By constitutional decree, true power lies with Congress. Through political deceit and media shenanigans, we learned to malign presidents while ignoring congressional scoundrels who undermined national ideologies.
Republican or Democrat, presidents changed often during my lifetime; however, Congress remained virtually unscathed, validating the timeless and insightful theory that “the height of insanity is repeating a mistake over and over and expecting a different outcome.”
America’s working class and seniors do not cause economic disasters. That honor belongs to an inept, spendthrift Congress, the Federal Reserve, the IRS and Wall Street moguls whose sole purpose guarantees that the affluent, industries and foreign interests continue getting a free ride at the public’s expense.
Cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits appeals to political elitists since they already pilfered and expended every cent in those programs to further their own agendas.
Consequently, for two agonizing years, elderly benefits stagnated while congressional charlatans voted themselves substantial increases in salary. The worthless projected increase this year is merely bureaucratic carrot-dangling, aimed at silencing a disposable segment of our society.
As a registered 71-year-old Republican, I never envisioned apologizing to my family for being a Republican. I love my country and once believed we could save it and return it to its former glory. However, America is no longer a world oasis. It is a leaderless, bankrupt liability, for sale to the highest bidder; gasping an irreversible death rattle that lends credibility to John Adams’ observation: “There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Roger R. Turcotte, Lewiston