October 24, 2014
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This is bipartisanship, and why people hate government

Posted 10/7/09

On Sept. 30 there was a huge political breakout – the bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee composed of 30 Senators agreed unanimously on something.

The $4.7 billion bill all nodded yes in approval of has nothing to do with Afghanistan, healthcare, climate change or the economy. What does it cover?

Well Senators will get a $500,000 to send out postcards to constituents regarding dates and times of town hall meetings, $30,000 for receptions with foreign dignitaries and $4 million for consultants.

This bill seems to be getting rave reviews from the Legislative Branch.

“This is a fiscally responsible bill,” said Sen. Ben Nelson (D – Nebraska) in an online story.

Wow. Is it really Sen. Nelson?

Strange how the Senate can’t agree on anything in any other case. Yet, for some reason, this unites them.

$500,000 for post cards? Really? It’s called e-mail. Look into it.

Plus, last time I checked, post cards were pretty cheap, and for what Senators make, you’d think this could be an out-of-pocket expense they could handle, if, that is, they really wanted to reach out to their constituents.

But I guess they’d rather save their out-of-pocket cash on plane trips to see their mistresses or for some other “urgent” reason.

So I’m going to suggest something for all of us to do.

Pick a bill, issue or anything else you’re interested in. You could be pro-life or pro-choice; for an immediate pullout in Afghanistan or for military action against Iran.

It doesn’t matter what side of any issue you’re on. Maybe you agree with millions of people or maybe you’re a lone voice. Again, it doesn’t matter.

It’s better than this.

To bump up its own budget while, and I know we’re all tired of hearing about it, but to bump up its own budget while everyone else is tightening their belts, especially when it has no benefits to, I’m guessing on the number here, about 299 million out of 300 million Americans, I’d say that’s worse than irresponsible.

It’s pathetic. It’s laughable.

It’s crap.

So everyone, take a few minutes to think about something you want the government to legitimately accomplish. Then, think about if it’s necessary that each Senator get $500,000 for town hall reminder post cards. Next, think about your issue and how the $4.7 billion for these arbitrary measures could advance your cause.

Then write away. Send e-mails and letters to our Senators, other state’s Senators, and, by the way this passed in the House too, so send your concerns to any Congressman you can.

Tell them this is not the bipartisanship we are looking for.

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