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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hussein Execution and U.S. Government Actions Flow Together

In the same way that American leaders knowingly use nudity and sexual humiliation along with torture in places like Abu Ghraib, they purposely executed Saddam Hussein right on the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is a day when Muslims are expected to show forgiveness. The date of Saddam's execution was no coincidence, it was carefully planned to make the entire Muslim world consider the consequences of militant actions against the West taken by some believers of Islam.
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The journalist Robert Fisk clearly explained Saddam Hussein's swift trial and execution as one more botched cover-up of poor U.S. policy decisions. The world is now expected to completely forget that the U.S. provided Iraq with chemical weapons, the U.S. provoked Iraq's invasion of Iran through direct infusions of military aid and detailed intelligence. Does anyone else remember Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein?

Most people living in the U.S. are totally ignorant of world opinion. Citizens are content to watch so-called "reality shows" on television while world opinion turns against their actions. The laws of Texas are now expected to be enforced in all lands administered by the United States. Our great armies may lose wars in Vietnam, Lebanon, and Iraq but we expect the rest of world to live in fear of the next possible "Shock and Awe" campaign.

Right now many U.S. leaders are trying to raise the presidency of the late Gerald Ford to new heights. In spite of Ford's posthumous declarations of disagreement with U.S. policy in Iraq, leaders are claiming how Gerald R. Ford was a great a leader.

Ford was great because he healed the nation by pardoning Richard Nixon. Ford was important because he kept his mouth shut after the Warren Commission cover-up of the Kennedy Assassination. Ford was great because he kept his opinions to himself while his former assistant, Dick Cheney, drummed for war in Iraq with faked evidence. Ford was great because he took orders from the real sources of power during his time without questioning why. A great "Yes Man" Ford was, all the way to the end.

As a result of the actions of Gerald Ford and Republican leaders leading all the way up to the current batch, U.S. government officials can rest assured there will be no accountability for illegal actions undertaken while in office. Tom Delay, Mark Foley, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and George W. Bush himself can all rest assured they will not be held to account for the corruption, needlessly lost lives, and growing public debt caused by their actions. U.S. citizens will only look back and wonder why they let their leaders get away with serious crimes when there is no United States remaining.

Any leaders that expect problems to be solved by swift executions and selective memory will sorely regret their actions someday. In this way George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein sail into history across the River Styx aboard the same boat.

Robert Fisk Independent article

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Get Fucked, Fox TV Tells FCC

Read the story for yourself if you don't believe me. Carter Phillips, the attorney for FOX television told the FCC to get fucked yesterday, in a Federal Appeals Court, no less. What timing, right in the thick of the Christmas season Fox demands the right to curse at Americans on network TV!

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I think Fox Television and Rupert Murdoch have gone off the deep end since the November Mid-Term Elections and O.J. Simpson, "Suppose I Did Murder Nicole" debacle. The old boys behind the "We report, You decide." slogan must be sippin' a little too much eggnog or strong apple cider. They seem to be jealous of the cast of Deadwood or The Sopranos. How far we have come since everyone got their panties in a bunch over Janet Jackson's boob during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Get over it Fox and interview a few Libertarians or Green Party politicians. Asking your right wing audience to accept locker room language during prime time is no way to do your warmongering and promotion of racial hatred. What would your radio announcer, Rush Limbaugh, think of this shameless banter? It's enough to make Michelle Malkin blush during another interview with that loudmouth O'Reilly. What's wrong? Ratings dipping a little too much this holiday season or are you afraid of the new English-language al Jazeera?

Monday, December 11, 2006

House Pedophile Cover-Up Continues!

Late Friday afternoon your Congressmen decided that it is perfectly okay to cover up pedophile behavior. They issued a report that decided it was correct for Dennis Hastert and other Congressional leaders to cover-up the behavior of Congressman Mark Foley. Not one person will be punished for these heinous acts!

IGNORE THE DIRTY OLD MEN BEHIND THE CURTAIN. AFTER ALL, THEY ARE ONLY CONGRESSMEN!

They knew Foley was abusing Congressional pages as far back as 1995! They decided not to tell anyone because they were afraid people might not vote for pedophile Congressmen and the legislators that associate with them. They still do not want you to think about this issue! This is why they released the report at 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon in Washington, DC. Nobody pays attention to news that comes out at that time of the week.

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Foley did not just exchange text messages with teenage House pages, he visited them in their private dormitory rooms. Whatever he did to them in those rooms caused them to leave the programs and return to their home states. They still do not want to talk about the sexually explicit behavior Congressman Mark Foley openly admits he is responsible for.

Most of the Congressmen that clearly met and decided to cover-up this behavior are still your congressmen, serving their best interests by keeping you in the dark about why they really did what they did! Ask them about this cover-up the next time you write them or attend a local meeting with your Representative. Young people should be protected by laws these people are elected to write. Teenagers should not be allowed to be exploited as sexual toys while the other Congressmen do absolutely nothing whatsoever year after year!

Here is the report if you want to read the disgusting details of the cover-up:

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Or should we call it the Page Cover-Up? Here is the actual content, the above link they released to the public is only a cover page. They really do not want you to read about this chapter in the history of the U.S. Government

PDF File of Page Report Contents

New York Times story

Washington Post article

Friday, December 08, 2006

More Ways Congress Steals From You!

Concerned Citizens, you have been robbed, swindled, and cheated by the people you vote for and by your neighbors!

$172 billion has been wasted in the past 10 years on farm subsidies that do little more than assure that farmers continue to vote for the corrupt politicians that approve the subsidies. Many of the people that receive farm subsidies are not even farmers, some are not even American citizens.

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If you read any of the articles mentioned in this blog you will not find a single case where someone refused to cash checks they did not deserve. No, they justify this rape of the American taxpayer by saying that if they did not steal the money, i.e. cash the checks, someone else will. Why not steal? Every other rich farmer does it.

The Bush Administration found $750 million to spend on ranchers just 12 weeks before elections in 2002. The rest of America wondered how these cattle farmers could be so gullible to vote for the same old corrupt Congressmen and Senators. These country-dwelling folk were not duped, the votes of these people were purchased though pork barrel legislation.

Congress and the Bush Administration approved a Livestock Compensation Program that cost taxpayers $1.2 billion during its two years of existence, 2002 and 2003. $635 million went to ranchers and dairy farmers in areas where there was moderate drought or none at all, according to government records analyzed by The Washington Post. No ranchers were required to prove they suffered any actual loss. The government sends each of them a check simply based on the number of cattle they owned. No other proof required! Some of this money went to farmers whose farms were located 20 miles from where the Space Shuttle Columbia blew up. For no other reason than that.

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The Bush Administration spent $750 million of government money deliberately to buy votes for Republican candidates. No secret program, this was done in broad daylight with plenty of press coverage. How else to convince rural populations to vote for some of the most corrupt politicians in U.S. history? Buy the votes outright.

This comes from a political machine that has the hypocrisy to accuse governments around the world of corruption and election-tampering.

Don't worry about some poor farmer not getting a subsidy check if these programs are stopped, the checks mostly go to rich farmers making whopping profits. Poor farmers typically do not qualify for farm subsidies.

Really poor farmers in Africa and other poor nations are not even permitted to sell to the U.S. market, these subsidies make that a certainty. Therefore these subsidies cause many people to see no reasons not to support people planning attacks against Americans. In this way, farm subsidies promote terrorist attacks on U.S. interests and citizens. Also, if a terrorist needs money, why not buy former rice growing farmland in America and collect the subsidy checks? IT IS THAT EASY!

Read It And Weap

The recent November elections were just the start. There is a plenty of work do to if we are ever going to get to the bottom of the corrupt government in Washington.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Israel Brushes Off Iraq Report

In a very absurd comment, Ehud Olmert says "The attempt to create linkage between the Iraqi issue and the Mideast issue - we have a different view," Olmert tells reporters in Tel Aviv.

The Washington Post tells us that Olmert thinks it is "wrong to link the Arab-Israeli conflict with woes in the Middle East"

Just what is Israel's Prime Minister thinking? Has Olmert looked at a map lately? What do the majority of Israelis think about relationship between the Arab-Israeli War and the conflict in the Middle East?

