By Mark Neckameyer
We tax paying citizens of the United States pay our national
legislators very, very well to take care of us. They individually
earn $150K+ in annual salary and we pay for their offices, travel.
Staff and expenses. We even grant them free postage. Each Congressperson
and Senator costs us at least a million dollars a year. This
is in addition to the political donations many of us make to
our respective parties to elect the best people we can find to
pass our laws and protect us from as it says in their oath of
office, "threats foreign and domestic".. Whichever
political party you belong to, you must agree that we expect
Representatives and Senators to research and come up with solutions
to issues from fixing our national infrastructure to protecting
us from terrorism and improving the national governmental part
of healthcare, retirement, education and business concerns. Unfortunately,
all we get these days is bickerering, investigations and litigation
with our legislators acting like mad representative of a third
world country or worse, out of control pre-schoolers. Enough
Maybe it was originally the Republicans' fault. They had been
out of power from the beginning of the Great Depression until
1994 and the Gingrich "Contract with America Revolution"
so they perceived old scores to settle. Bill and Hillary Clinton
gave Republicans Whitewater, the who killed Vincent Foster affair
and the Monica and intern sexcapades. Republicans knocked themselves
out with Special Prosecutors and Congressional Investigations.
Now because general public dislike of the Iraq War has put Democrats
marginally back in charge of Congress, they have reciprocated
with investigations of issues like why the President terminated
Federal prosecutors who serve at the President's pleasure to
why the President issues pardons and sentence reductions although
he has done so at a rate 80% lower than Bill Clinton issued the
same "Get out of Jail Free" cards. The executive branch
can constitutionally do those things. The investigations are
a wasteful, political charade. With the country at war, Democrats
are reveling in calling our Commander in Chief names,acting like
the propaganda wing of the enemy's disinformation department.
The whole world must think we are idiots!
Okay Congress boys and Girls. You have had your fun. Now get
back to work! We pay you a lot of money to do the peoples' business
and not to lobby and publicly accuse and damn each other. Save
the acrimony and name calling for debates on FOX and CNN. When
you are "on the clock" ... Work for us. Perhaps we
should vote out of office any legislator who puts political posturing
ahead of protecting us from the harms and vagaries of the real
world. Stop the dumb hearings and go to work! GO TO WORK!
July 09, 2007 - Published July 10, 2007
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