The trade deal in Washington is a good example of corruption in Washington, D.C. The one phrase that always come to mind when politicians are “paid to play” is – Barbara Jordan, a former congresswoman, always reminded the people of how Washington is run – you can’t be a politician and remain in Washington very long without becoming corrupt. That is one reason she dropped out of the scene and returned to teaching. I keep reminding all of you of this outstanding woman because she always stood up for the people! We have to clean out this sewer of corruption and drain the swamp.
We have to attach “term limits” to their time in office because the longer they stay – the more corrupt they become. I know that not all politicians are corrupt and do come to Washington with the idea they are going to be different; but, in the end they get in that “wrestling match” for the dollars. When people come to Washington with an empty billfold and leave as millionaires, you know it wasn’t achieved by their salaries alone.
My question is – how can we clean up this corruption? The first thing we have to do is get rid of the lobbyists who pay these people to be corrupt. I mean run them out-of-town on a rail. The other group is the Chamber of Commerce who is working for big business’ interest and not the American people. So, we are going to have to change their way of thinking or run them out of town. Something has to be done to help our country instead of individual’s pocketbooks.
Remember when Obama ran for office he stated that he was going to get rid of all of the lobbyists and not one would be able to hang around.
As usual, that was all talk. What is the definition of lobbyist and just what do they do?
A lobbyist is someone hired by a business or a cause to persuade legislators to support that business or cause. Just why do we need these leeches?
The congressmen and women who participated in this last law which was called the “trade” deal were paid millions of dollars to vote for this deal. In my eyes, this trade deal will not help our country nor the workers. But that did not matter to these politicians – because here was a chance to make big bucks and be damned with the country and the people. We have to start calling these individuals out by kicking them out of office.
Following is to refresh your memory just how seriously our elected officials tried to improve the lives of American:
Many think our government is for sale. However, by taking a look at the facts below provided by Open Secrets, it is easy to understand where they are coming from.
Looking back at Friday the 12th, the House voted on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the controversial bill that gives power to the executive branch to negotiate treaties. TPA limits Congress’ ability to better a trade deal by subjecting members of Congress to 90 days of reviewing the trade agreement, prohibiting any amendments on the implementing legislation, and giving them an up or down vote.
TPA passed with a mere 219-211 vote with only 218 needed to pass. The real shocker comes from the amount of money each Representative received for a yes vote. In total, $197,869,145 was given to Representatives for a yes vote where as $23,065,231 was given in opposition.
- John Boehner (R-OH) received $5.3 million for a “yea” vote and was the highest paid legislator. (We have to reshuffle the deck of cards and find someone that is fair to his fellow members of Congress, stop putting putting pressure on them by actually taking them out of their Chairmanship roles when they don’t vote as he instructs them and someone that has some integrity and supports the American people. Boehner is running the Congress like the mafia and he and McConnell are in bed with Obama.
- Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received $2.4 million for his “yea” vote.
- Paul Ryan (R-WI) received $2.4 million for a “yea” vote and came in at the third highest paid legislator. (This really knocked the socks off my feeet – I was so disappointed. I really thought this guy was for the American people?)
- Pat Tiberi (R-OH) follows Paul Ryan, coming in the fourth spot having received $1.6 million for his “yea” vote.
The fifth highest paid legislator is somewhat of a “hero” in comparison to others. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) received $1.6 million for a yes vote and only $282,710 for a no vote. Despite his high contribution from those in favor of TPA, he still voted a solid nay.
We also have other hero stories.
- Joe Crowley (D-NY) received 1.3 million for a “yea” vote and only $72,550 for a “nay” vote and he still voted against TPA.
- Patrick Murphy (D-FL) received 1.1 million for a “yea” vote and only $213,360 for a “nay” vote and still voted against it.
- Richard Neal D(MA) received $1.1 million for a “yea” vote and a mere $47,625 for a “nay” vote and still voted against it.
Democrats are not the only heroes in this voting session. GOP members spoke very loud and clear.
- Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) received $541,746 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay” vote and he still voted “nay!”
- Andy Harris (R-MD) received $254,803 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay” vote and he still voted “nay”.
- Thomas Massie (R-KY) received $250,328 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay” vote and he still voted “nay.”
- Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) received $180,832 for a “yea” vote and no money at all for a “nay vote” and she still voted “nay.”
Where did this kind of money come from? Those in favor of TPA were security brokers and investment companies who donated a whopping $11.3 million dollars for a “yea” vote. Big banking companies donated $10.1 million dollars. In other words, Wall Street hashed out millions and millions of dollars to push for the passage of TPA.
Therefore, you can now see the path these representatives took in trying to fix America. The first thing which was recognized is the Congressmen relinquishing their power to Obama. So – they are stepping aside (actually foregoing their job) and sticking it again to the American people. So what are we going to do about this sewer? Now, what we need to do is to hear from each of these people and tell us none of the above is true?