Thursday, August 11, 2011



Yes, the U.S. Government is severely understaffed as all of its necessary agencies, bureaus, and other entities toil diligently to carry out their essential missions. That may be why a heroic Fish and Wildlife Service agent had to enlist the support of a Virginia State Trooper to confront two dangerous lawbreakers (one of them eleven years old) in Fredericksburg, Va. The offense? The eleven year old had rescued a baby woodpecker from being eaten by a cat.

The agent was working undercover (in plain clothes) at a local Lowe's store; either that or she was shopping, but due to the vital nature of her duties, is considered on-the-job 24 hours a day. After whipping out her badge and confronting the lawbreaker and her mother, the agent went to her office and engineered a federal court summons for an offense carrying a $500 fine and up to one year in jail. Presumably after consulting with other essential employees, likely including one or more attorneys, it was determined that the mother, rather than the eleven-year old, should be charged. The paperwork took a mere two weeks, after which the agent arranged for state trooper backup, went to the evildoers’ home, and served the summons.

This incident brings to mind the recent Department of Education swat team raid. Or any number of similar absurdities (TSA “special scrutiny” for 6-month old babies; a 93-year old terminal cancer patient forced to remove her diaper). The FBI, which cannot discern that Major Nidal Hasan is a terrorist, has sufficient resources that it can be tasked as a private collection agency for the very wealthy (and politically connected) music and movie industries, tracking down and arresting college students for downloading songs or movies in their dorm rooms. Such matters can be dismissed as “anecdotal” unless, as seems to be the case, they are reported on almost a daily basis.

Which brings us to the recent “debt negotiations.” Of course not a single federal agency, bureau, or other entity could be considered for elimination. In fact, not a single employee of any one of these agencies could be considered for furlough. We simply must borrow another 2.4 Trillion Dollars to continue funding all the necessary services that the American people demand.

This country is in serious trouble, and it has never been more true that, as Ronald Reagan used to say, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” I am an attorney from Missouri. I cringe every day at the seeming helplessness of the real American people to resist the “transformation” that is being forced upon us by an extremely radical minority. Pundit Press and its fine staff have graciously invited me to write for them, and I hope that by doing so I can, in some small way, help to become part of the solution. God bless America.

MO Atty

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  1. Welcome to the site. Looking forward to reading more of your articles

  2. How would Woody Woodpecker have voted on the debt ceiling?

  3. The sad thing about the examples cited is that many people accept such behavior on the part of TSA, government officials, etc, as normal and within their job descriptions. It isn't! Why aren't more people outraged?