I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing. - Thomas Jefferson (source link below)I wasn't going to post anything today but after last night's pathetic "showdown" between Obama and Romney, I wanted to share a few thoughts and then link a commentary that is a must-read. I was discussing the political situation with a friend and colleague and I expressed this view:
I listened to all three debates, there's really not much difference in the platforms between Romney and Obama, other than the "moral" stuff (birth control, planned parenthood, etc).Honestly it's not going to make a difference for the most part which candidate is in the White House. The political system has been completely captured by the big corporate and ultra-wealthy money (please review Citizens United v. the FEC SCOTUS decision if you don't believe me).
To me, the same ultra-elitists control either candidate. At the margin there's the Koch/Adelson whackos who give a lot of money to Romney. I'm not sure which left-winger ultra-elitists give money to Obama other than Soros. But I think our elections have come down to nothing more than a dog and pony show in order to make the 50% who actually vote think that their vote makes a difference. What's been the difference between Bush and Obama besides Obama maybe kicking a little more down to the welfare class? Do you really think that McCain would have let GM/Chrysler disappear? McCain led the charge for TARP.
My business said this morning: "well at least the Republicans give lip service to free enterprise" My response was "all lip service is good for is oral sex."
Rather than lay out my own pontification, please read the following commentary:
Prior to every election, politicians from both parties swear up and down that they will do something about our exploding debt, but it never happens. Once again this year, our politicians are making all kinds of grand promises about getting U.S. government finances under control. But they are also promising all kinds of new plans and programs which are going to cost a lot more money on top of what we are already spending.Here's the LINK