Ten Reasons the Public is At Odds with the Government


OK, I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve known a boatload of people from every station of  life. And being an avid listener, here’s what I’ve heard from Americans concerning what they hate about government and politicians…

  1. They don’t listen to us. Just consider the health care debate: We all know that most Americans don’t want this mess. Yet, here we are.
  2. Americans don’t like “Holier than thou”: What do you think would happen if you failed to pay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes? Bet you wouldn’t be treated as was “Turbo Tax” Tim Geithner.
  3. The electorate hates waste: Fox News’ Neil Cavuto often talks about the “10% waste and fraud” factor in government. (That sounds like a fair assessment to me…) When we start throwing around numbers like a trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000.00), a waste-and-fraud factor of 10% means that one-hundred billion dollars ($100,000,000,000.00) will either be squandered or line the pockets of a bunch of scum. We don’t like that. (BTW… One-hundred billion dollars breaks down to the squandering or out-and-out theft of $300 from every man, woman, and child in America.)
  4. We don’t like smarmy politicians, lawyers, and lobbyists:  Are they all bad? No, of course not. But is DC slithering with weasels? Absolutely! From Blago, to Charlie Rangel to John Edwards, we’re sick of the rodents.
  5. We don’t like disingenuousness: How many times have you heard the following from a pol? “While I respect the opinion from my friend on the other side of the isle, I disagree with him…” No… Odds are that there is no respect, and they hate each other’s guts. Enough B.S. already.
  6. Working folk really don’t like the greedy little bastards: Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson… Say no more.
  7. They think we’re stupid: Ummm… Yeah, I believe that Larry Craig was reaching down to pick up a piece of toilet paper in a public restroom stall… Yeah, yeah… Sure I do.
  8. Politicians just aren’t like us: Imagine going to your boss and blatantly admitting that you approve a crucial company manual even though you haven’t read it. But so it goes with the health care bill… What planet are these people from?
  9. All too often, they’re flat-out idiots: There’s Nancy “500 million” Pelosi, Dana “Cuban Missile Crisis” Perino, and John “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it” Kerry… The list just goes on and on…

But perhaps the most stupefying thing that drive the electorate crazy as an outhouse rat (me anyway), is this:

10:  Politicians put party before the public.

In the case of the Republicans, they had eight stinking years to build a stupid fence, but danced around the issue for fear of losing the Hispanic vote. Now, we’ve blown $2.4 billion on a flawed system that is going to be mothballed at best. Gee, at least the border towns of Mexico are bastions of stability and safety…

And now the Dems have rammed a health care bill down our throats, even though we currently owe over $74 trillion on Medicare alone!

As the Geico Caveman would say… “Unbelievable! Where’s my coat? … Suede… With fringe!

Alan Speakman

10 Responses to Ten Reasons the Public is At Odds with the Government

  1. We all know right winged America is ridiculously selfish. Luckily, they’re not in a position of power any more.

  2. Steve Spontak says:

    Sure, futiledemocracy, if you feel better saying so. Isn’t that what the left is all about? Feeling good without much thought or foresight?

    Liberals are incredibly niave and short sighted. God help us that they are in power.

  3. Tom says:

    Steve,
    I won’t pretend to speak for God, but I think it is safe to wonder if God really has a reason to do ANYthing for us. The mess we’re in we’ve done to ourselves.

  4. Tom says:

    Alan,
    I don’t have much argument with your 10 reasons, but I would add that along with the Republicans eight stinking years to build a fence, they also had eight years to make some course changes to our medical care delivery system, too. They failed there as well.

    To my recollection, they could have proffered all of their alternatives to the Obamacare package back when they had both houses and the whitehouse. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall that they did.

    In fact, I think it fair to say that if the Republicans had conducted themselves more like conservatives in the first place, we wouldn’t be in the pickle we’re in now. As much as we can rightly decry the current actions of the PINO and the CINO , we don’t have much to thank the Republicans for either. Unless conservatives gain control of the Republican party, they won’t be much good to us if we ever get the chance to vote again either.

    Of course, if PINO gets an amnesty bill through in the next, say, week or so, then the DEMs will have permanent voter majority and the elections will be largely a forgone conclusion, mere shows for the world press.

    We have such a lovely future in store, eh?

  5. alan says:

    FutileDemocracy,

    Do your homework… http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/opinion/21kristof.html?_r=3

    Also note that I threw a republican in the mix too.

    Alan

  6. alan says:

    Hi Tom,

    Yeah, I pretty much have come to the conclusion that both parties have deserted us. And the future is bleak in the extreme…

    Alan

  7. Tom in Sactown says:

    Alan – you’ve hit the nail on the head. Conservatives give much more to charity than liberals, yet liberals want to fund these worthwile causes, just not with their money, but with somebody elses.

  8. Sniley says:

    Excellent post, but its $74+ BILLION, not Trillion for medicare.. per the link. (we currently owe over $74 trillion on Medicare alone!)

  9. alan says:

    Hi Sniley,

    You wrote: “Excellent post, but its $74+ BILLION, not Trillion for medicare..”

    But then you wrote “we currently owe over $74 trillion on Medicare alone!”

    I agree with your latter statement…

    But truth be told, who knows what the real debts and obligations are. At this point the Fed and the Treasury are bouncing money around so fast and furious that I doubt that even they don’t know where we’re at… To be honest, I’ve seen numbers varying from 62.5 to 100 trillion… It just seems like we’re going the wrong way, and the weasels in Washington just don’t care about anyone but themselves and their cronies.

    Alan

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