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The price of doing business…

Good morning, Netizens…


After last night's Republican candidates debate, and still reeling with the vision of the various candidates gleaming beneath the lights, attempting to distance themselves from other Republican aspirants to the Presidency, each attempting to portray themselves as something they are NOT, that being ethical, it seems likely that cartoonist David Horsey might take a shot at it, I wasn't the least bit surprised at this cartoon this morning. Rather, I was expecting it. It seems defensible that anytime you hold an election for any office, you inevitably encounter lobbyists, who seemingly creep forth, out of the woodwork, each eager to represent their “masters” in a favorable light.


With fourteen million unemployed people in the United States, you might think there would be a lobbyist group representing the long-term unemployed, but guess again. In fact, as far as I know, there are no lobbyists representing ordinary U.S. Citizens, even in an election year.


I did cackle with some unrestrained glee at Horsey's portrayal of the U.S. Congress. I guess it gives streetwalkers a bad name.


No, the only targets assigned to lobbyists are members of the Congress, ostensibly each of whom have their hands out, eager for some of that good old payola. If any member of Congress sits on a key committee or are pivotal in a key vote, the lobbyists beat a path to their door with offers, lots of offers.


It's the price of doing business with the government.


Of course, I might be wrong in this.



Earth Day review…

Good afternoon, Netizens…


Here we have the Unofficial Earth Day flag, by John McConnell: the blue marble on a blue background. It has come to represent Earth Day, which has been observed since April 22, 1970 and is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. It is coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, according to whom Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a half billion people every year”.


I have a problem with Earth Day. If so many people in the United States are so enamored of saving Mother Earth, why is it they continue to re-elect politicians who clearly have a conflict of interest with Green awareness and/or become lobbyists for major corporations that pollute our air and water?


I find myself astounded beyond words at the number of lobbyists for corporations who mouth the phrases of Earth Day while still polluting madly away.



The bane of the government class…

Good morning, Netizens…

How utterly accurate David Horsey’s cartoon this morning is! The unanswered question that remains, like a crusty old penny on the tip of ones fingers is, how much money is actually passing between lobbyists and the government that got elected promising to end this largesse?

I dearly love watching some of the same banks and lending institutions that stood up quickly for the “free handouts” when President Obama told us we had to save them, are the same institutions that today are back to business as usual, paying huge bonuses, lavish parties for their high-rolling clients and other nefarious deeds? I once laughed at their television advertising.

Now, like the mother searching for her lost child,  I simply wonder where the banking lobbyists are tonight? Or do I really want to know…


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