ELDER PATRIOT – No matter which side of the aisle people are on they all agree on one thing, the government is broken. And, while the majority of Congress may get their will when voting on legislation, the majority of the American people do not. Legislators leave office far wealthier when they complete their work in Washington and the American taxpayer winds up poorer and deeper in debt to private banking institutions.
Everyone is looking for the magic pill to fix government. In my first installment on fixing our broken government we looked at our broken system of representation in the House and Senate. Herewith follows another necessary change to return the government to the will of the people, the elimination of “pork.”
Pork is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as:
1: government money that is spent on projects done to help the political careers of elected officials
Representatives who eschew voting their conscience in favor of a payoff abrogate the will of the people who elected them. The prime example was the passage of the “Affordable Healthcare Act.” With different polls showing approximately 65% of the voters solidly against Obamacare, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi included billions of dollars of “pork” to convince (bribe) their colleagues to vote in favor of the widely unpopular bill. As a result the American taxpayer ended up with a legislative curtailment of their healthcare rights and a huge unpaid debt in addition!
It has been said that laws are like sausages, it’s better not seeing them be made. This holds especially true for those giving and receiving the pork.
Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution reads in its entirety:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Merriam-Webster defines a bribe as:
1: money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust
2: something that serves to induce or influence
We are told that this is the way things get done in Washington by political careerists who increasingly resemble mobsters working for their self-enrichment, and less so the statesmen protecting the rights and property of the people as they claim to be when running for election.
Ending the inclusion of pork in every one of its forms would drive more conscience based voting by our representatives and save the U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars.