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Is This Responsible Government — A Trick Question?

nancy-pelosiWith the final version of the  “Stimulus Package” being rammed though the House and Senate today, I decided to contact Speaker Pelosi to get an answer to a very simple question:  is this responsible government? 

In speaking to one of her staffers, I explained to him that the Congress had promised to allow members of the House and Senate to review the bill for 48 hours before voting on it.  I also reminded her staffer that President Obama made a campaign promise that all bills that went through the House and Senate would be made available to the American public for 5 days before they were signed.  I then asked the Pelosi staffer, is breaking these promises acting as a responsible government?

He first answered by saying that the bill had been available for review for over a week.  I quickly pointed out to him that what was available a week ago was the original bill that was approximately 670 pages in length.  I reminded him that the re-written bill that came out of the conference between the House and Senate is now over 1440 pages long with hundreds of pages being crossed out and that version was made available last night at 11:00 PM. 

I then asked him, sir, with the Congress about to spend almost a trillion of taxpayers’ hard earned money without allowing the House of Representatives and the Senators as well as the American people to have the ample time we were promised to review the bill, is that, sir, responsible government?  To which he answered, “that’s a trick question.”

At this point, I was beginning to lose my cool.  I explained to him there wasn’t anything tricky about this question.  It’s a straightforward question.  Either the Speaker of the House views ramming a bill through the Congress as either responsible government or not; it’s quite a simple question, with a very simple answer.

He then told me he would forward me to the comment line voice-mail so that I could record my comment.  I reiterated the above in my voice-mail, and don’t expect to hear back from the distinguished Speaker of the House.

So I ask you America, is this responsible government?

Written by KJ Kaufman

February 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Where is Our Breaking Point?

chicken-littleOn behalf of the American people, I’d like to warn those in the Federal Government that you are treading dangerously close to pushing the citizenry past its breaking point.  Since October of last year, slowly, day by day, a notch on the dial goes up a tick on each of our breaking points.  Some of us are further along than others, but make no mistake, if you keep pushing, we will all reach the same point.  And once that line is crossed for a majority of the citizenry, there is no turning back.

You beltway boys and girls play a dangerous game when you thumb your nose at the American people.  Trust me, neither party will be immune.  Democrats won’t be able to blame it on Bush, and Republicans won’t be able to blame it on Obama and the Democratic Congress, we will hold each and every one of you accountable. 

Sometimes I think you government types must live in some sort of magic bubble where you have absolutely no idea what is really going on in the Nation and how people really think and feel, but just in case some news didn’t make it through your protective shield, let me start a list of why we are sickened by your actions and why enough is enough already.

