What Congress has become in my lifetime is a body that spends most of their time developing ways to stop progress and develop political actions to divides the people instead of focusing on progress. I researched their responsibilities and found the following.
1. Congress is the legislative, or lawmaking, branch of our national government. It shares power with the president and the Supreme Court. The writers of the U.S. Constitution thought Congress was so important, they listed it first! Congress has two parts, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
One thing is certain, Congress has lost its importance of being first as they have defaulted their power and the Presidents use executive powers to act to either help or hurt the people. We just had a President that did more to divide the people than every enemy we have had in our history. Now we have a President that is trying to unite the people and he is being combated by the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court and both the Democrats and Republicans in Congress. The people elected Trump to unite the people and the other two branches of government have stopped him from doing exactly what he promised to do when he was elected. Congress is dysfunctional and so divided it only debates and gets nothing done.
2. Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters, through the enumerated power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.
The Senate has not approved a budget in so long it should have its powers removed. If you look at the IRS alone the collection of taxes alone has become a major cost of governing and the people can no longer do their own taxes. I have a Masters in Business and I have been unable to do my taxes for over 25 years. The IRS has grown a lot faster than the economy by issuing 70,000 pages of rules that are changed daily. Trump promised a new tax system that would simplify the tax system and it has been over nine months for nothing to happen in Congress to help the people.
3. Congress has five main functions: lawmaking, representing the people, performing oversight, helping constituents, and educating the public.
Lawmaking created little while lawbreaking has become commonplace in our cities and many States. Federal Judges now make law, Our last President, Governors and Mayors openly ignore laws and nothing happens. Trump called Washington DC a “Swamp”. When a Federal Judge in Hawaii can make laws by decree the Swamp is a morass likely nationwide?
How many of those who read this have been helped by your Congressperson?
As far as educating the public Congress can’t even educate its members. The recent debacle over a Trump phone call is proof positive Congress has no control over its own members.
4. Through legislative debate and compromise, the U.S. Congress makes laws that influence our daily lives. It holds hearings to inform the legislative process, conducts investigations to oversee the executive branch, and serves as the voice of the people and the states in the federal government.
Now we get to the red meat. Congress has demonstrated that debate and compromise are two things that have become totally inoperative today. Congress has made laws that have devastated the people and our daily lives. Congress holds hearings to give face time to individuals who consistently prove they can’t ever agree that white is white or right is right. There are so many Congresspersons begging for face time on the networks and in hearings I feel sure all 535 members have a hairdresser and a makeup professional to make sure their lipstick, powder and hair look professional.
5. What are the three powers of the Congress? Enumerated powers, or the expressed powers, are powers the Constitution explicitly grants to Congress, including the power to declare war and levy taxes.
I for one doubt that if we were attacked today by North Korea that Congress would be debating the issue to declare war for six months and the vote would be 52 to 48 in the Senate. Even the RINO Republicans would all hopefully vote to declare war. Well I have always been an optimists. If Ms Collins, Mr McCain, Ms Murkowski or Mr Paul rebelled against war, North Korea might gain control of the entire west coast states and Alaska. Maybe we should throw in Arizona, Illinois and New York?
What America needs first and now are jobs, jobs and jobs. Putting our welfare army to work will solve the National debt issue. Only term limits will correct the Congressional issues.
C Brewer 10-21-17
A Bright New Day.
Kick in that marble headstone, for he wore a coat of grey.
He has no right to rest in peace upon our bright new day.
Dismantle that old statue; for he battled for the south.
And don’t you stand against us, either join or shut your mouth.
Knock down that bloody obelisk; you know he owned a slave;
and dump his wretched remnants deep inside an unmarked grave.
The one that wore a wheelchair, let us purge him from the earth,
His new deal was internment for the sin of Asian birth.
And every war memorial is next upon our list.
for the innocent collateral demands they not exist.
Blow up that Black Hills mountain, as we feel the rush no more;
for a rough riding monger killing Spaniards by the score.
The other peddled genocide against the native Sioux,
and bondage is the stain upon the loathsome other two.
Rip up the iron railway from our sea to shining sea.
The Chinaman was chattel, as he toiled slavishly.
Incinerate the White House, and then bury its remains;
for some of its construction was completed wearing chains.
