I got a very funny email from a friend the other day, and while it’s worth sharing for amusement sake alone, there’s also a very relevant, and if true… scary message contained in these statistics… check it out…
NBA versus NFL
GUESS WHICH ONE…….
Even if you aren’t a sports fan this is very interesting!
36 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad checks
117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
3 have done time for assault
71… repeat, 71
cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 currently are defendants in lawsuits,
84 have been arrested for drunk driving
in the last year!
Can you guess which organization this is?
NBA Or NFL?
Give up yet?
It’s the 535 members of the
United States Congress
The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.
Scary stuff huh? These numbers illustrate what could be quite possibly the most frightening, hypocritical case of “Do as I say, not as I do” in history. A little research showed that this originated in 1999, so it’s outdated, but I wouldn’t doubt that some or much of it may be accurate. I’m reminded of a quote from the movie Gangs of New York, where Boss Tweed, the corrupt politician, utters a phrase shockingly reminiscent of these numbers…
“The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it’s being broken.”
At the risk of sounding a little too revolutionary… what is wrong with these people who are supposed to be looking out for our best interests!?!? Why is it that in order to play the game of politics in the USA these days, you have to lie, cheat & steal better than everyone else? If our founding fathers were around to see this, there would certainly be multiple cans of whoop ass opened up in the halls of congress, and in the boardrooms of many of the huge corporations and banks that hold the strings that control the puppets we call leaders these days.
Seriously, at what point was it exactly that government went from being “for the people by the people” to being “for the super rich corporations with the best lobbyists and biggest campaign contributions, by the most crooked, corrupt people they can find.”
Some may argue that to call out one’s own government for being corrupt and greedy is being anti-patriotic, un-American even. To which I would have to argue that it’s the most patriotic duty one can perform. If someone truly loves their country and the ideas that it was built upon, how can one stand for such a blatant slap in the face to your fellow countrymen, by the very people who are supposed to be looking out for their best interests? Isn’t it possible to love your country and countrymen, but despise and distrust the people who are supposed to be looking out for their best interests, but are instead breaking the rules and lining their own pockets at every turn?
And we are in some dire times here, we need an honest government with the people’s best interests in mind, perhaps now more than ever. But it seems the worse things get, the more those in power look for opportunities to pull the wool over the eyes of Joe & Jane 6-pack, robbing the middle & lower classes to pay for the bad bets of the super rich while those who caused our economy to collapse remain living in the lap of luxury.
Meanwhile, the press keeps harping on “The recession is over” and “the worst is behind us”. This might be true for a select & privileged few, but certainly not for most. Sure, on Wall St. and in the halls of con-gress, things are looking up… bonuses will be paid, campaign contributions will be made, like nothing ever happened. But on Main St. there is a much different song being played. There are still millions of homeowners who can’t make their mortgage payment each month, and while government and the banks play games to try and maximize their gains and limit losses, these people are worrying where their next meal is coming from, or where their kids will sleep. The unemployment rate is still a way too high 10.6% national average, and that’s just those who are collecting unemployment benefits. When you factor in those who are underemployed, those who are self employed and struggling, and those who have already exhausted their unemployment benefits, that number has to be closer to 20%-25%. Things are still very bad, and despite what the press may say, they are not showing signs of improvement for most people.
What can be done? While on a macro-economic scale it’s taken teams of the “best & brightest” economists to try to answer that question, usually unsuccessfully or to no avail. However, there is something that can be done on an individual basis… you can make your voice heard. Write your congressmen & senators, talk to your elected officials. Let the ones that are running this country into the ground, know that you won’t stand idly by as they make a mockery of the legal and financial systems of this country. There are strength in numbers, and this can once again be a country “by the people and for the people”, but only if enough of us stand up and do something about it.