Them or Us?

If you read one of my earlier posts on why the US is in debt, you may recall the block of bolded text in which Zakaria explained the reasons why it is so easy to get pork spending through Congress. In case you don’t remember a random quote that I posted 7ish months ago, here’s the quote again.

If a group of 100 farmers got together to petition the government to give them $10 million, the benefit to each farmer is 100,000. The cost to the rest of the country is about 4 cents per person. Who is more likely to form a lobby, them or us?

Well, as it turns out, we do have a lobby! (They may be the most underfunded, ignored, and little supported lobby in history, but hey, it’s a start.) The lobby is called Citizens Against Government Waste, and their homepage is

Our lobby is working hard to make sure that we, the special interest group against special interest groups, don’t have to pay another cent to the mohair farmers. In fact, they say that for every dollar we give them, they can get rid of $9,000 worth of public spending! So if you want to save yourself some money in the long term, I recommend a donation. I will start us off by donating $25 (I’m only sixteen). Feel free to thank me for the 9 cents I just saved all of you =)


6 Responses to Them or Us?

  1. marinalee says:

    Proof I actually donated for you cynics…

    Dear Ilana,

    Thank you very much for your generous $25.00 contribution to Citizens Against Government Waste. You will receive your complimentary copy of the 2009 Congressional Pig Book Summary in the mail within 2-3 weeks. Each year, CAGW’s “little pink book” profiles the most egregious pork projects earmarked by Congress in the 12 appropriations bills. And, as always, we name the names of those responsible for putting parochial and political interests ahead of the national interest!

    Right now, CAGW is in the midst of some of our most difficult and important battles. That’s why your contribution could not have arrived at a more important time. With the federal deficit slated to hit an all-time record of $1.85 trillion this year, CAGW is sounding the alarm that profligate spending by our elected representatives threatens to hobble America with massive debt. Today, 41 cents of every individual income tax dollar goes just to pay the $434 billion interest on the national debt — the government’s third largest expense behind Social Security and the military!

    Fighting daily on the front lines in the war against government waste, we intimately know how important your support as a CAGW member is to our success. Unlike many of the organizations that push for more and more wasteful spending, CAGW neither receives, nor accepts, government dollars. Without you behind us, our efforts would surely stall, or even worse, fail. I hope that it will become clear to you that your Charter Membership in CAGW is one of the best investments you can make to protect this nation’s financial future and the future of your children and grandchildren. Again, let me say a most heartfelt THANK YOU.


    Thomas A. Schatz


    Citizens Against Government Waste

    P.S. Citizens Against Government Waste is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore, contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. I would like to suggest that you print and retain this message as a receipt of your charitable contribution for your tax records. The IRS requires us to note that no goods or services were provided to you in exchange for this contribution.

  2. marinalee says:

    My real name is Ilana. =P

  3. Anonymous says:


    Your blog is very informative, however, I urge you to focus more on your social life.

  4. I know Ilana personally. You don’t want that to happen. Trust me, it would be scary. Very scary.

  5. marinalee says:

    Lucia! Are you suggesting that my social skills are lacking?

  6. No. I’m suggesting that you have too many social skills as it is despite the fact that you’re completely devoid of interest in having social skills.

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