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Posted by Larry Doyle on December 23, 2009 12:26 PM |

Washington may think the “payoff politics as usual” is justified under the guise of working toward goals, but I would beg to differ. In my opinion, the payoffs garnered by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are emblematic of the broken political process in America.

Why is it that citizens of some states are not required to pay the same freight as citizens of all other states? Why is it that citizens of some states garner ‘special’ benefits and advantages not accorded to citizens of all other states?

I do not doubt for a second that this ‘payoff politics’ has been going on for a lot longer than we may appreciate. I would also maintain that a significant portion of our fiscal and moral deficits are generated from this very approach.

The fact that representatives hold out for these payoffs and then promote them as benefiting their states should be more widely broadcast as unpatriotic and divisive.

The fact that administrations from both sides of the aisle have chosen the ‘payoff’ style of politics is merely an indication as to the lack of character, courage, and political intellect needed to craft real legislative reforms.

When the ‘for sale’ sign is constantly out, that lowest common denominator will always be reached.

If this ‘payoff politics’ is the best America has to offer, then I am increasingly concerned that our collective future will be far less than it ought to be.

Where are the real statesmen?


  • W Harvey

    This is not politics as usual no matter
    what the sleazoid dems would have us try
    to believe. Mary Landrieu would sell her
    first born to sate her ambition and Ben
    Nelson is just a traitor to his country.
    Obama has staked his presidency on the
    passage of this Chavez-like garbage bill
    which will “insure” that all Americans and
    illegals will receive third world health-care
    care treatment for generations to come.
    The only solutions is to “throw the bums out
    out”..because they are all bums, they are
    all corrupt, and they are all on the take.

  • TeakWoodKite

    LD, i wouldn’t be so blind as to say this doesn’t “make the world turn”, but I believe you are correct. The “in your face” factor is off the charts with this democratic majority.

    Statesmen/women are miligned and made to stay on the side lines. I am curious when the collective voice of the American people will be heeded.

    7 of ya eh? Thats a whole team. Yikes! 🙂

  • Randy Bowman

    There’s an old story about a Mafia boss who when he was given a tour of the New York Stock Exchange and shown how it worked, exclaimed “Man oh man, I chose the wrong business.” I daresay, that had he gotten a tour of what goes on amongst our politicians in Washington D.C. He’d have quit the Mafia on the spot and immediately started a campaign to gain public office!

    The three politicians mentioned in this article, and many others whose names shall for the moment shall remain obscured, could probably even give Mafia crime bosses lessons in how to steal from the public coffers in plain daylight. The collective shame for these actions rests with every American who allows this process to continue unaltered.

    Until we rise up and say “What the Hell do you think you are doing and demand that anyone that engages in these antics be immediately stripped of public office, nothing will get any better. Absent action on our part, they will eventually fleece us all of most everything we have.

    The way things are going that shouldn’t take them too much longer, from my viewpoint.

  • Marty

    It REALLY is the lowest common denominator.

    Just other day Senate Majority Harry Reid stated that it was laudable that politicians who’s vote was needed for the “Health” Bill held out for more “Pork” when their vote was critical.

    Folks… this style of government is the major reason we are in dire straits. After awhile, this “every man for himself” style of government ends in the biggest fish eating all others. Of course we now know that leads to Wall St (and specifically Goldman Sacks) calling the shots.

    Time to rethink.
    Before GS gains ultimate political control, I STRONGLY urge you to support public financing of elections, term limits in Congress (we MUST stop control of important committees by “bought” long term congressional whores)! Barney Franks and Chris Dodd come immediately to mind.

    Ever heard of the term “Gerrymandering”. If not, for your own benefit… you SHOULD. Google it to learn, clueless you. Stop gerrymandering as it’s another avenue of corruption.

    Term limits for Congress, No Gold plated retirement/health care REPEAT — No SPECIAL just for them FANTASTIC Retirement & Health Care. Make THEM eat the same dog food we do!!!!! Oh… and let’s make this RETROACTIVE to past members.

    Support public financing of elections, NO Congressional districts configured for voting blocks to specifically help a particular party gain easy/continual reelection. Also… Please consider 3rd party candidates with an open mind.
    This breaks up the log jam we have with two WAY OUT OF TOUCH and CORRUPT parties.

    Starting with the basics:
    Look everyone, this is FAR easier than you picking up a gun an revolting. Your well being, your survival depends on breaking up this slow motion,dysfunctional train wreak we now have for Government.

    Step AWAY from the TV. Step away from the refrigerator.
    Educate yourselves about what’s happening “under the hood”.
    Don’t expect CNN,CNBC, Reuters, etc. to present balanced news. They are as “balanced” as Pravda at the height of the cold war. Why? because they are owned by the same Billionaires that own Goldman Sacks and the U.S. “FED” Central Bank.

    Oh yeah, almost forget the MOST important point.
    Support the Audit the Fed bill.
    Better yet… let’s just end the US Central Bank being owned and controlled by a handful of Billionaires.
    That is the PRIMARY avenue the wealthy elite use to extert their control.

    END THE FED. For your own survival…. END THE FED.

  • Randy Bowman

    Rather than post another comment of my own, today Ileave you with the well considered thoughts of a fellow human being who posted the other day on the zerohedge website..

    by Cognitive Dissonance
    on Wed, 12/23/2009 – 16:33

    Sancho Ponzi,

    I agree with you. It is we who hold the power and it is our job to effect change, not the latest puppet or pretty face offered on the idiot box.

    Unfortunately the vast majority of people get their “facts” and most importantly “opinions” from the TV, not from any real independent thought or analysis of the situation. And the more desperate people become, the more they will turn to the devil they know for marching orders and comfort.

    Just because you’re awake, aware and energized doesn’t mean everyone else is or will become willing to be so. After 50 plus years of Pavlov’s dog fear conditioning via the TV, as silly as it sounds, the American public is suffering from a unique form of battered citizen post traumatic stress disorder and will not welcome change if that change requires they handle any responsibility at all, particularly the responsibility to make a choice between the devil they know and the devil they don’t know if they then must live with it.

    It’s so much easier to suffer the slowly increasing daily indignities of the current corruption and slow emotional starvation than to take a chance, no matter how small, with real honest to goodness change, the type that comes from within. The problems we are experiencing are psychological in nature and no amount of social engineering will make a difference until and unless we-the-people decide we are ready to face a brave new world.

    The people have always had the power. They have consciously decided not to accept the responsibility that goes along with holding the power and have instead farmed it off to someone, anyone, who is willing to do what they clearly are not willing to do. We need a type of activism that starts at the local level, where I’m engaged. We must knock on the doors and coax people outside, away from their TVs and PlayStations and back into the real world.

    I’ve been talking to people in my small community for 3 years about family first, community second, mostly to blank faces and bewildered expressions. It took the recent snow storm to drive the point home. As people began to recognize that the best way to get through the 2 days (until the main road was plowed) was to work together, it become easy to get gangs of men and women together to go from door to door to shovel each other out and make sure everyone had food and heat.

    Until this happens country wide, nothing will change. We must empower locally if we are to take back power nationally.

  • Aaron Kramer

    “Why is it that citizens of some states are not required to pay the same freight as citizens of all other states? Why is it that citizens of some states garner ’special’ benefits and advantages not accorded to citizens of all other states?”

    LD I can answers these questions with a quote from an incredibly insightful novel.


    Animal Farm
    George Orwell

  • Jacko

    Nice site – Like what you did. Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year !

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