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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Government. Yer Doin' It Wrong


The Republican Party and conservatives in general have had effective control over the government of the United States since 1994. Sure there have been a couple of one vote Democratic majority Senates, but by no means have the liberals had their way at any time since the dimly remembered "Contract with America". The Federal government ever since has been increasingly staffed by opportunists and headed by political hacks that don't believe the department they oversee should even exist. 

Now the papers are all full of the Interior Department scandal centered in the Denver Office that was trading oil leases for free breakfasts, sex and vacations. Most citizens aren't even aware of the functions of Interior. Indian tribes and rural Westerners' lives are intimately linked to the whims of Interior. The department has been run as an adjunct to the mineral extraction industries with little regard to the citizens who own that wealth. That is you and me. Interior oversees the implementation of the Mining Act of 1872 that gives away billions of dollars worth of metals and other valuables every month.

America loves a good sex scandal. Sex is understandable, unlike oil leases and timber extraction. Sex isn't elite. It doesn't require a law degree. I suppose the watchword of conservative government should be "Keep it zipped". Otherwise "Help Yourself".

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