Do we collectively have “sucker” stamped across our foreheads? Has the stench from VH1s entire broadcasting lineup of fetid dating reality shows seeped into our brains turning them into tapioca? Has our gene pool really been diluted that badly that we now have the mental capacity of tree stumps? If you are answering “no” to all the above questions, then riddle me this:
Why do politicians think we’re stupid?
I saw a story on the Colbert Report about a democratic congressman from Illinois, Luis Guitierrez, who wanted to shut down payday loan companies because they routinely charge between 400-800% interest. Mr. Guitierrez, however, has changed his stance. He has introduced the Payday Reform Act of 2009 which instead of outlawing these businesses would reduce the maximum interest they can charge to 780%.
Yeehaw Marge, its Christmas morning! Now we only have to pay $4400 for that $500 loan instead of $4500! Get out the “real” Spam, we’re eatin’ good tonight!
Why, you may ask, did Mr. Guitierrez change his views? Hmmm. One reason might be that one of the largest contributors to his re-election campaign was QC Holdings, a payday loan company.
This is just the latest in a very long line of politicians who think they can say or do anything and we will remove our brains, rewrite our code of ethics and continue to believe in them (Remember when Clinton said he smoked pot but didn’t inhale? Well then you wasted a perfectly good joint dumbass, you should have passed it to someone else). I guess once in office they figure they have 2 to 6 years to do and say what they want and they can’t be touched, so what the hell.
There are 100 senators and 435 representatives in the United States Government: 535 cogs in the machine. You’d think in a country of 360 million we could find 535 honest people to run things, but the search of Diogenes continues.