I hate lawyers and politicians. They make my life miserable with all their useless, moronic laws. Because of them, everything takes longer and costs more. I try to do my taxes to save money. But I canít understand half of the tax laws. Thanks to these clowns, the tax code is something like 80,0000 pages. They use it to extract my tax money, most of which they squander on stuff I donít want or never see. Like a fool, I always pay. Then Iím subjected to the mockery of political leaders that donít pay.
When I buy a product, half of the userís manual is safety instructions. The company cares more about covering its ass against lawsuits than the product itself. I recently bought a switch plate for a phone jack. Costing 49 cents, it included the plate, two screws and an instruction sheet, which had seven safety warnings Ė for a plastic switch plate. At least it wasnít repeated in Spanish. I showed it to one of the illegal aliens shingling my house. He laughed and I think he said Americans were estķpido, apparently because the instructions implied Mexicans were smart enough to install the plate without electrocuting themselves. I hugged him anyhow.
And when the product breaks, I find out that I didnít understand the fine print of the warranty. Itís lawyers at play again Ė screwing me to protect the company from risk (i.e., from being sued by other lawyers).
When I finance my house, I donít understand most of the papers I sign. The bank makes me get a lawyer for the closing, but I find out later that he represents the bank. I get a lawyer that I have to pay, but heís the bankís lawyer. Thatís ripe. He tells me I need to sign the dizzying stream of legal documents to make it legally binding. Then I dutifully make my mortgage payments only to be mocked again by politicians using my tax money to help people who donít make theirs.
I could go on (health and safety, insurance, building codes, etc.), but you are probably wondering what this has to do with hard-wired failure. I didnít either, until I started paying attention to the news Ė especially the ongoing economic news of how we are being screwed by rich people. Thatís when I started noticing a lot of politicians and lawyers.
Did I mention that I hate lawyers and politicians? How can you not hate someone who wants to govern and control you? I also donít trust them. I never see them. They donít live near me. They donít drink in the bars I go to. They donít put up with the same crap I put up with living and working from day to day. Iíve never met a lawyer or a politician with dirt under his fingernails or calluses on his hands or sweat around his collar. Iíve never seen a lawyer or a politician driving a lousy car or trying to fix it on the side of the road when it broke. Do you know what makes them tick? Well, what follows is what I discovered when I took a closer look at the people who want to govern and control us.
First, there is something worse than a politician. Itís a professional politician. A professional politician is someone who has never had a regular job. A professional politician gets out of school and becomes a public servant for life (either being elected to some public office or working for someone elected to a public office or working for the government in some political capacity), living off of taxpayer money.
Second, there is something worse than a professional politician - a professional politician who is also a lawyer. They are the most dangerous. They are the most removed from reality, yet have both the desire and the legislative authority to write laws. And write them they do, treating us like ignorant children. As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about subtle tyrannical power,
ďIt would resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; ÖĒ
Third, they are all rich. Have you ever met a lawyer or a professional politician that didnít have a big TV-type house, private schools for their kids and all the latest Madison Avenue stuff? I hate rich people too. I hate lawyers and professional politicians and then rich people. I donít mind that they are rich. Itís just that I suspect that they donít deserve to be rich. And they donít have a clue, they canít have a clue, what my world is like.
Fourth, the professions and backgrounds of our political leaders before they reached their current positions are revealing. I made a list of 13 Democrat and Republican political leaders and read the biographies of all 26. These are people who are currently in office (and in the news) and have the strongest influence on public policy. Since Republicans are out of power, there are several that no longer formulate policy, but were included for comparison with their counterparts under the Obama Administration. The results are summarized in Political Leaders.
The Republican list includes war criminal George Bush, evil Dick Cheney, Cranky John Boener, and so on. Three of the 13 are professional politicians. One is a professional politician and a lawyer. But with his exception, all of the others have had some real world experience Ė knows what itís like to have to make a real world decision or deadline or payroll or profit, or belligerent boss happy. I would have expected a better job from this mix of experience from the private sector. However, they had their chance and wasted it by spending too much money, screwing up political opportunities such as hurricane Katrina, angering the MSM (by stealing the presidency from Al Gore) and defending the country.
As a liberal, the Democrat list was distraughtly troubling. All of the Democrats are professional politicians; all but two are also lawyers. These people are void of any real-world experience; each a clone of the other; hardly a hotbed of meaningful, innovative ideas. Think about this. Ponder it. Every one of the Democrat leaders is a person who has done nothing else in his/her life but govern other people. So go directly to my fifth, and final, discovery.
Fifth, we are screwed. The country is being run by the very type of people I hate, each from never-never land with no clue whatís good for the average person. With such political inbreeding, I can only imagine the dullest gene pool and the most gnarled cognitive circuits. It is no wonder that the bailout, the stimulus package and the currently proposed budget are their products Ė huge collections of complicated and expensive laws formulated by lawyers and professional politicians to promote their like-minded, thoroughly unrealistic social and economic programs.
But these programs are bound to fail. There is little of real value in them. There is, however, plenty for government and its control over our lives. The cure for our near term economic ills is not a massive, future bureaucracy. Check your 401(k). In particular, look at the performance of any company that has received bailout money - if you are unfortunate enough to have any in your portfolio. What you see isnít Wall Street screwing you. It is lawyers and professional politicians doing it. Their medicine is worse than the disease. Share value is a function of future expectation. Your 401(k) value is merely a reflection of what investors, people who ultimately have to put their money where their mouths are, expect businesses to do under the yoke of these new programs.
Programs that reward corruption with earmarks, stupidity with tax credits and arrogance with social engineering cannot be expected to succeed. Nor should programs that punish people who pay their taxes and make their mortgage payments. If they do, it can only be achieved under the tyranny of these self-appointed cognoscenti that couldnít be further removed from average people. I donít want a hybrid car or solar panels. I donít want to turn my thermostat down or check my tire inflation. I donít see the urgency of making government buildings energy-efficient. I donít even want free health care and education. And I donít want our children and their children to pay for what the government is doing to us now. I want the tyrants to leave us alone Ė do nothing to help us. Let us figure it out for ourselves. It will be painful, but it has been done before. The Carter recession was worse than this one and, with government doing nothing other than cutting taxes, the economy recovered. No massive, share-the-wealth social programs were needed.
Calling our political leaders tyrants sounds pretty harsh. Well, hereís the rest of the de Tocqueville quote:
ďÖ it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves. It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for their security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances; can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living?Ē
Sound familiar? I think itís eerily familiar. Written over 160 years ago, it is succinctly indicative of the goal of our political leaders today - to produce compliant, dependent juveniles rather than responsible adult individuals. Itís been going on for years and itís in high gear now. Although no other tyrants have achieved it, Obama and company are undeterred. To them, it is the natural order of things. And since they are all lawyers and professional politicians, there is no dissention in their worldview. Short of a popular revolt by undeluded individuals, if there are enough left, we are trapped by Obamaís colossal hard-wired failure.