Thursday, May 20, 2010

How Out of Touch are the Power Elite?

Let Senator Ben Nelson answer the question:
  'I've never used an ATM, so I don't know what the fees are'...“It's true, I don't know how to use one.
“But I could learn how to do it just like I've . . . I swipe to get my own gas, buy groceries. I know about the holograms.”

By “holograms,” Nelson clarified that he meant the bar codes on products read by automatic scanners in the checkout lanes at stores such as Lowe's and Menard's.

“I go and get my own seating assignment on an airplane,” Nelson said. “I mean, I'm not without some skills. I just haven't had the need to use an ATM.”


  1. Maybe we could pair him up with GH Bush for a fun field trip to Walmart learning how to scan sock 'holograms' and get money from an ATMs!

  2. I don't even know what to say about this. Don't use ATMs? Barcodes are holograms? And the quote, "I've used an ATM fewer than five times in my life" ??? Are these people kidding?

    What kind of ignorant fossils are these? And I thought Ted "The Internet is a Series of Tubes" Stevens was stupid.

    And these idiots are making policy. Depressing and criminal.

  3. To be honest, I'm 32, and I can't remember the last time I used an ATM. Besides the Coke machine at work, I have very little need for cash. My wife goes to the bank once a month and gets some walking around money for us both.

  4. Yep, Anonymous (2), count me in as well as an “ignorant fossil, stupid, and an idiot” along with the Senator and Brian Shelley above. I’ve used an ATM prolly five times in my long life.

    And I ain’t no fortunate son, or an “elite”. Which is exactly why I won’t use an ATM: ATM fees.

    People such as you who believe that using an ATM is a prerequisite to making policy frighten me.

    Or should I say depressing and criminal?

  5. To Anonymous #3

    Aside from the fact they were interfering in private contracts, I wanted to point out these people make policy on things they little to no contact with and no understanding of.

    The criminal Ted Stevens from a few years back was an example of the principle. He was on the committee had some power over issues pertaining to the internet and had no coherent concept of what it entailed. There's some tragically humorous video footage of him at a committee hearing trying to describe the internet and failing on an epic level.

    These guys decide on commercial and economic issues on a regular basis and have backward to non-existent notions of economics or commerce. The life of the average person on the street is far from what these guys currently experience. Because of that, they cause more problems than they solve.

    Anon #2

  6. Quote from Anonymous: "People such as you who believe that using an ATM is a prerequisite to making policy frighten me."

    People who think that ATM fees have anything to do with making government policies frighten me.