While listening to Marketplace on National Public Radio this week, I was surprised to learn that the guy from the Free Credit Report T.V. ad campaign is French Canadian. He sounds nothing like the All-American voice of the person who actually singing in the ads.
That situation got me thinking about the “grassroots” of political debates in this country. People are bad as hell and rightfully so because the diet of information in their ears would lead anyone to certain conclusions and opinions.
But, not so fast. We must consider the agendas ($$$) of those who would prod and push this great nation toward another civil war. My life-long friends are basically good people but when they hear something over and over again it must be true because they heard it over and over again. I am personally concerned with our mounting debt with China and to learn that a Chinese company now owns Volvo. I have had five Volvos and wanted to one day purchase a new one but with “no money it’s still a wish” as Rakim rapped.
Real people with real concerns is a real problem for officeholders. But, what is really real is that the Machiavellian brains behind movements on both ends of the political spectrum are at it again. They are about job creation and job protection—theirs. To achieve their goals, they will stop at nothing. Thomas Jefferson said the institution of slavery was like having a tiger by the tail—you don’t want to hold on but you can’t let go.
To me the current congress is in a similar situation. The Democrats know spending is out of control but the interest groups who support them want their goodies. The Republicans have the powerful Tea Party Movement in their corner but those guys are not along for the ride; they want to drive. If the TPM doesn’t drive, the GOP can get ran over.
So the Free Credit Report guy Eric Violette actually sounds like French President Nicolas Sarkozy and my friends who live on misinformation are sounding like Che Guevara. It’s going to be an interesting summer and eventful fall. They should listen to NPR more before they explode in anger. Doesn’t healthcare reform cover that and how much is the co-pay. Okay, I must admit that I thought “why can’t more Americans be cool like that band on the credit report ad.”
Albany Herald columnist Carlton Fletcher wrote a great piece on a related subject in yesterday’s paper.