Sunday, May 24, 2015

Congressional Dinosaurs Responsible for "State" of America?

Is it reasonable that "We the People" ascribe responsibility to a group of policy-makers like Congress, for the "state" of our world?  Or should we blame ourselves?


You must also consider past and present pResidents, their administrations, their appointees, the shadow advisers and funders, etc.

As you contemplate your environment (i.e. your world, and other countries directly affected by U.S. deeds), the "state" of your life (and others), your prospects for the future, your family's well-being this Veteran's Day -- how do you explain "where WE are" today? 

Source:  http://www.activistpost.com/2015/05/79-members-of-congress-have-been-in.html
By Michael Snyder

No wonder Washington never changes – 79 members of Congress have been there since Bill Clinton’s first term in the White House.

This list includes names such as Reid, Feinstein, McConnell, McCain, Pelosi, Boehner, Rangel and Boxer. In this article, I am going to share with you a complete list of the members of Congress that have been “serving” us for at least 20 years. They believe that they are “serving” us well, but without a doubt most Americans very much wish that true “change” would come to Washington.

In fact, right now Congress has a 15 percent approval rating with the American people, and that approval rating has been consistently below 20 percent since mid-2011. So of course we took advantage of the 2014 mid-term election to dump as many of those Congress critters out of office as we possibly could, right? Wrong. Sadly, incumbents were re-elected at a 95 percent rate in 2014. This just shows how broken and how corrupt our system has become. The American people absolutely hate the job that Congress is doing, and yet the same clowns just keep getting sent back to Washington again and again.

Our founders never intended for service in Congress to become a career, but that is precisely what it has become for many of our “public servants”. As of this moment, there are 79 members of Congress that have been in office for at least 20 years, and there are 16 members of Congress that have been in office for at least 30 years.

No wonder so many Americans are advocating term limits these days. When there are dozens of members of Congress that know that they are going to be sent back to Washington over and over again no matter how the American people feel about things, that can cause them to become extremely callous toward the will of the people. Instead, often these politicians become increasingly responsive to the needs of their big donors, because it takes big money to win campaign after campaign. I am sure that if George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were running around today, they would be absolutely disgusted by how our system has evolved.

The following is a list from rollcall.com of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate that have served for at least 20 years and the dates when they first took office…

Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Jan. 4, 1977
Thad Cochran, Miss. Dec. 27, 1978
Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Jan. 5, 1981
Mitch McConnell, Ky. Jan. 3, 1985
Richard C. Shelby, Ala. Jan. 6, 1987
John McCain, Ariz. Jan. 6, 1987
James M. Inhofe, Okla. Nov. 30, 1994

The following is a list from rollcall.com of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate that have served for at least 20 years and the dates when they first took office…

Patrick J. Leahy, Vt. Jan. 14, 1975
Barbara A. Mikulski, Md. Jan. 6, 1987
Harry Reid, Nev. Jan. 6, 1987
Dianne Feinstein, Calif. Nov. 4, 1992
Barbara Boxer, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993
Patty Murray, Wash. Jan. 5, 1993

The following is a list from rollcall.com of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives that have served for at least 20 years and the dates when they first took office…

Don Young, Alaska March 6, 1973
Jim Sensenbrenner, Wis. Jan. 15, 1979
Harold Rogers, Ky. Jan. 5, 1981
Christopher H. Smith, N.J. Jan. 5, 1981
Joe L. Barton, Texas Jan. 3, 1985
Lamar Smith, Texas Jan. 6, 1987
Fred Upton, Mich. Jan. 6, 1987
John J. Duncan Jr., Tenn. Nov. 8, 1988
Dana Rohrabacher, Calif. Jan. 3, 1989
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla. Aug. 29, 1989
John A. Boehner, Ohio Jan. 3, 1991
Sam Johnson, Texas May 18, 1991
Ken Calvert, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993
Robert W. Goodlatte, Va. Jan. 5, 1993
Peter T. King, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1993
John L. Mica, Fla. Jan. 5, 1993
Ed Royce, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993
Frank D. Lucas, Okla. May 10, 1994
Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J. Jan. 4, 1995
Walter B. Jones, N.C. Jan. 4, 1995
Frank A. LoBiondo, N.J. Jan. 4, 1995
Mac Thornberry, Texas Jan. 4, 1995
Edward Whitfield, Ky. Jan. 4, 1995

