Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The History Of New Year's Eve/Day

New Year's Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in ancient Rome. With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year's Day is the closest thing to being the world's only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar currently corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.


The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 46 BC and was subsequently murdered, the Roman Senate voted to deify him on the 1st January 42 BC in honour of his life and his institution of the new rationalised calendar. The month originally owes its name to the deity Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. This suggests that New Year's celebrations are founded on pagan traditions. Some have suggested this occurred in 153 BC, when it was stipulated that the two annual consuls (after whose names the years were identified) entered into office on that day, though no consensus exists on the matter.  Dates in March, coinciding with the spring equinox, or commemorating the Annunciation of Jesus, along with a variety of Christian feast dates were used throughout the Middle Ages, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December.

Among the 7th century pagans of Flanders and the Netherlands, it was the custom to exchange gifts at the New Year. This was a pagan custom deplored by Saint Eligius (died 659 or 660), who warned the Flemings and Dutchmen, "(Do not) make vetulas, [little figures of the Old Woman], little deer or iotticos or set tables [for the house-elf] at night or exchange New Year gifts or supply superfluous drinks [another Yule custom]." The quote is from the vita of Eligius written by his companion, Ouen [Companion?  Hmmm...].

Most countries in Western Europe officially adopted January 1 as New Year's Day somewhat before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, was the first day of the new year until the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. The March 25 date was known as Annunciation Style; the January 1 date was known as Circumcision Style, because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the eighth day counting from December 25 when Christ was believed to be born. This day was christened as the beginning of the New Year by Pope Gregory as he designed the Liturgical Calendar.

Traditional and modern celebrations and customs

January 1 represents the fresh start of a new year after a period of remembrance of the passing year, including on radio, television and in newspapers, which starts in early December in countries around the world. Publications have year-end articles that review the changes during the previous year. There are also articles on planned or expected changes in the coming year.

This day is traditionally a religious feast, but since the1900s has also become an occasion to celebrate the night of December 31, called New Year's Eve. There are fireworks at midnight at the moment the new year arrives; watchnight services are also still observed by many.

Regional celebrations
  • In European countries, the New Year is greeted with private fireworks. This day is also the occasion to make bonfires of discarded Christmas trees in some countries.

National celebrations

  • In the United Kingdom there are many celebrations across the towns and cities, particularly in Scotland.
  • In Greece and Cyprus, families and relatives switch off the lights at midnight, then celebrate by cutting the "vassilopita" (Basil's pie) which usually contains one coin or equivalent. Whoever wins expects luck for the whole year. After the pie, a traditional game of cards called "triantaena" follows.
  • In Russia and the other 14 former republics of the Soviet Union, the celebration of Old New Year or Novi God is greeted by fireworks and drinking champagne. The New Year is considered a family celebration, with a lavish dinner tables and gifts. In Moscow, the president of Russia normally counts down the final seconds of the "old year", as it is called in Russia. The Kremlin's landmark Spassky Clock Tower chimes in the new year and then the anthem starts. It is customary to make a wish while the Clock chimes, so you are anxious to do it in time!
  • In DavosSwitzerland, the final match of the Spengler Cup ice hockey Tournament is usually held on this day by tradition.
  • In the United States, it is traditional to spend this occasion together with loved ones. A toast is made to the new year, with kisses, fireworks and parties among the customs. It is popular to make a New Year's resolution, although that is optional. In the country's most famous New Year celebration in New York City, the 11,875-pound (5,386-kg), 12-foot-diameter (3.7-m) Times Square Ball located high above Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59 p.m., with a countdown from :10 seconds until :01, when it reaches the bottom of its tower. The arrival of the new year is announced at the stroke of midnight with fireworks, music and a live celebration that is broadcast worldwide.
  • In France, people are concerned about the weather that day. They regard the weather as the prediction of that year: wind blowing east, fruit will yield; wind blowing west, fish and livestock will be bumper; wind blowing south, there will be good weather all year round and wind blowing north, there will be crop failure. People like to toast the new year and drink till January 3. They think that they can't gain a beautiful year if they don't drink up all the wine left last year.