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Olmert wants no part of any discussions with Syria. Does Israel really want to seek a solution to the ongoing differences with its neighbors? The majority of the Israeli people want lasting peace, of that you can be sure. They say so at every opportunity they are given to speak out.

"I can only say that the opinions I heard from the president and from all senior administration staff on the Syrian issue are such that he did not see a feasibility in talks on the American-Syrian track or on the Israeli-Syrian track," Olmert states. It would seem that Israel is willing to do nothing unless the United States tells it to act. Even then, the U.S. must back up requests with threats to stop funding Israel before it listens. Why is this the case?

It is the ongoing rejection of talks with other nations that mark the Bush and Olmert Administrations as among the weakest in recent history, diplomatically speaking. Building walls, instead of engaging in dialog with your neighbors, accomplishes nothing. Future generations will look back on these leaders as ineffective and even dangerous to their citizens. Hopefully, the new leaders about to take their places will have an open mind to new approaches for peace.

The Iraq Study Group dares to state what no other senior statesmen have dared to say in many years. Shooting at each other accomplishes nothing but needless bloodshed and ongoing strife for millions of people. The answers are found in the bridges we build, not the structures we blow up or refuse to construct in the first place.

Relevant Haaretz article

Another Haaretz article

Washington Post article

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Why You Should Read The Iraq Study Group Report

Having just finished reading the Report of the Iraq Study Group, I must applaud their efforts to uncover the truth about the overall situation in the Middle East. The members of the ISG looked at the entire puzzle of Middle East politics and assembled many concrete recommendations. Surprisingly, the report also discusses U.S. taxpayer costs, Palestine, Israel, oil, failings in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the gross underreporting of violence in Iraq.

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My biggest concern is that the Bush Administration and the U.S. Congress will totally ignore the report and go on spending money on pork projects while so many lives are being lost every day. If you care about the lives of fellow human beings, if you care about how your tax money is being spent, if you have a son or daughter serving in the military, or if you do not want to see the world embroiled in World War Three, READ THIS REPORT!

It is not like any legislative document or political speech I have ever studied. It is written in plain English and offers solid recommendations that can be implemented, if people care enough to try. Read it, ask others to read it, demand that your Senators and Representatives follow the recommendations. It is your responsibility to see that peace comes to the world as much as it is the responsibility of the leaders of all nations.

Here are a few excerpts that provide real reasons why you should read the entire report:

To date, the United States has spent roughly $400 billion on the Iraq War, and costs are running about $8 billion per month. In addition, the United States must expect significant “tail costs” to come. Caring for veterans and replacing lost equipment will run into the hundreds of billions of dollars. Estimates run as high as $2 trillion for the final cost of the U.S. involvement in Iraq.

RECOMMENDATION 23: The President should restate that the United States does not seek to control Iraq’s oil.

... there is significant underreporting of the violence in Iraq. The standard for recording attacks acts as a filter to keep events out of reports and databases. A murder of an Iraqi is not necessarily counted as an attack. If we cannot determine the source of a sectarian attack, that assault does not make it into the database. A roadside bomb or a rocket or mortar attack that doesn’t hurt U.S. personnel doesn’t count. For example, on one day in July 2006 there were 93 attacks or significant acts of violence reported. Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence.Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals. page 94

RECOMMENDATION 1: The United States, working with the Iraqi government, should launch the comprehensive New Diplomatic Offensive to deal with the problems of Iraq and of the region. This new diplomatic offensive should be launched before December 31, 2006. page 45

RECOMMENDATION 3: As a complement to the diplomatic offensive, and in addition to the Support Group discussed below, the United States and the Iraqi government should support the holding of a conference or meeting in Baghdad of the Organization of the Islamic Conference or the Arab League both to assist the Iraqi government in promoting national reconciliation in Iraq and to reestablish their diplomatic presence in Iraq. page 46

RECOMMENDATION 16: In exchange for these actions and in the context of a full and secure peace agreement, the Israelis should return the Golan Heights, with a U.S. security guarantee for Israel that could include an international force on the border, including U.S. troops if requested by both parties.

