A Citizen Comments- An elderly man’s letter to his U.S. Senators

Author:Publius

April 3, 2013
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senator Patty Murray
Washington, DC, 20510
Dear Senator:
I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
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. I have 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.


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 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 health care 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 you need to know – (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and 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 the program is 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) 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, has heard us and actually cares.  This letter will, however, go on line 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.
Sincerely,

Bill S
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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5 comments

  1. avatar

    Mr. Bill Schoonover, Thanks for your great words of wisdom!
    I understand you received a response from both Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.
    Suspiciously, both of their responses used the same wording in discussing your letter and focusing on a worthless “straw man” diversion, with words like the following:
    Establishing time limits on terms in office would take away the freedom voters now have in wanting to re elect us
    Are the Senators more important than the President when it comes to limiting terms in office?

  2. avatar

    “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.”

    The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution “sets a term limit for election to the office of President of the United States. Congress passed the amendment on March 21, 1947. It was ratified by the requisite number of states on February 27, 1951.”

    A Gallup poll in USA Today poll from January, 2013 suggests that Americans strongly back term limits for Congress.

    I bet that a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits would pass in the US.

  3. avatar

    I am opposed to term limits because it removes free choice to vote and elect. However my opinion depends on qualified legal voters selecting the best candidate dedicated to serving. We hear candidates right down to local levels saying they “want to give back to the community”. So, I propose, let a candidate who wants to give back to his/her community serve as many terms as elected for. However to accommodate their wish to give back to the community they would only receive a salary for one term and reimbursed for approved expenses for only two terms. Restore the concept of citizen representation!

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      “…they would only receive a salary for one term and reimbursed for approved expenses for only two terms. Restore the concept of citizen representation!”

      That would certainly put a large crimp in how business is presently conducted in the Congress.

      Facts from “Congressional Salaries and Allowances

      – “The most recent pay adjustment for Members of Congress for most Senators, Representatives, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner
      from Puerto Rico has been $174,000.”

      – “Personnel, Office Expenses, and Mail Allowances for Representatives: The 2012 allowances range from $1,270,129 to $1,564,613, with an average of $1,353,205.”

      1. avatar

        This could be done in state by initiative, but not at the municipal, county or federal levels, because they are not chartered to accept citizen legislative demands.

        Thanks for the compelling financial information.

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