Only in America


Some may find Canada’s Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity as amusing. I find it true to life and want to grab every politician in Washington and shake some sense into him/her before I kick them to the curb.

For those of you who still are true to your political party, get your head out of the sand. These power hungry public servants (now that’s a laugh) only care about their own agendas and party alliance. I’m sick of being the doormat to Washington’s elite. Tell me if you’re still laughing after you read this.

Number 10) Only in America…could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

Number 9) Only in America …could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20 percent of the federal workforce is black while only 14 percent of the population is black.

Number 8) Only in America … could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), both turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

Number 7) Only in America…can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

Number 6) Only in America…would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

Number 5) Only in America….could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

Number 4) Only in America…could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

Number 3) Only in America…could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

Number 2) Only in America….could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7 million per minute, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

And the Number 1) Only in America…could the rich people – who pay 86 percent of all income taxes -be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

Now, if you’re still smiling, you need a good shaking too. When will Americans wake up and realize the parties of true Democrats and Republicans are no more?

Gone are John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; most young people today don’t even know who they were or care. It’s time we quit poking fingers at each other. Wise up! Both parties stink. It’s high time we begin voting with our own brain power instead of the mindset of our Washington bureaucrats.

You can mean-mouth those opposing your point of view all day long and all it will get you is a chance to spout off. We need to put partisan politics aside and work together because that is going to be our only hope for America. Yes, I’m sick of being a doormat and this doormat doesn’t say “Welcome” any longer!

Diane L. Schabo

Iron Mountain