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Friday, March 13, 2009

Are you fucking kidding me?

Today's news is of a caliber to break through the normally tough skin of my pessimistic cynicism and make me curse in the title of my blog post, where as I'd normally try to maintain at least a veneer of dignified respectability. Two outstandingly awful headlines:

First: the administration is negotiating a commercial treaty on copyrighting that is too sensitive for national security to be made public.

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2009/03/fdic-collected-few-insurance-fees-for.html

From threatlevel:
" If ratified, leaked documents posted on WikiLeaks and other comments suggest the proposed trade accord would criminalize peer-to-peer file sharing, subject iPods to border searches and allow internet service providers to monitor their customers' communications."

Is this a joke? Isn't this the president who commited himself to a "responsive democracy"? Didn't Obama just propose posting every earmark piece of pork-barrel legislative favoritism online before its shafted into a bill? Was his sole purpose in that gesture to distract from the hundreds of billions of pet-projects that congress just awarded itself in the last "stimulus"? It defies belief! Even credulity! How can this really be the state of the world? I'm beginning to understand the position of those who flat reject it and refuse to be a part of it. We're responsible for fixing this? Fuck that. Let the responsible parties go down in flames, we'll start from scratch later. No point in burning away our lives futilely trying to rescue a doomed ship.

And, as an indication that that very scenario might play out sooner than you'd like, see this article:
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2009/03/fdic-collected-few-insurance-fees-for.html

"Wait, so you're telling me that the government institution responsible for insuring individual savings accounts was denied the authority by congress to collect the insurance premiums they needed to be able to fulfill their purpose? Didn't congress mandate that purpose?"

Believe it! Before I was just glad that I didn't have any investments loosing money, now I'm just glad I don't have any savings to loose.

SO! If anything is becoming clear, it should be that congress is too inept and too corrupt to continue to exist. Lets start over. Seriously. How do we go about doing that? Can we rally three quarters of the state legislatures to pass an ammendment to the constitution that immediately abolishes congress and establishes a new constitution with stricter limits on government? Can we have a Plebicite? What would it take to remove the destructive elite that is the "Lawmakers?"

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