New Year's Day

The celebrations held world-wide on January 1 as part of New Year's Day commonly include the following:

  • Parades
  • American football: In the United States, January 1 is the traditional date for many post-season college football bowl games, which are usually accompanied by parades and other activities to celebrate the events.
  • Football (Soccer): In Europe, Association Football, where a Full Fixture program is usually played throughout the Premier League and the rest of the League/Non League system in England.
  • Ice hockey, most famously the Winter Classic in North America, a National Hockey League game that is played outdoors.
  • Concerts
  • Entertainment, usually enjoyed from the comfort of home.
  • Family time
  • Traditional meals
  • Church services
  • An annual dip in ice-cold water by hearty individuals, most famously by members of the Polar Bear Club.
  • Fireworks

New Year's babies

In Brittany, a common image used is that of an incarnation of Father Time (or the "Old Year") wearing a sash across his chest with the previous year printed on it passing on his duties to the Baby New Year (or the "New Year"), an infant wearing a sash with the new year printed on it.

In modern time and world-wide, the association of parenthood is with a baby's arrival, with New Year's Eve a father and mother together presenting their newborn child as the new year arrives and is celebrated.

People born on New Year's Day are commonly called New Year babies. Hospitals, such as the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in the U.S., give out prizes to the first baby born in that hospital in the new year. These prizes are often donated by local businesses. Prizes may include various baby related items such as baby formulababy blanketsdiapers, and gift certificates to stores which specialize in baby related merchandise.

Other celebrations on January 1

Some churches celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ on January 1, based on the belief that if Jesus was born on December 25, then according to Jewish tradition, his circumcision would have taken place on the eighth day of his life (January 1). The Catholic Church, trying to distance itself from Judaism, now calls this holy day of obligation the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Comrades, as I said last week, let's all have a safe New Year's Eve/Day.  If you have any more than one or two drinks in a one or two hour period, you are probably impaired, driving-wise.  Use designated drivers, or the AAA's free ride home program.  I don't want to be a wet blanket, but a DUI or an accident are really lousy ways to start off the New Year.  Remember, as National Socialists, you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.
If you're going to a party only a block or two away, let's not be lazy.  If you walk, you can't get a DUI.  Sure, you could get busted for walking down the sidewalk drunk, but that's a slap on the wrist compared to what could happen if you drive in that condition.
Have a safe and happy New Year's celebration.
Dan  88!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Millionaire Oligarch Poses as Walmart Protester: Harasses Shoppers to Discredit/Mock Employees!

By Seminole Democrat

What is up with multimillionaire oligarchs who love to play dress up and pretend to "act" poor? Yet while the nation is currently focused on the embarrassing spectacle of "reality" show morons who make their living doing this kind of stuff, this smirking bastard is doing some real damage and has so far escaped notice.
His name is Peter Schiff.
Quick background:  He amassed a huge fortune by moving/hiding wealthy people's money overseas and naturally fancies himself a patriot.  He funds his own radio show and his own personal channel he calls "Schiff TV".  Its so grating to watch because he actually thinks he's very clever and I suppose really thinks he would somehow be a media personality if he wasn't funding it himself. He is such a Burns/Peweterschmidt stereotype of the 1% he decided to literally represent the 1% at the OWS rally in New York two years ago.  According to his wikipedia page, he credits his dad for his views on the economy... who by the way is currently serving a 13-year sentence for tax evasion in Federal prison.
So this idiot claimed on his show that Walmart is paying not only fair wages, but GOOD wages and the workers should be grateful.  This even though more than half of their employees are paid below the Federal poverty level (with taxpayers being forced to subsidize Walmart's greed through public assistance).
So Schiff pulled a John Stossel and decided to dress down and, along with his smirking wife, literally follow and harass shoppers right outside a Connecticut Walmart (I have no idea which one, but its probably either the one in Norwalk or Stratford since he works in Westport.)  His spiel was that he was a Walmart employee/protester and told everyone they should donate 15% of whatever they paid at Walmart directly to him.  He kept screaming "higher prices for higher wages" as the protester's "motto".  When people said they were broke, he mocked them and said they just bought "all this stuff" and they didn't care about the workers.  He kept yelling "We are counting on you to pay higher prices!"  When someone told him that they were poor workers who couldn't afford to pay, he actually said "But the Walmart workers are more important!"  Even when people tried to give what they could, he would get irate and demand 15% of their purchases!

