Dear America: We’re better than this.
Mark DeLoura
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Nice sentiments, but misdirected. I have no difficulty accommodating friends and acquaintances. We can agree or agree to disagree; that isn’t our national problem, which is actually several problems that feed on each other.

First off, however government may be designed, it is still run by people, and people, especially those who covet power enough make it their life’s ambition, are prone to human vices. In particular, our politicians act first and foremost for their own benefit. The wish above all else to remain in power and to accumulate the wealth and fame that comes along with a long career in politics. Next, they act in the interests of those who support them with the big bucks and the influence that comes with high connections, because without them, they could not remain in power. Last, by a large margin, comes what is good for the common people. But only when it doesn’t interfere with the first two conditions.

That is why inner city kids have so little chance for a good education, for example, because education policy is geared to the demands of the Teachers Union; so charter schools, vouchers and other policies that are proven to benefit poor kids are despised by many politicians. Because the Union wants their quid pro quo for their support. And the unions want their $15/hr minimum wage, ignoring the consequences for inner city teens.

It’s why the US continues to waste tens of billions of dollars every year, and globally hundreds of billions are wasted every year, on futile attempts to control the climate, despite mountains of science that prove it is unnecessary and futile. Why? Because a lot of influential people are getting insanely rich. (**coughAlGorecough**). And the demented ethanol mandates; even diehard Global Warming fanatics can’t defend ethanol. It does nothing for the environment, it drives up the cost of food, it drives up the cost of fuel; but it is a massive subsidy for Iowa corn farmers and Monsanto, and politicians need the support of those people, so it will continue.

Second, another vice that the powerful are susceptible to is to exempt themselves from the rules and laws that the rest of us are subject to. I won’t belabor this point, just present the repeated cases where our President simply ignores laws he doesn’t like and makes up his own laws wherever he wants one. And I could present dozens of cases where ordinary people have been prosecuted, and many convicted, of transgressions of the same kind that the Clintons have committed; yet the Clintons never are prosecuted. Their Foundation money laundering scheme isn’t even being investigated.

And the “special rules for special people” practice extends to those who are friends and supporters of the politicians because those people help keep the politician in power. That’s why not a single person responsible for the untold misery of the Great Recession of 2008 every paid a price for their part. Hell, most of them walked away with taxpayer bailout money and huge bonuses. And the people behind the idiot green energy schemes that Obama funded with taxpayer money walked away with their pockets bulging with taxpayer money that somehow just “disappeared” during the bankruptcy proceedings.

Third, our own government has dissolved into power factions whose only rule is “win at all costs, cheat if you have to”. Review how the Stimulus and Obamacare were passed, if you can stomach it. We are adding to our national debt over one trillion dollars every year; $1.25 Trillion per year average over Obama’s two terms. Probably higher regardless of who our next president is. Yet our Congress can’t even bring a budget up for discussion, let alone pass a budget. In clear violation of a law that requires a budget be passed each year. You promote a civility among the people that doesn’t exist in our own government.

Well, I could keep going like this all day. The point is that “government is designed to accommodate the mess” is a nice sentiment, and civility among our neighbors is pleasant, but it does nothing for what is ailing our country. When Reagan said “government is the problem”, he wasn’t speaking of how the government was designed, he was speaking of how the politicians and bureaucrats are running it. And they are not running it for our sake, but their own.

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