Why is it so difficult to do the right thing?

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Why is it so difficult to do the right thing?

This morning I got up to find a good accumulation od snow on the ground.  Where I live that means most everybody now has an excuse to not work, go to school etc......

So I got up and went to my usual Cofffee Spot to sit quietly and read the paper for a change.  Not just the Business section as I normally do, but the whole darn paper, even the funnies.

I was reading through the political stuff when I happened upon a story that says "Patyday-bill advocates seek support".  Apparently some elected official, you know someone elected by the people to represent the best interests of the people, had submitted a bill before the statehouse.  The bill seekd to limit the interest charged on short term "Payday" loans to 36% interest.  Seems like a good bill to me.  The very people living literally from paycheck to paycheck are being gouged by short term loan companies.  At least I think 36% interest and higher on a week long loan seems like gouging to me.

Here's the rub though.  The sponsor of the bill is "hopeful" the bill will pass.  He is only "hopeful" because the check cashing companies have spent 100's of thousands of dollars lobbying our elected officials, you know the ones elected by us to represent our best interests, to defeat this bill.  Imagine the 100's of thousands of dollars the check cashing companies are using no doubt came from the very people the bill seeks to protect.

Why can't our elected officails just do what is right?  Why can't the people we elected to look out for our best interests simply do what they were elected to do? 

 

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Loreena Yeo
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Bob - I wanted to share my opinion about the topic, but then again, I got nothing much to say. I seriously strongly suggest you immerse yourself with positives rather than negatives. I'm just saying this as a good Active Rain buddy. No hard feelings.

Feb 09, 2010 06:08 AM #1
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Lenn Harley
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The corruption of the political process has led our country into insolvency. 

Once money was deemed to equate to speech, it was all over. 

Feb 09, 2010 06:23 AM #2
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Cindy Jones
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Nothing new here.  Been going on for hundred's of years just in different venues ( ie loan sharks and back office deals.)

Feb 09, 2010 07:07 AM #3
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Bob Murphy
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Loreena - I really do have a positive attitude about everything.  But closing our eyes to the negative will not make it go away.  Maybe that's part of the reason things like this can happen so easily inn our society today. 

Lenn - You are right.  We just need to find a way to change things in a positive way.

Cindy - You are right too.  But that doesn't mean it should continue.

 

Feb 09, 2010 07:39 AM #4
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It isn't really hard. The problem is that no one (or at least two) agrees on what is the right thing. People put their interests ahead of the "greater good" or even disagree on what that good IS.

Feb 10, 2010 11:25 AM #5
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Bob, that would just be too much common sense from our politicians, now wouldn't it? Wow, it's a no brainer. It's not right to charge so much money to those least able to afford it. This discourages people from trying to get ahead.

Feb 21, 2010 10:18 PM #6
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Bob, 

You have made a very keen observation.  I would venture to say it will take a few generations to correct this.  It's a darn shame.  If this goes unchecked soon we will become a 3rd world country.  

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