Tuesday, January 10, 2012

If it ain't broke don't fix it but if it is......

Interesting timing - to have the bogus BCS title game the day before the next step in the grand spectacle known as American politics. I suggest that both syustems are broken and need to be fixed.

The BCS is all about money - schools jockey for a BCS bowl game each year for the not insubstantial financial stipend that goes to each school for participating. The more prestigious the bowl the higher the payout.  BCS payouts according to Wikipedia are $18,000,000.00.  Non-BCS payouts range from 6.5M (Cotton bowl) down to .75M for several games that usually pit a pair of teams with as many losses as they have wins.

BCS teams come from the cryptic ranking system currently in place and coaches freely admit to being less than honest when bowl season comes around and BCS rankings and therefore bowl games and payouts are at stake.

That is of course the Cliff's Notes version of the BCS but it segues nicely into the election season currently just leaving the gate, Iowa already being in the books and New Hampshire voting today for the Republicans.
 Don't misunderestimate me.  Ahem - thanks for that one Dubya.  Our election system is the best one out there at the moment, we just keep screwing it up by electing the same clowns over and over.    We have made politics a profession.  We keep people in office often times until they can retire and become highly paid lobbyists or run corporations. They keep fat government pensions that we pay for, take advantage of the contacts they developed over time and then influence legislation to benefit those corporations. I mean WTF - isn't it the American way???  Improve yourself? get rich?

Clearly this is barely a sound-bite commentary on American politics and there is much more to come.  I just pondered the similarities between a flawed college football rating system and its payouts with a career in American politics and its big payouts. Where else but in America could a former politician run a company that requires signifiicant political ties internationally,  ascend to another even higher political office and then make that companies shareholders even wealthier when said company becomes an active participant - for profit - in international conflict.  Hells bells - one of the contestants in today's current New Hampshire contest spent recent years lobbying for substantial fees  but feels his calling as an idea man is to run the country instead.  Want to bet his lobbying fees go even higher when he inevitably loses??

So yes indeed I am saying that Americam politics are all about money. The Supreme Court says so.  They say Corporations have the constitutional right to influence politics. And Corporations exist for one reason - to make money.  There will be more on this subject later.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

And so it begins.

The Iowa caucuses have spoken. Iowa's current 15-minutes of fame is in full force. And the decision??  That born-again, holier than thou Rick Santorum and uber-cultist Mit Romney are leading the Republican charge against Obie.  This week at least. New Hampshire is chomping at the bit to steal the spotlight away from Iowa.

So what does it all mean to us regular folk?  Not much.  Does anyone really think Iowa is a good snapshot of this nation's political leanings?  I sure don't. I do think Romney will be the eventual nominee and his most important decision will be his choice for a running mate. In my opinion, if he wins and selects Condi Rice Obie will be a one-term President (most deservedly so). Anyone else and it's 4 more years of the current nonsense.

One may think from my opening statement that I think both Santorum and Romney carry excessive religious baggage. I suspect Santorum truly believes Romney is a cultist - that's what any good card-carrying right wing BAC (born-again Christian) really thinks of Mormons.  I also suspect Romney believes Santorum is a far-right religious radical who would gladly impose his beliefs on this nation constitutionally if at all possible.  Of course what I believe and what they will admit to are quite different.  After all - it is election time and truth is further back in the bus than usual.  Hard to believe.  I know.

Both are decent men. I just prefer the decent man with a more moderate social view.  Clearly I am not a BAC.  Not sure I was ever even a C.  Disclaimer - I was baptized into Mormonism but am absolutely NOT active nor do I believe in the fundamentals of the LDS church.

So here we are - with a fellow removed from his Senate seat in his home state that somehow feels  qualified to lead the nation (rally round the flag right-wing religious tea partiers) and a businessman leading the charge against the evil democrats - those dirty, godless progressives.

From where I sit this election cycle will be more entertaining than network television could ever hope to be. I can't wait to read what the pundits have to say after New Hampshire