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The only reason why

January 19, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

In my (84) years of life in the USA, I have has occasion to observe a wide variety of economic swings, political changes, social changes and military engagements. Both good and bad. I have also observed a wide variety of military equipment changes. From M-1 rifles to Hydrogen bombs. Is this progress?

According to the history books, the primary stated reason for the war against Mexico was "Manifest Destiny." Simply stated, this was a conviction that God himself wanted all of the land in North America to be solely under the control of America. Today "Manifest Destiny" has become "USA Interests." These are both B.S. statements promoted by the "Congressional-Military-Industrial-Complex" and their lobbyists that are actively destroying the USA, in spite of their disingenuous promises to the contrary. According to documents published from information provided by the US Congressional House Committee on international relations, since 1775 to the present time, the USA has deployed troops for military conflict a total of 289 times. Total deaths = 1,343,812. Total wounded = 1,529,230. Grand total of dead & wounded = 2,489,335. Isn't that outrageous, incredible and inappropriate?

The constitution, the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. The House of Representatives, not the president nor the Senate, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they have the authority to overrule his veto and pass it in spite of the veto. The have the final word on spending and taxing. They own the national debt!

Here are a few questions we need to ask Congress and the White House:

1) We have in excess of 13,000 registered lobbyists in D.C.? Many of whom are retired members of Congress! Why?

2) Since members of both parties are against deficit spending, why does it exist?

3) Congress writes the tax code. Why is it unfair and somewhat worthless?

4) Why do we have thousands of American troops in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, etc. and have since the mid 1940s? The USA has troops deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with more than 300,000 active-duty personnel serving outside the USA, according to our Department of Defense. Why?

5) Why are members of Congress covered by an elite retirement program not available to the general public? A plan they wrote and installed for themselves. Why?

6) Politicians of every stripe create problems and then campaign against them. Why?

7) The budget is in the red, year after year. Why?

8) All political parties practice divisiveness. It impedes progress. Why?

9) We have term limits on the President and many state political offices. We do not, however, have term limits on Congress. Term limits would solve many problems. Why not term limits for Congress?

10) We have 23,368,984 government employees. Why?

11) We have 29,088,466 citizens living in abject poverty. Why?

12) The USA has millions of illegal immigrants living here. Why?

13) We have a $20.4 trillion national debt. Why? I suggest you reread question 4.

14) Within the last few decades Congress has deemed it necessary to create 16 more intelligence agencies in addition to the FBI and CIA. We now have 18 agencies. Why?

Some of these questions may appear to be redundant. The answer to all of them is rather simple and obvious. All of these questions have the same answer. Every member of Congress, both past and present, have helped create these undesirable conditions. This is precisely and exactly the way Congess wants it! No more. No less. They write all of the laws and they alone control the national purse strings. In the event they did not seek these conditions, they would not exist.

I suggest we all consider forcing a change by NEVER voting for any incumbent, regardless of political affiliations or preference. Toss all of the bums out of Congress! Nothing else will do the job and force change!

Robert E. Workman

Cape Coral

 
 
 

 

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