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And I want to tell the taxman all about how my Early Start Kindergartener daughter,
who just turned five, finally worked up the nerve to go and use the big and scary Girls'
Restroom at school, only to have the broken stall door lock jam tight behind her. Her
little fingers tugged and pulled at the busted lock, then she finally crawled under the stall
door and ran, crying, all the way back to her classroom.

Next door, in the Boys' Restroom, one of the functional sinks sounds like Hogwart's
Moaning Myrtle has moved in. I swear, you can hear it wailing from yards away.

To me, this is a simple matter of priorities. Do we, the taxpayers, feel that we're getting
our money's worth?

I watch my daughter's lower lip tremble as she tells her harrowing tale, and I'm thinking we
spend billions of our dollars all over the world on God knows what while our own
children are getting trapped in dilapidated restrooms due to a lack of funds.

What happened to the "We The People" part of the Constitution, anyway? When did it
turn into, "We, the Elite, in order to create a more perfect totalitarian state, hereby
agree to exploit and manipulate the fearful and misinformed American Public, taking their
hard-earned money and blowing it on all sorts of insane, Armageddon-inducing stuff."

I'm reminded of a slogan coined almost 30 years ago by the Women's International
league for Peace and Freedom: "It will be a great day when our schools get all the money
they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." A question for all
the parents out there: how much longer will we allow this?

Pass the beer. I need a cold one to wash this down:

3-14-07 stats U.S. SPENDING IN IRAQ :

Spent & Approved War-Spending - $505 billion of US taxpayers' funds. President
Bush is expected to request another $100 billion in war-spending for 2007 and $140
billion for 2008, which would bring the cumulative total to over $700 billion.

Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq - $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 million
in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors

Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq - $10 billion, per Feb 2007 Congressional hearings

Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and
Unsupported - $1.4 billion

Oh, for goodness sakes...
Entry for April 14, 2007
Get Out Your Checkbooks, Folks~ The Taxman Is Coming