Ben and Ted’s Abhorrent Misadventure

I was reading in USA Today about this Sen. Ted Stevens and his boy, Ben, also a former Senator.  Ted Stevens, you’ll recall, is the guy that wanted to shut down the Internet because “people were loading it like a truck” and slowing down the process of him receiving his e-mail.  He also claimed that people were getting “rich” off of it at the expense of the American people and insinuated that was a bad thing.  Good ol’ boy Ted, watching out for us poor hokeys.  But it appears Senators are slowing down the process and getting rich off of the American people, too.  (Read more about this from the post:  “Sen. Ted Stevens verses the free and open Internet” dated 9-14-06)

 This is the guy that blocked the bill to make available government spending records to the public, and since he is the one opposed to the bill, it can’t be brought up to a vote until he lifts the block.  Why would he care if the American people (that he has sworn to protect and ride shotgun over our Internet) knows how the government has been spending our money?  This man is in league with the oil companies that do business in Alaska, that’s why.  Not only was his Bridge to Nowhere set to benefit Big Oil, but when the government rejected his $450 million bridge, he sets up the Navy with $85 million to restore a project that they originally scrubbed.  Now construction workers for the oil company can be ferried across to the island that the bridge was originally designed for (population 50) and work at minimum cost to the oil company.  You would think that if the American people are helping out in the production of oil,  American petroleum products would be available at a discount.  Why does it cost as much as foreign? 

It has been documented that two years ago the federal government appointed three oil companies to research oil reserves found in Colorado and Utah and begin the extraction process.  These discoveries claim the yield would be at a cost of around $25 a barrel to produce and has 10 times the amount of oil than Saudi Arabia.  Why do we continue to kick the Alaskan horse in the flanks when it is in our own back yard?  Because the oil companies don’t want it cheap, they want it scarce and hard to come by.  They want us to be interdependent on these foreign governments to control world markets.

Ted Stevens is a business partner to the former chief executive of VECO Corp. which is now being investigated by the FBI for corruption and bribery charges, which also involves Ben, Ted’s own baby boy.  They are one of the companies that would have benefited from the bridges Stevens was so gung ho on and now the ferry service provided by the U.S. Navy will work for instead.  (Stevens was also chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and it’s defense subcommittee which appropriates expenditures and doles out the taxpayers money)

We give these people too much power, they stay in office way too long and then we give them lifetime pensions and health care.  FOR WHAT?  this bullshit?  and they protect their own…

For a change, I think government officials should work on a pure voluntary basis, no income or benefits whatsoever.  The people that run for office would already have made their money and thus would be less likely to succumb to bribes (like free house renovations) and be interested in service simply because they want to give back to the community.  Imagine how our government might work if the ones running it are successful business men. 

John Kennedy was one that donated his salary to charity, which was a step in the right direction.  And what ever happened to conflict of interest? If you have part ownership in something or had a history with such and such a company, the policy should be “your hands off” any project that might have personal gain for you or your constituents. 

Ted Stevens motto has always been: “Do what is good for Alaska!”  I think he should follow his own advice and resign.

check out the video below…

 peace.

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4 Responses to “Ben and Ted’s Abhorrent Misadventure”

  1. Chantal Says:

    This was a most excellent commentary. I enjoyed reading it, particularly because it’s an example of how to NOT think inside the confines of big business and big government, that the picture is way bigger than what we actually see. Too often we are slaves to what the media feeds us, to what government says we should be thinking and reacting to.

    Our critical thinking skills are being eroded and I’m not sure this world can survive without a revival of some sorts on that front. Although there’s much in the world that seems insurmountable, when I read people’s expressions (such as yours) of their dismay at the abhorrent behaviours of elected officials, and how these expressions have revealed a deeper thought process than just accepting Senator Joe Blow’s actions at face value, it give me much hope.

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