Friday, May 2, 2008

What the politicians don't know

I watch the news early in the morning and I’m just watching the politicians floundering around on CNN and noticed something interesting. One of the candidates was campaigning in Allentown, PA. That reminded me of the Billy Joel song of the same name, talking about job loss.

The politicians are just now talking about job loss and Mr. Joel released his song in 1982!

All the stuff that the politicians are now talking about “real” people have been fighting for over 20 years and seen it getting worse all that time. Doesn’t matter which candidate you favor, none of them have a clue as to how hard most people have been running just to stay in place for almost a full generation.

In case you don’t believe me, here’s a link to the lyrics.

Does this mean that the song writer is smarter than the politician? Not really, but it does show what living in the cloistered atmosphere of politics can do to intelligent people. It cuts them off from their sources of information and that gives them a distorted view of what’s really happening and of the possible solutions.

The founding fathers never envisioned professional legislatures, they expected small business owners, farmers, and regular folks to take time off, manage the business of government - then go home! They counted on the common sense of the common man. And too few common men and women are serving now.

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