A citizen?s view of this nation?s lawmakers
I wish I could write words of praise and respect for our nation’s lawmakers.
However, their conduct and work record points decidedly in the opposite direction.
I marvel as to why so many well qualified men and women seem to turn into mindless robots acting on the commands of supposedly respectable financial interests, instead of performing their job according to their oath of office.
When they repeat their oath of office, they seem to earnestly swear to uphold the high standards of their office and legislate for the good of all the citizens of our country.
As soon as they assume their position as a senator or representative, the new lawmaker fades from public view and then reappears with that same mindless attitude as the older members.
It soon becomes obvious that their primary purpose is to seek re-election and avoid any serious attempt to legislate for the good of all the citizenry and quietly follow the wishes of their party leader.
Beginning with over 940,000 requests from veterans to the VA for medical and other service connected benefits with some veterans waiting over 18 months for attention and with barely 50,000 a month currently being processed.
Why so slow, well Congress cannot make up their mind over which electronic system to purchase, the total cost to speed the process is about 1 billion for the entire 50 states.
This could reduce the processing to a fraction of the time and save thousands of hours and the veterans valuable help.
We spend over a billion a month in Afghanistan.
No agreement yet on the immigration problem, no action yet on tax loop holes, yet multi national firms continue to put their profits in Irish and New York banks under out of country titles and avoid paying billions in income tax, for example, Apple Industries failed to pay taxes on $8 billion in profits earned because of off shore banking procedures.
Seems to me that these giant corporations got their start here in the U.S. and still count on the people here to buy their product.
No doubt, if their holdings in foreign countries were threatened they would of course call on Uncle Sam to save them.
How about the thousands of lobbyists.
Many of them are former senators or representatives.
One of the wives of a Supreme Court justice is a lobbyist.
So much for no political pressure in the nation’s highest court.
Lobbying is a very lucrative business and has caused so many dysfunctions in legislation at national and state levels.
Of course, they are much too busy to deal with background checks to strengthen the nations’ gun laws.
It will not improve unless voters begin to pay attention.