SENATOR FOR SALE
I am fortunate where I live to have a public access radio
station, WEFT, offering me news and points of view not normally
heard via the corporate media monopoly. Broadcast on WEFT this
August 17th was an interview of one Stanley Hilton(sp?), author
of an apparently current book on Bob Dole entitled *Senator For
Unfortunately, my tape recorder crapped out and though I thought
I had a recording of Mr. Hilton's remarks which I could lean on,
I now find I must rely on brief notes and on my memory of what
This past week we have been "treated" to massive broadcast
coverage of the Republican Convention in San Diego. Even though
it was already in the bag that Dole would be the nominee and Jack
Kemp his running mate, nonetheless the whole boring affair was
dragged out night after night as the "suspense" grew: Gosh, who
were the Publicans going to pick?
Who were these people that hogged every channel? One source said
that one in eight of the delegates were millionaires. Syndicated
columnist Mike Royko is supposed to have stated in his newspaper
column that *one* *in* *four* were millionaires. So we had GOP
Hogfest, night after night, with the whole boring bunch of them
-- Colin Powell, Nancy Reagan, Son-of-Bush.... No wonder people
And the Thing was on every channel! It seemed you couldn't
escape It! It was as if It was required viewing, as if the
citizens were being *forced* to watch! What's next? Will we be
forced to vote?
After the Publican infomercial had been brow-beaten into the
minds of Mr. and Mrs. Couch Potato, polls supposedly showed that
Dole had narrowed the gap between himself and William J. But
wouldn't you think people would be angry at the Publicans for
making them miss their sitcoms? (This editor didn't bother to
watch. He read a book instead.)
Some of the dirt I gleaned from listening to Mr. Hilton on WEFT
is that "Beltway Bob" Dole voted *for* the World Trade
Organization (WTO). That he has consistently voted *for* tax
increases. Hilton, who formerly worked for Beltway Bob in a
high-level capacity, described how those seeking legislation
gained access to the Kansas senator: First requirement was how
much money they could hand over; then, if the bucks were enough,
Senator Dole, according to Hilton, would help provide special
legislation for them.
Yes, Beltway Bob has been saying how he's going to bust up the
State's mind control army, a.k.a. "the teacher's union" -- but
do you believe him? William J. made big promises about a $32
billion economic stimulus package, meant to boost jobs, before he
suckered people into voting for him. Then, before he had even
been inaugurated, he revised it to a $16 billion package.
Finally, to my recollection, he made a half-hearted attempt for a
$800,000 jobs stimulus package, and I'm not even sure he
delivered on even that! Instead, Billy Boy just said (after he'd
grabbed the votes he needed), "Hey. 'conomy good."
So look at Bob Dole and ask yourself: Do you trust his promises?
Would you buy a used car from him?