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Buying a Politician

Date: 01 July, 2001

By: Chief

Imageow much is that doggie in the window, woof woof ... the one with the waggily tail ...

Ahhhh, remember when your son or daughter wanted their own very first pet dog? Going window shopping at various pet shops for the perfect pet? Seems like it was only yesterday. Well shopping for a politician is basically the same. There are but two differences. First is the cost of the politician. Depending on the pedigree (office) of the politician and the type of tricks you want your politician to perform will drive the price up quite a bit. To be sure, there is a huge difference between a mayor and a governor. Hence, if you wish to buy a governor, bring a lot of cash. Secondly, and by far the most important point is that politicians, no matter their pedigree, are never house broken or loyal to their owners. They will turn on you, the owner, in a heart beat — if it serves their needs. In short, caveat emptor, politicians are an unpredictable pet and should never be around children.

That said, who in their right mind would want to buy a politician? Not that many individual citizens, I agree. Though some do own their very own politician. The success rate varies from owner to owner. However, companies and corporations love buying politicians. The advantage here is that companies or corporations are individually — invisible. There is no single owner. The company is the owner. As such, no citizen can be held accountable for allowing their pet politician getting loose and biting someone. Rabies, as we all know, can only be cured if detected rather early. Further, the politician is shielded as well. Nobody actually knows who owns him. Therefore, the politician appears as a lovable stray and another company buys him.

Let us take two examples of politician ownership. One is the power companies. The other owner is the environmental groups. Both groups have a few things in common. They are individually — invisible. They are incorporated. Both have an immense power base. Both have a lot of cash floating around. Those last two are the primary ways to catch a politician. Politicians love cash ... but they love power more — a piece of advice to the prospective politician buyer. That is where the similarities end. Now each group is ready to go shopping for their particular breed or pedigree of politician. The power companies are primarily looking for a business pedigree. The environmental groups are looking for a 'feel good' or 'for the children' pedigree. Oh, one other similarity power companies, environmental groups and politicians all share, none of them care one whit about the citizen. In fact, the politician doesn't give a hoot in hell about the voters who elected him or her, let alone the Constitution or their oath. We're talking money and power here. The Constitution takes a back seat to that and we mere citizens are left on the side of the road trying to thumb a ride.

The agenda for companies, corporations, groups, associations and naturally the politicians is ultimately the same: power. The politicians, on camera, wield the power. Yet it is the owners of the politicians who dictate what specific power is wielded and in whose favor.

Consider that Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), in the first quarter of this year (2001), spent over $674,000.00 on lobbying. In April or May of this year, PG&E filed bankruptcy. Hedging their bets ... I'll bet. The environmental extremists are no different or no better. The Sierra Club since 1996 has held up the U.S. Forest Service from issuing a contract to various logging companies to cut down an overgrowth of diseased trees and to burn out the underbrush. What is the point of keeping diseased trees alive? The disease spreads to healthy trees and sooner or later the entire forest has to be wiped out. Additionally, if the undergrowth is not burned out you end up with a disastrous forest fire. Just like what occurred in Yellowstone 10 or 12 years ago. Thanks Sierra Club, you bunch of blithering idiots. Yellowstone is dead for approximately 200 years. The pristine streams are now mud bogs. The beauty of the various colors are now one — black. 30 years went by, no controlled burns and finally an electrical storm set off a maelstrom. How you ask? Political ownership. The Sierra Club went out and bought several politicians. At both the state and federal levels. What about the individual citizen and his or her concerns? Are you kidding? Why even ask such a silly question? Just vote and then go back to work to pay your taxes. You citizens will be told what to do, when to do it and how it shall be done ... serfs.

Another prime example is the astronomical cost of electrical power in California. How could such a thing happen? Simple. As documented in various newspapers around the country, power companies, back in 1994, went on a shopping spree. "How much is that politician in the window?" Why? The power deregulation initiative was starting to get into high gear and if approved, power companies and suppliers could really cash in and make a bundle. So could the politicians for that matter. Indeed, California Governor Pete Wilson (R), when a power deregulation bill hit his desk, signed it. Just as he had been told to do. Remember he was purchased for a very high price. Approximately $70 million bucks, as reported in the California newspaper the Fresno Bee. Such a pedigree, to be sure. Wilson has subsequently admitted that he knew the legislation was flawed when he signed it. But he signed it nonetheless. He was a good pet.

Now that power outages are the norm rather than the exception and the price for power has quadrupled in less than 6 months and elections are about one year away, those bought and paid for pets are turning on their owners. Investigations are starting all over the place. Politicians are pointing fingers at the power companies, and they should. Power companies are pointing fingers at their politicians, and they should. Environmental extremists are pointing fingers at both the power companies and the politicians and vice versa. And they should. And everybody is pointing fingers at the environmental wackos - and they should. However, all the guilty parties are doing nothing to resolve the basic issue, more power at a reasonable rate for the customer - the people.

Instead of demanding legislation at both the state and federal levels to eliminate worthless environmental roadblocks for power and their progeny - administrative regulations, current California Governor Gray (Grayout) Davis is ordering the state attorney general to sue the federal government. Why? Because the feds will not place price caps on energy prices. A classic case of passing the buck. No more. No less.

That idea is utter lunacy at its finest. If the population increases, the demand for power will also increase. If the amount of technology within a business or home increases, the demand for power will increase. If however, legislative roadblocks are placed in the path of building more power plants, supply will decrease. Duh. Further, if the market is owned by a monopoly, the prices and supplies can and will be manipulated by the monopolies. Again, duh.

Who suffers from all this? The citizen. Who ends up on the short end of the food chain? The citizen. Who shall ultimately pay for this disaster? You got it, the citizen. Who do the companies, groups, associations, corporations and politicians have the utmost contempt for — the citizen.

The point is this; elected politicians were elected by the citizens of the several states which make up our country. Not by companies, associations, groups or corporations. These same elected politicians have purportedly taken and subscribed to an oath of office — swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Yet these same elected politicians swear allegiance to their owners. Those companies, associations, groups or corporations who quite literally paid the most greenbacks to and for the politician. As usual the voters, after election day, are forgotten.

I do believe it is time, indeed past time, for We the People to back up our choice at the ballot box by use of the cartridge box.

"How much is that politician in the window? The one with the big goofy smile."

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