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    Senior Member Uncle Bill's Avatar
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    Default From your 'current' home state, Marvin.

    This is one of our fellow travelers that 'splains it all pretty well. I'll bet the three of us would enjoy a tailgate get-together eh?


    April 3, 2013

    Senator Patty Murray

    Senator Maria Cantwell

    Washington, DC, 20510

    Dear Senators:

    I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My

    father was a Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat

    related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who

    instilled in me those virtues he felt important - honesty, duty,

    patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various

    governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked

    hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time

    and artifacts.

    Today, as I approach my 79th

    birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my

    government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally

    wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have

    calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire

    life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year!

    Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the

    Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your

    haircuts and meals on us.

    Last year, the president spent

    an estimated 1.4 $billion on himself and his family. The vice

    president spends $millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations

    so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate

    have become America's answer to the Saudi royal family. You have

    become the "perfumed princes and princesses" of our


    In the middle of the night, you voted in the

    Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. "Obama Care," a bill which no

    more than a handful of senators or representatives read more

    than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then

    promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own

    taxpayer-subsidized golden health care


    You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as

    well as the "one percenters," consistently vote yourselves perks

    and pay raises while making 3.5 times the average U.S.

    individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the

    president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration

    (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans,


    You understand very well the only two

    rules you need to know - (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to

    get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly

    willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain

    economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the

    ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many

    of whom do vote) who are looking for a handout

    rather than a job. Your so-called "safety net" has become a

    hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50

    million on food stamps - pretty much all Democrat voters - and

    the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no

    congressional oversight?

    I would offer that you are not

    entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment

    of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature

    of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate

    your virtue in order to get anything done until you have

    achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears

    that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably

    strong resemblance to the oldest.

    As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 - 1902),

    English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated,

    "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Great men are almost always bad men." I'm only guessing

    that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a

    more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?

    While we middle class people continue to

    struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more

    and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using

    Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few)

    what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or

    hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use,

    and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages

    of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more

    and more every day.

    As I face my final year, or so,

    with cancer, my president and my government tell me "You'll just

    have to take a pill," while you, Senator, your colleagues,

    the president, and other exulted government officials and

    their families will get the best possible health care on our tax

    dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also

    enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course,

    you voted for yourselves and we pay for.

    The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will

    not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response

    might be generated by them with an auto signature applied,

    hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative,

    has heard us and actually cares. This letter will,

    however, go on line where many others will have the chance to

    read one person's opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this

    government, its administration and its senators and


    I only hope that occasionally you might

    quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements

    which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay,

    unless, of course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national

    debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren

    and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.

    My final thoughts are that it must take a person

    who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to

    seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply

    love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it

    off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your

    power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in

    your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my

    dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire

    Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term

    limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your

    golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.


    Bill Schoonover
    3096 Angela Lane
    Oak Harbor, WA 98277
    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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    I think this guy knows where the mark fell because he nailed it up on the run! I'm in total agreement.

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    Were it my choice entirely, we would probably live elsewhere. There is something that really tweaks geezer moments like being able to go watch your Grandkids participate in events that is .

    There is little hope for this state. Too many folks have their nose in the trough & Hippieville guarantees the re-election of those less than talented . My only salvation is being able to e-mail the columnists for our left wing rags. Even our best R congresscritters are 60%er's, which assures them the Libertarian vote , 15% will get you that in LA.

    We are the 3rd most unionized state in the nation & rank 9th on Tax Freedom day. CT being 1st & SD being in the high 40's. The women here blame any setback on misogynism, when it is really a lack of talent & commitment that determines those moves. Not saying this applies to all ladies, we have a relatively few on this forum who could hold there own in the Git'r done department .

    The MSM here generally will not print letters that contain facts, as in most cases, the second family income is usually sourced out of the public coffer.

    Marvin S

    Everyone's friend is No One's friend

    Someday your life will flash before your eyes. It's your responsibility to make sure it's worth watching!

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