Government of the Toothless and By the Apathetic

And You Thought Your Government Was Scary!

 

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 So lets go over what your government has done for you this week….

 1) Passed financial reform that will supposedly prevent this kind of financial crisis.  You’re kidding, right?  With this set of politicians in special interests’ pockets?
 
2) Reinstated long-term unemployment benefits for the chronically unemployed, boosting the maximum benefit for those that have been out of work for 6 months or longer.
 
3) Is about to begin war-game/demonstrations of force with S. Korea in response to the sinking of the Cheonan way back in March.
  
   You don’t need a lot of my bully-pulpiting here, so I’m going to get right to the point.
 
  The financial reform bill is toothless. It would not have prevented this financial crisis and it will not prevent the next one.  Wall Street had plenty of time, money, and lobbyists to water the thing down.  Heck too-big-to-fail banks are now even bigger and their existence is now institutionalized in this new plan.
 
  Americans are hurting and many need the unemployment insurance.  However, this government can’t find any way to cut spending elsewhere to pay for it.  Pathetic, just keep adding to the deficit.  I don’t know about you guys, but if I hadn’t found a job and my unemployment insurance was running out, I’d put my MBA aside and start flipping burgers at McDonalds.  I’d be running the joint in 6 months if I hadn’t found a better job by then.
 
   It took us this long to do something about N. Korea sinking that ship and killing all of those sailors?  Isn’t that an act of war?  I’m not saying go to war with N. Korea, but obviously they are in the wrong.  We needed to have this demonstration of power far sooner instead of wrangling with the Chinese about how they felt about it.  Tell China to shut the hell up, we still carry the big stick T.R. gave us.  They are the ones defending North Korea’s sabre rattling.  That is an indefensible position.  
 
   These are all examples of weak government that can’t get its act straight.  Even worse, we are apathetic and just let them continue to pass imperfect laws and make bad policy decisions.  C’mon folks, wake up!
 
“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment”.
– Robert Maynard Hutchins
 
– G.S.
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