There is no rest until our noble cause is finally through.
And that is when we burn the flag adorned with red and blue.
And now that we are at it, let us cross the briny sea,
and topple every monument where righteous disagree.
The Roman Colosseum, for the Christians that would bleed.
The Arc de Triomphe glorifies a tyrant’s bloody greed.
The Taj Mahal for celebrating executed kin.
The tower up in London for the torture held within.
We shall tear down Chichen Itza for its human sacrifice.
The Vatican for patriarchal view of paradise..
And all the German buildings that were built before the war.
And every Ancient fortress that still stands upon a shore.
The Pyramids an edifice to power over serf.
The China Wall a racist, xenophobic love of turf.
The world is full of evil, we shall right it with our force.
And everyone is guilty….. Well, except for us of course.
My great friend Jim Heck shared this with me and it had to be posted and make my day. I would have added one more verse.
We can all move back to Africa in the freedom we have found.
As there is nothing left to burn and loot on American ground.
What Has ‘The Donald’ Done for Us Lately?
(in addition to tweeting and shaking up the White House)
1.Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
2.59 missiles fired into ISIS strongholds in Syria
3.He took us out of TPP
4.Illegal immigration is now down 70%(the lowest in 17 years)
5.Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
6.Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a 7-year high
7.Arranged 20% tarriff on soft lumber from Canada
8.Bids for border wall are well underway
9.Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord agreement
10.Keystone pipeline approved
11.NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
12.VA can now terminate bad employees
13.Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans
14.More than 600,000 new jobs created
15.Median household income at a 7-year high
16.Stock market at the highest level in history
17. China agreed to American import of beef
18. $89 billion saved in Obama regulation rollbacks
19. Rollback of Obama regulations that had strangled coal miningindustry
20. Dropped MOAB in ISIS territory
21. Travel ban reinstated
22. Executive order for religious freedom
23. Jump started NASA
24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants
27. Signed 41 bills to date
28. Created a commission on child trafficking
29. Created a commission on voter fraud
30. Created a commission for opioids addiction
31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
32. Unemployment lowest since may 2007
33. Historic Black College University initiative
34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
35. Created an office or illegal immigrant crime victims
36. Reversed Dodd-Frank regulations
37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement
39. End of DAPA program
40. Stopped companies from moving out of America
41. Promoted businesses to create American jobs
42. Encouraged country to once again ‘Buy American and hire American 43.Reducing regulations by 2 for every 1 created
44.Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first
45.Apprentice program instated
46.Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years
47.$78 billion reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, and Toyota have been pledged
48.Denied FBI a new building
49.$700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation
50.Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll
51.Dept of treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017
(2nd largest in history)
52.Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt
53.Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years
54.Signed an Executive Order to promote energy Independence and economic growth
55.Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America
56.President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman
57.Has given head executive of each branch 6-month window starting March 15, 2017, to trim the fat and restructure and improve efficiency of their branch.(Note: Observe the pushback, the leaks, and the lies as entrenched Bureaucrats refuse to go away quietly)
58.Last, refused to accept his ‘president’ paychecks; donated all to Veterans issues.
The media would have you believe he’s done nothing!
My often guest writer sent me this material that made my day. If you live in the South you can be sure that this army of the most caring people on earth will show up when needed. I have spent a lot of time in every one the lower 48 United States, Hawaii and 32 different countries worldwide. I have never seen or heard of any people any place I have been that love their country and the people more than the South. I am proud to have lived every day of my 87 years in Texas. The following will never be seen on the media, including FOX, which is sad. They might show incidents but they never report how people in the South help each other all the time when needed.
This is the best description of Harvey’s aftermath I’ve read, so far. (And it will be the only true story reported)
Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur and points East. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of “camo”.
Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump. These are the people the Left loves to hate; the ones Rachel Maddow mocks. The ones Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann, and so many Liberal Progressive elite’s just ‘know’ they’re so much better than.
These are The Quiet Ones.
They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods. But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging alligators, water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available, and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.
When disaster strikes, it’s what men do, real men, heroic men, American men, and, then they’ll knock back a few shots or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before and talk about fish or ten-point bucks or the benefits of hollow-point ammo or their F-150. And, the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy” or “white male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.