In other words, he was a colossal ass and did it all on purpose.

There are so many things wrong with this I don't know where to begin.  
-The fact that someone with a net worth of 70 million has the freaking gall to think its ok to make fun of struggling workers just trying to make enough to feed their families.
-The fact that he deliberately acted the ass so people would think he's a typical "greedy" employee.
-The fact that he uses his wealth to mock the working poor, instead of trying to help (where's the outrage here, Cafeteria Christians? or does it only go towards defending gay haters?)
-The fact that he's COMPLETELY ignorant of economics. 15% increase in store labor would NOT lead to a 15% increase in the cost of goods.  The cost of goods is not entirely made up of labor, genius.
-The fact that he probably kept the money he got:  he never said he gave any of the donated money back (and yes, some did want to donate to the workers plight even though he acted the fool.)
-The fact that the store owner DID NOT call the police on this asshat, even though he is clearly harassing their customers.  Yet Walmart honchos had no trouble arresting dozens of peaceful protestors at other stores who never harassed anyone.
-The fact that it never occurred to him that Walmart could simply be slightly more equitable with their massive profits and NOT pass the cost on to the consumer:
Walmart has the largest executive-to-worker pay ratio gap in the nation, with their CEO getting 1,034 times the MEDIAN Walmart worker, and is also the most inequitable company on the planet when it comes to retirement (6,200 times the average worker's plan).    But that is all mere pennies compared to the Walmart owners, which are the richest family in America.
The Walmart heirs are worth $26 BILLION a piece--so the fact that their stores keep their workers in so much poverty that store managers have to ask customers to donate food for them is  a freaking disgrace.
Wonder why he never asked the family billionaires to pay 15%.   After all, they did amass their fortune off of the poverty of millions.  And to top it off, they will be able to pass down their massive fortune to their royal heirs tax free thanks to wealthy loopholes.
What's most upsetting about this situation is that even Fortune magazine, who hires writers who, unlike Schiff, understand economics, wrote that Walmart can easily give as much as a 50% raise to all its workers without hurting their bottom line and, more importantly for them, not hurt their stock one iota.  So if they can do it for 50%, why not 15%?
This is not to mention all it would do to BENEFIT the economy.  Increased sales, productivity, lower healthcare costs, less crime, and less reliance on public assistance just to name a few.  So Walmart's stock would be fine, they would NOT have to raise prices, and best of all, it would be a good investment, not a cost.  Less absenteeism, less turnover, and more money for them! (Where do you think these workers would shop?)   It would also defintely help Walmart's horrible public image, which you know is in the toilet when guys like Schiff are your biggest champions.
So if Wal-Mart can raise their workers pay without raising prices, why are they resisting?  Two reasons.  
First, the money would come out of corporate profits.  This is bad for them for several reasons. They naturally don't want to lose any money at all.  Greed is boundless.  Also, the stock market rates corporations.  It gives them a sort of grade to indicate how safe and profitable a company is.  If a company doesn't increase its profit margin by a certain percentage (I think its 3 percent minimum annually) their grades drop making them a less attractive investment which also effects company profitability.
The second reason is they want to "keep the fear of God" in their employees. Here's a conversation between Mr. Burns and his assistant Waylon Smithers at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant on "The Simpsons":
Mr. Burns:  (While watching his employees on TV monitors)  Slack jawed layabouts!  Well the days of them suckling at my teat will soon be over.
Mr. Smithers:  May I suggest a round of random layoffs to put the fear of God into them?
Mr.  Burns:  Good idea, Smithers! (Pointing at Homer Simpson on the monitor) Who's that lump of flab?
Mr. Smithers:  That's Homer Simpson, one of your chair moisteners from Sector 7G.
Mr. Burns:  He'll do!
By keeping wages/salaries low a company not only saves money, but breaks the spirit of their workers making them easier to boss around and manipulate. In some ways, this may be a more important motive than the first.  Break a man's spirit and he loses the will to fight back against abuse.
Folks, National Socialism recognizes that happy workers are more productive workers.  It understands that loyaly due to respect and gratitude is better than loyalty due to fear (which isn't really loyalty at all).  Workers are more productive when they feel they are part of a team and are being treated fairly. Workers who feel unappreciated and fearful do only what is required of them (if that much) and no more.
When organizations, be them financial or political (such as the government) prefer to use fear over real respect, then we are only one step above slavery.
Dan 88!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Difference In Cold Weather Behaviour In New Hampshire And Warmer Parts Of The Country

