Congress, America’s Tajikistan

Well, what is
more fun than listening to a politician laying out an indictment
against foreigners and having it mirror his American image?

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I am fascinated by a quote from Donald Rumsfeld. The Donald has just
been to Tajikistan and, in talks with the Tajik foreign minister,
worried about the money generated by opium poppies coming from
Afghanistan through Tajikistan on their way to other markets. Then,
this quote:

“I do worry that the funds that come
from the sale of those products could conceivably end up adversely
affecting the democratic process in the country (Afghanistan). “I also
think anytime there is that much money floating around and you have
people like the Taliban, that it gives them an opportunity to fund
their efforts in various ways.”

Well, what is
more fun than listening to a politician laying out an indictment
against foreigners and having it mirror his American image?
A real comedian, the Donald. Playing his own straight-man. Consider his quote with only minor change:

“I
do worry that the funds that come from lobbyists could conceivably end
up adversely affecting the democratic process in the Congress. I also
think anytime there is that much money floating around and you have
people like elected officials, that it gives them an opportunity to
fund their efforts in various ways.”

Notes on other things:

Having spent $43 billion so far on missile defense, the president says we would have had a reasonable chance
of shooting down the North Korean long-range missile, had it reached
our shores. Well, thank God we spent the dough. Can’t help wondering
what a good chance would have cost, but I certainly will sleep better, knowing the chance was not ‘unreasonable.’
According to Dan Froomkin at WaPo,
“A little-noticed study by the Government Accountability Office
issued in March found that program officials were so concerned with
potential flaws in the first nine interceptors now in operation that
they considered taking them out of their silos and returning them to
their manufacturer for ‘disassembly and remanufacture.”

Unfortunately, the unnamed officials no longer had the sales receipt and Wal-Mart refused to honor the warrantee.

SenharryreidBack to the subject at hand, Congressional bribery and the pay-for-vote conditions in which we find ourselves today. Healing will not come from the afflicted. “Physician, heal thyself” is wonderfully homey, but it ain’t going to happen, not in this congress.
As various Congressional studies recommend this or that reform—some
of them actually enacted into law to nail shut the front-door—side
windows, the basement, the rooftop and the always-ajar back-door are
carefully left open for access.
Which is why you never heard a squeal from lobbyists when all the Jack Abramoff hubbub was at its peak. They knew the Representatives in their employ would find a way to keep their habit fed. They recognized the age-old truth that Senators are addicted to the money-trains that regularly pull into station.
Not a single member of either of those august and thoroughly
bribed chambers of our national government have sued an individual or
media source for slander. Not one. There’s no case and they
know it. They call press meetings to extol their virtue, rise in
righteous indignation over employed wives or family and raise
themselves to the limits of their Gucci loafers in outrage. But wind is
wind and windbags are windbags.
Kstreet_1K-Street, home of the unfree and the unbrave, who put financial advantage ahead of principles of governance, are expanding like a virus.
Far from trimming their sails or keeping a low profile, they’ve
broadened their reach to the fifty states and the countless cities and
towns, villages and burgs within those states.
To be unrepresented is to be overlooked, left off the gravy-train.
There’s gold in them thar hills. Be there or be square. Whatever the
metaphor of choice, the cap is off the pen, the checkbook flattened on
the desk and the only question is how many zeroes?
We deserve it. We thirst for it. We revel in it.
This age we live in, with its body-bags and contempt for honesty has
come a long way, baby. The Moral Majority decided that Janet Jackson’s
breast is more important and Senator (insert last name here) taking the
money and running. Some morals.
Some majority.
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