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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You...

Realize you are being bribed, realize you are now a crony capitalist, realize you sold out to make a few bucks.

Apr 05, 2012


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APRIL 5 2012


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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You...

It was Friday, January 20, 1961 at JFK's inauguration where he said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." We've come a long way since then. It's common during presidential campaigns for people to ask the candidates what they're going to get for their vote. So many groups have been bought off over the years. State employees like teachers, prison guards and highway patrol have been bought off by ization and now are loyal to one party. In cities, police and fire have been bought off by ization and are now loyal to one party. Most of these public employees enjoy salary and benefits substantially more generous than the private sector. Banks have been bought off, wall street has been bought off, car companies have been bought off.

It's agonizing to watch people being bought off. The latest version of 'buying/selling your soul' is California's high-speed rail. First, the project was announced for the Central Valley. Many people believe it was an effort to help Congressman Jim Costa's re-election campaign which he barely won over political novice Andy Vidak. Trade s were bought off with the promise of construction jobs. Then the cities of the Valley were bought off by the promise of a high-speed train maintenance yard and the jobs that would come with it. There still hasn't been a decision about where to locate the yard, as other cities might withhold their support if they knew it would not be located within their boundaries.

Now, Los Angeles and San Francisco are being bought off with the promise of billions of dollars to upgrade their current rail systems into a 'blended' high-speed rail system. With all this money floating around, it's tough to stay out of the game. The people who have been unemployed will find it difficult to turn down a job of any kind with the project.

One of our newsletter subscribers sent us this note:

"The attachment is an invitation to submit a statement of qualifications to the City of Fresno for engineering services related to infrastructure affected by HSR in Fresno. Here's the quandary: do we go after this work, or not? It doesn't take too much of a stretch to realize that the successful bidder will reap economic benefits not available to those who don't win. It would be better if the gov't wasn't printing & borrowing the money they're spending, but what do I know? I'm on the engineering side...."

So that's the question for all of us. The government-created mess we're now in gives us the opportunity to get in the government game and make some money. Everything else in the California economy has come to a halt. So, what to do? We're all being bribed with money from the high-speed rail system to lure us into support. There probably won't be any blame to be had for bellying up to the high-speed trough, but realize you are being bribed, realize you are now a crony capitalist, realize you sold out to make a few bucks.

How many of us will be left to say..."ask what you can do for your country."

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