Monday, March 14, 2011

George Carlin Saw It Coming: "They Got The Politicians"

Now that we know collective bargaining rights for public employees don't affect the budget, and our governor would rather talk to rich campaign contributors than teachers, we're beginning to realize that Walker and the Republicans are just doing the bidding of their corporate donors that got them elected. The late George Carlin saw this coming and said it best in his 2005 American Dream skit,
"...big, wealthy business interests...They got the politicians...They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking -- well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. That doesn't help them. That's against their interest. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly s***tier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears as soon as you come to collect it.

The game is rigged...Good, honest, hard working people, white collar, blue collar, doesn't matter what color shirt you have on, continue to elect these rich [politicians] who don't give a [hoot] about them. They don't care about you. That's what the owners count on."
Note: As this is George Carlin, there is some graphic language.

Thanks to Bill Berry from The Cap Times for pointing this out.

There are some politicians who we've seen do care about us, and they are Senator Dale Schultz, the Wisconsin 14, and the rest of the Wisconsin Democrats, who all stood up for workers' rights and against out of state corporate interests like the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity.

Let's make sure politicians know that the jig is up. Recall the Republican 8, and vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg.

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