Congress has a very important responsibility when it comes to my money. Their first order of business is to fund the essential rolls of government. Let us start with the most basic of requirments, defense. Our most basic defense is border security. Our house speaker has even denied us this basic protections she is sworn to uphold in her oath of office.
Let's get it together people. The government of the United States of America is not a charitable fund or a special needs account for any noble cause that can spin a good story. It is not to be driven by social interests or percieved needs.
Davey Crocket Said it best so many years ago.
One day in the House of Representatives a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The speaker was just about to put the
question when Crockett arose: "Mr. Speaker--I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member on this floor knows it.
We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I ever heard that the government was in arrears to him.
"Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week's pay to the object, and if every member of congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks."
If these so called leaders want to actually help the cause let them be the first to make a donation and set up an account with their own money. The American people are very generous and will gladly donate to a good cause. Look at all the funds brought together for relief, 9-11, tsunami, Katrina and so many more. If they have a case to make, let them stand before the American People and make it. If it is truly worthy the need will be met. Don't rob the American people. Do your job.
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