Who Ya Gonna Call? The Government or Ghost-Busters after: Drought, Hurricanes, Flooding, Tornadoes, Terrorist Attacks…

August 29, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. (exclusive) by Ivy Harper

Yet, Sen. Fischer says: “Get the Government Out of the Way.” And that would be: StratCom, the University of Nebraska, Farm Subsidies. So, She Wants to “Use” Gov’t when She “Needs” It but Shove the Gov. Away Otherwise. Hmmm. Sounds Ungrateful, Illogical & Hypocritical to the Max, no?

We have all been warmed on fires that others have built.

My grandma used to say, “There are two kinds of people in the world–givers and takers.”

Be a giver.

Many Republicans used to be that way; fair and thoughtful about the role of Government. For goodness sake, GOP, how can “The Government” get hugely smaller when America’s population has gone from 50 million to 330 million in several decades?

This GOP “Get the government out of the way” obsession is completely disingenuous given how GOOD GOP corporate titans are at exploiting “the big, bad Government” that they’re Debbie Downers about. And yes, I’m talking Lincoln’s own NELNET & GALLUP, to name just two.

Let’s see, GOP… “Get the GOVERNMENT:”

Out of grazing lands that the Government so environmentally – and like the perfect good steward – asks merely that you maintain at rock-bottom prices?

Out of WIC?  You really think that private enterprise is going to care about the nutrition of pregnant women and children. Look at Nestle’s record in Third World countries.

Oh, churches & “non-profits” are supposed to cover America’s needs? How can we depend totally on volunteer work when hunger is involved?  And what if these groups don’t – or cant’ – pick up the slack? Then what?

Why do the poor, already beaten down by life; some of them never having had a chance from the get-go, from the beginning of their time in the womb, have to find their way alone when wealthy ranchers – usually born to their privilege these days – get lavish GOVERNMENT subsidies to ensure that they make it in any given year when Mother Nature roars.

America’s wealthy, already so blessed, want more and more advantages. And the GOP – in particular – is getting meaner and meaner about how they demand it.

Let’s call it like it is: the rich bitch about “The (very) Government” that they know how to exploit better than anyone. And exploit it they do.

Frankly, it’s unbecoming. Did Senator Fischer want:

“The Government” to get out of the way of the Lincoln Arena? Because without the bonds and the taxes that “The Public” put into that Public/Private “Partnership” – after which the “Privateers” will walk away with the profits – there wouldn’t be a Lincoln arena.

“The Government” to get out of the way of our environment? No clean air standards, no clean water standards. Does Senator Fischer think that if Americans want to use the waterways as a toilet to dump industrial wastes – because they would if they could – they should have the right to do so. Wow.

“The Government” to get out of the way of Wall Street? Things are awful even with “Government” disclosure rules & regulations but without them, companies would do and say whatever they want. And it wouldn’t be “the truth.”

OMG, look what Wall Street did even with the SEC & the FEC, ostensibly, overseeing them (actually, federal agencies didn’t really “regulate” during the Bush years & that, my Friends, is how America ended up being brought to the brink of bankruptcy.)

@ Senator Fischer: President Obama pulled us back from the fiscal cliff that YOUR PARTY – the GOP – led us to by putting two unfunded wars, Medicare Part D, and more on the Bank of the American Public Credit Card; the corporate offices of this bank happen to be the U.S. Congress.

Seriously, and you spend your five minutes of fame at the GOP convention denigrating the sitting President of the United States who – without his Stimulus – Nebraska would have faced a BILLION-DOLLAR deficit in 2010. [More on this later.]

America’s broke because of companies like Lincoln’s BFF, NELNET, who almost received more than a BILLION DOLLARS (in the end, they only “got away” with $400 hundred million) in “unwarranted” U.S. Department of Education subsidies – during the Bush years – that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (thanks to Chancellor Perlman & then-Vice Chancellor of “External Affairs,” Kim Robak, in one of those pesky “Public/Private” Partnerships that ultimately, screwed students but made Mueller-Robak & the NU Foundation quite a chunk of change.

NELNET – whose corporate heads are all members of the Nebraska GOP – type stuff was going on all over the country – in every sector of American business – while George W. Bush was President.

Senator Fischer, why not demand that NELNET & GALLUP stop ripping off “The Government” rather than repeat these hollow GOP “talking points” that sound so scripted.


What about Senator Fischer’s line that she’s just been worried about America’s debt for the past four years – not the past twelve years – which is actually how long it took to get as bad as it is.

Rep. Fortenberry, Nebraska’s Cajun Congressman, does the same thing. He didn’t obsess on deficits between 2004-2008 when the President was a Republican; however, the minute President Obama took office, suddenly he, like every GOPer in the U.S.A., began freaking about deficits and debt.

Such interesting timing for “The Fort” and his protégé, Senator Fischer.

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