A lot of people blame the free market for the economic problems that we have in our country. In reality, with the shysters that we elect to the federal and other governments year in and year out, we haven't had a free market in decades. We've had a butt-kiss market. I'm not better off than I was ten years ago, not to mention just last year. And it's your fault, because you keep voting members of the butt-kiss market into public office.
So quit it!
The Real Benevolence of the Profiteering Non-Profit Law Firms. I just found out this morning that a lot of these so-called benevolent law firms who do all kinds of pro bono work aren't really as benevolent as I thought.
Non-profit law firms funded by the federal Legal Services Corporation invested tax dollars in booze, interest-free loans for employees, lobbying registration fees and $750,000 for an independent "information technology" contractor whose contract had been lost and whose address was identical to the law firm's address, says the Government Accountability Office.Why am I surprised?
Sports Stadiums. Every time I drive past Sandy, Utah on the freeway I just want to scream. Sandy city
A lot of people blame the free market for our economic problems. With the shysters that we elect to government year in and year out, we haven't had a free market in decades.government has got to be the most unethical city government in the state. Tom Dolan and his cronies should be sent off to a penitentiary. After paying themselves bonuses because they are so indispensable, the Sandy City government is now trying to ace you out of several million more dollars as they entice a developer (with a tax giveaway) to build a broadway-style theatre that nobody wants.
Even before that, Sandy somehow finagled 35 million dollars from you and me for their monstrosity of a soccer stadium, because enough state legislators were STUPID enough to believe that they'll get their money back sometime in the next 50 years. And then Dave Checketts reneged on $7.5 million that he would donate to youth sports parks. What a chump. No, actually...we're the chumps.
But again, I'm not surprised. That's chump change compared to George Steinbrenner, who raped the Bronx public park system, with the help of "America's mayor", Rudi Giuliani, and built a new stadium for the New York Yankees with a gift from the government of $276 million. Washington D.C. forked out $611 million to build a stadium so their rich friends--owners of the Washington Nationals--could play baseball. There are such stories galore. It makes me never want to attend another professional athletic event ever again.
Shop at Wal-Mart and Cabela's--So You Don't Get Screwed Twice. Most of the Wal-Marts and Cabela's all across the United States have strong-armed the cities in which they ultimately build stores for very favorable economic perks, such as free land and much lower taxes. Chances are very great that Utah county did this for our local Wal-Mart and Cabela's
Unless we start electing honest and courageous people, a government "solution" to our problems will be worse, but only because the sins of the butt-kiss market are not yet pervasive across the entire country.vultures. I thought for quite some time that both of these businesses grew themselves from the ground up. But I have found that Sam Walton and Mr. Cabela are part of the butt-kiss market. You like getting stomped on, don't you? If they really have a good product, why can't they sell it in a market that doesn't give them the advantage?
When they are pervasive, though, both "solutions" will be the same.
Their strong-armed advantage is the primary reason that Wal-Mart and Cabela's can afford to have lower prices than their competition. So I guess you'd better shop there so that you don't get screwed twice--first, because they made you pay the taxes that they should have paid, and second because you'll pay more than everyone else who shops there.
On second thought, if you have a spine, you can shop somewhere else and send a letter telling Wal-Mart and Cabela's that they suck because they didn't get rich by honest means.
The Booty of Political Conquest. George W. Bush is coming to Utah to take millions of dollars from Utahns who want to have a part in the butt-kiss market--so that another establishmentarian (John McCain) can pilot America on its downward trajectory. Imagine what productively could be done with those millions of dollars. It's beginning to make me think that we should change campaign finance reform laws so that every candidate gets the same amount of money.
Maybe, however, it will take utter economic collapse for enough of us to realize that we should be electing people like Ron Paul to public office--people whose main purpose isn't to be bought.
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It's been quite some time since very much "free marketing" has been going on in the United States. Rather, government shysters are scratching the back of their K-Street business buddies and vice versa, and most of the "market" gets bottled up in the top 1% of US wage earners. Often, once they've scratched enough backs, government whores take their turn in the business sector where they can get their unfair cut of the pie. What we've got stinks an awful lot more like fascism than the free market. And it's mostly your fault.
So, for example, people who allege that the market cannot solve the problem of man-made global warming are probably right. But not for the reason that they think. Because of the real problem--rampant greed--government wouldn't be any better at solving the global warming problem than our existing butt-kiss market. Unless we start electing honest and courageous people, a government "solution" to our problems will in almost all cases be worse, but only because the sins of the butt-kiss market are not yet pervasive across the entire country.
When they are pervasive, though, both "solutions" with be the same. And then the word "suck" will have a completely new definition.