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The Useful Fool - Part 2 of 2

Inside This Issue You Will Discover…

*** The Mad World of California Politics
*** Separating Fools from their Money
*** A Government Mandated Earthquake Free Zone
*** And More

The Useful Fool – Part 2 of 2

If there was ever a phenomenon of the mad world of California politics it is U.S. Senator Barbara S. Boxer. 

What she lacks in brains she makes up with bark.  And what she lacks in physical height, standing at almost five feet, she makes up with bite.  If she were a dog she would be a Chihuahua – a yapping ankle biter with a big heart.

Yet it is this combination of bark and bite with a big heart that has carried her to many re-election victories.  Pounding her fist and stomping her feet she can channel sentiment better than most others.  Putting her big heart behind big ideas Senator Boxer can stir the passions of the electorate up to a frothing throng – zealous to do her will. 

How is it, you may ask, that such a remarkable dunce can bear such remarkable power?  Let us explore.

Upon graduating from Brooklyn College Senator Boxer took up the noble trade, as a stockbroker, of separating fools from their money.  It must have been there, trading the hopes and dreams of others, that she first witnessed the dynamism of sentiment. 

But this sentiment must have later seemed trifling when compared to what she would soon experience.  For destiny transplanted this New York Lib. among the wealthy bleeding hearts of Marin County, California

Babs soon found herself working as a journalist for the local Marin rag, the Pacific Sun.  It must have been a gleeful day when she discovered how she could sway popular opinion and influence sentiment to her liking. 

But that was not enough.  Babs wanted still greater power, to be further useful, to shape the world in her image.  So she took the path of least resistance from congressional aide, to County Board of Supervisors, to U.S. House of Representatives, and finally to U.S. Senator.

And has Babs been useful; legislating, reforming, and enacting policy. 

There has hardly been a cause that she has not meddled with: health care, education, the economy, the environment, women’s rights, social security, national security, election reform, foreign policy, the internet, gun control, gay rights, and on and on. 

Following the next big California earthquake one can fully expect her to enact legislation making California a ‘Government Mandated Earthquake Free Zone’, complete with a commission and an agency of college educated busybodies, to ensure that California is never harmed by an earthquake again. 

It is this type of usefulness that qualifies Babs as a useful fool.  If you cannot see the futility in this type of thinking go back to the previous paragraph, read it again, then consider this… 

Every law she has legislated, every reform she has made, and every policy she has passed, has made people a little less free and a little poorer.  Such is the ultimate result of such useful fools.  And such is the ultimate reason why you should choose not to be one of them.


M.N. Gordon
Great Depression Online

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