April 7, 2011
This is me flipping Congress the bird.
Yes, you read that right. This is my big "eff you" to Congress. (Probably unbecoming of a military wife huh?) But, in light of recent events it's more than justified.
Let's take a look at what's going on, shall we. Congress sits in cushy offices and they make, on average, $174,000 a year. Thats $14,500 dollar a month. They are also sitting in these offices, with their $14,500 a month while the rest of the american government workers who make far less a month are at risk of going with out pay. You read that right, GO WITHOUT PAY. Why? Because the douche-bags in Congress can not agree with a budget. They've had since October 2010, and numerous extensions, and here it is April 2011 and what do we have? NOTHING. There's no progress. Why? Because a government shut down wont really effect them will it? It wont effect our President's $400,000 a year salary either. Why? Because of a nice article in the constitution that states "members of Congress shall receive a compensation for their services, as ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States." (Article 1, Section 6)
So who does it effect? Our troops overseas and at home. It effects their families. It effects all DoD workers. It will effect even the on post library, which might be closing, depending on the verdict tomorrow, April 8, 2011.
So while Congress, and the President, wear their 2,000 dollar shoes our men and women in the dessert and at home will be working their asses off even without pay, to protect them and this country. The government workers at HUD and other agencies are at risk of losing their jobs too. It's rather unsettling and upsetting.
A government shutdown happened in 1995. Sure people got paid, but how long did it take? Do you know how it actually effected the government? The shutdown COST taxpayers $800 billion dollars, including $400 million in wages to workers who didn't show up to work. (source here)
Doesn't that sound fun?
So here I am, flipping our Congressmen the bird. Regardless of the verdict tomorrow, my "eff you" still stands. This back and forth, and scare tactics, and worry that has made me sick to my stomach all because you can't work together: and for what? To prove which party is the bigger jerk, which one has more power? Well good for you! From this day forward Democrats and Republicans are the same in my book: egotistical, maniacal, agenda pushers without regard to the little people; the people actually effected by your bureaucratic bullshit.
So Congress, when was the last time you looked at the Declaration of Independence?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"
Or what about:?
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Remember that, Congress works for us. We put them there, we allowed this to happen, and we can fix it.