Monday, October 6, 2008

RAIN - 28 days to E- Day

Skies and Congress refresh with RAIN

RAIN Refresher: From now until the presidential election day we will begin each post with a review of the Remove All Incumbents Now (RAIN) campaign. A good rain washes clean all the road scum, dust and filth. We hope that a cleansing of Congress will result in the firing of the legislators who are part of the group that bailed out Wall Street with nearly a trillion dollars, at least 150 billion of which was blatant authorized pork by Democrats to appease Republicans who had previously rejected the bill then changed their vote allowing it to pass after being seduced by pork. We are not sure how much of the bailout, if any, was actually needed.

“I would love to vote out all incumbents, but…”: Several comments have been sent to me both via the Dr. Forgot blog and column. A persistent theme goes something like this: “I love the concept. I agree that our political system is corrupt and that the only way to cleanse it is to vote them all out. But I am a staunch (fill in your party here) who has never voted (the other party here) and believe the (other) party will bring our country down with its (fill in the issues). My local Congressperson has fought to bring money to my state and to be reelected to (his/her) office with tough contested races the last (fill in a number) elections and I cannot vote for a member of the (other) party.”

HELLO! That is the very point! The corruption supersedes both parties – it is systemic. Anybody who has served multiple terms has been tainted by the corrupt system and needs to be voted out of office to send a message to those remaining that the corrupt system is dead. It makes no difference which party is in or which party gets voted out. Both parties are members of a corrupt system. If your candidate is really able to function in a cleaner political environment, then vote them out this election and support them the next. That will allow the system to be purged.

Who is to blame – Democrats or Republicans: The answer is simple – the system is corrupt. Neither party has clean hands. If you lean to the left feel free to beat up the current administration on whose watch the bubble burst. If you are a card carrying Republican feel free to dredge up those emails that blame the Clinton administration for starting the slide and the Democratic Senate majority for the past two years. It makes no difference who the bigger thieves are! Both sides are culpable. The problem is with Congress. The system is broken. Newly elected legislators with high ideals who want to do the best for their country are quick to get the Little Lord Fauntleroy knocked out of them when they discover they can either compromise their ideals and play ball with the corruption or become impotent by being shunted off to minor committees, with no power to make changes. Cross a lobbyist, get punished by fellow legislators. Play ball and get rewarded and promoted. The story is an old one but the depth to which corruption has permeated Washington Congressional life has played a large part in the downfall of American banking and possibly the downfall of our country.

Where to assign the blame: Was it President Reagan whose deregulation and trickle down theories led to the Washington version of a “Girls Gone Wild” tape? Was it President Clinton who signed the bill to ease restrictions so more people could get Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac loans? Was it the Bush administration under whose watch the budget went from the largest surplus in history to a national debt so large that the debt monitor in New York had to be rebuilt to accommodate a 10 trillion dollar debt which increases by a million dollars every six seconds? The answer is yes, yes, and yes. In order to be nominated by a party and elected to the presidency Republicans must kiss the feet of their religious right wing base. Democrats must worship at the altar of the left wing. Such is the corruption cancer that recently exploded with a Wall Street economic meltdown followed by giving the crooks that caused the meltdown more money than they can count in hopes of making things better.

Only You can Prevent Forest Fires: And only you can purge the cancer of corruption from our system of government. November 4 a president must be elected. Although citizens are tempted to stay away in droves given the filth and smears that have become rampant during the presidential campaign that is exactly the wrong strategy. I call on you to vote for your candidate for the presidency but fire every one of the bums who are on the ballot seeking additional time feeding at the legislative trough. Vote against every incumbent. Remove All Incumbents Now must be the mantra of Americans for the next 28 days, Forget party loyalty during this election. Forget getting more money for your state while your Congressman gets rich from side deals and cronyism. Vote the bums out. Support the RAIN campaign. If enough people will do so, and enough incumbents are thrown out, only then will those remaining get the message. Only then will the system that rewards longevity and cronyism be broken. Only then will young enthusiastic legislators have the clout to tell lobbyists to take a hike. Be a RAIN maker. Make it RAIN on election day.

I will continue to write daily about RAIN both in my blog and my news media column at: (my blog) and at where I am a featured columnist.

A little blogging music Maestro: From Sting, “After the RAIN has fallen.”

Dr. Forgot

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