They Were Here Just A Minute Ago

The State of Florida is looking for something.  18,000 buildings that it owns, but doesn’t seem to be able to put their hands on right now:

The State of Florida is looking for help finding something you’d think would be hard to lose: approximately 18,000 buildings, owned by the taxpayers of Florida, that state officials can’t quite put their fingers on. What’s more, state officials say they don’t have the people to hunt them down, so they want to use tax money to hire an outside company to find each building Florida has misplaced.

Could there be any better example of how government has gotten too big?  And this is just 1 of 50 states.  And if the Federal Government were asked to produce a list of all the buildings it owns?

But remember – government is short of money – they always, always, always, always need more.

Why We Don’t Need To Go F.A.S.T.E.R.

Let’s start with a small thought experiment.  Assume that you are a long-serving company CEO.  You have been running the company well enough that it makes a profit-nothing outstanding-and you have been reporting good results to the board and to shareholders.

However, you now come to the board and say, “The economy has really gotten bad.  Our revenues are way down, and I have a problem.  During the past years I have never maintained our fleet of trucks.  We always had enough money that I could just buy new trucks instead of maintaining the old ones.  But new trucks are too expensive and now I need lots of money to fix up all the trucks that are getting old and need to be repaired.”

I think the first question you would be asked is something along the lines of this, “What do you mean you never maintained the trucks?  What kind of idiot only buys new trucks and never maintains the old ones?  How much of the capital of our company have you wasted?”  This would inevitably proceed to questions about prudence, planning, common sense and ends with a statement along the lines of “You’re Fired!”

It would be impossible to think that someone running a company would ignore the common sense of preserving capital investments by maintaining them to ensure long service and appropriate returns.  Then why do we repeatedly have to endure similar idiocy from the political class?

You can tell it’s a recession when the politicians begin loud complaints about the lack of money to maintain the roads and bridges.  Just four short years ago, our political class came hat-in-hand whining about how TABOR was going to kill the state and that they needed to keep billions of dollars of tax money for schools and roads and bridges.

This $3.7 billion (which has become $5 billion or $6 billion or more) was a “needed investment” in transportation, education, and health care.  Every special interest with its hand out for a government check supported the measure and so did a majority of the voters of Colorado.

This has provided more than $1 billion a year in extra spending – above what was originally budgeted.  So what has been our experience with the investments our Legislature has made?  We now have the Governor and Democrats proposing increased “fees” for every single vehicle in order to repair Colorado’s “crumbling roads and bridges”.  Yes we now need to go F.A.S.T.E.R.

Of course, this tax increase has to be structured as a fee increase.  The people of Colorado weren’t so crazy as to give up their right to approve any new taxes when they signed over billions in Referendum C.  Our gutless politicians wouldn’t want to do something so rash as to present this to the people of Colorado and have them vote on it, although their website (www.coloradofaster.com) explains that is has “broad community support”.

You will just pay a “bridge safety fee” and a “road safety fee” every year.  Forever.  To be increased at the whim of your imperial Legislature.  They wanted to have the “fee” indexed to inflation, but the Senate nixed that automated increase-for now.  Although the Senate has stripped out indexing to inflation and basing the tax on miles driven, we never know what will finally end up on the Governor’s desk should this thing pass the House.

So we have already given the politicians billions, and its not enough.  If they cannot be trusted to use the money they already have, why should they be trusted with more?  Today promises are the same as we have always heard.  We know that the spenders will be crying for more whether they get the money or not.

And we should all vote “You’re Fired” to anyone who supports the latest iteration in the rip-off of the taxpayers.

World’s biggest, longest, busiest!

Some interesting places.

clipped from treebeard31.wordpress.com
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WORLD’S BIGGEST SHOPPING MALLbig2
WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT……………NEW YORK

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J.F.K International Airport
WORLD’S WIDEST BRIDGE………AUSTRALIA

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WORLD’S LONGEST BRIDGE……………CHINA

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WORLD’S LARGEST PALACE………………….ROMANIA

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WORLD’S BIGGEST STADIUM……….BRAZIL

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MARACANA STADIUM………… RIO D.J…………BRAZIL……………CAPACITY…199,000
WORLD’S COSTLIEST STADIUM………ENGLAND

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MOST COMPLEX INTER-CHANGE………TEXAS

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WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOTEL …DUBAI…U.A.E

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Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai….only 7 Star Hotel in the World
Cheapest room…$1000 per night.…..Royal suit…$28,000 per night
WORLD’S BIGGEST CHURCH BUILDING………NIGERIA

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Winners` Chapel…….Canaanland ………. Otta…..…Nigeria
Inside Sitting Capacity……50,000 Outside Overflow Capacity……250,000

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Weird Architecture

Living in some of these would be interesting. Most of them however look like they are nightmares to experience.

clipped from www.roxanneardary.com

Unusual Architecture From Around the World

Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building

The Basket Building

The Basket Building

The Football House

Football House

The Bubble House

Bubble House

The Crooked House – Poland

Crooked House

Crazy House

Crazy House

The Bird House

Bird House

Dancing House

Dancing House

The Crooked House a.k.a. The Siden House a.k.a. The Glynne Arms

Thin House – London

Thin House

The Cookie Jar House

Cookie Jar House

Bart Prince House

Bart Prince House

The Cave

Cave House

McBride’s Dome House – Hawthorn

Hawthorn Dome House

Robot Ranch Dome House

Robot Ranch Dome House

The Vertical�House

Vertical House

The Kettle House

Kettle House

The Spaceship House

Spaceship House

The Log Mahal

The Log Mahal

Dar Al Hajar

Dar Al Hajar

Cubic Houses of Rotterdam

Cubic Houses of Rotterdam

The Pod House

Pod House

The Mushroom House a.k.a. Tree House

Mushroom House

The Story Book House

Storybook House

The Pyramid House – Ohio

Pyramid House

Palacio de las Artes – Palace of the Arts

Palace of the Arts

Airplane House

Airplane House

Gangster’s Wood House

Ganster Wood House

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