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The Corruption of American Politics

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An alleged anonymous member of Congress spills the beans on corruption in a new book
“The Confessions of Congressman X,” out on May 24. “My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected,” he writes. “It takes precedence over everything. Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them.”

The book’s publisher, Mill City Press, describes “The Confessions of Congressman X” as “a devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own.”

Other extracts include: “Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works. It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.”

A liberal news blogger claims the author is a Democrat.

“Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on,” he writes. “Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.”

“We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.”

Last June Vox.com published similar revelatory article “Confessions of a congressman – 9 secrets from the inside.”

Among the confessions: “Congress is only a part-time job in Washington, DC. An hour after the last vote, almost everyone is on the airplane home. Congress votes fewer than 100 days a year, spending the rest of the time back home where we pander to their constituents’ short-term interests, not the long-term good of the nation.”

“It is more lucrative to pander to big donors than to regular citizens. Campaigns are so expensive that the average member needs a million-dollar war chest every two years and spends 50 percent to 75 percent of their term in office raising money. Think about that. You’re paying us to do a job, and we’re spending that time you’re paying us asking rich people and corporations to give us money so we can run ads convincing you to keep paying us to do this job.”

“Without crooked districts, most members of Congress probably would not have been elected. According to the Cook Political Report, only about 90 of the 435 seats in Congress are “swing” seats that can be won by either political party. In other words, 345 seats are safe Republican or Democratic seats. Both parties like it that way. So that’s what elections are like today: rather than the voters choosing us, we choose the voters.”

“Almost every major decision is made by the Speaker or Minority Leader, not by committees. Why develop any expertise as a committee member if your decisions will only be overridden by party leadership? Members routinely don’t show up at committee hearings, or if they do show up, it’s only to ask a few questions and leave.”

“Congress is no longer a destination but a journey. Committee assignments are mainly valuable as part of the interview process for a far more lucrative job as a K Street lobbyist. You are considered naïve if you are not currying favor with wealthy corporations under your jurisdiction. It’s become routine to see members of Congress drop their seat in Congress like a hot rock when a particularly lush vacancy opens up.”

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One response to “The Corruption of American Politics

  1. Claude Robichaux May 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Sadly, the aim seems to be not to confess from a sense of guilt or remorse but to make money via a scant 84 pages of generic flame-tending babble we already knew, not exactly deep throat material or even scandalous for that matter.
    I give it two weeks before the 12 page “Confessions of a Registry Worker” hits the shelves, taunting us about how they make up documentation and requirements on the fly, photoshop our pics with a b-fugly program and take 3 hour lunches twice a day. That I’d buy.

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