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The politics of 'cha-ching'
Posted By Ellen Ratner On 01/11/2002 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
I can’t stand “isms” of any kind. Fascism, communism, Islamism, extremism, they only produce three things: death, destruction and a lot of tedious conversation.
It’s the predictability that bothers me. Given any situation, you just know how they’ re going to act. The answers are always the same – a Fuhrer, a Marx or an Allah – and the enemies all start to look alike, too. Capitalists, infidels, inferior races. John Adams was right: Ideology is idiocy.
Which is why I’m not only angry but tired of one of our most predictable Americanisms – fat-cat Republicanism. And unfortunately, it’s President Bush who acting predictably. Why can’t country-club Republicans (no, they are not extinct) do something unpredictable? Does Act II for the Republican Party always have to consist of the same income redistribution – from the taxpayers to the fat cats? Consider the following questions and answers:
Q: How could Enron get away with ripping off its employees, shareholders and creditors in the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history?
A: Enron management gave $482,722 to the Bush campaign, or the inauguration or the Republican National Committee after – that’s right – after the 2000 election. By the way, you don’t need a program to recognize the managers. As the company was circling the drain, they were the suits selling Enron stock while preventing their employees from doing the same.
Q: Why would a big outfit like AMR Corporation (which owns American Airlines) want Bush to give them special tax loopholes that would allow the company to retroactively deduct losses from two years ago?
A: Because they can!
Q: And why can they?
A: Because they might be losing a bundle running an airline, but there is one investment that’s paid off handsomely – the shares of George W. Bush they bought after the 2000 election by contributing to his campaign, or the inauguration or the Republican National Committee.
Q: Did the fact that Lockheed Martin contributed $459,200 to the Repubs have anything to do with the fact that they were just awarded billions and billions in new fighter jet contracts?
A: Probably not.
Q: Did it hurt their prospects for winning the contract?
OK, I could go down a long list that begins to look more and more like the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Corporate donors that shoveled in $300,000 and up since the election include The National Rifle Association (gee, I wonder what they want), AT&T, Microsoft (just a little a thank-you note from Bill Gates), pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Bristol Meyers Squibb (Hmm, let me think about this – will the Republican Party oppose price controls on prescription drugs?) and insurance biggie Aflac (you know, the commercial where the little duck goes “Quack! Quack!” – which translated, means, “Federal rules to limit lawsuits against quacks! Quacks!”).
Of course, I could go on and on about this, but then I’d start to sound predictable – especially when groups like tort lawyers and labor unions are shoveling in the same amounts of cash to the Democrats. So what’s the answer?
And so my recommendation to President Bush is to make history rather than repeat it. Suggest something like the foregoing, and you’ll understand what Mark Twain meant when he said, “Always do the right thing. You’ll surprise some people, and astonish the rest!
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