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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

            I wrote this in January 2006.   It is in my book.   I want to talk about the lobbying business because it is alive and flourishing.  This industry has doubled in the past five years, mainly because large corporations have discovered that since hiring lobbyists at starting salaries of $300,000 per year, those corporations have seen their business increase significantly, in some cases as much as fourfold.   

Now, five years later well-connected lobbyists are commanding and getting $750,000 per year, and one is getting $1,000,000 per year.  A lobbyist in Washington may have once been in, and understands the workings of passing laws, and can and does persuade lawmakers to legislate laws that directly benefit the corporation which hires the lobbyist.  It has become commonplace for members of corporations to actually sit in on lawmakers’ meetings and help with the creation and wording of the law, which the corporation wants passed.  Outrageous?  You bet.  But, this practice has been around for so long and it has probably never been challenged.

 A recent case in point – the just passed and implemented Medicare Part D law to help seniors pay less for their medications actually was written by the pharmaceutical industry.   This is a perfect case of a fox minding the chicken coop.  

Another tidbit of political incest – a number of lawmakers’ wives are lobbyists, also.   Imagine their pillow talk.  

It is unknown when this lucrative business of political persuasion or culture of corruption began.  Our Founding Fathers would surely have nixed the notion of private business paying obscene sums of money to certain powerful persons to get laws passed in their favor. 

Anyhow, it smells.  In fact, it stinks.   The laws of the nation should not be made and bought by big corporations. 

It is inherently dishonest and wrong, and the little guy never gets a chance at a level playing field.   But, nothing will change.  The lobbying business is too entrenched, and it is a big industry in Washington DC, and I believe it is here to stay.  There are 30,000 registered lobbyists operating in our capital today.

Is it too much to expect our elected officials to work diligently and honestly to thoroughly study the issues then pass laws which benefit all of us, the poor and the not poor, and do so without outside influence and bribery?   The answer is yes, it is too much to expect. 

In a perfect world, that could happen.  But, this is not a perfect world.  Because of the dark side of human nature, power will always corrupt. 
For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great gift, and all proceeds support
KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          This commentary is in my book, written in July 2006.   Strangely, if I wrote it today, five years later, it would still be relevant. 

Israel is at war with Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon, both terrorist organizations funded by Syria and Iran, the latter whose leader more than once has told the world that Israel must be destroyed.   Despite my forthcoming remarks, I hope that the U.N. finally comes up with some solutions and advice to justify their existence for the U.S. and other democracies.  This is a moment of truth for the U.N. 

            Not unlike the predictable reaction of Pavlov’s dogs, who learned to salivate happily every time a bell rang, I experience a similar, though negative reaction when I think about the U.N.   It was created in 1945 in San Francisco, 66 years ago, that was after WW2, and all the nations who participated were filled with hope that together they could solve the world’s problems peacefully.  It was deja vu all over again like the League of Nations created after World War I, which turned out to be a dismal failure.

The U.N. is also a dismal failure.  Countries with different basic principles and moral standards can never homogenize.   Add to that the inevitable human fact that those endowed with less will somehow hate those endowed with more, and like it or not most in the U.N. hate the U.S.  

Haven’t we seen throughout the years that when we turn to the U.N. for wisdom and counsel, nothing happens?   

Recently, we had urged the U.N. to come up with solutions for the North Korea problem – which could blow up the planet – and Iran – which surely could do likewise – yet no decision is forthcoming, because the U.N. is filled with intrigue, corruption, and prejudice.  

Let’s face it, most members hate us with a passion because we are their foolish generous benefactors who built them a home free of charge in New York City, and we pay all the yearly upkeep of $3 billion per year.  And, many of the leaders of the countries involved live in New York at our expense, and they reject most of our suggestions. 

I sound like a broken record, but let’s invite the U.N. to leave the U.S., resign from it, and let’s make an alliance with other democracies whose philosophies match ours, of decency, fairness, and accountability, and move ahead to make the world safer.  I believe the U.N. has an agenda, and that is to rule the world.

As an addendum, here’s another possible, less-extreme solution.  The U.N. has been the only kid on the block for 61 years, and has shamelessly vetoed most U.S. suggestions.  Thus far, it has cost our Country possibly 61 times $3 billion.

Before separating irrevocably, why not create a separate united democracies now, and add another perspective and dimension to global solutions.   Or, let’s eliminate the United Nations altogether and also save ourselves $3 billion per year.  

What do you think? 

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling. 

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great gift, and all proceeds support KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

© copyright 2011

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

Dear Listeners,

This is a story about two men who like money very much.  One of them is wealthy, very wealthy, because his business owns many store branches around the entire United States.  

I believe this is a story of incredible greed. 

I also believe these two buddies hired two local attorneys to look into issues regarding our Fairgrounds which naturally makes noise during all hours of the day and night.  

I believe these two men have an evil agenda.  

I further believe they instructed their attorneys to make life legally miserable for our Fairgrounds personnel to the extent that the Fairgrounds would be forced to close down like frivolous lawsuits. 

Evidently State Fairgrounds no longer receive government funds. 

I also believe these rich skunks would immediately purchase the Fairgrounds land and develop it into home sites to make a financial killing for themselves.  

I believe they do not care, that thousands of us would be denied the pleasures of all the wonderful activities of our own Fairgrounds.   

Money does evil things to some people.  One wonders how much is ever enough. 

Now, if all of the above is indeed true, we at KSCO are committed to exposing these two scoundrels and their attorneys so that their evil plans will never come to fruition.

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

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