A United States Congressman has written a disturbing book on how Congress really works.
Titled The Confessions Of Congressman X, the book was written by a male, Democrat Member of Congress.
Described as “A devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own”, the author “wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.”
Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver.
But what the hell?
If it makes them happy hearing it, and they’re stupid enough to believe it, shame on them.
Voters claim they want substance and detailed position papers, but what they really crave are cutesy cat videos, celebrity gossip, top 10 lists, reality TV shows, tabloid tripe, and the next f*cking Twitter message.
I worry about our country’s future when critical issues take a backseat to the inane utterings of illiterate athletes and celebrity twits.
It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.
On the focus of his job and how much time and attention he actually pays to Congressional bills:
My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected.
It takes precedence over everything.
Fundraising is so time-consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on.
I don’t even know how they’ll be implemented or what they’ll cost.
My staff gives me a last-minute briefing before I go to the floor and tells me whether to vote yea or nay.
How bad is that?
I sometimes vote “yes” on a motion and “no” on an amendment so I can claim I’m on either side of an issue.
It’s the old shell game: if you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em.
On how to get around gift bans and bribe accusations (perhaps in reference to The Clinton Foundation?):
Some contributions are subtle.
Donations to a member’s nonprofit foundation.
Funding a member’s charitable pet project.
Offsetting the costs of a member’s portrait to adorn the committee room he or she has so faithfully served.
It’s all a bunch of bulls*** to get around gift bans and limits on campaign contributions.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
On government-run public education:
Hell, most of us send our children to private schools and wouldn’t be caught dead sending them to public schools in places like DC.
How hypocritical’s that? It’s time to set aside petty politics.
Our educational system’s in the toilet, and all we do is snipe at each other.
On how corporations and unions influence government:
Business organizations and unions fork over more than $3 billion a year to those who lobby the federal government. Does that tell you something? We’re operating a f***ing casino.
On the platform of the Democratic Party:
Our party used to be a strong advocate for the working class.
We still pretend to be, but we aren’t.
Large corporations and public unions grease the palms of those who have the power to determine legislative winners and losers.
Most of my colleagues want to help the poor and disadvantaged.
To a point.
We certainly don’t want to live among them.
Or mingle with them, unless it’s for a soup kitchen photo op.
On spending taxpayers’ money:
I contradict myself all the time, but few people notice.
One minute I rail against excessive spending and ballooning debt.
The next minute I’m demanding more spending on education, health care, unemployment benefits, conservation projects, yadda yadda yadda.
Nobody here gives a rat’s a** about the future and who’s going to pay for all this stuff we vote for.
That’s the next generation’s problem.
It’s all about immediate publicity, getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.
We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod.
Screw the next generation.