Our U.S. Congress causes most Americans of both parties intellectual trauma, emotional fits and mental anguish. Every week, 545 individuals misdirect, obfuscate, cloud, suppress, deny and/or avoid dealing with serious issues facing our civilization. Fact: they don't solve much, but they do perpetuate most of our problems.
You might read a compelling piece, "535 PEOPLE" by Charlie Reese that explains their profound disconnect with America, with her values, with her people and with the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
According to Reese, "Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes?"
Since 80 percent of the American people stand against both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, why have those wars continued for nine years at a cost of $1 trillion and incredible loss of life and misery? It's beyond the scope of rational thinking or logical reasoning. Are those 535 people crazy or are we crazy to keep electing them?
Everything going wrong in America today stems from their decisions in Washington DC. Yet, like lemmings, we continue to vote them back into office.
Among the problems they have perpetuated:
1. 20 million Americans cannot secure a job. (Source: Brian Williams, NBC)
2. 35 million Americans subsist on food stamps. (Source: "One in eight Americans living on food stamps: 35 million", Huffington Post, 11/29/09)
3. 13.4 million American children live in poverty. (Source: Katie Couric, NBC)
5. $12 trillion national debt.
7. Annual cost of immigrants to U.S. taxpayers: $346 billion. (Source: Edwin Rubenstein Report, www.thesocialcontract.com)
8. Millions suffering home foreclosures. (Source: CNN)
9. $700 billion annual trade deficit. (Source: Department of Commerce)
10. Educational breakdown across the country with as high as 76 percent dropout rates in major cities like Detroit, Michigan. (Source: Time Magazine, "Tragedy of Detroit")
The list grows; it doesn't diminish. It expands; it gets worse. The problems mount; but the Congress fiddles.
LET US UNDERSTAND AN EXAMPLE OF AN INDIVIDUAL CONGRESSMAN
You may think that writing or calling your Congress critter would bring solutions, rational decision-making, and use of common sense for the common good. You would be wrong. You will receive a form letter.
I wrote my Congressman Mike Coffman and two senators Mike Bennet and Mark Udall in Colorado.
I mentioned that we needed to change the annual 1.2 million legal immigrants down to 100,000 a year, which worked from 1924 to 1964, in order to allow our civilization to become stable and sustainable. We do not need to add another 100 million people to this country within 25 years, most of it via immigration. Straightforward common sense!
Coffman wrote back, "I do not believe it is in the best interests to limit legal immigration to 100,000 individuals annually."
"According to a study from the nation's largest food bank operator, the number of Americans in need of food aid has jumped 46 percent in three years, including a 50 percent jump in the number of children needing food assistance, and a 64 percent increase in hunger in senior citizens' homes," said Daniel Tencer, journalist at www.rawstory.com "The study, Hunger in America 2010, found that 37 million people, or roughly one in eight US residents, received food aid in 2009. That's a 46 percent jump from a similar survey carried out in 2006."
Coffman expressed the same thinking as the Pope when he condemned Galileo for observing that the earth revolved around the sun instead of vice versa. Coffman showed (s) a complete lack of understanding that we're already drowning in too many immigrants with 20 million illegals while adding 1.2 million legal immigrants annually--yet 20 million American citizens cannot obtain a job and another 35 million live on food stamps.
Then, we face horrendous environmental problems with carbon footprint, ecological footprint, water shortages, energy crises and more. That shows a HUGE disconnect from what our citizens face.
Next, I said that we need to stop giving away H-1B and H-2B visas because over 1.1 million IT workers in the USA suffer unemployment from the insourcing, offshoring and outsourcing of American jobs.
He wrote back, "While this may lessen the amount of people in our country, it will also place America at a competitive disadvantage moving forward. For that reason, I do not support eliminating the H-1B and H 2-B Visas."
Is he nuts or what? We suffer 1.1 million unemployed Americans IT workers BECAUSE of those H-1B and H-2B visas!
He gave a bunch of other inane excuses to move on several other points, as did Udall and Bennet. I asked all of them to support International Family Planning which provides birth control for women of the world so they might bring down birthrates to two kids instead of having 10 kids that suffer starvation as do over 10 million children that die of starvation annually around the globe. Obviously, that's one of the reasons they flee to the USA for a "better life." (Source: World Health Organization)
He wrote back, "I oppose funding organizations which use taxpayer dollars to perform or fund abortions." Understand this Mr. Coffman: over 46 million desperate women choose abortions annually, as a secondary form of birth control, because they weren't given birth control through family planning organizations in the first place. And, for those who didn't use birth control, a whopping 18 million humans die annually from starvation in overloaded countries. No thanks to the Catholic and Islamic churches!
If Coffman, Udall and Bennet along with the other 532 people walking around Washington DC would get off their fat elitist/narcissistic butts, and take action for the good of our citizens--we would see results instead of worsening drama across our country and the world.
We really need to vote out most of the incumbent members of Congress and inject new blood, new thinking and workable solutions. The current crop proves a rat's nest of incompetence, corruption and neglect of our citizens.