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Washington DC: An Asylum for the Politically Impaired.Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 6:19 AM
The 112th Congress has now gone down in American history as the most unproductive session since the 1940's, according to the U.S. House Clerk's Office.
They've spent more time accomplishing less than any other Congress in six decades, and spent almost six trillion dollars more than they had in their checkbook to begin with. It's total madness and incompetence but our Senate hasn't constitutionally passed a budget since 2009.
We pay them an average of $175,000 yearly, complete with benefits and staff, and an administrative allowance that can average between 3 to 4 million dollars. While working Americans average 18 days off a year, Congress is away from work an average of 10 weeks.
Maybe we're the ones who've lost their minds because we keep re-electing the same members over and over again. Out of 535 total members in Congress, there are probably 150 congressmen who are really principled and are fighting the good fight for balancing our budget and reducing our $16 trillion national debt.
Wow. They just avoided the "fiscal cliff". Aren't you proud? It only took two years to accomplish nothing. We were expecting deficit reductions and spending cuts but we got $62 billion a year in tax hikes and an additional $4 trillion in deficits over the next ten years.
Senators received the 154-page "cliff" bill at 1:36 AM on Jan.1st and voted to pass it just three minutes later at 1:39 AM, never reading it. Once again our politicians hid pet projects in the small print for their friends and major donors.
Hollywood film makers got tax credits of $430 million, rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands-$222 million, $59 million for algae growers (green energy), and even NASCAR and race track facilities got $70 million.
Using those four examples of wasteful government spending, what could Cape County or southeast Missourians have done with that same amount of money? We could have built a dozen new schools at $25 million each, and hired another ten teachers at $50,000 a year for the next ten years.
A majority in Congress care more about securing their own jobs and benefits by favoring donors and lobbyists, rather than thinking about the long term future of their constituents. Each child born in 2013 is already responsible for $50,000 of individual debt. That's his or her share of the government's $16 trillion-plus national debt.
In the three minutes it took to read this blog, our government spent another $12 million.
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Background: Father of two adult children and grandpa to five. Ideologically, I'm a fiscal conservative and a news junkie who enjoys writing. I believe the 1st Amendment is critical to America's survival. We're free to express our opinions and have the freedom to assemble as citizens, whether it's "Occupy" or "Tea Party" gatherings. Freedom of the press is our government watchdog, and freedom of religion binds us together in a civil, God-fearing society. Oh, by the way, I'm proud of my PHD (public high school diploma) and my Masters in CSI. (Common Sense Intellect).
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