As worries about Iraq increase, the Gulf States are becoming more active. The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have hosted meetings in support of the International Compact. Saudi Arabia recently took the positive step of hosting a conference of Iraqi religious leaders in Mecca. Several Gulf States have helped foster dialogue with Iraq’s Sunni Arab population. While the Gulf States are not proponents of democracy in Iraq, they worry about the direction of events: battle-hardened insurgents from Iraq could pose a threat to their own internal stability, and the growth of Iranian influence in the region is deeply troubling to them. page 30

RECOMMENDATION 17: Concerning the Palestinian issue, elements of that negotiated peace should include:
• Adherence to UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 and to the principle of land for peace, which are the only bases for achieving peace.
• Strong support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to take the lead in preparing the way for negotiations with Israel.
• A major effort to move from the current hostilities by consolidating the cease-fire reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis in November 2006.
• Support for a Palestinian national unity government.


The Defense Department and the intelligence community have not invested sufficient people and resources to understand the political and military threat to American men and women in the armed forces...there are fewer than 10 analysts on the job at the Defense Intelligence Agency who have more than two years’ experience in analyzing the insurgency. page 94

RECOMMENDATION 40: The United States should not make an open-ended commitment to keep large numbers of American troops deployed in Iraq. page 75

RECOMMENDATION 41: The United States must make it clear to the Iraqi government that the United States could carry out its plans, including planned redeployments, even if
Iraq does not implement its planned changes. America’s other security needs and the future of our military cannot be made hostage to the actions or inactions of the Iraqi government. page 75

RECOMMENDATION 43: Military priorities in Iraq must change, with the highest priority given to the training, equipping, advising, and support mission and to counterterrorism operations. page 75

RECOMMENDATION 21: If the Iraqi government does not make substantial progress toward the achievement of milestones on national reconciliation, security, and governance, the United States should reduce its political, military, or economic support for the Iraqi government. page 61

The Syrian role is not so much to take active measures as to countenance malign neglect:

the Syrians look the other way as arms and foreign fighters flow across their border into Iraq, and former Baathist leaders find a safe haven within Syria.

... the Syrians have indicated that they want a dialogue with the United States, and in November 2006 agreed to restore diplomatic relations with Iraq after a 24-year break.

Funding for the Sunni insurgency comes from private individuals within Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, even as those governments help facilitate U.S. military operations in Iraq by providing basing and overflight rights and by cooperating on intelligence issues. page 29

RECOMMENDATION 12: The United States and the Support Group should encourage and persuade Syria of the merit of such contributions as the following:

• Syria can control its border with Iraq to the maximum extent possible and work together with Iraqis on joint patrols on the border. Doing so will help stem the flow of funding, insurgents, and terrorists in and out of Iraq.

• Syria can establish hotlines to exchange information with the Iraqis.

• Syria can increase its political and economic cooperation with Iraq. page 54

One Iraqi official told us: “Iran is negotiating with the United States in the streets of Baghdad.” page 29

RECOMMENDATION 11: Diplomatic efforts within the Support Group should seek to persuade Iran that it should take specific steps to improve the situation in Iraq.


Among steps Iran could usefully take are the following:

• Iran should stem the flow of equipment, technology, and training to any group resorting to violence in Iraq.

• Iran should make clear its support for the territorial integrity of Iraq as a unified state, as well as its respect for the sovereignty of Iraq and its government.

• Iran can use its influence, especially over Shia groups in Iraq, to encourage national reconciliation.

• Iran can also, in the right circumstances, help in the economic reconstruction of Iraq. page 53


RECOMMENDATION 15: Concerning Syria, some elements of that negotiated peace should be:

• Syria’s full adherence to UN Security Council Resolution 1701 of August 2006, which provides the framework for Lebanon to regain sovereign control over its territory.

• Syria’s full cooperation with all investigations into political assassinations in Lebanon, especially those of Rafik Hariri and Pierre Gemayel.

• A verifiable cessation of Syrian aid to Hezbollah and the use of Syrian territory for transshipment of Iranian weapons and aid to Hezbollah. (This step would do much to solve Israel’s problem with Hezbollah.)

• Syria’s use of its influence with Hamas and Hezbollah for the release of the captured Israeli Defense Force soldiers.

