Today is election day in the USA and Google co-founder Sergei Brin is unhappy about politics.
I must confess, I am dreading today’s elections. Not because of who might win or lose. Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won’t matter at all — I’m not in a swing state). Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan. But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship. It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people. And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party. So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit. It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.
Seigei Brin is confused, mistaken, and gullible. In reality, as former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura notes, Democrats and Republicans are putting on a show like the fake wrestlers on Saturday morning:
In front of us, they look like adversaries. Behind the scenes, they’re wheeling and dealing and going to dinners. They’re not divided. They know what they’re doing. They just want to keep their power bases and keep the status quo going.
Do you know where President Obama got the idea for the Affordable Health Care Act, his signature legislative achievement? It came from his opponent, Mitt Romney, who enacted similar legislation as Governor of Massachusetts! Similarly, former President Bush joined with Senator Obama and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain to bail out failed banks and car manufacturers Chrysler and General Motors (sometimes called “Government Motors”). Both parties support the War on Drugs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both parties support handouts for farmers, drug companies, and other businesses. Both favor taxing income. Both steal money from the young and middle-aged so that old people can enjoy a pension and free medical care.
If you own Google stock, sell now. Anyone who can’t see what is obvious to a professional wrestler is a poor steward of your capital.