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Heartbroken

Dear Editor:

Today, as I approach my 75th birthday, I am heartbroken when I look at my country and my government. I’ll point out a few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a hundred fold. I’ve calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year. 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 taxpayers.

 Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends millions on hotels. They have had eight vacations so far this year. And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family — 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. “Obamacare,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized health care insurance.

 You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” 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 you need to know: How to get elected, and how to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of a willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of greedy, 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 the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?

 I offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power. 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 strong resemblance to the oldest.

 As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902), English historian and moralist, so accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m 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 more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us the newest rules to live in the good old USA.

Camille Cazedessus

This story was posted on October 10, 2013.