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100% Government Snake Oil

govsnakeoilYesterday I was watching an older western movie. There was a town scene where a man in a fancy suit was selling an elixir. According to claims this elixir would not only cure all ills, but also remove stains, freshen breath, clear up a complexion and make one more attractive to the opposite sex.

What struck me, and not in a funny or good way, was how much this sounds like the claims of our elected officials on both sides of the aisle, as they write or rewrite policy that affects our lives, and reach ever deeper and deeper into our wallets. Current Presidential candidates come to mind as prime examples.

Remember the old saying; “How do you know a politician is lying? His mouth is moving”. Again, our two current Presidential candidates are prime examples. I have a similar saying for government policy. How do you know the government policy is flawed? It exists!

It has been my experience overall that all things have both good and bad sides. To say or think otherwise is lying to ourselves and others. Unfortunately, we humans seem to be very good at lying to ourselves, or at least letting politicians lie to us. Politicians have merely extended it to the next level, lying to us. When I hear about how wonderful a particular bill or government action is going to be without hearing about the negative repercussions, the thought that always pass though my mind; “when is the fecal matter going to hit the rotary oscillating device!”

When no negatives are mentioned, one should automatically assume either lying or ignorance. But which is worse; elected politicians being ignorant, or elected politicians assuming our ignorance. I tend to favor the later as the primary goal of politicians seems to be staying in office and holding on to power. The secondary goal is reaching retirement without being held accountable.

What has also become apparent is the lack of difference between political parties. The rhetoric sound bytes are different, but this is to be expected. They are just different faces of the same beast. A beast that speaks with a forked tongue.

An old adage to remember when listening to political promises; “If it sounds too good to be true, then it is”.

Thought of the Moment

I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else
G. K. Chesterton
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