The following is a list from rollcall.com of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives that have served for at least 20 years and the dates when they first took office…

John Conyers Jr., Mich. Jan. 4, 1965
Charles B. Rangel, N.Y. Jan. 21, 1971
Steny H. Hoyer, Md. May 19, 1981
Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Jan. 3, 1983
Sander M. Levin, Mich. Jan. 3, 1983
Peter J. Visclosky, Ind. Jan. 3, 1985
Peter A. DeFazio, Ore. Jan. 6, 1987
John Lewis, Ga. Jan. 6, 1987
Louise M. Slaughter, N.Y. Jan. 6, 1987
Nancy Pelosi, Calif. June 2, 1987
Frank Pallone Jr., N.J. Nov. 8, 1988
Eliot L. Engel, N.Y. Jan. 3, 1989
Nita M. Lowey, N.Y. Jan. 3, 1989
Jim McDermott, Wash. Jan. 3, 1989
Richard E. Neal, Mass. Jan. 3, 1989
José E. Serrano, N.Y. March 20, 1990
David E. Price, N.C. Jan. 7, 1997 Also served 1987-95
Rosa DeLauro, Conn. Jan. 3, 1991
Collin C. Peterson, Minn. Jan. 3, 1991
Maxine Waters, Calif. Jan. 3, 1991
Jerrold Nadler, N.Y. Nov. 3, 1992
Jim Cooper, Tenn. Jan. 7, 2003 Also served 1983-95
Xavier Becerra, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993
Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Ga. Jan. 5, 1993
Corrine Brown, Fla. Jan. 5, 1993
James E. Clyburn, S.C. Jan. 5, 1993
Anna G. Eshoo, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993
Gene Green, Texas Jan. 5, 1993
Luis V. Gutierrez, Ill. Jan. 5, 1993
Alcee L. Hastings, Fla. Jan. 5, 1993
Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas Jan. 5, 1993
Carolyn B. Maloney, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1993
Lucille Roybal-Allard, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993
Bobby L. Rush, Ill. Jan. 5, 1993
Robert C. Scott, Va. Jan. 5, 1993
Nydia M. Velázquez, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1993
Bennie Thompson, Miss. April 13, 1993
Sam Farr, Calif. June 8, 1993
Lloyd Doggett, Texas Jan. 4, 1995
Mike Doyle, Pa. Jan. 4, 1995
Chaka Fattah, Pa. Jan. 4, 1995
Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Jan. 4, 1995
Zoe Lofgren, Calif. Jan. 4, 1995

As you looked over those lists, you probably noticed that they contain many of the members of Congress that Americans complain about the most.

Unfortunately, because the vast majority of these individuals come from states or congressional districts that are basically a lock to vote a certain way, there is very little hope of ever removing them. That means that most of these Congress critters are going to get to keep coming back for as long as they want.

No matter which political party you prefer, this should greatly disturb you.

Our founders certainly never intended for a permanent class of elitists to rule over us.

But that is what we have.

We are supposed to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but instead we have a government of the elite, by the elite and for the elite. Most people do not realize this, but today most members of Congress are actually millionaires. The disconnect between members of Congress and average Americans has never been greater than it is right now, and I think that is a very troubling sign for the future of this nation.

So is there a solution to this problem?

This article first appeared here at the American Dream. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

This article may be re-posted in full with attribution.

7 comments:

  1. boomerangcomesbackMay 25, 2015 at 5:09 AM

    Read: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/how-democratic-republican-party-chiefs-work-to-deceive-the-u-s-public.html

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  2. North Carolina broke the record with Hagen and Tillis
    http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/10/north-carolina-senate-race-now-no-1-all-time-in-outside-spending/

    What the total tally was in the end is anyones guess becuse of the amount of criminal lobby fronting NGO. To say the race spending is not a billion dollars is short sighted. These offices are worth billions over a three term seat.

    Try to get current whistleblower protection firewall , campaign finance or Lobbyist-congress revolving doors shut down and see how fast you get dead. To expect the fear of vigilantes at this point is a given, hence the efforts to disarm the public. To think that the people still have no issues in re-electing these schucks is too bizarre to diagnose.

    It must be like growing fond of a wart. Who really wanted David Letterman on Late Night that long? It was pathetic to watch sports figures stayng too long as well. Like the Congress, their play just shows ever more arrogance and ego. It comes out as David Letterman, weaker performance and more scandal.

