Blah, blah, Blago

by Tim Couch

With all the hubbub surrounding the appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate by Illinois Governor ‘Blago’ Blagojevich one question keeps coming to mind. “Why are they making this such a big deal?”

I mean what’s the big news story here, that a politician is corrupt? Of course Blago is corrupt. We all know that. We heard the tapes, but if the Illinois Attorney General has the evidence she should’ve, could’ve and would’ve brought Blago up on charges already. She hasn’t and Blago is still the Governor. So, State law gives him the right to appoint whomever he chooses. Done deal. Get over it. Move on.

Now, if the problem is with Roland Burris then that’s a whole different matter. If any person knows of any reason why Roland Burris is unfit to serve as U.S. Senator then speak now. Otherwise, leave the man alone and let’s all get to work on matters that really matter.

We have a whole world of important issues that we should be discussing and this hullabaloo surrounding Blago and Burris is serving no real purpose but to distract us from those issues. I propose that we subject this and all future newsworthy ado to a simple test.

  • Does this issue affect our National safety and security?
  • Does this issue serve to improve or diminish the American economy?
  • Does this issue serve to improve or damage the environment?
  • Does this issue affect our relations with other nations?
  • Does this issue affect our health and/or wellbeing?

If the answer to at least one of these questions is not ‘yes’ then forget about it. Save all the nonsense for the stage of American Idol. We’re letting our politicians and the media, once again, distract us from genuinely important matters. Why do we do this over, and over, and over again? Perhaps it’s not, “blah, blah, blah.” Perhaps it is “Baaaaah.”

What’s the difference?

by Tim Couch

Less than six weeks ago a majority of the registered voters in this Country sold their vote to elect a Democratic President. During the campaign the Democratic candidate said vote for me and the government will provide health care for you and your family; vote for me and the government will provide higher education for your children; vote for me and we will take wealth away from those who have earned it and spread it around to those who need it.

Now, along comes Governor Blagojevich and he offers to sell a seat in the U.S. Senate to the highest bidder. What’s the difference?

The difference is that Blagojevich was foolish enough to say it out loud, “I want to make money.”

The Democratically controlled administration made you think it was all about you.