Let’s reshuffle Congress’s deck

Editor: Congressional campaigns receive money from big business, corporations and special interest groups who also buy lobbyists to promote their interests by “entertaining” those in office continuously.

In turn, Congress enacts 20,000 pages of Income Tax Regulation containing loopholes, subsidies, deductions, grants, et al. The recipients are locked in votes for re-election.

Congress has been lax on immigration since the origin of our country. In the last half century, we have experienced a horde of immigrants who can be expected to show appreciation by favorable re-election votes. Now it is proposed to “buy” 12 million more appreciative votes by amnesty. Congress has passed 10,000 pages of immigration regulations to maintain that appreciation. What is there about the sentence, “illegal immigrants will be denied entry” that needs 10,000 pages?

How much of our population is on the many increasing facets of public welfare? The increasing number of those eligible for food stamps is an example. Would any of those groups vote for a change? The largest employer in the country is the government. Would any jeopardize employment by voting for a smaller government?

This is a tremendous bloc of votes that is self-perpetuating and directing us to bankruptcy and to the de-Americanization of our country.

Political parties, senior citizens, all veterans – and I stress all veterans – and the uncoerced by circumstances of livelihood must forget differences and unite to counter the self-serving Congress.

We need a changed deck of cards. That change will not come voluntarily from the present make-up of Congress.

The proposed government spending for 2014 is 3.8 trillion. The words billions and trillions do not convey to the public the enormity of the numerical figures. Pie charts show that 6 percent of that spending will be for interest on the National Debt.

Figures show:


2012-223 billion interest

2013-222.8 billion interest

2014-228 billion interest

Billions that buy nothing. Who can deny a much-needed change in Congressional action?

Donald Hansen