2008-10-10 / Letters

Positioning

Dear Editor,

It's called positioning. What is positioning? It is the politicians and their friends placing themselves in the proper investments to capitalize on the disastrous economic straits in which this country and the rest of the financial world find themselves. Why, one would ask, would it take such a long time for Congress to devise a plan, even open ended, that would calm the fears of the country and the world? The answer is that all congressmen and their friends have not yet shifted their monies into the investments that will bear the greatest profit for them with respect to our catastrophic economic circumstances.

Positioning, as in who will get media credit for saving our economy, is a second part of this scenario. Not only are our politicians greedy for cash, they hunger for recognition. And, since we are nearing Election Day, it may not be difficult to conjecture as to who will get "credit" for saving the economy of the world.

Currently, Congress has a fifteen percent efficiency rating. Can you imagine them asking themselves the question, "Why so low?" My question is, "Why so high?" What do the American people see when they look at our legislative electorate on television? They see greed wrapped in a blue suit with a white shirt and a red tie and an American Flag lapel pin. It is difficult to look at a politician without conjuring up what greedy b******s they are. How greedy are they? Greedy enough to vote a golden parachute for themselves in the form of their war chests which they gave themselves the right to take with them when leaving office. Greedy enough to spend the majority of their time in office "fundraising" to fill up the war chests paving a golden pathway out of politics and into civilian life.

Haven't we had enough of their outrage and posturing at the current economic disaster that they, our elected officials, were supposed to foresee and enact laws to prevent? Are we not on the precipice of an economic 911 with the barn door closing, once again, after the horses have escaped? Haven't we had enough of the partisan baloney, which makes for great headlines and spicier talk shows but merely covers up our elected officials' war chest stuffing and their greed? Savvy 'politicophyles' are repulsed by the holier than thou politicians in photo ops that placate or energize their bases. It is time for transparency. It is time to let the saviors, we the taxpayers, in on all of the 'secret bailout meetings' in the White House or wherever.

Surely, greed and profit have been ways of life for politicians for ages. Pork, lobbyists, earmarks and lies are no longer attributable to an occasional politician, but, now, sadly, to most, if not, all. This time, however, the ongoing positioning is frightening the blazes out of those citizens who have their pensions, their money in a bank, their mortgages, and their businesses. Congress can take giant steps to get back in the good graces of the public: First, Congress must recognize that an apology to the American people for not minding the store is in order. Secondly, Congress must enact laws that will, once and for all, prevent politicians from profiting from their elected positions. Kicking the lobbyists out of Hamelin, er, Washington must be near the top of the To Do List because only then can Congress begin doing the people's business. For the present, however, Congress must take a position of transparency with respect to the bailout. After all, we will be paying dearly for it.

JOAN METTLER

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