I lived in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC in 1979, and
during this period, I looked up several old friends of mine who had
jobs as Congressional aides on Capitol Hill. Some of these people
worked for Republican Congressmen, and some of them worked for
Democrats, but the story I got from all of them was the same;
half of the Members of Congress are crooks. This information was a
minor factor in my decision to relocate in Vancouver instead of
Seattle or Portland.
The situation in Washington hasn't improved since then, and the
elevation of John Boehner to Speaker of the House is a new low.
I have been aware that Boehner was scum since 1995, when he got
some press coverage for passing out cheques from Philip Morris on the
floor of the House of Representatives. Matt Taibbi published a
thorough expose of Boehner in Rolling Stone: The
Crying Shame of John Boehner.
It's a long story, and well worth reading. I'll give you a quick
summary: Boehner plays 100 rounds of golf a year, and attends an
average of 1.25 fundraisers a day. This means that he spends hardly
any time at all doing the job he gets a government salary for. He's
basically a trained seal; his staff puts a script in front of him,
and he reads it.
However, Taibbi points out in the first two paragraphs that people
like Boehner are the norm rather than the exception in Congress, and
makes the case that those who believe that “Washington is occupied
by an unbreakable bipartisan conspiracy of favor-churning hacks”
have got it right.
After you get through the Taibbi article, consider these facts:
Fox News is owned by an Australian, and the second-in-command there,
Alwaleed bin Talal, is a Saudi Prince. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
which has Boehner in its pocket, gets heavy funding from outside the
US. They spent $75 million on attack ads during the 2010 election
campaign, and refuse to disclose how much of this $75 million came
from foreign sources. The US is heavily dependent on Saudi Arabia for
its oil supply, and heavily dependent on China for the financing of
the $14 trillion national debt.
What this all adds up to is, the US electorate no longer has any
real control over the Federal government. Members of Congress and the
President need whackloads of money to get elected, and they're going
to listen to the people who pay the bills, not the voters. The
Boehners of Washington certainly don't have any conscience to listen
to. And if somebody in a position of influence gets uppity enough to
criticize this situation, it's not very difficult to recruit a
fanatic to shoot him or her.
The people of the US will wake up one morning and discover that
they have lost their country. It wasn't lost due to a military
invasion; it was sold.