  • In October of 2008, George Bush told us that the sky was falling and that you needed $750,000,000,000.00.  I like to use all of the zeros, so you can see just how ridiculous the amounts of money you steal from us really are.
  • All of you Democrats in the Congress fought Bush for the last four years (911 made you be nice for a few years), but in the single most important issue you could have taken a stand on, you chose not to.  You went around screaming Bush is right the sky is falling we must have this $750,000,000,000.00, so you passed the TARP bill without any oversight and without even knowing for sure how the money would be used.
  • So election day comes, and thanks to this economic crisis, the Presidential election is no longer close because instead of telling the American people the truth about what caused the recession (a housing bubble that burst based on bad loans — backed primarily by Democrats under the Community Reinvestment Act who refused to let the regulators do something about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), the majority of the populous thought it was the Republicans’ fault; therefore, they elected a Democrat, Barack Obama, no matter how inexperienced and unqualified (not to mention ineligible) he was and is to hold the highest office in the land.
  • Fast forward to mid-November, and while Obama is trying to sell the American people on the fact that even though we have given you $750,000,000,000.00, the sky is still falling, and you all will need anywhere from $850,000,000,000.00 to $1,000,000,000,000.00 more to save us.  Along comes Rod Blagojevich, who apparently is attempting to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat in a “pay to play” scandal, a quid pro quo, but what you don’t understand is that this is nothing compared to the almost $2,000,000,000,000.00 you already have stolen and are about to steal from the American people.
  • Back to Blagojevich, now there are some rumors running around that maybe as many as three prominent people in Obama’s Administration may be involved in this Senate seat selling scandal, namely, Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s White House Senior Advisor and Assistant Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod Obama’s other White House Senior Advisor.  Of course, you Washington types think this has all been cleared up because President Obama had his legal team investigate the matter and surprise, surprise, they concluded no wrong doing had been committed by the then Obama Transition Team.
  • Speaking of Obama’s Transition, don’t think that we don’t know that there is no real official Office of the President-Elect, no matter how many fancy logos you stick on podiums.  We know the office has never existed in the past, and was just some make believe land Obama lived in for two and a half months while he waited to be sworn in as the first Usurper of the United States Presidency, but that’s for another post and another time.
  • So along come the Holidays and believe it or not the sky hadn’t fallen yet, but bombs started to rain down on the Palestinians in Gaza courtesy of Israel who was sick and tired of the 3600 plus bombs that had rained down on them over the past year.  Meanwhile, Obama claimed we could only have one President at a time, well except when you are pimping a $850,000,000,000.00 stimulus package, so he had no comment on the Israeli retaliation.  Of course, what would you expect from a man who has been running for office for the past twelve years and his only real experience is in raising money, so of course he had no comment on Israel, how was he going to get any money out of that.  Better to focus on raising money, i.e., stealing it from the American people through the stimulus package.
  • So the beginning of year rolls around and now it’s time to plan for the love fest otherwise known as the Inauguration of Barack Obama where another 170,000,000.00 is needed to throw a proper party for the first African American President.  A party bill 3 times more than any other former Inauguration cost, but who’s counting when we are only talking millions instead of billions and trillions.
  • So the President gets sworn in, but doesn’t have the decency to attend the Inauguration Party honoring the military Medal of Honor winners even though no other President had missed this event in the past 46 years.  Obama’s cabinet members begin their confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.  President Obama announces he’s signed an Executive Order that is going to make his Administration the most ethical in history including strict rules for former and future lobbyists, and then woe, guess what?  We get some of the most unethical appointments in history.
  • First, we get Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary, which by the way also runs the IRS, and he forgot to pay $46,000.00 in taxes for the years 2001-2004, but that’s OK it was just an oversight and he’s now paid the taxes.  Appointment Confirmed.
  • Then, we get Eric Holder for Attorney General who pardoned FALN terrorists and Mark Reich, but that’s OK he’ll make a great Attorney General.  Appointment Confirmed.
  • Now we have Secretary of Housing and Human Services nominee Tom Daschel who coincidentally forgot to pay some $146,000.00 in taxes, but it’s OK he’s paid them now and he is really sorry, so it will probably be OK to just confirm him as well.
  • Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is busy working on President Obama’s $850,000,000,000.00 stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the sky is falling so we have to steal this money from the American people act, but the funny thing is not much of this package would actually stimulate the economy.  The House Democrats pass the stimulus package with only 11 Democrats voting nay.  Not a single Republican in the House voted yes (maybe the Republicans are starting to get the idea that the American people are pissed).
  • Obama’s economic advisor Larry Summer’s had said the stimulus package would need to be timely, targeted and short term (not any long drawn out programs) and yet this supposed stimulus package has the bulk of the money being spent in 2011 and beyond.  Talk about timely, not so much.
  • Now I’m hearing that the bill that has made its way to the Senate is being rewritten and believe it or not is getting even worse rather than better.  But better would really be no bill at all.

This is just a smattering of the fiascos that have befallen this country in the last 4 months.  This is by no means a comprehensive list.  These were just the highlights I could remember off the top of my head in the last 30 minutes without looking anything up.

So, I ask the American People where is our breaking point?  My breaking point was the first bullet point.  There are many Americans that probably got half-way through the list before their blood started boiling, while others made it all the way to the bottom of the list, and are just now starting to get upset.  And then there are those, who aren’t paying attention and aren’t pissed off just yet, but make no mistake, with this much corruption in government and with this much thievery of the American Tax Payers’ dollars, there will be a breaking point, and there will be hell to pay.  You think the sky is falling now, you morons in government, wait until the American People rain down on your heads.  You’ll wish you still had a sky to protect you.

Stop the Lies from Congress

pelosiWhile watching the beginning of the debate this morning in the House of Representatives for the stimulus package which was broadcast on CSPAN, I was dumbfounded by a procedural issue that passed by the House with almost unequivocal House Democrat support.  The issue that arose had to do with some amendments to the stimulus package. 

In the Energy and Commerce committee 6 amendments to the bill were passed by both the Democrats and Republicans; however, these 6 amendments did not make it into the stimulus package that the House of Representatives is voting on today.  Republicans brought up this issue before the Congress and also pointed out that Nancy Pelosi had released a statement that the stimulus had bipartisan support, yet those Republicans who were supporting the stimulus package or portions thereof were doing so with their amendments included.  When those amendments did not make it into the bill, of course, the Republican support for those portions of the bill were no longer valid.  The House then took a vote on this procedural issue and passed overwhelmingly by Congress Democrats to proceed with the discussion of the stimulus package and vote on the stimulus package without these pre-approved amendments included in it.

How can the House of Representatives in good faith vote on a stimulus package today when they can’t even get approved in committee amendments accurately included in the bill?  The more you watch our Country’s Representatives in the House in action, you ask yourself would the majority of these dolts keep their jobs if they worked in the private sector.  No, they’d be fired.  It’s time to get yourself involved in politics and fire these idiots.  Our country can’t afford their mistakes any longer.

Update 2/13/2009

Today, the House of Representatives and the Senate will be voting on the final version of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”  The final version of the bill was not made final until yesterday.  Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat leadership stated that they would allow 48 hours to review the final version of the bill, yet another promise they will now not be keeping.

How long are you going to let Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues lie to you before you have had enough?

Written by KJ Kaufman

January 28, 2009 at 9:28 am