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If It Ain't Broke, It Ain't Part of our Political System

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In the past couple of years there have been many eye opening facts revealed about our government and our political system. Many important questions have been asked of our politicians and the decisions they have made. We have hunted for answers as to why our system is struggling. If you haven't been outraged by the answers, you just aren't paying attention. Let's just touch on a few.

How much money has already been spent on a very young campaign for the presidency?

How many soldiers have died in a war based on faulty intelligence?

Why have we gone from a respected and loved international player to a mistrusted and even hated worldwide bully?

How much money has been spent on a war that we know was a mistake?

Which candidate flip-flopped this week to appeal to more voters?

Is the campaign spending for the 2008 presidential race really going to hit $1,000,000,000 (one billion)?

How can we have cars that will heat or cool your drink as it sits in the console but limp along with a health system on its death bed?

Businessmen and politicians slept in the White House because they donated how much?

Bloomberg spent how much on a campaign to become mayor of New York City?

McCain has how many lobbyists on his campaign staff?

How much does the $250 billion request for New Orleans rehab money equal per resident?

Rudy said what?

The above questions and the answers to those questions is just a small sampling of why we should be mad as hell. We don't seem to be too angry about these situations, but I guess it's understandable. We have important things to deal with like Paris. No, not France! Hilton!

Tim Russert recently indicated that it was getting harder to get national politicians to come on his show and talk openly. He said he invites them, but many won't come. I guess the questions are getting too tough. Maybe they just aren't willing to pay what it takes to get someone important like Paris Hilton on the show. My take is that they are asking the wrong people. They seem to be asking too many villains and politicians and not enough heroes. There are plenty of people out there changing our country and moving us forward. They do more than the politicians and they out number the politicians. Why aren't we talking to the people in the community trenches? What about the people who have started programs that change the entire landscape and makeup of their communities, states and subsequently, the country?

So Tim, give me a call, I can point you in the right direction. However, don't ask me a tough question like, 'How much did John Edwards, the candidate for the little man spend on a haircut?'

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