Letter to the Editor

Burnt Bacon

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Dear Editor,

The D.C. “swamp” continues to thrive under both parties. Despite the surprising wins the GOP racked up in Virginia and in key races across the country last Tuesday, which by any honest measure put the Democrats on the ropes, the Republican leadership in Congress again demonstrated its lack of strategic vision. Late Friday evening, rather than torpedoing the pork-laden garbage scowl that is the 1.2 trillion Dollar “Infrastructure” bill, 13 House Republicans, including Representative Don Bacon (NE CD2), voted with Democrats to pass the spending monstrosity. Without their votes this leviathan would have sunk, and with it the Democrats’ chances of keeping their lock on Congress in 2022.

Notwithstanding that “infrastructure” is a state responsibility, I remind the reader that only 25 percent of this spending actually goes to hard infrastructure: roads, bridges, and ports – the remainder is a payday to the socialists. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is the federal government granted power over infrastructure, other than that which is defined in Article 1, Sec. 8, clause 17: “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; …”

Of the 1.2 trillion-dollar spending spree, Nebraska receives approximately 2.5 billion – roughly 0.002 percent of the total package, and its disbursement is spread over five years. Considering the surge of inflation occurring, due to insane levels of federal spending, what will 2.5 billion dollars buy Nebraskans over the course of five years? Congressman Bacon not only failed to read this 2000-plus page bill in its entirety, he also failed at rudimentary math. But something tells me Bacon is grinning all the way to the bank …

Congressman Bacon barely won re-election in his 2020 race for CD2. I’m betting his eyes are fixed on a future windfall – a lucrative lobbying position, somewhere deep within the bowels of the D.C. Beltway; because I can almost guarantee that his political career went up in smoke last Friday night.

The congressman often jokes that he “sizzles like bacon and eggs” … How rustic, Don! Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you, buddy – after your greasy decision to join the 12 quislings, the only thing folks in CD3 likely hear “sizzling” is your backside. The only eggs we see bubbling are those now running down your face. Hopefully, CD2 constituents will have your pink slip served piping hot next November. Thanks for nothing.

The same smarmy slop of patronizing pablum spews from the mouth of Republican Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, whenever he steps before the cameras to lecture the nation on the reckless spending of Progressive Democrats – as if Americans needed convincing. Apparently, Congressman McCarthy thinks he’s got a lock on the House Speaker position, if the GOP takes control of Congress in 2022. Apparently too, he’s as clueless as Congressman Bacon. Like the grinning groveller from Nebraska, McCarthy is a disingenuous fraud, another RINO who believes he can BS his way to the top. Considering the gullibility that Republican voters too often demonstrate, McCarthy may be correct in his presumption. However, the Minority “Leader” could not rope in 13 rogue House Republicans, yet he thinks he has the skills to coral 218 plus? Well, Kevin, here’s a newsflash – your backside is burnt just as crispy as Don’s.

Next November, Republican voters must scrape the party pan clean of its up-in-smoke leadership, and drain the greasy RINO swamp drippings down the garbage disposal. What’s the point of re-electing these Republicans if they deliver victories to Democrats whenever doing so suits their personal aspirations? Conservatives can and must do better, else the only meal we will continue to be served is a sizzling plate of burnt bacon.

Bruce Desautels,

Stratton, Neb.

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  • "Notwithstanding that “infrastructure” is a state responsibility".. What nonsense is this.. The US military infrastructure, the interstate highway system, the global positioning system (which your phone uses), the building of the continental railroad?..

    -- Posted by haneyg on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 11:17 AM
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    "Nonsense? OK, show me exactly the Article, Section and clause in the U.S. Constitution where the federal government is authorized to have power over anything other than what is SPECIFICALLY described in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17.

    And don't give me the "general welfare" term used in the Preamble - because, according to the authors who drafted the document (See The Federalist Papers), "general welfare" is a reference to three and only three items: the equalization of taxes across the several states; a standardized system of weights and measures; and the freedom to travel between the states (meaning no payment of tolls is required to enter any state).

    So spare me your "nonsense."

    -- Posted by Bruce Desautels on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 1:14 PM
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    The Transcontinental RR was a PRIVATE endeavor:

    "In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act chartered the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies, tasking them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the United States from east to west. Over the next seven years, the two companies would race toward each other from Sacramento, California on the one side to Omaha, Nebraska on the other, struggling against great risks before they met at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869."

    The U.S. Military, is by definition, within the scope of the Constitution - "to provide for the common defense," and is also SPECIFICALLY called out in Article 1, Sec. 8, clause 17 ("the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals ...")

    Maintenance of the interstate highway system is the responsibility of the individual states through which it passes: "Who is responsible for interstate highways?

