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recovery.govs budget FAIL

Just the other day I was surfing the status updates and links on facebook when I came across an interesting article.  A fellow class mate of mine from high school posted a story how Obama is redesiging the website Recovery.Gov.  At a first glance I was a little excited for this due to the fact that currently it is more confusing than a blind person trying to put together a 10,000 piece jig saw puzzle.

For those of you who do not know what the site is let me explain.  One of President Obamas big promises while campaigning to become president was to let the American people know where their tax dollars were going to be spent.  We could all go online to the website and see up to the day information where our tax money was going, and how it was being spent to help us get out of the recession we are experiencing.

Upon further review of the article, I got very frustrated.  President Obama is spending 18 million dollars to rebuild this site.  Eighteen million dollars to the government is like $180.00 to you or me.  Granted this is a small amount compared to our ever increasing debt yet it is still a significant number.  Eighteen million dollars sounds like a lot of money, but with the web and big sites you never know how much things cost to fix.  Technology is confusing that way.

Luckily, I have a very good friend who deals with big companies, websites, protocols, and values.  The company he works for deals with the biggest names out there.  Due to anonymity I will not disclose the company or the clients they have but if you were to watch television I could guarantee that you would probably see on average two of his clients commercials every commercial break.  He deals with big names and even bigger companies.

All that credibility aside I asked him how much it would cost for a company like a Nike, Adidas, Apple, or Coke to completely rebuild their site.  He referenced one of his clients that his team just rebuilt a site for and it came out to half a million dollars.  High end of things we would be looking at around a million dollars.

I then asked if eighteen million was a bogus number.  He laughed at me as though I were joking and said it was an extremely bogus number unless your name was Mark Zukerberg (creator of Facebook).  Social networks could come close to that number but chances are still not 18 mil.

With all of this information, I am very curious to see how the new turns out.  Why spend 17.5 million more than you need to?  This is the problem with the government.  There are so many small things that they overspend on it adds up and continues to build upon this recession.  Is this site going to have the capabilities of facebook, myspace, twitter, and wordpress all wrapped into one?  What could you possibly build for 18 million dollars? A bigger recession?

For all of you lefties, I am not putting the recession blame on Obama because it has been years and years in the making.  Starting with Clinton for pushing Freddie Mack and Fannie Mae to give out home loans to anyone and everyone even if they were nor qualified.  It did then jump to George Bush and the eight expensive years overseas, now leading to President Obama and all the barrels of pork he is passing.  No one particular side is solely to blame.  It has been a collective effort.  I just wish they knew how to manage a budget and not waste money.

ECON 101…….Why pay $180.00 for a widget when you could pay five dollars for the very same widget?  That is the correlation to how much our government is overpaying on this widget.  Quite ridiculous.

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Stocks Drop, Markets Fall, but Freedom Stands Strong

Today January 21, 2009 marks the 1st day of Barrack Obamas term as the 44th President of the United States of America. It is fair to say that many people are jumping for joy that we have a new leader as well as many people are sadden to see former President Bush leave office. 
Over the past year there have been many heated debates between Democrats and Republicans, Obama and McCain, pro and anti prop supporters. The people of our nation choose a side and stand by it. Some may call it stubborn, but I call it pride. This pride that I speak of is the glue that holds our nation together and makes us the envy of the world.
Today is a new day with new policies in effect. The market is still down, housing prices are falling faster than the Cubs in September but our nation is safe and our government is unbreakable. We have had forty-four changes of power now. Of those forty-four exchanges how many conflicts have arisen? I can state only one. The sole conflict was our fight for freedom. 
We fought to break away from the Red Coats and become a country of our own. The British called our bluff but we went all in and landed an Ace to give us a Royal Flush on the river. Instead of having a King, Queen, Jack, and 10 other people to rule the land we had an Ace George Washington, we made a Bill of Rights, a Constitution, a Declaration of Independence. We traded a castle for the White House.
We took teatime to a whole new level in Boston, disguised as Indians.
We appointed leaders and various houses to distribute the power. One man does not have all the power but instead the power belongs to all.
So yes today marks an important day. We are bringing in a new leader, our first African American leader, and one with many challenges ahead. In past years the market has been the same or even worse then it is today, the dollar has fluctuated and dropped, but one thing has never changed. Our freedom, our ability to choose our officials, and our government format. So no matter if your party won or lost in this most recent election, feel lucky. Feel lucky that there is not a war going on where you live. Feel lucky that you the citizen have the power to choose your leaders. Feel lucky that we live in a safe country, a strong country, but most importantly a free country. 

Catch ya on the flip side- 

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