• A verifiable cessation of Syrian efforts to undermine the democratically elected government of Lebanon. page 56

RECOMMENDATION 38: The United States should support the presence of neutral international experts as advisors to the Iraqi government on the processes of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. page 69


RECOMMENDATION 78: The Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense should also institute immediate changes in the collection of data about violence and the sources of violence in Iraq to provide a more accurate picture of events on the ground. page 96

RECOMMENDATION 79: The CIA should provide additional personnel in Iraq to develop and train an effective intelligence service and to build a counterterrorism intelligence
center that will facilitate intelligence-led counterterrorism efforts. page 96

RECOMMENDATION 18: It is critical for the United States to provide additional political, economic, and military support for Afghanistan, including resources that might become available as combat forces are moved from Iraq. page 58


The entire report can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

What I Do For A Living

Taking a break from the SecondLife articles, politics, and the impact of war on the world, this post today is about the author of Insights. Many readers, especially students and other young people, see my e-mail address, skip the comments and send me a direct e-mail. Unfortunately, the rest of the readers do not get to read the conversation threads that follow so I will condense my answers into this one posting.

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I grew up in a family that served the military, corporations, and small businesses, all at the same time. Some members of my family still serve in the military. I chose to work overseas for many years in a capacity different than the military but still in a dangerous environment. Generally the work that I performed overseas in those years is called "Disaster Project Management." I helped establish schools, clinics, job training centers, and even orphanages. This work was never easy. For example, when I worked in India I got stuck in the middle of sectarian violence where shootings and other violence occasionally broke out. In Haiti there were two violent revolutions and one rather peaceful revolution while I worked there. In Puerto Rico it was peaceful, until the Independistas became active, then all hell broke loose in areas where I stayed or worked.

Today I go into corporations and carefully study what they are doing. I take hundreds of photographs, copious notes, and study all the relevant government regulations. Every assignment includes a requirement to learn business jargon, special computer software, complex manufacturing processes, and the machinery that performs those processes. I also closely study the way corporations move products, this is called "Logistics."

To do all this effectively I travel all over North America. I used to travel all over the world but those opportunities dried up after 2001. I would gladly go to any corner of the planet to conduct my detailed studies but so far no offers have been made. This is the role of the Business Analyst.

The software developers and programmers work closely with me because they have a difficult time putting complex routines into plain English instructions. I have done exactly that sort of technical-to-plain-English translation work for nearly 20 years.

This kind of work is also called "Business Process Analysis" by the high-priced consultants. Some of this work is classified as "Industrial Photography."

When I finish my research, my clients sit down and study my photographs and observations, along with my detailed reports. After looking at my photographs and reports, business executives always come up with more efficient ways to conduct business and save money. In nearly every case they send me back out to photograph and study new locations. Those new location studies are always compared with the previous research.

When my clients decide how they want to run their businesses I sit down and write training manuals, quick reference guides, and even help with the creation of marketing materials. My style is to include many photographs and diagrams throughout my training materials. This makes it easier for people to learn and it makes it easier for people who do not speak English to learn their jobs. Project managers use my documents to do their job. My training guides translate easily into foreign languages because they are mostly pictures and diagrams. This is the role of the Technical Writer.

In between assignments I still help local people and some overseas project managers overcome the consequences of disasters. These situations may be a personal bankruptcy or other issue. It could also involve the stress and shock of working in a place where there has been a major disaster such as a flood, famine, war, or earthquake. My early training and experience taught me thousands of ways to handle these situations. When most people panic and run the other way I turn and walk into the maelstrom, but I carry the proper tools, stay calm, and think clearly about exactly what to do next. I overcome the stress using knowledge and patience on the job and long-distance running when not on the job.

This is what I do for a living. If you want to do this kind of work, get a college degree first, volunteer for a major relief organization like Doctors Without Borders, Partners In Health, or the Red Cross, then later, get a training or project management job with an international corporation. You will probably end up doing exactly the same work I do today.

Oh, one more thing I almost forgot, apply for a passport, you'll need it!

What To Say To Congress?

