exercise, reduction in exhaust contaminants, reduction in fuel usage, increased job-security for ambulance drivers and emergency room staffers, etc.  Having more sharrows across the country will increase jobs (painters, traffic re-directors while the painting is occurring, and labs that will test the paint for offensive odors/ingredients) as well as provide a mile-by-mile reminder to car drivers that they should be pedaling instead.

Reduce Unemployment By Direct Payment

The most recent unemployment numbers have the national rate at 7.3% — 11,300,000 Americans are considered to be officially out of work.  Obviously, this is unacceptable.  Even the President’s forecast for unemployment, had we not implemented his stimulus program, forecasted a 5% unemployment rate by this time.  Side note: No room here to discuss how/why the stimulus program did not work as promised.  So something clearly needs to be done.

Part of the magic of the unemployment numbers is the math and calculations that are included in it.  Grammar-school level division shows us that if 11,300,000 unemployed Americans yield a 7.3% rate, then we need to lower the unemployment number to  7,740,000 to get to 5%.   11,300,000 / 7.3% = 154,794,521 working Americans.  154,794,521 * 5% = 7,739,726 targeted American to be unemployed.  For the sake of this proposal, rounding off these numbers is recommended.  Firstly, the math is easier and secondly, it’s just people no one knows anyway.

The other part of the magic of the unemployment numbers is who is included and who is not.  Folks who are not actively looking for a job are not considered as part of this calculation.  That can either be students, little kids, retired folks, or “discouraged” workers.  As of August, there are 866,000 “discouraged” workers in the economy; this is the number of people who were looking for a job and used to want one, but they gave up.  Good question: why aren’t these folks included in the unemployment data?  As these folks are not included in the unemployment numbers, the simple solution for a better unemployment rate is to get people out of the “unemployed” group and into the “discouraged” group.  The clear next step: pay the 3,560,000 (11,300,000 – 7,740,000) to become “discouraged,” that is, to stop actively looking for work.  Then our unemployment rate will instantly go from 7.3% to 5%.  And that would be a huge success.

Unemployment LineOf course, there are numerous more ways we can focus our national efforts with the effectiveness that we’ve shown in cutting our budget to the bone, but these four would make an excellent start.  As one of the country’s best and most inspiring leaders, Nancy Pelosi should form an action committee to begin discussing which groups would be best suited to start an awareness-raising campaign…

 

 

 

 

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Michael Hausam is a father of 5, entrepreneur, and political junkie living in Newport Beach, CA. His political views are a blend of Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman; and they're usually expressed in sarcasm font.

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  • leninsbarber

    Love the idea of paying people to become discouraged. Kill two birds with one stone; Grow government AND lower unemployment levels. Brilliant! I also think that if the anti – sign lobby is too powerful, we just hire unions workers to repaint the signs we already have.

    • Michael Hausam

      I think we hire new union workers to repaint the existing signs no matter what.

    • San Franciso Pete

      Please show me one job done for any government entity, directly or under contract, that isn’t a union job. I don’t think there is any such thing in any state of the Union, especially here in California or the West Coast.

  • marineh2ominer

    I know ONE place to cut , Pelozi’s salary is a great start , not only does she not earn it by representing those that elected her , she is filthy rich and doesn’t need the money , thanks to all the INSIDER information she gave her husband over the years .

    • hmmathis

      Don’t forget the minimum wage law that she shepherded through Congress when she was Speaker of the House that exempted American Samoa, where she and her filthy-rich husband own a tuna processing firm.

    • Kaiser

      Why not give her salary to the non-union laborers who work at her winery. I hear some are illegal aliens and she pays minimum wage.

    • Myrtle Linder

      They are are as rich as King Midas, make the whole crew pay us back what they have lost for us. America will be back on easy street if we can get this money back. Whhaatttttttt? It’s long gone? But we can get butts, can’t we? After all if you and I did this, we would be criminals, locked up for life.

  • Swann75

    If puta Pelosi has no idea where to cut the budget, then what good is she doing there? Lets start with foreign aid, American tax payers get raped for too much money going to other countries that hate us. Then there is all those idiotic ideas that the government spends money on such as a bridge from nothing to nowhere in Alaska; why children fall off tricycles; why people fall in love, just to name a few and then the salaries of all the staff members pushing papers and getting coffee for the fat cats. I am sure that there are hundreds of places where funds could be saved.

  • Dave

    The federal government has never been streamlined as every major corporation has to periodically do to stay competitive. Instead, the government has built in increases in their budgets whether needed or not. These annual increases (7.7%) are called “automatic” increases in major programs like SS, Medicare, Medicaid, and the myriad of welfare programs, just adds cost to government and allows for the growth of government. So, there is no doubt that the federal government is overripe for a topdown restructuring and consolidation of like departments. Every major government service like Medicare could be streamlined by as much as 30% and the service provided may actually be improved.