At My Expense: Congressional Excess

     We at The Committee for the Constitution have not checked the validity of this eMail sent to us, either for accuracy or authorship, but it will be well worth the two minutes it requires to read. It is quite impressive.

     You can be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Independent or Libertarian, and this should hit a nerve. Our country is in real trouble.

     This gentleman is obviously quite smarter than the two senators he sent it to, if indeed it was sent. Even, if it is one of the common eMail spam messages, it should be sent to every member of Congress, because much of it is true. At the least, this is a very articulate letter presumably sent to the two U.S. Senators from Washington State…



 From: Bill Schoonover

Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:51 PM

To: The Committee for the Constitution

Subject: At My Expense



April 3, 2013

Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington , DC , 20510

Dear Senator:
    Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken
when I look at my country and my government. I shall only
point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can
multiply by a thousand fold. From the Senate barbershop
deficit to undeserved retirement benefits, taxpayers support
your self appointed excesses. Only Heaven and a few tight-
lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs
the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.

    Last year, the president spent millions on himself and his
family. The vice president also spends millions on himself.
They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And, our House
of Representatives and Senate have become America ‘s
answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the
“perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.
    In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable
Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill which no more
than a handful of Senators or Representatives read more
than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and
then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your
own taxpayer-subsidized golden egg healthcare insurance.

    You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one
Percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises
while making 3.5 times the average U.S. individual income,
and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and
veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of
course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).

    You understand very well the only two rules that drive
you – (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected,
and you do this with (a) the aid of an eagerly willing and
partisan press, (b) speeches permeated with a certain
economy of truth, and (c) by buying the votes of the
greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and
non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote) who are looking
for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net”
has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now,
about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all
Democrat voters – and all the programs are absolutely rife
with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight!
    I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What
changed you is the seductive environment of power in
which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of
both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate
your virtue in order to get anything done until you have
achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan,
it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears
a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.

    As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg
Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so
aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost
always bad men. ” I’m only guessing that this applies to
the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt
entity in this country than Congress?

    While we middle class people continue to struggle, our
government becomes less and less transparent, more and
more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial,
using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a
very few bureaucrats deriving their power not from the
people but from the Federal Register) what kind of light
bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers
we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and
what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of
pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the
consumer more and more every day.

    As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president
and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,”
while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and
other exulted government officials and their families will
get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until
you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a
retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you
voted for yourselves and we pay for.

    The chances of you reading this letter are practically
zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck,
a form letter response might be generated by them with an
auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our
senator or representative, have heard us and actually cares.
This letter will, however, go on-line via the Internet where
many others will have the chance to read one person’s
opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its
administration and its senators and representatives.

    I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the
taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you have
voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of
course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which
your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad
infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.

    My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has
either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek
re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply
love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off
while your lot improves by the minute, because of your
power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals
in your House who constantly deceive the American people.
And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you
and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this
cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose
that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who
would dare to bring it up.


Bill Schoonover
3096 Angela Lane
Oak Harbor , WA98277

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