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Chuck Pinkey

July 19, 2011

Tight budgets make priorities a little clearer

A few weeks ago, I stopped at Losie's Gun Shop and gazed upon a Savage Model 12 F-Class long-range target rifle in 6.5x284 Norma. With a Leupold FX-3 30x40mm scope and all steel bases and rings, this baby runs $2,000 and it's worth every penny!

My wife is a lovely lady and generally just rolls her eyes and shrugs her shoulders, every time a "man thing" is considered. But, with our son's impending wedding on the near horizon, a $2,000 rifle is, shall we say, not on her priority list.

Reviewing my inventory of "But Honeys," I realized the usual, "But Honey, I'll never ask for anything again" or "But Honey, this is a great deal and if I don't buy it, some other lucky guy will" wasn't going to work. After I endured days and nights of scheming and dreaming, Jim Losie worked his magic and produced a used beauty for $1,000. Like a puppy in a pet store, it followed me home.

Now, I've got a big problem! How am I going to explain this gorgeous new rifle? Figuring I'd take a cue from our leaders in Washington, I proceed to brag how I saved her a thousand dollars. I explained that "we" had planned to spend $2,000 but "we" found this beauty for only a grand, thereby saving "you" a thousand dollars.

Can you imagine? Instead of her being grateful, I began to get the "Criminal Minds" serial killer look. I was not able to convince her that by increasing spending by only a thousand, instead of 2,000, that we had saved money.

Sadly, this is the "dog and pony show" that we get from our government in Washington and Albany. They spend more money every year, but sometimes slightly less than planned. Then they have the gall to call it a spending cut!

As we speak, we are being had. The president and Congress are negotiating on raising the debt ceiling that is over $14,000,000,000,000. For those of us with blurred vision, that is 14 TRILLION-plus and apparently, that's not enough!

In return for a tax increase on the evil rich and corporate jet owners, the president and leading Democrats are pledging to cut $4 trillion over a 10-year period, but will not specify where. Please, kiss me first!

Can you imagine, President Obama chiding corporate jet owners? This excuse for a president flies Air Force One across town for lunch. At least a corporate executive is using his own money, not ours.

In negotiations, President Obama feared that unless the debt ceiling is raised or taxes increased, Social Security checks may have to be withheld from the elderly. Oh brother, there goes Grandma starving to death again!

Every time Washington needs money ($14 trillion is not enough) it threatens Social Security cuts to the elderly, funding for police, Medicare cuts, etc. Are we to believe the federal budget is so efficient that the only possible cuts have to hurt the elderly, the sick or our safety?

Can't we save money by stopping ALL farm subsidies and completely abandoning ALL ethanol funding? Why do we fund art endowments, National Public Radio and Planned Parenthood? Heaven knows how many billions are wasted on grants to business and industry.

Interest groups and industry should stand alone. If the public sees merit in a cause, private contributions will keep them afloat. If industry produces a superior product, they will prosper. If not, let them fail. Another company will take their place.

On the other side of the aisle, the Republicans are refusing to raise the debt ceiling without meaningful cuts in spending. Where have we heard this before? I believe it was $7-8 trillion ago! Let's see if they remember their campaign promises not to increase taxes or raise the national debt. I bet they will cave.

I have been criticized for saying, "I love my country, but I hate my government." That's the truth and I apologize to no one. When I think of the soul-less prostitutes and lying hypocrites who decide the fate of my country, it makes me sick!

Where are the men of honor and character, like Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan? Gone are the days of truth and common sense, when you could believe what our elected officials were saying.

Personal note — Marsha, God bless you and your mom.

Chuck Pinkey is the owner of River Valley New Holland Inc. in Otego. He can be reached at

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