Letter to the Editor: Congress isn't looking out for interests of Americans
Friday, December 1, 2017
Let’s look at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that has been in the news for the last week due to a left-wing liberal, Leandra English, who is part of the deep state, suing the Trump Administration to keep her job but was struck down by a federal judge who ruled according to the law.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was a part of the Dodd-Frank Act passed by a Democratic Congress during the Obama Administration.
It is controlled by a single individual who cannot be fired for poor performance and who exercises sole control over the agency, its hiring and its budget. That does not sound like consumer pProtection to me.
In 2013, the bureau estimated that it would spend $541 million and increase its staff to more than 1,200 with no oversight from Congress, the president or the Federal Reserve from which it obtains its funding.
Do you think there is a huge risk of waste, fraud and abuse? Let’s see:
$55 million was set aside for renovating the bureau’s headquarters building just steps from the White House. $55 million was more than the entire annual construction and acquisition budget for General Services Administration for the totality of federal buildings.
In the first half of fiscal year 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spent $5.9 million on travel, compared to $68.4 million on personnel compensation, excluding benefits. Of the bureau’s 1,168 current employees, 299 are examiners, who travel frequently. Assuming that for the balance of the year travel costs continue at the same pace, the bureau will have spent nearly $12 million by the end of 2013 fiscal year.
Congress’ major job is to protect the freedoms of U.S. citizens from both foreign and domestic enemies.
All these agencies/bureaucracies that have been put in place by Congress are for the most part not involved in protecting our freedoms. They are there to interfere in our lives and disrupt our freedoms.
Congress, as a whole, is not looking out for Americans:
■ Congress has set up slush funds with taxpayer dollars to pay hush money to those who have been abused by members of Congress.
■ John Conyers, the longest-serving member of Congress referred to by Nancy Pelosi as an icon, settled a 2015 complaint from a former staffer who said she was fired after refusing his sexual advances. To make matters worse, the payout was the result of a secretive bureaucratic process Congress uses to handle harassment claims, and the money came out of Conyers’ taxpayer-funded office budget. He has been accused of walking around in his office in underwear. It takes a special kind of stupid immorality to do that sort of thing.
■ Al Franken, referred to as a Senate giant, has had several allegations of sexual abuse.
The floodgate is now open regarding sexual abuse by members of Congress as well as their cover-up of stealing from Americans through their special interest funds. They will have to give the American people a list of every member who has used taxpayer dollars to pay for their abusive behavior. They will have to pay the price at the ballot box in 2018 and thereafter and I hope they will have to repay the $17 million taxpayer dollars these immoral members of Congress have used to cover their sorry behinds.
Congress needs to have a specific code of behavior and dress for every member. All must dress morally and professionally appropriate. And I don’t mean dress like a professional hooker! Breasts, thighs and shoulders should be covered, Congresswomen. Congressmen need to be dressed in suits and ties. With the big bucks we are paying you, the least you can do is be respectful in the workplace.
Washington is corrupt and the swamp has to be drained. I hope President Trump will be successful in doing such.