Baraka Bryan wrote: A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:Earmarks are the add-ons they put into bills to get certain Congressmen to vote for it.
For example, in this "boil-out" bill, there were hundreds of millions added on for things like race tracks, wooden arrows, rum makers, wool makers, Hollywood TV and movie producers, etc... The list goes on and on.
The way I see it, it is basically buying votes.
So they basically bribe the congress? That should be fucking illegal. Not just "don't do it or you get harsh words aimed at you" illegal - I want "don't do it or go to jail/pay a fine" illegal.
That's one major thing I'd like to see change up here in Canada at least - when members of the government skim money, or commit purgery, or take bribes - all that happens is they loose their jobs. What the fuck is that? If I stole more than 2K from someone it's grand fucking theft and my ass is in hot water with the law. They steal 100s of Ks and have to give a public apology? Fuck I get mad just thinking about it. Throw the assholes in jail I say.
yeah chretien and martin et al should be in jail right now.
Only if there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that they were personally involved. I'm not interested in scapegoating party leaders to make it look as if justice was done.
Specifics should be for judges and juries to decide, not the public who are just fed bad info through the filter of our inaccurate media.
I agree that that is a good example of a criminal act though, it looked very much like someone
should have stood trial.
I think the line between too little and too much regulation is not just thin, but constantly moving
totally agree. i'm a small government guy, but sometimes you need government stepping in to keep things under control. that was the original intent of government.
Yarr - Small gov where/when possible, heavy handed where/when necessary. I like small govs as much as anyone, but I'd hate to see the governement get any smaller in our healthcare and educations systems, didn't really go so well you-know-where.