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Baloney!

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Youth equals naïveté.  In our youth, we accept things presented as fact, even if they are untrue, because of our inexperience.  We assume that as we mature, we will be better equipped to separate fact from fiction.  This assumption leads to the perception that we will significantly reduce the baloney told to us, and/or perpetrated by, others.  But when the baloney is stacked high enough to fill a cold-cut factory and then some, we fight a losing battle.


Case in point:


Our law states that any person born in the United States, who holds U.S. citizenship, may run for public office.  While the letter of the law is factual, the underlying truth is that only the wealthy can compete effectively in a political race.  Big bucks allow candidates to air advertisements and bash their opponents on TV and radio.  Big bucks allow candidates to flit about the country, waving the flag, shaking hands, and kissing babies.


While Washington claims that our government is penniless, our two-party candidates are projected to spend $2 billion currying votes for the 2012 Presidential election.  Sixty-eight million of that staggering sum has already been amassed by our incumbent President, who has once again hit the campaign trail.  Since average citizens don’t have this kind of money, the wealthy slip like butter into political office.


Movies such as the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington have perpetrated the baloney that honest, everyday people represent us in Congress and the White House.  Clearly, they don’t.  In the current Presidential debates, it’s plain to see how candidates prostitute themselves to achieve the Holy Grail (a lifetime in office).  And to retain the Holy Grail, once in power, legislators build their war chests to perpetuate their jobs.


The legislators are, of course, in bed with Corporate America, who continues to slice and pile the baloney high.  We taxpayers are told that Corporate America is sitting on billions of dollars, waiting to see what the future holds for them.  If the past is indeed prologue, like it says on that statue in Washington, DC, then the future looks rosy for Corporate America.  Who among us has forgotten the special tax offered to big business, not to mention $710 billion in bailout money handed out freely like candy on Halloween?


And what did the average taxpayers get?  We got the shaft, that’s what we got!  In return for robbing us of $710 billion in tax money, Corporate America never stopped outsourcing jobs to foreign countries.  Had Corporate America been grateful for the bailout and returned manufacturing to the U.S., countless Americans would be gainfully employed and our economy would be a hell of a lot stronger.  So much for JFK’s pointed directive to the nation, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”


It’s nothing but baloney.  I like my bologna with mustard on rye, not spewed by lying, backstabbing weasels in government and big business!


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