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OPINION

Quit Wasting Our Money, Congress!

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Congress constantly receives low poll numbers from the America people, and it is understandable why.  It is virtually unbelievable how utterly beyond decency, common sense, frugality, and restraint our legislators are.  They reach depths of human depravity and fiscal irresponsibility that must be the envy of every tyrant in history.  There are, of course, a few good members in Congress (you won’t need to take off your socks to count them), but they are swamped by the Swamp, by those who could not care less what is best for the nation, who think—well, I don’t know what they think.  They DON’T think.  Except in the most evil, selfish, self-serving terms possible.  YOU are stupid and deplorable.  I do know they think that.

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But we keep sending them there.   

THAT is what is really scary.  Unfortunately, it’s democracy at work.  It is why John Adams once wrote, “Remember, democracy never lasts long.  It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.  There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”  James Madison, the Father of our Constitution, concurred: “Democracy is the most vile form of government.”  Think about our Congress and President, friends, and try to think of ways to disagree with what those two men said. 

Adams and Madison obviously had Mitch McConnell, the “LEADER” of the Republican Party in the most powerful legislative body in the world, in mind.  McConnell recently said (again!) that aiding Ukraine is America’s “number one priority.”  How can ANY American believe that?  How do people reach a point where they think like that?  What kind of septic tank IS Washington, D.C.?  McConnell, if you are going to give the Democratic Party (and Ukraine) everything they want, then what good is the Republican Party?  Why should we vote for you?  We send you to Washington to stop the Democrats, not kiss their feet.  Get lost, McConnell.  You are thoroughly, utterly useless to America.

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This is totally revolting.  And beyond nauseating.  It gets worse, read on.

Congress is about to pass (and Biden will no doubt sign) a new, 4,155-page, $1.7 TRILLION “omnibus spending bill.”  How many of the 535 members of Congress do you think will (CAN?) read it before they vote to pass it?  Here is some of what Congress is burning YOUR (and your ancestors’) money for:

--$212.1 million more to the DOJ to prosecute January 6 prisoners;

--$2.4 billion to Ukrainian refugees;

--Expressly prohibits Customs and Border Protection funding from being used to improve border security;

--BUT allocates $410 million towards border security for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman;

--and gives almost $1.5 billion for membership in global multilateral organizations, including the UN;

--$65 million for salmon;

--$3 million for “bee friendly” highways;

--Can’t forget the other fish:  $65.7 million for international fisheries commissions;

--$575 million for “family planning” (i.e., baby murder) in areas where population growth “threatens biodiversity”;

--$65 million in two programs for Senator Leahy and a federal building named for Nancy Pelosi;

--$3.6 million for the “Michelle Obama Trail”;

--$477k for "antiracist" training from the Equity Institute;

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--$3 million for the LGBTQ+ museum in NYC; 

--$1.2 million in "services for DACA recipients"; 

--$4.1 million in various career programs for one of the richest counties in the US (Fairfax);

--$47 billion more for Ukraine as well as a “Ukraine Independence Park” in Washington, D.C.;

--$300,000 per year for the Continuous Plankton Recorder, whoever—whatever—that is.  

If you think that’s just “trivial” money, then you have a whole lot more than I do.  No honorable, responsible legislator would spend one dime of their constituents' money on any of that junk.  

Representative Dan Bishop of North Carolina—apparently one of the good guys—posted the above on Twitter, and I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg of the waste, fraud, abuse, and theft that is in that bill. 

I tend to be a pretty patient individual, but time is wearing thin.  I despise incompetence, theft, corruption, and especially people who take advantage of others.  And that is exactly what the United States Congress does, year after year after year.  There are very few legislators with one iota of a sense of responsibility to the people who pay their salary.  They see us as nothing more than an endless reservoir of money that they can exploit and extort for their own political gain, wasting our hard-earned income on frivolous, useless, UNCONSTITUTIONAL tripe that serves them, not us.  Find me the word “salmon” in the United States Constitution (hint: it’s right next to “abortion”).  But you can find it in this current bill 48 times.   Your money is tyrannized from you and given to somebody you don’t even know and whom you pay again for their product in the off-chance you should want it.  But the salmon will certainly know who to vote for next election cycle.  And that is ALL that matters to the members of Congress.  You—no, your money—is a means to an end:  the endless power they lust after for as long as they can hold onto it.  And we suckers keep playing their game and electing them back into office.  The laughter in the halls of Congress over our stupidity must be constant and never-ending.

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This is not what our Founding Fathers intended for America.  Not even close.  But then, this country is no longer anything near what the men who established it intended it to be.  Not politically, certainly not morally, nor in just about any other measure one can imagine.

Our Founders warned us, repeatedly, about the abuse of power.  We haven’t listened.  And we are paying the price.  We have nobody to blame but ourselves for the garbage we send to Washington.

Don’t miss out on some good American reading from the good ol’ days.  My western novels, Whitewater and River Bend, are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Eliva.com.  A third western, Allie’s Dilemma, is available for Kindle only.   And read some different posts on my blog at thailandlewis.blogspot.com.


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