The Insanity Of Wasteful Political Greed
By James Donahue
It has long been known that everything the federal government buys is overpriced to the extreme.
There are two general reasons for this.
When the government orders something manufactured it sets specifications to such detail that any
company taking the contract might sweat bullets just meeting them. I once knew a plastic plant that went through inspection
turmoil because it contracted to make plastic dog whistles for mail carriers.
The second factor behind government waste has been pure greed. Companies seek these contracts because
there are big profits to be earned. For example, there is no good reason for the Pentagon to be paying hundreds of dollars
for toilet seats or to be spending billions contracting for a privatized military to fight unnecessary wars.
What is bothering us most these days is a movement among a batch of radical Republicans, who now
have taken control of the Congress and the Supreme Court. They seek to shift the wealth of the nation to the hands of
the money changers and strip federal assistance, welfare, public medicine and Social Security from the poor and working class.
It has been a blatant robbery of the people through forced taxation. We haven’t seen that
kind of cold hearted plundering since the time of the Kings in Europe. It was their action, and the ravaging by the Roman
Catholic Church, that drove the settlers to the new American frontier in search of religious freedoms and freedom from unfair
taxation by the crowns.
We all had a glimpse of the extreme wealth and overindulgence during the recent wedding of Prince
William and Kate Middleton that was calculated to have cost the UK people a whopping $9.8 billion. This is the kind of thinking
that has prevailed among the kings of the Earth since the beginning of royalty.
America was founded on the promise of equality for all. Indeed our Declaration of Independence
strikes us between the eyes with these burning words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
So why do our politicians and elected leaders in Washington and so many of our state capitals act
as though some men are more equal than others?
We are living in strange times when we are watching the two sides of this age-old conflict
between the haves and the have-nots come to a boiling point. The old “kings” of the long established monarchies
are being challenged by the masses. And the war has been between the common people using ideology and stones and the
powers who are using guns and bullets, tanks and every form of advanced weaponry they can get their hands on. It is shocking
to watch the people continue their protest marches in places like Syria, Libya, Egypt, and even out-of-the-way places in Africa
even as they are being murdered by soldiers firing real bullets into the crowds.
In the United States people are gathering by the thousands at state capitals to protest plans by
elected Republican leadership to cut spending for schools, unemployment and food stamps while approving tax increases for
the low and moderate income workers to feed the hungry pockets of big corporate interests. Mixed within all of this legislation
is a master plan to break what is left of the backs of labor unions. Recall petitions are getting passed around. Rebellion
is in the air here as it is overseas.
What is stirring this global emotion? Some might say the people are being driven by hunger, unemployment
and a desire for fairness. That is part of it, indeed. But we believe there also is occurring an awakening among the youth
of the world. There are a lot of people out in those streets who are showing that they are willing to risk the possibility
of death rather than spend their lives living under suppression.
We believe the class warfare that is happening before our eyes can be resolved quickly if those
elected “leaders” will just return to those beautifully expressed documents on which our nation was founded. There
is a crying need for fairness in all things.
What is needed in the United States is for this nation to shut down its wars in the Middle East,
to dramatically reduce its war machine to only what is needed for defense of the borders, establish new and fair tax laws
that put the burden of paying down the national debt on everyone, not just the working class, shutting down the War on Drugs
and along with that closing down those privately run prisons that house mostly people charged with possession and sale of
marijuana, break up the Department of Homeland Security and close down the Federal Reserve.
While we are at it, there is a crying need for new laws making it possible for the people to petition
for impeaching high officials, especially members of the U. S. Supreme Court who now enjoy lifetime tenure. When it is only
a majority vote of the Congress that can launch impeachment hearings, the die is cast making it impossible to clean house
once slanted thinkers like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia get on that bench.
America needs desperately to return to the old, tried and true method of voting on paper ballots
instead of using computerized machines that can and have been tampered with.
There also is a desperate need for legislation to bring back anti-trust laws or bring on strict
enforcement of the anti-trust laws that are already on the books. It should be illegal for companies like AT&T and Microsoft
to hold such ultimate control over the manufacture and provision of public services.
The elected leadership also needs to restore laws that placed federal control on the banking and
lending institutions so that they can never again bilk the people out of the very wealth of the nation.
This is our formula for bringing sanity back to the United States and making our nation prosperous
once again. The wealth has not been lost. It has simply been stolen by a few greedy people who have locked it all in vaults.
There seems to be a plan to bring down our nation and to replace it with something that assures that the rich and powerful
maintain their position of authority over the rest of us.
As candidates pare off to gain our votes in the 2012 elections, listen closely to what they personally
have to say and pick people who are willing to strive for fairness. Do NOT pay attention to those costly televised and radio
ads that will be financed by the big corporations that the Supreme Court wants to treat as equal with the rest of us. They