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Over the weekend the Gallup polling company delivered us their latest: “75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption – This figure is up from two in three in 2007 (67%) and 2009 (66%).”
That already-incredibly high 2009 number likely reflects the horrendous government bailout era. When Americans saw DC in anti-capitalism-fashion throw over a trillion dollars at a handful of companies – which were led by people who had donated tens of millions of dollars to government officials. When contribution-recipient outgoing-Republican-president George W. Bush ludicrously said “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” The American people knew just how absurd all of that was. They also knew that government caused the crash – but government’s alleged “solution” did nothing to address that cause.
The Gallup poll’s rise to 3/4 from 2/3 reflects the ongoing bailout fraud under the auspices of the successor-president – Democrat Barack Obama. Americans saw General Motors (GM) transmogrify intoGovernment Motors. They saw much of the $83 billion in GM bailout money go to the Democrat uber-donor United Auto Workers (UAW) union – to be spent on subsequent Democrat campaigns. A bailout on which President Obama said we’d make money – but on which we lost over $70 billion.
The Gallup poll’s rise also reflects the Age of “Stimulus.” When in 2009 DC shoveled out the door an additional $787 billion – which Americans know we don’t have. Much of which went to Democrat donors, too. $80 billion of it went to “green” “energy” – which Americans know is neither green nor energy. 80% of that went to Democrat donors.
Americans watched the likes of the IRS assaults on conservative groups, the Administration assaults on reporters, Fast and Furious government gun-running to Mexican drug cartels, Benghazi and on, and on, and on. But have seen absolutely no one held accountable – and nothing done to change government’s miserable standard operating procedure.
Americans never liked the ObamaCare power grab – but watched DC shove it in their faces and down their throats. Pseudo-lubricated with copious amounts of President Obama lies like “If you like your doctor – you can keep your doctor,” “If you like your plan – you can keep your plan.” and “This plan will save the average family $2,500 per year.” Millions of people have lost their plans and (thus) their doctors. And watched their premiums skyrocket – year after year, over and over again.
In late 2014 and early 2015 the Administration was telegraphing its intent to unilaterally commander control of the Internet via Network Neutrality. This grab too was greased with many, many on-their-face-obvious government lies – obvious lies being the only form of transparency DC practices. “Net Neutrality won’t hurt Internet investment.” “Net Neutrality won’t mean new Internet taxes.” Americans were unsurprisingly, rightly highly dubious.
Well, this February the government imposed its Web power grab. And shocker – investment for the first half of 2015 is historic in its drop-off: “(T)he net decrease across the six largest (Internet Service Providers) ISPs amounted to $3.3 billion in capital flight….”
Americans aren’t flabbergasted – they are unsurprisingly, rightly even more disdainful of DC. Now – given the Administration’s assertions that there won’t be any new Internet taxes – Americans are likely, rightly bracing for a whole new raft of Internet taxes.
You can’t blame them. For yet again preparing for DC’s worst – when promised DC’s best. Or for growing ever more disgusted with DC’s nigh-universal corruption. Once bitten – shame on us. Twice bitten – shame on you. Our bite count is now incalculable – DC’s wolves have been pack-mauling us for decades.