Thursday, November 10, 2005

Oil Executives Testify Before Congress

Photography by KILORY_60

A Technical Guide for Editing GONZO
from the Columbia Journalism Review

Why should the upstanding gentleman who head our nation's oil companies have to take an oath before testifying in a Congressional hearing? What would they have to lie about when it comes to how much profit their companies are making? And, why is it anyone's business how much money these men earn?

Think about it, what difference did it make when the executives from Enron swore to tell the truth? Or the baseball players? Or the heads of the tobacco companies? Swearing to tell the truth, afterall, is just a good photo op.

Doesn't Congress have anything better to do than bring in these living, breathing examples of the American dream come true for a dog and pony show?

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) certainly has better things to do. Afterall, it takes a lot of time and energy to earn campaign contributions from oil and gas companies. Especially as many politicians as there are coming with hat in hand. There is no other industry, by the way, who has contributed more money to the good Senator's campaigns since 1989. Look it up.

This election season, there has been a lot of talk about the CULTURE OF CORRUPTION that exists today. Hmmmmmm...ethical lapses in business and government. Hard to believe, isn't it?

A concluding thought. I voted; I'll have no hesitatation to express my opinion regarding what I think about the performance of our political REPRESENTATIVES. (These people are still working for us, aren't they?) How about you, did you vote? If not, I'm sure that won't stop you from bitching how screwed up things are in Washington and how you're being taken advantage of every time you turn around. Maybe next time you can get your lazy ass out and do something about it. Ross Perot may have been crazy, I don't know. His suggestion to kick all their asses out and start over doesn't seem like the worst idea I have ever heard.

"The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The SUCCESS Coach said...

You know better than this. Whining and complaining without doing anything productive is the Americna way.

bulletholes said...

I'm somewhat ashamed of it now but in the Sixth Grade my favorites were Pat Paulson (of course) and....George Wallace. Didn't quite grasp his views but you knew the man had just said exactly what he meant. He was not a mouthpiece for anything.
I voted for Perot in '92.
i became a Clinton fan in 96'.
I think we need more people like Wallace and Perot, and even Clinton that can mix Backbone with Compassion and Stick to their guns while finding the middle of the road.
Tall order.