Congress, the Middle Class, and Squandered Tax Money
By Frederick James
An Accepted Incompetent Congress
Why have the American People accepted the waste of tax payer funds for the endless investigations of President Donald Trump? Why have the People accepted, without protest or questions, a Congress that does not address the concerns, problems, and hopes of the country?
The middle class has shown much support for the president at his rallies and campaign stops, but the people have lost the ability and the will to hold the Congress accountable for its inaction. The same members are elected year after year. The same issues are argued without resolution. Corporate interests and minority issues are addressed to please the rich and politically correct, however, the middle class interests are left on the side of the road in the lawmaking process. Issues that do not even concern the middle class are constantly rehashed by Congress.
The middle class needs to start organizing rallies in Washington D.C. and in major cities to call on the House of Representatives and the Senate to work on their impact issues. Correspondences can be sent over the internet to their Senators and House members to stop the waste and corruption.
Taxes Are too High
Taxes are too high and the funds collected are extremely squandered. There has been an unfair redistribution of money from the middle class because of the loud mouths who garner all the attention in the committee rooms of Congress, especially groups not part of the middle class. Health care costs are too high. Car insurance is too high in many states. College education costs are too high for middle class students. Bad roads lead to car problems that no one says anything about it until a major accident occurs. Doctors don’t know what they are doing in certain situations. It seems they are unable to make a clear-cut diagnosis in many cases. Why aren’t they held accountable? Worry, anxiety, and depression have conquered many. When will resolutions come from the inept Congress of the United States?
Our history is filled with stories of people who were innovators and challengers to corruption. All people have faults which cannot be accepted by Democrats and liberals today. Patrick Henry, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Abigail Adams, and James Otis were all founding protestors against the British Parliament and the British king. They had faults, but they took pertinent actions which led to resolutions. The Boston Tea Party, the Labor Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Anti-Globalization Movement all pushed actions to be taken by the governments targeted in those protests including Congress.
Terri Pous wrote in Time Magazine concerning the Labor Movement: “From the textile factories in Lowell, Mass., where the first labor unions were formed, to the railroad strikes in the Southwest led by the Knights of Labor, which thrust unions and their demands into the national spotlight — there have been many triumphant moments in labor movement history.
“But not every moment was so joyous. Indeed, it's a tragedy that we have to thank, in part, for many of the standards and workers' rights we now enjoy. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911 started as a small factory fire, but quickly became the deadliest industrial accident in New York City history due to insufficient fire escapes and factory bosses giving little care to fire and safety measures. In the aftermath, a commission was formed to investigate the cause of the 146 deaths, and within a few years, legislation was introduced to create and enforce stricter workplace-safety laws, safer factories and shorter hours.
“But the movement didn't stop there. The tragedy boosted the strength of the burgeoning union movement and went on to inform many of the rights we enjoy today, including minimum wage and collective-bargaining rights.”
Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers wrote, ”The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid bases of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.”
The pure fabric of ideals in the political philosophy of America is to be built on the People. The consent or permission of the People needs to drive the congressional agenda, not partisan politics or “witch hunts” against the president. Trump won the 2016 election and many Democrats refuse to accept this fact and have tried to get rid of the president ever since with the effort of the media. This loss of focus, the deliberate intentions of individual congressmen, and the unrelenting biased reporting of the mainstream media has caused squandered time and wasted money on behalf of the middle class.
Hamilton also wrote, “If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”
The middle class needs to take action by not only protesting, but through voting incompetent House and Senate members out of office. Civic education needs to be prioritized by parents and schools again. It is time for the corruption to be cut out of the government. Tyranny is gradually growing in the Congress. Exigencies of the Constitution are not being carried out by the first branch of government. This has to change through middle class actions.