Big Government Business as Usual – Corruption and Failure

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 23rd, 2010

With Representation We Don’t Need Violent Revolution to Change Our Government

Republican congressional candidate (Dallas’ 30th Congressional District) Stephen Broden is talking crazy talk.  Which is a real shame.  Among the things he has said include this (see Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is ‘on the table’ from The Dallas Morning News by Melanie Mason):

“If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary,” Broden said, adding the nation was founded on a violent revolt against Britain’s King George III.

While it is true that we did use violent revolution to get rid of the government of Great Britain, that was then.  This is now.  We have something our Founding Fathers didn’t.  Representation.

If we can’t vote a government out of office, we sure don’t want to overthrow it by violent revolution.  If you think we lack unity now, just wait until you throw violence into the mix.  Think of the 4 long years of the American Civil War that killed more Americans than all other of America’s wars combined.  Think of the French Revolution and how even Robespierre, the architect of The Reign of Terror, was trundled off to the guillotine.  Think about America’s 8-year Revolutionary War in the south where it devolved into a bloody civil war between Loyalist and Patriot, neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother.  This is how violent overthrows of government go.  No, we don’t want this.  Especially when we have the right to vote.

The problem we have is an educational one.  If we understood our history, if we understood economic fundamentals, there would be no frustration and talks of violent overthrow.  There would be no need.  We would already have won at the ballot box.

Barney Frank Steals from Us in a Roundabout Way

That said, one can understand people’s frustrations.  Because some politicians are just so blatant in their corruption.  Take Barney Frank (please).  He is one of the architects of the subprime mortgage crisis, TARP, bailouts and author of new financial regulation to prevent people like him from raping and pillaging the American people again.  And he’s Wall Street’s bitch (see Barney Frank rakes in $40G from bailed out banks by Dave Wedge writing in the Boston Herald).

Frank vowed in February 2009 that he wouldn’t accept campaign donations from banks that received money under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or political action committees tied to such institutions.

But Frank has hauled in thousands from top execs at Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Wainwright Bank, JP Morgan Chase and other institutions that received billions in TARP money.

It was Barney Frank’s push for affordable housing and his lack of oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that gave us the subprime mortgage crisis.  But he protects Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still.  And during the debate over the new finance regulation, he unloaded vitriol of the highest degree on Wall Street, blaming them for all our woes.  And here he is, taking money from the same people he attacked.  And bailed out.  How coincidental.  Do they come more corrupt?

The Chevy Volt is Yet Another Big Government Failure

And speaking of bailouts, how about that Government Motors?  The Obama administration attacked GM for making the wrong kind of cars.  And what were they selling?  Trucks and SUVs.  Which is what the people want.  But the Left hates trucks and SUVs so Obama took over this car company to build the ‘right’ kind of car.  And what did they come up with?  Not much (see Volt Fraud At Government Motors in an Investor’s Business Daily editorial).

It turns out that this electric car is rather silly.  You have to pay people to buy it.  It has a limited range.  And very average mileage.

The gasoline engine has been found to be more than a range-extender for the battery. Volt engineers are now admitting that when the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery pack runs down and at speeds near or above 70 mph, the Volt’s gasoline engine will directly drive the front wheels along with the electric motors. That’s not charging the battery — that’s driving the car.

So it’s not an all-electric car, but rather a pricey $41,000 hybrid that requires a taxpayer-funded $7,500 subsidy to get car shoppers to look at it. But gee, even despite the false advertising about the powertrain, isn’t a car that gets 230 miles per gallon of gas worth it?

We heard GM’s then-CEO Fritz Henderson claim the Volt would get 230 miles per gallon in city conditions. Popular Mechanics found the Volt to get about 37.5 mpg in city driving, and Motor Trend reports: “Without any plugging in, (a weeklong trip to Grandma’s house) should return fuel economy in the high 30s to low 40s.”

Again, further reason for all that frustration over government.  Henderson was the government’s man after Obama forced out Rick Wagoner.  And, surprise surprise, he lied.  Big Government poured millions of our tax dollars into this electric lemon.  But why?  We could have bought the same thing from Toyota for a heck of a lot less. 

Politics – The Art of Corruption

The moral of this lesson?  The only thing government is really good at is corruption.  And to be honest, we really don’t need any more of that.  So let’s just vote this election season.  And have a peaceful change of power.  The American way. 

If John Adams could peacefully hand over power to Thomas Jefferson, the people in Dallas’ 30th Congressional District have little to worry about Stephen Broden.  Let’s not forget that there were those on the Left who said George W. Bush would legalize rape and put all gay people into one state.  Well, he didn’t.  People say stupid things during the heat of an election.  We need to look past the crazy to their philosophical basis.  And whether or not we want Barney Frank to be the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee any longer.  For if there is one thing we’ve learned, you don’t want the fox guarding the hen house.  Not anymore.

We don’t need Barney Frank practicing his art anymore.  Or anyone else in Big Government.  The art of corruption had its run.  We need a new show in Washington.  Something new.  Something different.  Here’s a thought.  How about something honest?

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