couldn't have said it better...

couldn't have said it better...

Postby chasgas » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:58 pm

April 3, 2013

Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, DC, 20510

Dear Senator:

I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a 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 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. "Obama Care," 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.

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 whomdovote) 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 with absolutely no congressional oversight?

I would offer that you are not 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 $17
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 this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we
willneverpay 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. 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.


Bill Schoonover

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