Congress

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Don Ho once sang:

Tiny targets
On our behinds
Make us unhappy
Make us drink too much wine

Tiny targets
Make us warm all over
With a feeling that we're gonna
Wonder when we'll finally hit that threshold of pain

Oops... he sang about tiny bubbles, sort of like nitrogen narcosis.

The IRS targeting individuals and groups for political reasons. An administration scratching around covering up its messes like a cat in a litterbox.

Congress too. Administration spying on private citizens and news media alike. Congressmen like our own Tennessee Homie, Congressman Scott DeJarlais, MD, spending just as much time pontificating about those horrible Democrats as he does asking questions during a hearing to discover why true heroes died for no reason other than administrative incompetence.

And the list goes on...

Our Congress is charged with the responsibility of both administrative and judicial oversight in our Constitution. It's an absolute, inexcusable dereliction of duty for them not to do so. But they'll feather their own nests while Joe and Jane Schmuckatelli pick up the tab... possibly losing their jobs and homes in the process. Congressmen and women are all about protecting our children, don't you know, even if they're out on the street.

Our best and brightest march off to war while political elites pontificate about abortion, too many guns, drugs on the streets, shortages of oil and a plethora of other commodities, while they send food and our, accent on O-U-R, treasure to two bit dictators who hate us. Congress stands around doing nothing while our nation, this greatest nation to ever grace the face of Planet Terra, is over run with illegal aliens who suck our economy dry through the welfare system. Pardon me. Congress is doing something... increasing the size of government, with ever greater expense and financial burden on Joe and Jane.

When do we stop supporting elitists who purport to be helping us while they do nothing more than harm our heirs?

One must wonder if we'll all have our flyswatters at Port Arms come election time. No fair using those electrified jobs. There might also be a market for the feathers collected from those backyard chickens Chattanooga's about to allow.

I wonder if a Reesee cup will sooth this cranky mood. Seeing bona fide, electable, and well vetted campaign opponents to all incumbents certainly will. Congressman DeJarlais, MD, has two, so far, at least one of whom has a stellar record.

Royce Burrage, Jr.


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