Congress is ruining our country

      We now have the most corrupt, most incompetent, most unethical, and most ineffectual government the world has ever seen. Most of this is because of the lack of a conscience in most members of Congress.
      Congress has refined "sell out" to an art form.
      Congress took millions from Wall Street, results - a ruined economy.
      Congress took millions from the oil companies, results - sky high gas prices and The
      Gulf of Mexico destroyed by BP.
      Congress took millions from the Insurance companies, results - Health Care
      "Reform" that benefits the Insurance companies,and fines people who don't have insurance.
      Congress gave tax breaks to companies who sent jobs overseas, results - record
      Can you name just 1 thing that Congress has done, in the last 20 years, that benefits the people ? I can't.
      For many years now, we have seen our individual political voices replaced by campaign contributions from corporate America. While about 1 percent of Americans are considered millionaires, 44 percent of members of Congress were in that category. Fifty members had wealth topping $10 million. On top of that, they're given a sizable budget of $2 million to $4 million a year for office administration and staff expenses. What's more, members have exclusive use of the Congressional Research Service to do their legwork. There is free use of broadcast taping studios, free reserved parking at the office and at Washington-area airports and a free member-only gym and pool, expedited passport services and of course the well-appointed and subsidized members' dining rooms.
      Virtually every person who has served in Congress in the last 20 years is a thief and a liar, the political parties make this a prerequisite for party support. Congress sells out our country for personal and political gain. I think that is called treason.
      Obviously one of the biggest problems is that corporations put up millions in campaign contributions and in lobbyist payola. We must force Congress to enact massive election and governmental reform.
      "We" demand the following !
      1) Repeal Citizens United
      2) Meaningful campaign reform
          Including the elimination of corporate contributions
      3) Elimination of tax breaks for outsourcing jobs
      4) Complete elimination of earmarks
      5) Elimination of lobbyists
      6) Compliance with constituents wishes - not businesses
      7) Close the revolvinf door - congress to lobyist
      I'm sure you can all add at least 10 more
      If members of congress will not comply, then they should be treated like all other traitors, lined up against a wall and exicuted, and all their posessions confiscated.
      The single top career backer of Boehner, McConnell, and Reid, however, was the same: telecom giant AT&T. This included contributions from companies like BellSouth, Cingular, and SBC that are now part of the AT&T family. Between just these three politicians, AT&T’s PACs contributed more than $525,000 in campaign cash. This bipartisan investment has paid dividends over the years as the trio has backed the firm’s priorities on telecommunications legislation and played key roles in granting the company immunity for its participation in the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program… Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, told the Center for Public Integrity that “on some level the correlation between the interests of donors and the actions of Members of Congress is as old as the Republic. The explanation of that correlation has its roots in two camps: first, donors prefer to give to politicians they agree with. Second, politicians like to please their donors to ensure they keep their coffers open for future needs.”
      According to data obtained from lobbyist disclosure forms and the Center for Responsive Politics, seventy-two percent of the lobbyists hired by AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the US Telecom Association have previous government experience. These organizations combined to spend $20.6 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter of 2010. Eighteen of the 276 revolving door lobbyists are former members of Congress. The eighteen former lawmakers include a heavy representation from the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, the House committee with telecommunications jurisdication.
      The elections of 2008 were a statement by "We The People". Both the Democratic and the Republican parties have ignored this statement. The "statement" we sent was that we are tired of the government working for the best interests of business, at the expense of the people. We are tired of corruption, incompetence and payola. Sick of lobbyist and earmarks. Instead it has gotten worse. We proved that "We" elect you and we can remove you.
      Ever watch a Congressional hearing ? Boring I know. But it really shows how pathetic our government is these days. When they know they are on camera they are your best friend, the defender of the people, honest and trustworthy. One minute later they are selling us out and making deals with the very corporations that are destroying our country.



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