The Giant Sucking Sounds in Washington, D.C.
And it really sucks!
By Betty Freauf - NewsWithViews.com
A June 13, 1945 Portland, Oregonian article headline said: Buy an apple and help feed our Congressmen. It seems blind Dan Mahoney of Portland was selling apples to keep the wolf from biting underpaid Congressmen whose salaries were $10,000 but there was talk about raising it to at least $15,000. By today's six figure salaries, these amounts seem like small potatoes but in 1945, $10,000 was a lot of money. Inflation had not yet kicked into high gear caused by our government printing money without gold backing so prices were low and many annual family incomes were less than what it costs to put braces on a kid's teeth today and mothers weren't having to work. A year in a state college cost less than $1,000.
Today, while Americans are writing bad checks, depleting savings accounts, borrowing all they can from relatives or friends, reaching the maximum limit on credit cards or home equity loans, homes are being repossessed and bankruptcies have been hitting record highs, retired members of Congress are collecting big pensions and perks over their lifetimes so the 1945 apple sales must have paid off.
Mark Twain has allegedly said that fleas can be taught nearly everything a Congressman can. Time and time again, this Capitol Hills Royalty has given up its most important authorized power to the president and the United Nations rather than risk losing elections.
Oregon's own infamous Senator Bob Packwood (R-Oregon) said in 1979 that Congress had given wider powers to the President because then "if the President acts unwisely, Congress can be rid of the responsibility for making decisions which might make people mad and members of Congress are not accepting the responsibilities of leadership because they fear public disfavor." Prior to sending our young men and women to Iraq II, we saw ample evidence that is still the case today.
Because it is impossible to please all people at all times, why don't these mugwumps simply obey their constitutional oaths and forget about "public disfavor"? A mugwump is one who has his mug on one side of the fence while his wump is on the other so they speak in vague terms and itch the ears of any audience they address and the media pundits protect them by not asking prying questions.
The government body most representative of the American citizens is the one that has been most easily subverted. Milton William Cooper in his 1991 book: BEHOLD A PALE HORSE said through PACs, payoffs, pork-barrel politics, professional politicians, congressmen who are members of secret societies and through greed and fear, our representatives and senators quit representing us long ago.
A speech delivered on March 17, 1993 by Rep. James G. Traficant (D-Ohio) and made a part of the Congressional Record said that the U.S. is in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. He said, "Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. government... It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress session of June 5, 1933... The United States Federal Government exists today in name only."
Capitol Hill Blue
He stated "The receivers of the United States bankruptcy are the International Bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. All United States offices, officials and departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War Powers. With the constitutional Republican form of government now dissolved, the receivers of the bankruptcy have adopted a new form of government for the United States. This new government is known as a Democracy, being an established Socialist/Communist order..."
Journalist Tom Anderson in STRAIGHT TALK (Sept. 1989) said that Congressmen and senators are like a bunch of bananas. They come in green and clean. Gradually they turn yellow with dark spots. Finally, they get soft inside, their skins get slippery and they begin to stink but Congressman Traficant was a rare breed indeed. Because he was an outspoken thorn in the side of the powers that be, he was later framed, sent to 7 1/4 years in jail all the while the media portrayed him as a Forest Gump variety.
Should we be surprised that Traficant stood alone? Publisher Doug Thompson (Capitol Hill Blue) said a few years ago that 117 Congress people had run two or more businesses that went bankrupt, 71 had such bad credit they couldn't get AXP cards; 53 had personal and financial problems so severe they would be denied security clearances; 29 had been accused of spousal abuse, 14 had drug arrests, eight were shoplifters and even Teddy had left a trail of unpaid debts from past campaigns. (Source: Oct. 1999 McAlvany Newsletter.)
It seems inconceivable that a nation of millions cannot replace the irresponsible elected officials, who check their spines at the Capitol door, but if voting isn't rigged, as I suspect it might very well be, then why do we keep re-electing these incompetent buffoons?
Former presidential candidate, Pat Buchanan has said Capitol Hill is a swamp that ought to be drained regardless of the exotic wildlife we have permitted to flourish there, Half of Congress is more socialist than self-proclaimed socialist Bernard Sanders from Vermont. In 1998 Sanders had a constitutional cumulative 33% score for the 105th Congress and was more conservative than that of more than 196 of his colleagues - 20 R's and 176 D's. A 12/25/1993 HUMAN EVENTS article said Americans by 65% to 24% had a negative view of Congress but get this: By 51% to 31% they approved of the job their own representatives were doing. Go figure. The dumbing down of Americans has been a success. www.deliberatedumbingdown.com.
It is impossible for Congress to oversee all the agencies it has created that causes Americans to be guilty of breaking many laws before they get up each morning. Congress is fully responsible for the national mess and the inevitable forthcoming collapse and resulting chaos. The Plunge Protection Team can only put Band-Aids on the stock market to boost it back up and give the illusion that everything is OK but when the bubble finally bursts, the Plunge Protection Team is likely to be overwhelmed and run for cover.
The Senate passed Bush's $350 billion tax cut in the middle of May. The end of May, President Bush quietly signed a bill raising once again the debt ceiling. We're seeing deflation for the first time since the 1930s. The only area where any inflation still exists is in health insurance and energy costs.
The majority of the members of the House and the Senate seldom read the bills they vote on, leaving that chore to their aides. Ed Rollins, a former GOP consultant and manager of Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign and later campaign manager for Ross Perot and author of his 1996 Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms (P. 62) confirms this fact when he says there are few Congress people on the floor during debates but when it comes time to vote, the bells and whistles go off everywhere and a great procession of members march in from their offices, the gym or the cloakrooms and as they file in, party whips tell them how to vote and for those who were sleeping, someone would vote for them And then a 6/5/2003 news article said an independent, bipartisan commission wants to change the Constitution to ensure that Congress can be reconstituted quickly if lawmakers are killed in a catastrophic attack such as those of Sept. 11. What a joke? Haven't we already determined how obsolete they are?
After the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was passed Ross Perot called it the "giant sucking sound" of jobs going to Mexico and while NAFTA, which was fully supported by the GOP and its mouthpiece, Rush Limbaugh, has done great damage to our economy, another giant sucking sound began evolving in Washington, D.C. way back in 1933! One of our Founding Fathers said, "We've given you a Republic. We hope you can keep it..." Today's Congress has become a lifetime career completely contrary to what our Founding Fathers envisioned nearly 227 years ago.
LET'S CALL A SPADE A SPADE
They stack it thick in Congress
It's really awful raw
What should be spread by tractor
They enact and call it law
June 9, 2003
© 2003 - Betty Freauf - All Rights Reserved
Betty Freauf is a former Oregon Republican Party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, a precinct worker for many years and twice ran unsuccessfully for the Oregon State Legislature. The Republican tradition is to stay neutral in Primary races but in Betty's case. They supported her opponent.