The Lessons Our Kids Are Learning Nowadays: “I Want To Be a Crony!” (Best Video of the 2012 Election Cycle)…UPDATE: Cronyism in Auto Bailoutby Don on Nov. 03, 2012, under Uncategorized
The commander, staff and garrison (me, myself and I) of Fort Buckley hereby present our favorite video of this election cycle: “I Want To Be A Crony,” by Chrony Chronicles.
The video opens with this foreboding message: “Our Children Used To Have Big Dreams.” Used to?
Then, it shows fresh-faced children talking about the types of dreams kids have always had:
When I grow up, I’m want to be a doctor!
I’m going to be an architect!
When I grow up, I want to work hard.
I’m going to take care of animals.
I’m going to help sick people.
I’m going to build the tallest skyscraper in the world!
But, things are different nowadays. For more than three years, our children have seen what the federal government has done with deficit spending. (I.e., what the feds have done with their [the kids'] money.)
The kids have taken the hint. The video then shows us a series of kids telling us their revised, more modern dreams:
When I grow up, I want to work for the government and rig the system!
I want to work for the IRS
I’m going to Capitol Hill to work on a committee, and put whatever my friends want into legislation.
I’m going to fight for MY piece of the taxpayer pie!
I’m going to play favorites!
I want to be a crony!
One kid looks puzzled. “What’s a crony,” she asks.
It’s like having a best friend, who gives you other people’s stuff!
The kid then hears more about the perks of being a crony:
The tax code is so complicated, nobody knows how WE get rich!
I’m going to build a big government program, for all my crony friends. THEY won’t have to play by the rules.
We get to spend taxpayer money, ANY way we want!
The kid is convinced. She decides that she wants to be a crony, too.
Why be a tax payer, when I can be a tax spender?
Cronies aren’t only legislators who spend money. They’re also regulators, who take care of their friends and punish their enemies.
Go watch the video. Think about how our country is changing, for the worse. Think about the twisted messages we’re sending our kids. Then vote.
Update: More cronyism—this time, in the auto bailouts.
Auto bailouts bleeding more taxpayer cash
Obama cronies profit from cooked books
Reports that the auto bailouts will cost taxpayers $25 billion more than previously projected have sparked the predictable political squabbles that attend an election year. Liberals claim the cost to taxpayers was worth the price of saving American car companies, while conservatives grouse about what they see as government wasting more taxpayer money.
The reality, however, is uglier than either side realizes. Those behind the wheel of the automobile bailout were not folks who build cars but cronies who successfully leveraged their highly placed connections. Indeed, lift the hood, and what you find is that the auto bailout was a classic tale of cronyism, in which the well-connected sped away with big bucks.
Not surprising. Disappointing, but not surprising. You should read the whole thing. Before Tuesday.