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Monday, January 7, 2008


Where in the world can you work where your present employer pays you while you look for another job? Politics, my friend, Politics. Here we have all these public officials running for public office while ostensibly on the public payroll. Yes, it is true that they must use other funds to finance their politicking, but how closely and accurately are these funds accounted? Many of these candidates do not show up while congress in session, but they still get paid.

In my opinion, and I know it will never happen, the candidates should take leave of absence without pay while they campaign. Do you think it will happen? Please do not stay up at night expecting it for it will not happen.

Imagine the enormity of this problem. Almost every candidate in this upcoming election is already on the payroll on their present job, either as a senator, representative, or governor. Only a few are not.

The senators and representatives get paid almost $450/day. The Majority and minority leaders get a bit more and the Speaker of the House gets quite a lot more. Take Hilary Clinton for instance. Is she representing her state of New York while she campaigns? How about John McCain for Arizona, and Ron Paul for his district in Texas? All of them are out on the campaign trail getting paid by the American public for “doing-their-own-thing” – applying for their next job. This is a travesty and should not occur. I know, I know, they will tell you they are spending campaign funds to do their politicking. But, they are still on the public payroll. Are they reimbursing the American public for the time they are not on their real jobs? The answer is a simple “no.”

But the general public is a bunch of dumb people. Andrew Napolitano, a legal analyst for Fox News, recently wrote a book, “A Nation of Sheep.” How true this has become. But, the raping of the public treasuries has been going on for centuries by such people. So, why should it stop now? Thinking about these things, it becomes very difficult not becoming a radical sceptic.

Ever since I was a kid as young as 10 years old, I have asked myself the question of who pays for these people to run for office. I always had to go to work before I got paid, and I had to produce. Even at 8 years old when I got my first job in a cut-flower farm. It was hard then, and it is similarly hard today to work and make money to feed the family, at least, for the so-called “common man.” I am still one of them.

So as you look at all these candidates, remember they are stealing your hard earned money every day they are politicking.

The good thing today is that here in Panama today is a holiday – the Feast of The Epiphany. Forget this holiday in the US. Most there have forgotten Christmas, never mind about The Epiphany. That was when the three Magi visited and brought presents to the Baby Jesus. That was a long time ago. One of the good things about a holiday in Panama is there is very little traffic and you can drive your car without fear, that is almost!

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

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