60 above zero: Floridians turn on the heat.New Hampshirites plant gardens.
50 above zero: Californians shiver uncontrollably. People are sunbathing in New Hampshire.
40 above zero: Imported cars won’t start. People in New Hampshire drive Fords and Chevy pickups with the windows rolled down, cars with the sunroof open.
32 above zero: Distilled water freezes. The water in New Hampshire gets thicker.
20 above zero: New Mexicans put on long johns, parkas, wool hats and mittens. People in New Hampshire throw ona flannel shirt.
15 above zero: New York landlords finally turn on the heat. People in New Hampshire have one last cookout before it gets cold.
Zero: People in Miami all die.People in New Hampshire close the windows.
10 below zero: Californians and Texans fly away to Mexico. People in New Hampshire dig their winter coats out of storage.
25 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates. Girl Scouts in New Hampshire are still selling cookies door to door.
40 below zero: Washington, D.C., finally runs out of hot air. People in New Hampshire let their dogs sleep indoors.
100 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. People in New Hampshire get upset because the Mini-van won’t start.
460 below zero:ALL atomic motion stops(absolute zero on the Kelvin scale).People in New Hampshire can be heard to say, “Cold e‘nuff for ya?”
500 below zero: Hell freezes over. New Hampshire public schools open two hours late.
Some people are such wusses.

Dan 88!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Number of U.S. Banks at Record Low


The number of banking institutions in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since at least the Great Depression while overall bank deposits have more than quadrupled since the 1980s.
Federally insured institutions across the country dropped to 6,891 in the third quarter, falling below 7,000 for the first time since federal regulators began keeping track in 1934, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) disclosed.
The number peaked at more than 18,000 in the 1980s.
The decline in the number of banks has come almost entirely among smaller banks, those with less than $100 million in assets. From 1984 to 2011, more than 10,000 banks ceased to exist as a result of mergers, consolidations, or failures, the FDIC reported.
From 2008 to 2012, 465 banks failed, while only 10 failed in the five prior years.
At the same time, overall bank deposits have risen from around $2.3 trillion in the mid-1980s to around $9.6 trillion this year.
The falloff in the number of smaller banks "is raising alarms among boosters of community banks, who say such lenders which represent the vast majority of U.S. banks are critical to the economy because they are more likely to make small-business loans," The Wall Street Journal observed.
The number of new startup banks has also dwindled in recent years. Every year from 1934 to 2009, investors chartered at least a few and sometimes hundreds of new banks. But since December 2010, only one new startup has been chartered a bank that opened earlier this month in Bird-in-Hand, Pa.
According to The Journal, the reluctance to open new banks "stems from slim profits and rising regulatory costs as Washington tries to ensure banks won't fail en masse as they did during and after the 2008 financial crisis."
BTW, the FDIC insures bank deposits in case the bank goes bankrupt or gets robbed so the customer won't lose all of his money.  Also, it keeps the bank from having to pay should the worst happen.  The FDIC did not exist when the Great Depression began in 1929, which is why millions of Middle and Working Class Americans lost all their money when many banks closed up.
What does this mean to us?  It means the day of the neighbourhood bank is gone.  The small family owned banks are dying one by one.  They can't compete with the mega banks such as BofA, Wells Fargo/Wachovia, Chase, and Citibank.
The big banks are kind of like "The Blob".  They absorb the little banks and get bigger and bigger and more and more out of control.  Too bad we can't freeze them and drop them in the Arctic like they did in the movie.
It's the same with the family run store.  They can't compete with Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart et al.  The giants are gobbling up the little guys.  Guess what?  WE'RE THE LITTLE GUYS!
Folks, NS Germany had free enterprise.  There was capitalism, but not Judeo-Capitalism. Companies were strictly regulated by the Reich Economic Office so they would not become monsters such as we have today.  The system worked.  People could make a good profit, but not obscene profits.  They could become rich, but not super rich.  And you can believe that's one of the top reasons Judeo-Capitalists fear a return of National Socialism.  They don't want anything to restrict their unbridled pursuit of profit.
Unless we can control these financial monsters, they will continue to grow out of control until they collapse in on themselves (and take us with them) or gobble up everything around them (including us).
Dan 88!

