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September 18, 2008

Palin on Reform: The Real Pig in Lipstick is the US Government (Kat-Mo)

Palin keeps talking about "reform", lobbyist and cronyism, putting the government back on the side of the people (and I quote).  Sounds good.

Truth of the matter is, the only way we get a system where lobbyists aren't really capable of sucking the public dry of both their hard earned investments and their tax money through bail outs or favorable regulations is if the government a) gets their hands out of our pockets, stops taking our money and "investing it" or redistributing or whatever you want to call it and allows our citizens to do what is best in a capitalist, free economy: let us invest it or buy products and services from companies that WE believe are best and b) make government smaller.

Yes, dammit, smaller.  More regulation means bigger government with bigger dollars in the oinking piggy bank that government spends like a trust fund baby on crack.  Bigger government means more power to the government and less in the hands of people.  Believe me, big businesses like big government and don't you believe otherwise.  It is much easier to negotiate deals and get big, fat, oinking checks out of one entity than trying to get it out of 300 million different people. 

That is why certain giant health care insurance companies and providers are supportive of a government controlled health care and single payer entity.  They have pretty much come to the conclusion that, if you can't beat them, join them.  It would definitely be easier to by-pass 300 million potential buyers for a single entity than having to negotiate hundreds of different policies with the myriad demands of the public consumer.

And, this is no anti-capitalist, anti-corporation screed.   Far from it.  Free enterprise, competing for consumers and investors [no...I'm not talking about Andrew Sullivan]. Plus, I mostly blame us, the voters, who keep putting these cretins in congress and, basically, voting for them to give themselves more power. So that, yes, it is much easier to go to the government for a hand out than to continue convincing consumers and investors that the company is worth the risk. 

We are like abused spouses who keep believing these ignorant bumps on a log that we should "trust them" they are going to congress to fight for us.  This time.  They promise.  How many times do we fall for that line?  Every year it seems like the government reminds us that they are here to defend our freedom now hand over your money lest we throw your a$$ into jail, make your life living hell and generally break you to lower than a depression era share cropper.

Frankly, every time I hear someone talking about more regulation and over site by the freaking government it sounds exactly like putting lipstick on a pig. 


Wouldn't it be nice if we citizens, arguably the owners of the government, could go to our congress and demand money to bail us out of our debt?  I could use a cool million now.  What do I have to do?  At the current going rate of a congress critter, I believe I should be able to buy them lunch at McDonald's and donate $10 to their campaign to get a million dollar earmark.  I understand that some groups and individuals have received a $100 million earmark for as little as a $2,000 campaign donation so I can't be too far off the mark. 

There is no risk with minimal out put.  And, the $2,000 is total profit.  Seriously, it's not their money they're handing out like a cherry flavored meth dealer cultivating customers on a grade school playground.[yes...now I'm talking about Andrew Sullivan]

I know that I am not the only person in this country that thinks there is something terribly wrong with the system we built when a first term representative or senator can go to congress making $60,000 a year, owning a three bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch house in a moderate subdivision and then leave office a millionaire.  If this is our system, if this is what we're stuck with, I'm going to have to do what everyone else does and just join these @$$holes.  

Please.  Write me on the ballot.  Kat-MO for Senator or Representative.  Whatever is open in your district.  I'll sign an affidavit saying that I live on your couch.  I demand my piece of the pig.  I promise, I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan.  I'll even slap your name on a bridge in West Virginia.

Maybe I could claim to do a study on the amount of time people spend reading blogs?  I'll slap an extra site meter on every blog I write on or read, put the numbers in a spread sheet and show that the cost of Microsoft Excel software for the spread sheet, my time reading blogs and compiling the data is easily worth a million dollars for this important study.  Add in some "blah-blah-blah blogs influence politics" and "blah-blah-blah the demise of the print media" with some complicated calculations that show that every hit on a political or military blog equates to 1000 people being influenced, I'll be at least as accurate, logical and purposeful as any number of studies any number of oganizations have done in the past for a piece of that greasy bacon.

I can even call it "A Study in Internet Community Organizing" if it makes certain people feel better.


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