Very Little Of “AMERICA” Left In American Politics
November 30, 2012

It’s just agony seeing Mitt Romney standing in the Oval Office.  NEXT to the President of the United States.  Especially because the President just returned from a tour of Asia and already has a $4 million, three week Hawaiian vacation planned for the Obama holidays.

Oh, the agony…of defeat.

Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds sheds some light on our present and future.  He suggests that we’re headed in the direction of the Hunger Games series. Did your teens make you see it?  It was a strangely TELLING movie.

The Upper Class Exploits The Lower Class in “The Hunger Games.”

Here’s the premise and how our futures are reflected in it!

“You know the story: While the provinces starve, the Capital City lives it up, its wheeler-dealer big-shots growing fat on the tribute extracted from the rest of the country.

We don’t live in The Hunger Games yet, but I’m not the first to notice that Washington, D.C., is doing a lot better than the rest of the country. Even in upscale parts of L.A. or New York, you see boarded up storefronts and other signs that the economy isn’t what it used  to be.

TOYS-R-US out of business too????

But not so much in the Washington area, where housing prices are going up, fancy restaurants advertise $92 Wagyu steaks, and the Tyson’s Corner mall outshines — as I can attest from firsthand experience — even Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive. Meanwhile, elsewhere, the contrast is even starker. As Adam Davidson recently wrote in The New York Times, riding the Amtrak between New York and D.C. exposes stark contrasts between the “haves” of the capital and the have-nots outside the Beltway. And he correctly assigns this to the importance of power. Washington is rich not because it makes valuable things, but because it is powerful.

Their amount of opportunism at our expense? Frightening.

With virtually everything subject to regulation, it pays to spend money influencing the regulators. As P.J. O’Rourke famously observed: “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

But it’s not just bags-of-cash style corruption. Most of the D.C. boom is from lobbyists and PR people, and others who are retained to influence what the government does. It’s a cold calculation: You’re likely to get a much better return from an investment of $1 million on lobbying than on a similar investment in, say, a new factory or better worker training. So, if we must raise taxes . . . how about a tax on lobbying expenses? After all, when you tax something, you get less of it.”

Thanks Glenn.  THAT’s what we need:  less of those who seek the lights of Washington for opportunism, instead of service.



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