Was George Carlin Right About the U.S. Government Being Owned by Money?


“…It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The Big Club…..”

– George Carlin

If you cannot tolerate the use of crude language, please do not watch this video; but, if you really want to put in perspective how broken our Congress is, how broken FAA is, please do listen and laugh… and then apply what you learn to help move us toward real Reform. Not the pretend Reform in the title of Mr. Shuster’s latest legislative proposal, the AIRR Act. We need real reform, to include:

  • reinstating local control, so local homeowners and local officials can take meaningful action to resolve imposed aviation impacts;
  • a steep carbon tax on aviation fuels, to disincentivize the intensive environmental impacts caused by aviation;
  • new noise metrics (such as a lower threshold of 50-55 dNL) that protect people over airline profits;
  • removing the lead out of the primary fuel used for general aviation, a healthy action that would have been done decades ago if FAA cared to serve the nation;
  • an end to wasteful airport development subsidies (that also ‘obligate’ the airport to perpetual growth and impact);
  • a properly structured aviation industry that continues to reward investors and shareholders, but only as a consequence of truly and fully serving communities first.

Here is a transcript of this 3-minute portion of Mr. Carlin’s routine:

“…but, there’s a reason, there’s a reason. There’s a reason for this. There’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you got, because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now. The real owners, the big, wealthy business interests that control things, and make all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea  that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the senate, the congress, the state houses, and city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all of the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying – lobbying, to get what they want.

Well we know what they want. They want more for themselves, and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want: they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines, and do the paper work, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your social security money. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later, because they own this fucking place.

It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The Big Club.

By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think, and what to buy.

The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Good honest hard working people: white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard working people continue – these are people of modest means – continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you – they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all – at all – at all. Yeah. You know? And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.

That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white, and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day. Because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

And, here’s the video for the entire 70-minute standup routine, ‘Life Is Worth Losing’. This was Carlin’s final HBO comedy special, recorded on 11/5/2005 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.