Monday, September 8, 2008

don't believe the hype

In the midst of ongoing election campaigns in both the U.S. and Canada, I can't help but notice a few aspects of pre-election posturing that seem to be sprouting up all over the place. I don't intend to get political on the moneygardener, however this is more of a general commentary on politician's attempts to gain approval of the masses, which I feel is an insult on the intelligence of many. Here are some of the points which I feel are laughable and just plain untrue that are brought up incessantly by those running on both sides of the border...
  1. High oil prices (aside from taxes) are the fault of government.
  2. Weak economies are the fault of government.
  3. Shareholders are pure evil and should be placed next to Satan himself on the totem pole. Likewise corporations are sinister and offer no purpose to better the country.
These points seem to be accepted as fact by most contenders in electoral circles, while I would argue that all three are false in most cases. I can't help but think that many of these politicians do not actually believe these points to be true, but just espouse them in a feeble attempt to gain votes from naive people who do believe them to be true.

Yes, the economy is the number one issue now that I've been laid off and gasoline is so expensive, let's go out there and fix it!


googmeister said...

Have you been recently laid off?

MG (moneygardener) said...

hi googmeister, No I haven't, I was just kind of describing the theme on where politicians figure voters are sitting now.

Thicken My Wallet said...

How funny (and truthful) would an election campaign be if a candidate actually said "well, we can't control a lot of things that happen in your life and, really, all of these promises, if we actually followed through on them, are random attempts to address an issue we don't fully understand ourselves.