    Part of the Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) helps maintain the nation's system of interstate highways. RESPONSIBILITY FOR BUILDING AND MAINTAINING HIGHWAYS IS THE CHARGE OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, but the FHWA provides enormous support in the form of funding."

    While the federal government may provide funding - it is NOT REQUIRED to do so. Just because the states got used to sucking the federal teat does not imply that such must remain so, particularly when one understands all the "conditions" Congress attaches to receive funding ... Which, by the way, is monies the federal government extorts from the states, and the people thereof, in the form of fuel taxes and the collection of "general revenue" (taxes).

    The GPS system is not "infrastructure" in the normal sense of the word. It is actually a part of the U.S. Dept. of Defense, and thus comes under the purview of the military, which again is within the scope of the Constitution. "All GPS program funding comes from general U.S. tax revenues. The bulk of the program is budgeted through the Department of Defense, which has primary responsibility for developing, acquiring, operating, sustaining, and modernizing GPS."

    In any case, you still MISS the point (no surprise): Less than 25 PERCENT of the "Infrastructure" bill goes to true infrastructure - the majority of the monies are for SOCIAL WELFARE, ETC. PROGRAMS.

    That monumental fact seems to not bother you. I wonder why?

    Perhaps because you are just another SWJ leftist, who believes you have "the right" to steal from your neighbor, eh?

    Wise up.

    -- Posted by Bruce Desautels on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 1:47 PM
  • Gonna need a source for that 25 percent figure.

    -- Posted by fmh on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 3:22 PM
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    Here is the official correspondence I received from Senator Deb Fischer, following here vote to pass the 1.2 TRILLION DOLLAR "Infrastructure" bill. You will note that her itemization of "hard" infrastructure adds up to $257 Billion. That is 21.42% of the total expenditure. That leaves a balance of $943 Billion. (Discounting the $65 billion for "Broadband expansion," not really "hard" infrastructure, adds up to $192 Billion, which is even less at 16% of the total) ...

    August 24, 2021

    Dear Bruce,

    Thank you for contacting me about infrastructure. I appreciate you reaching out to me about this important topic.

    For years, elected leaders have discussed making significant investments in our nation’s infrastructure system. Improving our nation's infrastructure has long been a top priority of mine. Our highways, roads, and bridges help us visit family and friends, commute to work or school, conduct business, and move forward as a country.

    On August 2, 2021, a bipartisan group of senators released the legislative text for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. I want to address a misunderstanding about this legislation. Media reports have indicated that this legislation included parts of the Equality Act. Let me be clear - no provisions of the Equality Act were included in this bill. The reports were referring to the Digital Equity Act, a provision in the bill that creates digital inclusion grant programs for low-income populations. Examples of projects under this program include efforts to improve digital literacy or online skills for seniors. Within this provision is a nondiscrimination clause that prevents the federal government from denying a grant application because of someone’s “race, color, religion, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.” This would only apply to Digital Equity grant program.

    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would make a significant investment in our nation's core infrastructure system. This includes $110 billion in new spending for roads and $40 billion for bridges, of which Nebraska will receive at least $2.24 billion over the next five years. Additionally, it would dedicate $25 billion for airport improvements, $17 in new spending billion for water infrastructure, and $65 billion to increase broadband access. The legislation also makes significant reforms to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act environmental review process, which will allow infrastructure projects to be completed more quickly. These investments will be paid for in a number of ways, including repurposing unspent COVID-19 relief funds from previous packages and re-allocating unused funds from the enhanced unemployment benefits that were returned to the federal government.

    For Nebraska, I was glad to see several provisions that I have championed included in the Senate-passed version of this bill, including hours-of-service flexibility for livestock haulers and grant assistance for rural communities. The latter will help these areas become more competitive when applying for additional federal funding. This bill also included my legislation that directs the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to create a portal for first responders and the general public to report instances of blocked train crossings. This will enable the FRA to determine where blocked crossings occur most frequently and how to best direct federal resources. On August 10, 2021, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 69 to 30, with my support. The legislation is now pending before the House of Representatives.

    This legislation makes long-awaited investments to rebuild and develop our nation’s core infrastructure. While it is not perfect, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide Nebraska with the necessary resources to make significant investments in our roads, bridges, water infrastructure, airports, and broadband.

    Again, thank you for contacting me. If you have additional questions or concerns, please visit my website: www.fischer.senate.gov.



    Deb Fischer

    United States Senator

    *** End Citation ***

    Here is a list of some of that $943 Billion for which Senator Fischer made no account:

    $10B Create a ‘Civilian Climate Corp’

    $20B ‘Advance Racial Equity and Environmental Justice’

    $175B Subsidies for Electric Vehicles

    $213B Build/Retrofit 2 Million Houses & Buildings

    $100B New Public Schools & Making School Lunches ‘Greener’

    $12B Community Colleges

    $100B Expand Broadband Internet (And Gov Control of It)

    $25B Government Childcare Programs

    Billions to Eliminate ‘Racial and Gender Inequities’ in STEM


    -- Posted by Bruce Desautels on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 4:23 PM
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    If you do a search, use DuckDuckGo, no Google. Google's algorithm filters out any story reflecting negatively on the Democrats / Left.

