“I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing for ways to absorb them with minimum damage to programs and personnel.
Pelosi, whose husband is a wealthy real-estate developer, was quick to note that a cut in her own pay would be far less significant than that for both staffers and less wealthy members of Congress.
This is the same Nancy Pelosi who once informed us, “You have to pass the Bill to find out what’s in it”. Who told us without batting an eye, that “Unemployment Compensation” checks were stimulus payments to the economy. After 8 years in congress the average congress member is a multimillionaire, and they have gotten that way through acts that if anyone not a member of congress were to engage they would be libel for felony prosecution. Doctors, lawyers and most other professionals can be sued when their “Work” damages their patient or client. Congress has long since exempted themselves from this threat. Those who currently inhabit congress are a case study in why this exemption on elected officials should be rescinded.
It is well past time that elected officials be subject to the same criminal fraud laws that the entire rest of the country is subject to. California’s Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein not only should not be in congress, they should both be sharing Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s old Federal Prison cell. Feinstein has committed a level of fraud that to date the only other American to pull off is Bernie Madoff. She funneled literally HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars to her husbands contracting company. It’s not even a secret that she has done so in clear violation of even the most absurdly loose interpretation of legal or ethical standards. Nancy Pelosi, who apparently only lack the ingenuity of Feinstein has likewise enriched herself at the expense of the Tax Paying citizen.
Up until just recently it wasn’t even a crime for members of congress to engage in the exact same kind of insider trading that Martha Stewart was convicted of. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has made his own personal fortune through real estate transactions where he purchased land, knowing full well that he was about to pass a bill that would impact the value of the land in question.
Then there is Sen. Bob Menendez, who beyond his predilection for having sexual intercourse with minors in foreign countries apparently makes a rather nice little profit selling his vote on any pending legislation to the highest bidder.
The actions of those officials elected to congress in enriching themselves have become the very definition of Mendacious Malfeasance. That they should be immune to prosecution for what can scarcely be described as little other than legislative malpractice does nothing short of adding insult to injury. To suggest that their being voted out of office is somehow a fair act of retribution for their acts of legislative malpractice is on a par with suggesting that Bernie Madoff or Jeffery Skilling would have been fairly rewarded for their criminal enterprises by only being fired from their positions.
Passing the Affordable Health Care Act without reading what was in it before voting on it amounts to nothing less than criminal negligence and legislative malpractice. The Law of Unintended consequences should not be a safe haven for elected officials, it should be a criminal statue used to prosecute those who enact laws that damage the freedoms and liberties of the American citizen, the United states constitution and the economic stability of the United States of America. It should be a bludgeon applied to the heads and shoulders of every elected official in America to force them to consider what the impact on future generations of the legislation they are forcing on this great republic is before they pass it.