Not making a difference since 2006. Blog motto: Always be sincere whether you mean it or not.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.

So spoke Oliver Cromwell to his lieutenants as he was heading north to fight the Scots. I am no Ollie fan, but he was not such a fool as to be swayed by the fawning crowd.

The former governor of New York was. The fickle Empire Staters turned on him fast. I thought him a thug before his fall and did not have to change opinion. I am reminded of the Massachusetts politician who was told by FDR that he never aimed a speech over the head of a thirteen year old. FDR was a New Yorker. I am not surprised they turned on him in an instant, and I'm not surprised they bought his politics of envy to begin with.

I heard a Boston talk show host, Jim Braude, upset about Spitzer because it would lead people to become unjustly cynical about government. Ya think, Jim.

I stumbled upon this.

Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

- 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
- 7 have been arrested for fraud
- 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
- 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
- 3 have done time for assault
- 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
- 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
- 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
- 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
- 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

Gee, Jim, that restores my faith. Our political class is pure as the driven slush.

To be fair, I first saw this at the Irish Savant and decided to see if I could verify it. As of yet, I am not dead certain of it though I suspect it understates if, anything.


Black Sea said...

I'm highly doubtful of 84 arrested for drunk driving in the last year. That's a little more than 1.5 per week.

That 84 have been arrested for drunk driving over their lifetimes . . . I wouldn't be surprised.

tvoh said...

Or it could be unreleased stats on one of my state's solons for one week.

I'll let you guess to whom I'm referring.