The voter turnout last Tuesday was the lowest in seven decades.
I can’t imagine why.
Not so fast; let’s think about that.
Here are three suggestions.
On the left we have massive political donor, Haim Saban; on the right we have massive political donor, Sheldon Adelson. Lacking a sufficiently pro Israel lobby, they appeared before the newly-formed Israeli American Council to remind all potential candidates that AIPAC has gone soft and “there’s no right or left when it comes to Israel.” After joking about buying both the New York Times and The Washington Post, Saban turned to the topic of Iran and said, “I would bomb the living daylights out of the sons of bitches.”
Meanwhile, according to the FT, “Netenyahu is losing Europe’s goodwill, even Germany’s.”
Definitely makes sense to go and vote when the election has already been bought.
Next up: MIT Professor, Jonathan Gruber, aka “Mr. Mandate.” Professor Gruber presumably knows something about health care or he would not have been a key designer of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Here is his contribution to voter enthusiasm.
ObamaCare architect: ‘Stupidity’ of voters helped bill pass. To get the full flavor of his thinking, you really should watch the video clip in which he says, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
All were much comforted when he later apologized for calling American voters stupid and nobody asked why this health care expert did not apologize for selling out to the group health insurance industry, the hospitals and the drug manufacturers thus making a lie of the word affordable in the law’s title.
If they had told the truth to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would not have passed.
If they had told the truth to the voters, the bill would not have passed.
If they had not sold out to the three most expensive parts of the health care system, the bill would not have passed.
Remind me why it was so important to pass this bill?
To recap, it is entirely okay to bribe politicians of both parties with massive political contributions in support of a policy the leads to wars and the spending of trillions of dollars; and it is entirely okay to lie to everyone in sight for the sole purpose of passing a law that does not accomplish its stated objectives. What does your lovernment do for an encore?
How about stealing from the citizens? That sounds promising.
The Washington Post has run a superb Stop and Seize Series about civil asset forfeiture, a clever federal drug program under which state and local police officers are allowed to detain motorists and take their stuff. The stuff that has been taken thus far was worth more than two billion dollars. The key motivator is that the cops who take the stuff get to keep a share of the proceeds. Amazing how those private sector incentives work isn’t it.
The New York Times has caught up with the story and added some color on the training courses now available to teach policemen better ways to steal stuff. Fortunately, there is now a lawsuit about an especially outrageous theft in Iowa that might bring an end to such practices. Wouldn’t it be great if RICO applied and the damages were trebled? Personal liability maybe?
Truckloads of jumbo shrimp will give their lives at retreats and conferences devoted to analyzing the reasons voters are so turned off. This time it hurt the Democrats because they were at the helm. It won’t always be that way. Whichever party is responsible will suffer the consequences.