Some Serious Questions for Congress They Will not Answer

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Our founding fathers built the United States with the intention that government would serve the people of the new nation; all of the people. They instituted a ‘Democratic Republic.’ The idea was that the populous would elect men who would represent their needs and desires in the nation’s capital. If the people believed that these elected officials failed them, they could vote them out of office in the next election. They never considered the idea of a ‘professional politician.’

Today our government has become an ‘oligarchy;’ our government rules us; we serve them. Issues supported by the majority, including immigration reform, same-sex marriage, and raising the minimum wage, are ignored by Republicans. They claim that they are supporting the majority. A blatant lie.

Under a Trump presidency, our nation is quickly moving towards a plutocracy; rule by the wealthy. His circle of sinners is composed of millionaires and billionaires who have absolutely no understanding related to the daily lives of most Americans.

Regardless of the form of government, I have some serious concerns; concerns that will become bigger problems and lead to more corruption if not addressed.

Why is congress allowed to vote themselves a raise without the approval of the American people? They refuse to raise the minimum wage and allow millions of Americans to provide a better quality of life for their families, but they control their own financial future. A base salary of $174,000 a year is bloated, and they have proven that they are not worth the expense to taxpayers.

Why does congress have healthcare and retirement benefits far superior to those they are intended to represent? Why aren’t they required to rely on social security and Medicare?

Why is congress exempt from term limits? It was a good idea for the presidency, why not congress? We would eliminate the wasteful idea of having a senator or representative in office for multiple terms who does nothing but line his or her own pockets with money from lobbyists.

Why is congress expected to work only 100 days a year, and of those 100 days most of the time is spent campaigning? How can 535 men and women justify a cumulative salary of $93,090,000 a year, not including benefits, other expenses, and kickbacks from large businesses? The most recent congress accomplished less than any congress in history and only averaged 60 hours a month in Washington.

I consider these facts as pure corruption. Our government has drastically failed those they are commanded to represent.

Our nation’s original representatives worked for free. There was never an expectation that politics would become a career.

Misguided voters are proud of people such as Orin Hatch, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain who have served far too many terms in office. They have long ago outlived their usefulness.

Fortunately for my children and their children, in 20 years this nation will experience a great change. Old, white men will no longer control our country. The Millennials of today will hold these same public offices and will not allow outdated men and women to decide the fate of our nation and its people.

The average age in the House is 57.0 years of age; in the Senate it is 61.0 years. Millennials are now the largest demographic in America; they have moved past baby boomers. In upcoming elections I believe that we will see millennials and women take control of congress.

After this year’s deplorable election, when uninformed voters elected the oldest and most immoral president in history, these two demographics will rise up and say ‘no more.’

The Republican Party is on its way out. It has supported racism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism, and the misnamed Christian religious right for far too long. It’s time has come, and after four years of a Trump presidency, Republican politicians will find themselves working at McDonald’s for minimum wage with no raise in the foreseeable future.

Op-Ed

By James Turnage

Follow me on twitter; @jamesturnagenov

My latest novel, “Four More Years,” is available on Amazon, and the Kindle app is free

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