Do we really need Congress anymore? I mean really…
What with all the hoo-ha over the stimulus, the cap and trade bills and now the universal health care/insurance debacle, our men and women in the Beltway are coming unglued. The Washington Bermudan Triangle is home to a bunch of people who lack ethics, responsibility and common sense.
It’s spend, spend, spend and spend some more. To prove how disconnected the Beltway is from the rest of us suffering on Main Street, they slip in spending for private planes. They can give themselves raises in a failing economy (no raise here), fatten up their Cadillac health insurance packages (mine has a $10K deductible) and eat Wagyu beef (I can only dream about such gastronomical delights) in private conferences and then dare to dress down auto, insurance or Wall Street execs about their pay packages. Not that I’m supporting outrageous CEO compensation, but talk about kettles calling the pots black.
For three weeks, I’ve been searching for a local town hall to voice my opinions. I’ve got plenty of thoughts and am not afraid to speak. I was dismayed to learn Rep. Dingell hosted his a few weeks ago, Democrat and invitation only. After viewing the verbal lashing other lawmakers throughout the country have received, the rest of the Michigan delegation has skittered away like rats under the floorboard.
Some of them are cowards, and some don’t give a flying flip what their constituents think (I’ve been told as much by a couple of mine). They’ll vote whichever way they want with no concern for investigating the other side or other options.
Which leads me to think, why do we even need these people anymore?
Back in the early history of our country, it was necessary to subdivide our land to make it manageable. Even at thirteen colonies, our country was huge and communication took hours or days. So we elected people from our districts that would best represent us and sent them to the capitol to work for us. Good start.
But it’s all different now. Consider in the gleaming 21st Century where just about everyone is wired to the Internet and we can elect to get our news 24/7. We are able to watch wars unfold before our very eyes or follow a celebrity’s cold, dead corpse as it makes its way to the hospital. Or, we could spend hours on CSPAN and watch how government really works, which is my new hobby. This generation is wired by a legion of Blackberries and netbooks. If anything, interest in current events has skyrocketed to mammoth proportions.
But no, our Congress seems to think of We the People as too stupid to figure our way out of a paper bag, and some have said so.
I am a common individual and admittedly no genius but I am able to pull legislation from an online source, print it out and read it, unlike many members of Congress.
Let’s face facts. We the People are being ruled by a motley crew of self-serving automatons who do not care one whit about the people who elected them. They’re just lining their pockets so that they’ll have some scratch for when the world suffers its final financial collapse. Some of these jewels call dissenters names (when just a few short years ago they applauded disrupters) and run from the masses claiming the grassroots to be populated with Astroturf and terrorist militiamen dressed in old people's clothing. The ivory tower is now so high and so blinding that they no longer feel compassion for the rest of us.
They have no respect for us, but demand respect from us. The arrogance of it all makes me want to spit nails.
This madness has to stop. Therefore, in a cost saving measure and to insure sanity for all I propose a government run truly by the People. The Online Congress.
First off, throw the bums out. All of them. Show them the door and open the Capitol building to the homeless who would appreciate fine mahogany and granite and swanky lunch menus. And after that, cut congressional retirement and health benefits to what a Korean War veteran like my father receives. That should save some cash. Then sweep DC clean of all lobbyists and special interest groups. Again, the monetary savings would be staggering.
Next, give all citizens a voice by computer.
You’d think this would be a task of ginormous proportions, but it would be relatively easy to do. We’re already wired up. We already have touch screen gizmos and networks that span the globe. All we need is a secure server and there are dozens of those all over creation. For those without an Internet connection, there are plenty of libraries with free online access.
Whenever a pressing problem comes up, put it to the vote of the people. ALL the people. Think of it, we would all have a voice.
Maybe then government make sense.