In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re not heroes, they’re just good people. And that’s what important.
Oh, BTW, there were many, many women that did just as much, worked just as hard, or maybe harder, in doing what had to be done for their neighbors and fellow American’s. What was so obvious was that the race or sex or social status of the victims or their rescuers was immaterial, the only thing that mattered was that someone needed help!
As the media would never share this I hope you will. This is not bragging it is just plain facts. Americans in the South don’t hate other Americans like the ones in the Liberal-Progressive states like California, New York and Illinois. In fact Illinois must be the hate capital of the free world. If we could export anything to improve America the fastest it would be every commentator from every national media network. There is one exception, Sean Hannity who needs to move South where he is beloved.
Thanks Ron, I will call you when the fish start biting again. Prove us wrong with facts. C Brewer
Watching a mass eruption of “HATE” in the streets of America, the country I love and so much was the most horrible event of my life. This has been building up for several years. The recent events in California, North Carolina, Michigan, South Texas and now Virginia must be stopped and now.
If this does not stop now are we will have another civil war that is totally unnecessary. The event in Virginia that has been repeated on the media all day every day because the owners of the networks are one of the biggest inciters of violence America has ever seen. The other large group that has fanned the fires with security violations are 90% of all government employees except the military.
This also includes Congress and the thousands of their bloated staffs, along with the Federal Judges. It does not stop here as all of the States on the far-left coast and a growing number of of rabid Cities like Chicago who openly ignore Federal laws and gloat about it on 99% of our far Left-Wing media. Ignoring the laws and trying to sue the Federal Government is insane.
Do you have any knowledge of or even care to know what “Martial Law” even means? To my knowledge we have not seen our government impose Martial Law but they have controlled things with this power in my lifetime. We took away all rights of Japanese Americans and and virtually imprisoned them in 1942. The media was not so far left-wing then and willfully complied with strict government rules. If a city, or state during that period in history had willfully and blatantly ignored any laws, like our idiotic Mayor of Chicago, he would have been imprisoned where he belongs now. If Trump and the Justice Department continue to allow a State or a City to disobey any law we will have another “Civil War” whether we want one or not.
Let the following definition really soak in for a few hours before you decide what you would do this very day if you were President. Then look at my Bucket List of what I would do tomorrow if I was President.
“Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions of government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory.” Wikipedia
I would have imposed Martial Law last Sunday after the stupid but deadly event in Virginia. Immediately followed by similar lawless events destroying public property when statutes were not only destroyed but childishly celebrated
I would have imposed a 48 hour blackout of both TV, radio, newspapers and any blog that was intended to incite anyone. C-Span and Public Radio would be the only source of news while new rules were issued on what can be reported by anyone. Anyone that disobeyed these rules would be immediately incarcerated by the Military if necessary. During this period any person or persons that conducted any public display of lawlessness or rioting would be jailed and charged with treason.
Every city and State would have 72 hours to cancel their Sanctuary status. Any Governor or mayor who failed to comply would be banned for lifetime from serving any elected position. They would be imprisoned and tried for treason by a military tribunal. Each would be replaced by a military officer until a new election could elect a successor
Congress would have been called back from their month long vacation and instructed to develop new laws/rules if necessary to stop people from destroying property and protesting anything for at least one year. Congress would be required to stay in session until the President decided the rebellion was over. Any College or University that permitted demonstrations would be closed permanently
I fully understand that this would be a historical action. I also feel certain that if something severe does not happen, Civil War is destined to occur.
If these rabid demonstrators should understand they can’t change history by destroying anything. I doubt that 2% of these “animals” have any education related to our history.
For the girls and women who are being “used” like mercenaries to protest a war that happened over 150 years ago, just stop and think. It took another half century for a woman to be permitted to vote. They are obviously not aware they were second class citizens compared freed slaves. I challenge every female who is upset with conservative values to see who finally gave them the right to vote.
Congress proves every day that they are the enemy of the people. Paul Ryan. Speaker of the House, just made a statement that proves my comment. He related, President Trump needs to slow down, understand, join the political process that does not function near as fast as he desires.
Liberals let me know why I wrong
Conservatives let me know if you agree
Everyone out there, what would you do?