I have to thank Mel Brooks for the title (History of the World, part 1); and if you have not seen the movie, take a look. The above phrase is from his stand up for Emperor Nero, where he talks about the corruption of the roman Senate. Now I know that my Madness has been quiet for a while, and I have been debating for a while whether or not to post, but I figured it is time once again.
With this being an election year in the US, it is often humorous to see the political commercials on TV. Best part, is they all start the same way: campaigners tell the public they are going to work hard to be elected by the people and not slander the competition. What we see is this being true for a whole week (if best) and then out comes the crap. Are you serious? And they wonder why voting in the US is down. Where I’m at, I’ve seen just about everything that you can imagine, and I laugh more than everything else. I mean, it’s bad when a 7 year old calls them dumb!
And the best part, all they want to do is be elected once, and that’s it. Why does one ask? See if this Madness makes sense to you; Members elected to a political office receive a salary for the remainder of their lives, to include gratuities and benefits that normal citizens will never see. These candidates are already successful in their various careers, meaning this is an additional bonus for them. The irony of all of this is that you can serve in the Military for, say 4 years, and the only thing you get is the opportunity to work at a minimum wage job once you get out, possibly benefits if you served in a Combat Zone (and they call ME crazy).
What I would love to see is an every day, average person run for office and make it (which does occasionally happen and I have the utmost respect for them).
Visualize: You change the channel and you see a man (or woman) casually dressed in a rural neighborhood. The person is in their front yard, you see off to the side an early 2000 vehicle parked in the driveway, the exterior of the house is neatly kept, but nothing elaborate (Note: I am in no way or capacity applying for a political position):
Good Afternoon, My name is Bob and I am running for Office. I have been gainfully employed for over twenty years, to include honorably serving in the Armed Forces. I hold a college degree but I cannot use it at this time due to the job market but I am currently employed making a little more than minimum wage.
If I am elected into office, I would strive to ensure the following:
Ensure that everyone, regardless of income are contributing to taxes. Taxes are only effective if all social classes are contributing equally (did you know that the reason we see issues in taxes by the upper class is that they are either exempt or have received permission not to pay? This also includes major corporations). I have paid and will continue to pay taxes, and it is only fair for all citizens, regardless of stature contribute to our nations economy.
I understand that Health Care is important, and I believe that something must be done in order to accomplish this. However, this must be something that is only addressed once our nation has regained economic stability, and not trying to impose restrictions costing more than it would cost to establish a policy.
I would also ensure that our Men and Women that have honorably served in the Armed Forces be properly recognized and compensated for their services. This would be accomplished by eliminating or reducing the lifetime salaries that we are currently seeing in office, giving this to our Servicemen and women. If eliminating the salaries are not an option, then I would work for Servicemen and women to receive a monthly compensation for their honorable service regardless of time served, as they do in political offices.
Madness I know, but if I ever saw this on the TV, I would make signs to put in my front yard. And the Irony of all of this? If everyone that were to read this (and do the tell two friends thing) did a “write in” on their ballots during the election, it would show on the polls; wouldn’t that be a sight to see? Now I am in no way trying to cause or start an issue, just bringing to surface what is there.
Let’s see Bob in 2012!!