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More Vacations than People Who REALLY Work!

Congress is off on vacation again! It would not be so objectionable if they had met a few of their obligations, kept even one of their most frequently repeated promises to their voters or done anything productive. All summer both parties have allegedly been working their smooth manicured fingers to the bone trying to fix our health care. Most of their time has been taken up posing in front of cameras either in hearings, press conferences or TV interviews focused on Russia, rumors and politics.

We the People who pay their rediculous salaries and overlook their outrageous perks, put up with their elitist attitude of superiority and are getting really tired of the serial lying, we work hard for our money. Our taxes are entirely too high, our health insurance is too expensive and the deductibles are unbelievably high as are the co-pays. These two items have been high on the promise list of every candidate running for a seat on Capitol Hill. Repeal Obamacare and lower taxes. Usually said in a raised voice with an upheld clenched fist and a fierce grin to overwhelming applause, whistles, hoots and other various crowdly indications of strong approval. We remember!

So why do we now have a fist full of excuses but no repeal of Obamacare? Oh, I have heard all of the stuttered “reasons” that merely sound like they wanted to work something out with the Democrats all along. We all have heard over and over how willing the Dems are to “come to the table and compromise”. The only problem is that it isn’t compromise at all when there is a condition…….we have to KEEP Obamacare. Mitch wants to give up on repeal now. Give up? Did George Washington give up? Did Benjamin Banneker give up? You never ever get to the goal if you give up!! 

And they went on vacation. They could not make any personal sacrifice of time to accomplish what they had been sent there to do. They went on vacation. It wasn’t to stay in touch with their constituents, they don’t care about their constituents. Those were the same constituents hooting and clapping in that crowd while they were making their famous heartfelt promises about REPEALING OBAMACARE AND LOWERING TAXES! Furthermore, we now have a whole range of improvements on the Pony Express, even snail mail works eventually. They should have stayed in Washington and at least Repealed Obamacare. Going on vacation was inexcusable!

We have a horrible bunch on Capitol Hill and we really need to do something about it! We need to research voting records and pay attention. We need to look for who is paying for the advertising and not believe what any candidate says about himself or any other candidate! We need to be careful who we elect because part of this problem is our fault, we became apathetic and complacent.

We got exactly who we elected – wimpy, lazy, greedy, lying, establishment crony capitalists, willing to sell the country out to make a buck or to stay in power.

Drying Up the Swamp II

It has always seemed a trifle wonky to me that Congress can decide on its own salary and perks. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Congress gets a very healthy salary, great perks and seriously wonderful benefits. Being somewhat insulated from the results of some of the social legislation that they pass, they tend to disregard some of the harsher consequences or they forget that ordinary Americans struggle to pay more taxes in whatever form.

I have said before that I believe we should all support the Article 5 Convention of States. I say this logically and because it is the remedy set forth in the Constitution for us, instead of marching out into the street pumping my arthritic fist while yelling, “POWER TO THE PEOPLE!” Neither the Senate or the House is going to reduce its access to the candy jar, shouldn’t we (as their employers) slap the lid on it??

The entire Federal Government has its own health care. However, if the House and the Senate are going to negotiate with lobbyists and then plan out our health care then I think they should be required to live under the plans and the laws that they pass. 

Drying up the Swamp

In thinking about all of the controversy roiling around the repeal and replace of “Obamacare”, it all seems to develop problems when lobbyists and special interests get involved. Furthermore, doesn’t that seem to be the case with every piece of legislation that hits Capitol Hill?

What part of the Constitution says that setting up people in Washington to try to manipulate our elected representatives to churn out bills which will profit them and negatively affect us is permissible? Why is lobbying even allowed? It is nothing more than the legalization of an unethical principal by which every single Congressman gets rich. They have put up a framework of rules around it to make it seem acceptable and, probably to make themselves feel better. However, the absolute truth is that those senators and congressmen were not elected by, and are not accountable to those lobbyists! When “we, the people” elect a representative, that person is bound by oath and responsibility to first and foremost do their very best for those who sent them to Washington (and pay their outrageous salary) and the citizens of the United States. 

So…..what happens? The culture of Washington which seems to revolve around lobbyists and making deals. Other than the Freedom Caucus none of the representatives are very interested in doing what is right. They are mostly interested in power and keeping people happy back home ( by hook or crook) and making whatever deal is most profitable. They want to look good to the very liberal press so that those in their district will see how hard they are working, etc.

Lobbying firms and businesses should be outlawed. There is no excuse for allowing them. It should be unethical for any representative to consider the interests of any corporate profit over citizens. Yes, I do understand that business affects citizens, but most of the time that excuse is stretched to fantastical proportions. 

Our Constitutional Founders never intended for there to be a ruling political class (who just happens to get rich in the process). Senators and Congressmen were to be citizens who served for one or two terms and then got back to life, stepping aside for someone else. Imagine lobbying firms succeeding with one or two term citizens (I don’t think so)!

Lobbying firms should be banned.

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