Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Robber Barons are in charge - and don't you forget it.

The Governor of Illinois was arrested on trumped up corruption charges after threatening to withhold all state business from Bank of America due to their continual refusal to support Illinois businesses and homeowners suffering from the credit crisis.

Bloomberg's article is highly critical of the governor, of course, for daring to suggest that if Bank of America wants to continue to receive business from the state of Illinois, then it needs to begin acting in the best interests of the citizens of Illinois instead of the best interests of the Robber Barons. Any reasonably intelligent person can see that there is nothing wrong with the Governor's assertion - and in fact, it would be nice if more Governors would do the same. That's what voting with your pocketbook entails - taking business away from companies that are purposefully hurting workers, homeowners and small businesses and giving business to companies that help them. Certainly the state of Illinois has every right to vote with its pocketbook in the same manner that you or I do. The State Government is there for the sole and express purpose of acting in the best interest of the citizens. The article says doing this is "dangerous."

Illinois Threat to Bank of America Is Dangerous, Critics Say
By David Mildenberg and Brian Louis

...Bank of America has received $15 billion from the U.S. Treasury as part of its effort to boost capital, while Merrill Lynch & Co. is receiving $10 billion. Bank of America is buying Merrill, the world’s largest securities brokerage. The taxpayer funds were intended to help Republic Windows and other companies preserve jobs, Blagojevich said at a news conference.

That's the only nod to justice and decency in the article, whose whole purpose it to try and make the Governor of Illinois look like some kind of insane radical for trying to protect the interests of his citizens and vote with his state's dollars.

The result of his brave and ethical stand was quick and unmistakable in its intentions.

Chicago Tribune
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrested on federal charges
Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald called a "staggering" level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois' top office.
By Jeff Coen and Rick Pearson | 2:16 PM CST, December 9, 2008

...Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning--one day shy of his 52nd birthday.

At a news conference late this morning, Fitzgerald said Blagojevich "has taken us to a truly new low" and went on "a political corruption crime spree. We acted to stop that crime spree..."

Everyone who believes that please stand on your head and gargle peanut butter.

Oh, I have no doubt that he used his position and influence to affect various business deals and the upcoming Senate appointment - because that's what politicians DO. They ALL do it. The Governor of Illinois is NO MORE corrupt than any other governor, and all the other Governors, senators, representatives, and oval office appointees are also "in it up to their eyeballs," as the saying goes. The FBI knows all this and has a file on every last one of them, which they can use at any time to engineer the downfall of any one of them.

But none of those other guys threatened the Robber Barons for screwing their constituents. Only Blagojevich did that. So his file got pulled - and how! Lightening speed! God forbid any other Governors would dare to exercise their prerogative to vote with their checkbooks - how dare he! How dare you! Shut up and sit down, citizen.

Or is that, "shut up and sit down, comrade?"

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