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?