When my friends, clients, and associates hear me talk about "participating in government" they immediately ask me "How do we do that?" They know they can write letters or go to those local meetings held by Representatives or Senators, but what should they try to talk about? What subjects should they raise? How can they get the people in power to listen to the little guy or gal?

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The answers to these questions are within each of us but first let me address the need for everyone to vote.

I know it often seems like voting in this country is about making a choice between two evils. Typically, the two candidates are only two sides of the same coin. However, if you abdicate your responsibility to vote altogether, you really only allow elected leaders to become more alike. If people do not care about the slight differences between Candidate A and Candidate B, there is no need for them to be different is there?

People in the poorest nations vote more than Americans, the issues in elections often mean the difference between life and death to really poor people.

Another important reason to vote is because elected officials know if you vote. Politicians have access to lists of the people that actually vote in each election. They may not know who you voted for but they know if you voted (Computer voting machines are changing that but this is another subject). Voter registration and who voted is public data. Many elected officials check to see if the person writing letters to them actually voted. If you do not vote why should they care what you think?

WHAT SHOULD I WRITE ABOUT?

When you get a bill from a doctor or hospital does the amount on that bill make you happy? If you have good health insurance does the amount deducted from your paycheck seem fair to you? Do you think it right that the CEOs of some big firms make $100 million a year while you have to buy the generic brand of macaroni and cheese just to be able to feed your children? When you read about people like Jack Abramoff or an oil company buying laws from Congress does that get you steaming? If you remember that Robert Gates lied outright to Congress about his knowledge of the Iran-Contra Scandal, does it upset you that he will now replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld?

Did you know all the future Social Security money gets used to pay current U.S. debts? Congress puts an IOU in the cookie jar and expects your little children to pay that bill when they grow up.

Did you know we spend at least $50 billion spying on other nations and our own citizens every year? All that money and we have no idea what Iran is doing with plutonium or where the next Osama bin Ladin wannabe is hiding?

Are you angry that Congress and the Bush Administration just eliminated your right to a fair trial (habeas corpus)? How about the known fact that America tortures and "disappears" people just like Stalin and Hitler did?

What about the 100,000 Americans killed and wounded in the middle of a Civil War between the Shiite and Sunni tribes in Iraq?

When you write, call, or e-mail (I do not recommend e-mailing Congress, they just delete most of those anyway) your elected local, state, and federal officials, write about the subjects that matter to you and your family. Write clearly and put in personal, real facts. Ask them to state clearly what they are doing about the problems that mean something to you. Ask them to reply to you. Tell them that you vote based on the way that they act when they are representing you. Finally, remind them that they work for you, you hire them to do a job when you vote for them and pay taxes. If they do not do the job honestly, fairly, and daily, you have every right to fire them in the next election. They will listen if enough people speak out clearly to them or they will lose their posts, if enough people vote for the other candidate.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

U.S. Congress Does Nothing

In a recent article in the Washington Post Lame-Duck Congress May Run Out the Clock, Jonathan Weisman tells us that Congress is prepared to take their paychecks and do nothing this month. Many members of Congress are not even going to show up for work at all. The rest plan to do absolutely nothing of importance.

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That will mean this Congress will have spent the least time in session of any in at least half a century, according to Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, congressional historians and the authors of "The Broken Branch," a critical look at recent Congresses. In the time they have met, lawmakers have failed to approve a budget resolution or pass at least eight of the 11 annual spending bills.

They do plan to give more tax breaks to rich business people.

"There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle," says Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)... "Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. We're tired."

If their shelf life really has expired we need to see that they are exposed for fraud and corruption and kicked out like former Rep. Ney and the others.

Many of these people are the same ones that sentenced nearly 3,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to death in the pointless Iraqi Civil War. They dare to talk of battle fatigue.

Here was one of the most relevant comments posted to that article:

Congress only does (or does not do) what the people who elected them allow them to do. If enough people took action and forced their legislators to do real work, these deadbeats would have to work. Half of Americans do not even vote. When was the last time you wrote your Senator or Congressman or attended a local meeting or took any civic action whatsoever? Do you teach your children to participate in government? Are schools teaching civics? We get what we deserve. Lazy, corrupt leadership at all levels is the direct result of a lazy electorate.