Reprinted Opinion from May, 13, 2016.
“Business organizations and unions fork over more than $3 billion a year to those who lobby the federal government. Does that tell you something? We’re operating a f***ing casino.”
A new book, rife with an unidentified congressman’s quotes on a myriad of subjects, blows the lid off members’ of Congress disdain for the people they represent. The book is scheduled for release on May 24th.
The book, “The Confessions of Congressman X,”was written by Robert Atkinson with the permission of the unidentified congressman.
The congressman tells us what we all have suspected for a long time, no one reads those 2,000 page bills that congress has become fond of passing after leadership allows only a day or two for reviewing it. “My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything. Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.”
He explains that few in Washington care about our burgeoning nation debt because the people care less about the debt than they do their own instant gratification. “Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver. But what the hell? If it makes them happy hearing it, and they’re stupid enough to believe it, shame on them.
I contradict myself all the time, but few people notice. One minute I rail against excessive spending and ballooning debt. The next minute I’m demanding more spending on education, health care, unemployment benefits, conservation projects, yadda yadda yadda. I’m for having everything, just like my constituents.’
We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation.
Nobody here gives a rat’s a** about the future and who’s going to pay for all this stuff we vote for. That’s the next generation’s problem. It’s all about immediate publicity, getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.”
This is all possible because, as he accurately notes, the majority of, “Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works. It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.
Voters claim they want substance and detailed position papers, but what they really crave are cutesy cat videos, celebrity gossip, top 10 lists, reality TV shows, tabloid tripe, and the next f***ing Twitter message.”
The unnamed congressman admits that rather than fixing the peoples problems, politicians only concern is in perpetuating them for personal gain. “How ironic that most of us in Congress run against Congress and the culture of corruption we perpetuate. It’s as if we’ve all lost our f***ing sanity and become Don Quixote setting our sights on righting all that’s wrong in the political world we’ve created. Insincerity from the heart. It’s just another component of politics as usual.”
The congressman holds nothing back concluding, “Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them.”
“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt establishment with a new government, controlled by you the American people.
“The Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that fund it exists for only one reason, to protect and enrich itself.
“The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election for those who control the levers of power in Washington.
“And for the global special interests they partner with, these people that don’t have your good in mind, our campaign represents a true existential threat…
“The household median income for 8 years of Pres. Bush it rose $400. For 8 years of Pres. Obama it rose $975. And for 2 1/2 years of Pres. Trump it rose $5000+”