September 22, 2017

Left V. Right Political Business As Usual

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  • RattlerRider

    Cost of Senate Barber shop shows America the Beautiful is over

    Date: 2016 – 10- 17 19:41

    Well Written

    Interesting letter written by a resident of Washington state.

    This is really a great letter. I am most impressed by the fact the gentleman
    that wrote it signed his name and address to it. This came from a Democrat!
    I read it and it certainly hits the nail where it would hurt. Google has the
    letter posted on their web site. This is well written…….and should be
    read by everyone in these United States! It will be well worth the three
    minutes it requires to read this. It is quite impressive. You can be
    Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Independent or Libertarian and

    I’ll bet this will hit a nerve. Our country is in real trouble.

    Senator Patty Murray Senator Maria Cantwell Washington, DC 20510

    Dear Senators: I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father
    was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.

    Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my
    country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things
    abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.

    Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his
    family. The vice president spends $ millions on hotels. They have had 8
    vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.

    In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act,
    a.k.a. “Obamacare,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or
    representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our
    throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance. (Let’s eliminate that
    exemption and put the Congress under the Affordable Health Care Act)

    You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,”
    consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 times the
    average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as
    the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which,
    of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).

    You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – (1) How to
    get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of
    an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain
    economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed
    and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote )
    who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net”
    has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50
    million on food stamps – pretty much all Democrat voters – and the program
    is absolutely rife with fraud and absolutely no congressional oversight?

    I would offer that you are not the entirely to blame. What changed you is
    the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate
    your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a
    leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second
    oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the
    oldest.

    As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902),
    English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends
    to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost
    always bad men.” I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as
    well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?

    While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes
    less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very
    few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.

    As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government
    tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,” while you, Senator, your
    colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their
    families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you
    are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my
    wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.

    The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff
    will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be
    generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe
    that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares.
    This letter will, however, go on line where many others will have the chance
    to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its
    administration and its senators and representatives.

    I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all
    the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by
    law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $19 trillion
    national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and
    ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.

    My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or
    her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to
    destroy the country that I deeply love. You have put it so far in debt that
    we will never pay it off while your lot improves by the minute, because of
    your power.

    For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who
    constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how
    power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits and replacing their retirement with the same
    Social Security plan the rest of us will receive (if they don’t put that
    program into bankruptcy) . This, of course, will kill the goose that lays
    your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.

    Sincerely, Bill Schoonover
    3096 Angela Lane Oak Harbor, WA

  • RattlerRider