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My wife & I watch the "shrub" comedy unfolding with our normal degree(s) of cynicism.  Looking at it any other way will cause pain, discomfort or total insanity.

California power companies going into bankruptcy... yes, after all those years of fat-catting on subsidies (your tax dollars & mine pumped in to the corporations to keep their squandering ways hidden from the public) from Billary.  & now Bush & his cronies come in with the reverse philosophy - NO tax dollars for public corporations... so if yer' in San Francisco or Los Angeles (may wind up being ANYwhere on the West Coast), & you DIDN'T salt away part of those millions of dollars in yer' Swiss bank account - your power WILL go off!  My wife asks me - "isn't the government supposed to TAKE CARE of the people"?"  &, of course, you know my answer to her already... "the government is made up (no matter whether they're Democrat or Republican) of people who came out of Yale, Harvard, Stanford with political stars in their eyes.  Educated in the tradition of statistical analysis, sound-byte shots & the use of technology to CONVINCE folks that you have their interests at heart.  Those same guys who were on the football team & in the frat houses getting rip-roaring drunk/stoned & plotting their way into the inner cirkle of the corporate rich.  The only people they are interested in is THEMSELVES."

My wife doesn't much care for that kind of a reply, but I don't believe there IS any other answer.  If you stop and think about some of their hype regarding welfare programs (for instance)... how folks at the lowest (economic) levels of our society must DO something (in other words, GET A JOB that PRODUCES something for the rest of humanity) in return for the money they've taken from the public coffers... then apply that same logic to the money THEY have taken from the public & poured in to recsuing corporations like Chrysler (Reagan years, I believe), America's banks (Clinton/Gore) & now PG&E ("shrubbie") - how long/hard would THEY have to dig ditches to make up for what they've taken.  It's also doubtful (to me, anyway) that you could find anything they COULD do... how many politicians could flip burgers, for instance?  I don't mean the "photo op" version of flippin' burgers or ladling out soup in the local shelter... I mean an 8-10 hour GRIND in a hot kitchen, STANDING!  

A part of EVERY "fair-haired boy's" education should involve 2 (or more) solid years of being forced to LIVE at $6-8/hr wage scale... in a REAL job... washing dishes, digging ditches, loading freight... that is the ONLY way they could ever understand the pain and suffering their statistically formulated and corporate-serving decisions affect OUR lives!  I think it's also quite possible that if they DID (some kind of) service like this for that long a period of time (without daddy stepping in & freeing them from their obligations, or getting them bumped in to a position where they didn't actually have to DO the work required) - they would understand how idiotic (and unnecessary) the politician is perceived to be by a majority of Americans in these times.  

THEIR stock answer to this kind of thinking/expression  is (usually) along the lines of "you have to get INVOLVED in the political process to understand it...."  "there is so MUCH that goes on behind the scenes"... or, "be committed to your cause".  What kind of an answer is THAT?  The whole POINT is to SAY what we have to SAY... to let them know (through our actions) that THEIR way of doing things is OVER.  To take BACK our true power by letting them KNOW that the JIG IS UP for them... that people don't BELIEVE their lies any longer & will NOT pay their "high end welfare" any longer.  

The most INSANE part of all this (in my opinion) is the prevalence of religous NUTCASES being invited on Larry King & other media spin shows... Pat Robertson sitting in to discuss the biblical implications of the current China situation... next, we'll have Larry Falwell (or some equally obnoxious idjit) telling us that if we don't JOIN them - they will BEAT us (literally, with hoses & chains).  George W. Shrub fully intends to infiltrate the American landscape with intolerant zealots who join in his call to arms & march to Armegeddon... in only a couple of months he has already managed to turn ALL the environmental laws on end... permitting ever higher levels of pollution in gas production... preparing to burden the highest court in the land with college cronies who will help him to ERADICATE the laws that get in the way of the oil industry... forcing the stock market to plummet so only his RICH friends can profit from it.

Let's get a petition going to force the prez (& congressman/senators, for that matter) to work for MINIMUM WAGE... to ENSURE that he has to PAY HIS TAXES at our levels... & make it a given that unless a political officer can PROVE that his/her actions are FOR THE PEOPLE - they will be (immediately) removed from office & written up in the history books as the disgraceful piece of poop they are... in other words, an annual (electronic, via the Internet?) PERFORMANCE EVALUATION by everyone in the land.  How long do YOU think they would stay in office THEN?  Do you think anyone would EVER "desire" to go in to politics?  Think it over....

Till next time....

 

Rotcod Zzaj

 

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