"Agree on both points. The rhetoric on both sides is non-stop."
But somewhere in between all that rhetoric are real people and real places that this political circus has a life and death effect upon.
Like Utah. Like everywhere.
But then the disgust with the system and ultimate political paralysis creeps in. Get frustrated, get disheartened, get apathetic...and you give them exactly what they want: a populace that doesn't blink an eye at $170 billion handouts to AIG, yet is perfectly willing to back cuts to vital services for the elderly, disabled, and children because "there's just no money"...as if they're the culprits for the economic crash.
As long as we keep blaming the wrong people....
Meanwhile, we've got an entrenched national policy of corporate welfare and cronyism of the highest order and 1 to 1.6 TRILLION (that we even know of) going to the Defense Department.
Can we even draw a line between Government/Corporation/Military any more?
We've got Halliburton and the likes still out there raking in millions in no-bid infrastructure contracts that get sold off to subcontractors in the blink of an eye. And WHAM-BANG, it's $1 million in tax-payer dollars right into a private sector pocket, HOLY MOLY look at that stock soar! But no, we're to believe they're not the culprit, it's the guy next door that wrecked the economy, the firefighter, the teacher, the nurse...the unscrupulous public employee or family on food stamps raking in the lavish salary and benefits, sitting in the bubble bath, and laughing at the private-sector working man.
Don't forget that every penny you'll ever pay for your entire tax-paying life just funded one mile of asphalt in some corner of Afghanistan...and that road will be abandoned and reclaimed by the desert in less than a year, that is, unless KBR is able to use it as a service road for a pipeline (Gee! Thanks, taxpayer!)
The political circus couldn't be a more obvious distraction from what's going on. Look past it and go fight for someone or something you believe in.
Thanks for the links Jack.