Congress must be stopped! The evidence keeps coming in and can no longer be ignored. Congress poses a greater threat to this nation than all the terrorists or rogue nations in the world. In a word, their behavior can only be described as insane.
Remember the hodge-podge mess that was the immigration bill? Well, now that it's failed, the issue is back in the hands of the House of Representatives, and they've decided to get their revenge for the defeat of the earlier version by putting together a new version which takes out the few, small positive aspects of the old bill and instead puts all of the focus on police-state style enforcement programs which include ramming through the Real ID act so that they can have biometrics on every citizen, issuing new birth certificates which can be digitally validated, a nationwide identity database, and draconian penalties for businesses which use illegal immigrant labor.
They've settled on a solution to the immigrant problem which relies on the government being able to track the actions of every citizen so that they can tell who isn't a citizen by process of elimination. The problem is that this means monitoring the actions of citizens and maintaining a database to track them. It means that in a few years the US will be eerily reminiscent of the old Soviet Union where government officials could stop you at any time and ask to see your government issued ID card. It means a huge increase in the power of the federal bureaucracy and the potential to monitor every citizens activities and restrict or control the movements of citizens within our borders as well as internationally.
But wait, it gets better. While one hand is fitting us for slave collars, the other hand is picking our pockets.
Everyone knows that farm subsidies are a bloated festival of pork for big agrobusinesses, hurt the small farmers they were supposed to protect, and cause problems for our international agricultural trade. They're also enormously expensive and serve no necessary purpose. Farm subsidies are always on the top of the list of what fiscal responsibility advocates want to cut. Plus they're also opposed by the organic farming industry, family farmers and just about everyone with an ounce of common sense. They're also seen as protectionism which is causing problems for some of our international trading partners and pricing our produce out of international markets. The free market would give everyone a better deal and we could easily cut $15 billion a year from the budget just by eliminating them.
Representatives of the White House and the Department of Agriculture came to the House Agriculture Committee with some reasonable proposals to trim some of the excess spending on subsidies, redirect some of the money away from giant agrobusinesses to small farmers, and use some of the money to promote production of renewable biofuels. Seems pretty reasonable, right?
Well, not only did the committee reject these proposals and other ideas from within the Congress for even larger cuts, but they literally shouted down testimony and held a preemptive vote to continue subsidies at the current levels for 5 more years, and went on to add a huge additional subsidy for cotton producers. And don't think this is a partisan issue. The vote to continue and expand the subsidies was unanimous and included all the Democrats and all the Republicans on the committee. Not one of them showed a single ounce of responsibility or a tiny shred of shame.
Farm subsidies have been a controversial budget issue for decades. They've played a large role in the decline of the small farmer and our growing reliance on agrobusinesses which produce and inferior product and foreign imports which come at higher cost and hurt our balance of trade. The problem is that the agriculture committee is packed with representatives from farm states who get huge donations from agrobusinesses and now that the Democrats are in power it's payback time, even for Republicans who now think they can get away with anything and blame it on the dominant party. It's like the foxes watching the henhouse.
Do they think we're blind? Do they think we can't see the greed, hypocrisy and lust for power which drives these actions? The media lets them get away with these outrages with near impunity, giving scant coverage to budgetary issues or the more negative aspects of immigration proposals. We have to go and find the truth for ourselves, and then make our outrage heard. The outrage which swept Democrats into office in 2006 was clearly misdirected. We only traded one pack of corrupt fools for another. It's time for a complete purge to take our Congress in a new, more responsible direction.