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  3. senior NATO official told former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler
    Senior NATO Official: “We’ll Probably be at War This Summer” - PJW

    Not probably...certain. This was the best cover for NAFTA and GATT, remember. The anti-Trade Terror frequencies are peaking and that just won't fly with the committee. They have many cards to play right now due to the massive number of problems. A war much like the Iraqi Kuwaiti Desert Storm.

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/senior-nato-official-well-probably-be-at-war-this-summer.html

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  4. Little victories...plays well into the showdown narrative and erection cycle 2016. If supreme court rules Hillary will have to think her draconian comments on pushing this agenda

    Obama immigration overhaul, 'Dreamers' handed another legal setback http://fw.to/EwlJbpS

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  5. Floodwaters rise in Houston; search goes on for the missing http://news.yahoo.com/12-missing-flooding-texas-sweeps-away-vacation-home-073741185.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=tw via @YahooNews

    1935 - 1976 - 2015

    I remember the flooding in Texas when I arrived in 1976 in Brazoria and Harris County and seeing the buffalo bayou overun and flood waters stack cars under the SW Freeway underpasses like seashells in the surf.

    It rained for thirty days or so at 1-2 inches per day with the Medical Center, Astrodome and Astroworld underwater. I never saw a flash flood like those before that time.



    https://cotocrew.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/texas-flood-the-long-version-2012/

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  6. fleur-de-lis symbolizes the origins of today’s weather service in France during World War I.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/USAF_Special_Operations_Weather_Team_Flash.png

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  7. boomerangcomesbackMay 27, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Embedded Links within the piece below are at http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=18222

    "BASTROP TEXAS STOOD UP AGAINST THE JADE HELM EXERCISE AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED-DEADLY WEATHER WARFARE"
    SteveQuayle.com
    May 26, 2015
    http://bit.ly/1LHPjZr

    "As I'm looking through breaking news headlines, and seeing the continuous references to the extreme weather so concentrated over TX, and coupled with the continuous chemtrailing that happens throughout the US, I can't help but think that what is going on right now as part of the Jade Helm "exercize", could not actually be the domestic roll out of weather warfare on an ag[g]ressive scale. We know they can control the weather to at least some degree. We know that the chemtrailing over CA and in the Pacific modifies the jet stream to both keep CA dry and to force that precipitation east towards TX and other southern states. We know that Jade Helm is "pretending" that TX is a hostile enemy that must be engaged. The military is already rolling out across the state as part of this "drill". Why then, is it not reasonable to assume that as part of this "mock civil war drill" that they would not practice using the tools that they have in their arsenal? They used typhoons against the enemy in the Vietnam War, why would they not use this form of warfare against a domestic enemy as well?

    I mean, how perfect is it that the military will be on hand to help "assist" the state with any effects of this "freak weather"? The citizens would stand down as the millitary rolls into major cities to assist in "humanitarian efforts" as opposed to protesting martial law drills in their peaceful state.

    It's just too coincidental that this Jade Helm thing is going on with TX the stated target, the biker shooting in Waco involved the Banditos gang which a year ago Holder's (criminal) Justice Dept released a report about that gang and stated concern that they have many active and retired millitary, police and other federal government personnel as members (one of their "red list" targets that now they can portray as criminals), AND on top of all that TX is being completely hammered with extreme weather that seems suspiciously like what one would characterize as weather war.

    I'm sorry, but to me this all seems too coincidental and too perfectly timed not to be part of an orchestrated and unified program. This is just conjecture but as we know, the truth is most often stranger than fiction".

    AND, another comment f/up to the above was posted at http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=18233

    TEXAS DELUGE: Transparent Geoengineered Weather Event To Enforce Compliance
    http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=15497

    "Flood of the Millennium Hits Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Marcos and other Texas cities

    Major Metro Areas Paralyzed In Texas Just Before Jade Helm 15 Begins ? Coincidence?"

    Best,
    NR

    Excerpt:

    "What is perhaps the most distinguishing feature of this apparently geoengineered weather event is that it maintained its structural integrity over several days. The longevity of any cohesive meteorological phenomenon is relatively short. In this particular case, highly unusual weather dynamics and geometries persisted over days when they would normally have morphed into new shapes and sizes, or dissolved altogether. Simply put, these kinds of weather patterns and dynamics do not exist in nature".

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