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Broken Promises and Phony Excuses!

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Broken Promises and Phony Excuses!
Who does Congress really work for?

Democrats said, "Give us back the majority and we will give you health care, cut off war funding, bring our troops home, make it more costly to export jobs than to keep them here, hold criminals accountable for their crimes, no matter who they are, start a new era of openness and transparency in government, and more". We did it! Then it was 60 votes to stop a filibuster, then more, because some of them would vote against us, and now it's that they have to compromise with a "bipartisan" bill, though they know already that Republicans will vote against any bill that funds a single thing other than war, or perks for their biggest campaign donors and that any health care bill deemed "bipartisan" will be as good as no bill at all.

Republicans say "It's too expensive.", "We can't afford it.", about everything having to do with the American People. They cry about deficits and uncontrolled spending. They block everything the people need but they never stopped one penny of war funding, continued to insist on spending more billions for outdated war planes that will never be used, never worried about one penny that was spent on "contractors" whose work was so shoddy they electrocuted our troops, in their own showers, never held anyone accountable, covering up for them and making new laws to protect them instead, not one word of complaint about the $750 million dollars spent for an "embassy" in Iraq, or hundreds of bases and thousands of buildings there, also so shoddily built as to make them uninhabitable for those they were meant to house, and even though they'd told President Bush he couldn't build them in the first place, never held one person accountable, at least publicly, for supplying contaminated water to our troops while selling the fresh water to the highest bidders, making untold numbers of troops sick. Where was all the phony outrage and support for the troops when they were being "protected" by useless body armor and cheap, shoddy helmets, or when the specially armored vehicles that protect the troops from IEDs were being sold to contractors and the Iraqis first? Democrats will get nothing done because they will bring no bill to the table for a vote without an absolute guarantee of passage first.

They've all been living in their own little bubble of wealth and privilege for so long they have no idea what real people have to contend with. They can't even grasp the reality that millions don't even drive in this country. millions don't own homes, don't even have a chance in hell of ever owning a home, let alone 9 or 10 of them, don't own a jet plane or a yacht. They don't have it in them to understand that to millions of us $2.29 for a loaf of bread is out of our reach or that allowing speculators to artificially drive up the price of gasoline by even a few cents can take food off our tables, even as the money rolls in to them from big oil contributors.

I've read the Constitution and I don't believe that there is anywhere in there where it says "Anyone can lobby congress if they have millions of dollars to donate to a senator's or representatives campaign fund and cannot be heard if they don't , or if they are doctors or nurses trying to be included in health care legislation that directly affects them and their patients, or if they are patients, or that they deserve to be arrested instead of heard. I don't think I missed it. I believe the writers of the Constitution had the opposite in mind when they wrote it. Congress members take an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution but as soon as the words are out of their mouths, they turn their backs on the Constitution because there is way too much in there they don't like. And the biggest of those is, "promote the general Welfare". They all hate that phrase and ignore it as much as they can, because it means that their JOB is to work for the betterment of all the American people, regardless of wealth, political affiliation, or religion, and they choose to work only for the betterment of those who already have everything, for their own betterment, and for profiting from the wars, destruction, lies, misery, hopelessness, and despair that they foist off on the rest of us, picking and choosing who they think deserve to live and die, based on their own "Christian principles", and on how much their material possessions are worth.

On December 10, 1948 our leaders signed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 25 reads,
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

To this day, when a disaster strikes, anywhere in the world, representatives from the United States are the first ones there to offer assistance and to help in any way possible. Yet, when the most recent disasters occurred here at home, our government was MIA. And now that so many millions of jobs have been lost on Republican watch, their solution is to cut benefits for the unemployed, cut free school lunch programs to motivate hungry children, to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They pray for another 9/11 on a much grander scale to "Save the Republican Party", they pray for the destruction of millions of people's lives and call themselves the party of "morals". Give me a break. They accuse the unemployed of being out of work "because they don't understand the need to work or even why there is a need to work". When it comes to helping Americans who are in trouble, our government is AWOL.

Some of them have been up there, in DC, living on the "dole" for 20, 30, 40 years, in those jobs they hate so much but don't want anyone else to have, insulting our postal workers, fire fighters, police officers, street departments, saying they don't really have jobs and don't really work. I dare them to try working as hard as these people do. They don't know the difference between right and wrong any more. They just understand profit and loss, cooking the books to show losses based on a projection when there is really a profit, boost the bottom lines of the only thing they really love, their war chests. Their be all and end all always comes back to their love affair with war. The death and destruction and sorrow and suffering don't move them because there's no sacrifice too high for others to pay, suffering, sacrificing, dying, being tortured, locked up forever, on the word of a man who was proven to have lied over 900 times by himself , being beaten, raped and murdered. Oh no! They are the ones who say "Forget it, move on, hide it, cover it up, classify it, let it go." Very few in congress believe in accountability when it comes to their own, on either side of the aisle. They are the ones who care nothing for the Constitution, the people of the United States, the United States ITSELF, if doing the right thing means they might lose their next election, if doing the right thing might give the other side ammunition to call them "unpatriotic" without even really understanding what patriotism is.

Surely they don't honestly believe it is "patriotic" to force one of the few remaining American corporations that still produced their goods here and provided jobs for American workers to merge with a foreign corporation, put most of their own workers out of work, start producing off shore with cheaper foreign workers, force the American workers into destitution and the few left working to take lower pay and a lower standard of living to come down to the slave labor levels in China or India, to sell pieces of America, roads, bridges, property, ports, to foreign interests, even to those who, not so long ago, were considered our enemies, and may be so again in the future?

Both sides threaten war with the rest of the world and expect them to just bow to their demands. It is ludicrous to think more will not react like North Korea. They don't even care that Pakistan and Israel are nuclear armed countries with the will to use their horrendous weapons. They encourage Israel's' war mongering, and order our troops to covertly sneak into Pakistan and slaughter innocent civilians and spy on our allies in their quest for the elusive boogie man while the real boogie man is in their mirrors. They have become the thing they fear most, only they are so full of self righteousness they can't see the truth. An awful LOT of people think Congress is doing a LOUSY job, not just me. Is it any wonder? Bipartisanship is a copout we can no longer afford to let them hide behind. We know who and what they really are now, and we don't like what we see, and we don't like what we hear. It's really very simple when you just look. When 73 percent of the American People want them, who are supposed to work for us, to do something, and they, instead, go with the people who fill their campaign coffers, it's pretty obvious where their loyalties lie. And that is a long way away from the American People!

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