    -- Posted by Bruce Desautels on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 4:29 PM
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    fmh - There's more ...

    Some excerpts from the $1.2 TRILLON Infrastructure Bill, as passed by the Senate and House:

    Page 1,066: “to ensure the prevention of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology must be standard equipment in all new passenger motor vehicles.”

    The government is attempting to mandate the inclusion of breathalyzers in every new car purchased in America.

    Here is a provision for taxing cryptocurrency.

    Page 2,434: “any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person” is to report information about cryptocurrency transactions and file taxes as brokers on these assets.

    On August 6, WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the broad definition of what constitutes a cryptocurrency broker enables the government to prevent crypto-oriented tax evasion.

    There's a "pilot program" for a per mile vehicle tax!

    The “National motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot” in Title III Sec. 13002 of the bill, found on page 508: a tax that “is applied to road users operating motor vehicles on the surface transportation system; and is based on the number of vehicle miles traveled by an individual road user.”

    Per the bill, the pilot program is to be initiated on a “volunteer” basis. The per-mile user fee is intended to finance the infrastructure bill’s $118 billion Highway Trust Fund bailout.

    -- Posted by Bruce Desautels on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 4:58 PM
  • So, nothing about the 25 percent claim and lots of words about cryptocurrency tax and dui safety measures. Got it. … Bacon is finding out what it’s like to have the people he thought were on his side turn on him … I don’t imagine a retired brigadier general has a lot to learn about loyalty to country from any Internet critic … but keep fighting your fight by all means. And stay alert. The socialist menace is everywhere.

    -- Posted by fmh on Thu, Nov 11, 2021, at 5:18 PM
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    Are you dense, or just stupid?

    I gave you a copy the official letter that I received from Senator Deb Fischer, which gives a summation of those items claimed to be for "hard infrastructure." That sum approaches 25 percent. I would guess there are a few items she may have omitted; however, If Senator Fischer had more to list as justification for her vote, then I would think she would have listed those items. But that is not the case. Moreover, that percentage of the expenditures for infrastructure has been cited from multiple sources as being between 9 and 25 percent - and I used the higher figure.

    But, in your mind, I am supposed to be impressed that Rep. Bacon is a "retired brigadier general"? What has his past military service to do with him betraying the trust of his constituents, by basically taking a bribe to pacify the Democrats in his district? A district which he barely won in the 2020 race? He put his personal political ambitions over the good of the country. That is the bottom line; so, do not spew such bull crap to justify his action. Don Bacon's military background does not excuse his political treachery. By that logic, we should have given Benedict Arnold a pass.

    You, my friend, come across as just another leftist apologist, without a clue about economics, inflationary spending, or the reality of national bankruptcy. Perhaps, like "General" Bacon, you're all about your own personal gratification, and to hell with future generations who will suffer as a result of this insane irresponsible federal spending.

    -- Posted by Bruce Desautels on Fri, Nov 12, 2021, at 8:26 AM
  • Thanks for calling this to my attention.

    A couple of things:

    Sen. Fischer’s response wasn’t meant to be a complete list. That’s why she or her staffer said “including.” (Among the items not mentioned was $65 billion to improve the electrical grid.)

    Also, the $1.2 trillion bill has $550 billion in new spending. The rest is carryover spending for existing, ongoing infrastructure projects. So you should really be using the new spending ($550 b) and not the $1.2 trillion as the base for your percentage calculations. And it’d probably be good to include the items she may have left out for whatever reason.

    I’m a grandfather of four and worry all the time about what kind of country we are leaving for them. The spending, inflation and debt we are passing on to them worry me. The tax cuts and inequality worry me. College costs worry me. Medical expenses worry me. Government corruption and media silos worry me. The weather worries me. Any number of things worry me.

    But one thing that really worries me is the loss of community among us. We all have to live with each other, but none of us is alike. Fiery rhetoric does nothing but get people to dig in deeper. That's very profitable for some people but bad for society.

    Don Bacon is a lot of things, but he’s no traitor. And just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make him some kind of leftist apologist or selfish pig, like you accused me of being.

    Your missive has a lot of strong words – treachery, dumb, stupid, bullcrap, Benedict Arnold – but not much backing it up. That kind of shrill, empty insult-slinging isn't very persuasive.

    Fire back some response if you feel like wasting some more time. I'm done wasting mine.

    -- Posted by fmh on Fri, Nov 12, 2021, at 1:04 PM
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