Friday, December 27, 2013

While The Rest Of Us Sink Further Into Debt, The Wealthy Spend Billions In Record-Setting Art Sales


Wealthy people around the world are increasingly investing eye-popping sums in artworks, smashing an array of previous records.
On Nov. 12, Christie's sold a triptych by British painter Francis Bacon, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" for $142.4 million, a record price for a painting at auction. The previous high at an auction was for Edvard Munch's "The Scream" which sold for $119.9 million in May 2012.
At the same Christie's sale, a steel sculpture by Jeff Koons, "Balloon Dog" sold for $58.4 million, the highest price ever for a living artist's work sold at auction.
That auction also set a record for the most money spent in a single auction at Christie's, $691 million, according to The Independent.
Then on Dec. 4, Norman Rockwell's "Saying Grace" became the most expensive American painting ever sold at auction, going for $46 million at Sotheby's. The previous high for an American painting sold at auction was $27.7 million for George Bellows' "Polo Crowd" in 1999.
The next day at Christie's, Edward Hopper's "East Wind Over Weehawken" sold for $40.5 million, a record for a Hopper.
"The art coming to auction is neither better nor worse than the art that came to auction a year or 10 years ago," said Todd Levin, director of Levin Art Group. "But there is now an extremely thin layer of ultra-high net worth individuals, who have massive amounts of excess capital sloshing around, and they have to put that money somewhere."
Philip Hoffman, head of the Fine Arts Fund Group, which consults with art buyers, told the Los Angeles Times: "What we're seeing is that wealth is expanding in Latin America and the Middle East. The new rich like to enjoy art, show it off, have it as an alternative asset."
There are now some 2,170 billionaires worldwide, three times as many as five years ago. The number of billionaires in China alone grew 400 percent from 2008 to 2012. In Mexico, there were 145,000 millionaires by the end of last year.
About 3 percent of the world's wealthy currently own art, but Hoffman estimates that will rise to as high as 40 percent in the next decade.
The global art market is now worth about $60 billion, according to the Times.
The highest price ever paid for a painting in a private sale was the $259 million spent for Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players" in April 2011 $269.4 million in today's dollars. The buyer: the royal family of Qatar.
This is just sickening.  The Working and Middle Classes are losing their homes left right and center and these SOBs are spending billions on sculptures and paintings - many of which look as though they were made by chimpanzees.  I don't mean to digress and come off like an art critic, but I just feel that art should LOOK like what it's supposed to be. 
A monkey can slap some bright colours and weird shapes on a canvas and you can entitle it "Children At Play" and call it a masterpiece, but whether a monkey did it or a human, it's just some bright colours and weird shapes.  How is that a "masterpiece"?
Half the country is on some sort of government assisstance.  At least 25% of the people are out-of-work (remember not everyone is counted in the employment statistics). Foreclosures are at record highs.  
Groups Of People Not Counted As Unemployed By The Government:
Those who have given up looking for work.
Those on welfare.
Agricultural workers.
The Self-Employed Whose Businesses Went Under.
The Disabled.
The Retired.
The last two I can understand, but what about all the rest?  As to those on welfare, some are leaches, but others want to work but couldn't find a job and they technically qualified for welfare so they took it to feed their families.
Yet the one percent can go out and buy a painting of a weird guy screaming, or one of a woman with two noses and three breasts.  I wish someone would explain to me why this garbage is even called art in the first place.  I guess that's why most of Hitler's work was rejected.  His art actually LOOKED like what it was supposed to be.  They said his art was stiff and unimaginative.  How is a woman with two noses and three breasts imaginative? Well maybe it is imaginative - in a sick kind of way. 

The Scream by Edvard Munch

By Pablo Picasso
Folks, I ask you, what the hell is this? - Dan.

