Just recently read this tear-jerking passage on a bit of electronic flotsam that floated by:
Let it be said here and now: I’m glad my 50-year career as a reasonably successful independent, self-employed small business owner engaged in (who cares) ended in 19981. For one thing, the bureaucratic red tape was already intractable2 and will be 10 times worse under Markey’s new law3. (blah blah bs removed here), I just don’t see any of the incentives any more that made so many of us want to thrive and achieve4. And we did, despite poor health, economic hardships5 and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.----
America, America, have we lost our way?
Yep... the days when you could drop by City Hall for a quick nod from your pal in the back room to get whatever you needed are long gone. Those 'incentives' are gone too - no more subsidies for industries killing the planet and the people on it... damn that's a cryin shame. There's just nothing like knowing you can lie, cheat and steal with impunity knowing for sure your pals in the courthouse will cover your ass. I'll just bet when those pesky 'little people' got their hands into the government with those damned Freedom of Information Act requests it was the end of a really sweet setup.
May it rest in peace and GOD BLESS AMERICA.
1. Hey, lots of us are glad too - thrilled actually.
2. You couldn't buy your way around anything any more
3. "...for hard-core partisan GOP members."
4. Yep, the royalty is all dying off - not a moment too soon either
5. Sigh... no more month-long trips to Hawaii and boar hunts with city hall pals