The ‘outrage’ from Congress is phony

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

To qualify for U.S. senator or representative you have to be a certain age, be a citizen and live in a state for a prescribed amount of time.

Those are very low requirements. The drafters of the Constitution must have thought the requirements would strengthen over the years. Wrong. Why doesn’t a congressperson need a license? What about “continuing education?”

If you’re a teacher, social worker, psychologist, nurse or doctor you have to have a license and keep up your education. Requirements keep the public protected from quacks. Having credentials is beneficial and necessary when working with people.

How has Congress fallen through the cracks? When you listen to some of them it’s unbelievable. In some cases they sound stupid and could never be licensed. They wouldn’t pass a test for competency.

I’d be naïve to think that some of them are as dumb as they seem. I think some of them play dumb to appease constituents and score political points. Some of their constituents like “dumb” so they play dumb. Others really are dumb. It’s hard to know the difference.

Many congresspeople expressed “outrage” over not being informed of government wiretapping “secrets.” In response, the White House arranged a private briefing for them. Less than half attended. The majority went home for a long weekend. The outrage was phony.

Congress spends most of its time raising money so they can stay in Congress. They like the salary, health benefits, insider investment opportunities and retirement pay. Many become millionaires while on the job. It’s clear the character of these guys and gals is egocentric and not altruistic. They work for themselves and not for the people.

May I suggest the real “scandal” in Washington is that there’s no people’s Congress?

Therefore, we must ask Chairman Darrell Issa, of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to look into this. Mr. Issa can always find a good scandal on which to hold hearings. Congress already has the lowest ratings in the country so he has a good start with some facts.

It may not be too late to amend the U.S. Constitution.

 

Margaret B. Robben
Old Greenwich

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