This commentary has been as much on art as the current economic situation.   But both are still relevant to National Socialism.  The economic part for obvious reasons. The art part is relevant because some art is not just in bad taste, but actually harmful to society. A piece comes to mind that came out a few years ago of the Virgin Mary smeared with dung.  Once again, this is a masterpiece because why...?  I don't get it.
This piece of garbage is not only harmful to society, but is an insult to all Christians - especially Catholics because they put more importance in the Virgin Mary than do most other denominations.
Although I am a big believer in freedom of expression, that freedom should not be extended to things that are destructive to society - including art.  
Dan 88!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Can You Believe This?

Sen. Tom Coburn has released his annual "Wastebook" citing egregious examples of government waste resulting from what he calls "mismanagement and stupidity."
These examples "collectively cost nearly $30 billion in a year when Washington would have you believe everything that could be done has been done to control unnecessary spending," the Oklahoma Republican said.
"The Army National Guard spent $10 million on Superman movie tie-ins while plans were being made to cut the strength of the Guard by 8,000 soldiers," he pointed out. "And while nutrition assistance was being reduced for many needy families, USDA was spending money on celebrity chef cook-offs and running up the taxpayer tab on Bloody Marys, sweet potato vodka, and red wine tastings from here to China."
The examples from "Wastebook 2013" include:

  • $50 million to National Technical Information Services, which charges for reports that can often be found for free through a Google search.
  • $17.5 million for special tax exemptions for Nevada brothels, including tax deductions for prostitutes' wages, rent and utilities, and even "breast implants and ... costumes."
  • $297 million for the Army's "mega-blimp," or Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle. Intended for use in Afghanistan, it made only one trip, a flight over New Jersey, and was sold back to the contractor for just $301,000.
  • $384,989 for a Yale University study, "Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia."
  • $65 million for Superstorm Sandy emergency funds that were used to pay for tourism ads for New York and New Jersey.
  • $125,000 for NASA's project to create a 3-D pizza "printer" that makes synthesized food for astronauts.
  • $284,300 to allow 12 music label executives and one government official to travel to Brazil to promote American music in foreign markets.
  • $125,000 for a documentary, "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle," examining the history of comics.
  • $7 billion for the Pentagon to destroy vehicles and other military equipment used in conflicts in the Middle East rather than sell them.

  • Said Coburn: "When it comes to spending your money, those in Washington tend to see no waste, speak no waste, and cut no waste."

    I'm sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg.  I wonder how much was wasted by government employees (including elected officials) by using their government issued cars for personal reasons instead of official.  If you have a government car you are supposed to use it for work only.  Your not supposed to say, "Okay family, pile into the government car and we'll take a run down to the beach."  No sir.  Work only.
    How much was wasted because senators and congressmen met in fancy restaurants to "discuss" a bill and charged the meal to their expense accounts?  I never had a job that gave me free meals.  Why should they get fed for free?  They should be meeting in their offices or meeting rooms on Capitol Hill.  That's what those rooms were built for.
    Oh, even worse.  How many of those meetings in restaurants did they bring their spouses to and charge to us taxpayers?  A lot I'm sure.  It's bad enough for them to meet in a restaurant and charge it to us, but it's outrageous to bring hubby or the wife and charge their meals as well.  But it's done all the time.
    If they need to go on an official trip the taxpayers SHOULD pick up the tab.  But they shouldn't be allowed to bring their families and make us pay for them as well.  If a senator wants to bring his or her family on an official trip to Ruritania or someplace, THEY should pay their family's expense - not us.
    Let's be honest.  Did NS Germany have government waste?  Officially - no.  Some individual officials wasted money, and when they were caught, they were removed from official, and sent to prison or executed (depending on the severity of the waste).  The Reich Economic Office kept a close tab on this sort of thing.  
    In real life, Commandant Amon Geoth (Schindler's List) was audited by the REO.  They found he was guilty of waste and theft of government funds and supplies.  The Gestapo also found him guilty of illegally killing his prisoners.  He was dismissed from the SS and spent the rest of the war in confinement.  First he was held in Montelupich Prison in Krakow.  As Germany's defeat loomed, he was diagnosed as mentally ill and was tranferred to a sanitarium in Bad Tolz where he was captured by the United States.
    This is just one example of how NS Germany dealt with thieves and waste-o-crats.
    BTW, Goeth was hanged by the Soviets for war crimes September 13, 1946 in Montelupich Prison.  I say good riddance.  He was a disgrace to all true National Socialists.
    Dan 88!