Corruption on Capitol Hill is “worse than you think,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., insists. “When you first get here, you think that you are in some sort of fairy-tale novel,” Buck said. “They wine and dine you and they show you just exactly what it’s like if you play the game. It’s a wonderful life.” Things quickly change, however, if “you don’t play the game.” “If you don’t play the game … it becomes a much less conformable existence here,” Buck said. (Snip) Buck said his book addresses corruption present in government today that he was not prepared for after being elected to
Comments: About a book he´s written, "Drain the Swamp," which promises details.
I would love to see the before & after wealth sheets of congress & their spouses once they get to D.C.! What was Byrd´s worth when he left the senate? When he came to D.C. He was a clerk in his father in laws store in Sophie W. Va!!!!!
FTA: ~~“One of the things that I found startling when I got here is that you have to pay dues to be on a committee,” Buck said. During the time he served on the House Judiciary Committee, Buck said he had to pay periodic dues of $200,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign committee of the House of Representatives. Now, as a member of the House Rules Committee, Buck’s periodic dues are $450,000."~~
Very interesting....Information no doubt deemed ´non-newsworthy´ for the public to know by the ´media´....
Then be a man and start ´naming names´ and ´naming companies´.
It´s great that everyone wants to do something about the evil that preys on Congressmen, but it´s quite another actually point a finger so the people can do something about it if law enforcement won´t.
I´m with #1. I believe Washington corruption is absolute. It can´t be any worse than I imagine it to be. If it was up to me I would shut off every penny going to Washington DC, I would bulldoze the place and restore it to swampland.
Yeah, we all know political parties are dirty, but there is a reason the UniParty has a chokehold - it´s because of the lobbyists, think tanks, and other assorted nefarious creatures don´t want to spread the money around to more than controlled opposition to whatever party is in charge at the time.
Pharmaceutical companies pushing out poison drugs, Google and Facebook keeping monopolies, Amazon, controlling distribution and retail. Come ON.
Don´t forget the environmental groups who are sucking billions for nothing. Extorting money from companies with threat of being destroyed if you don´t go along to get along. And government official left and right being bought off.
Now even Trump is starting to go along to get along. I see no end in sight, time to get more power to the starts and crush the fed government by dissolving it and starting over. Bannon maybe our last hope.
The truly sad thing is, the swamp creatures don´t consider it corruption. They consider it business as usual.
Congress critters need money to run for reelection. The reptilian special interests have money and want favors. How could it be anything BUT corrupt when the two get together. On top of that the party system forces these players together and issues a bill to the critters that can only get paid by taking money from the reptiles. What could possibly go wrong?
The other piece of this is that the reason the critters need money is to pay for media access. Of course, media is supposed to be above all this pay for play (snicker) but they are just more players in the swamp.
535 imbeciles with low brain functionality and no morals sitting there for years collecting an obscene salary and lavish benefits for life - half of them rubber-stamping barry obama´s lunatic agenda and the other half sitting on their thumbs when they do bother to show up for work? Yes, it could probably be worse if they were all democrats but after what obama did they might as well have been.
Back in ´97, an acquaintance of mine had invented a process that greatly enhanced the processing of dairy milk. It was truly a breakthrough that would let dairy producers save about 15% in transportation costs. But, tragically, anything to do with federally controlled dairy meets two bureaucratic barriers. One is the Dairy control and the other is the FDA. He knew he would really be in for a fight to get his process approved. He had already spent tens of thousands in development and patents. Then he really got a lesson in American corruption. He had filed all the proper testing and documents and lab results and so forth, paid his fees (also in tens of thousands at the Federal bureaucracies and had NO objections but he still could not get approval out of them, a few years went by, still no approvals. Finally he was lamenting his problem to a Dairy Association member and the guy said, Did you pay the Senator who owns Dairy and the one who owns FDA? "What?" Yeah, they are the guys on the various control committees overseeing those bureaucracies. You don´t pay them, you get nothing. How much? At least 50 grand each. Grr...so he went to Washington, saw the appropriate Senators getting in with a big promise of a "significant campaign contribution". His story of the meeting was outrageous. Neither Senator even looked at him while he gave his "allowed 5 minute meeting with the Senator". But, on leaving he made his contribution to the Senator´s campaign funds and four days later he received notice of complete approvals for his process. I had no idea it was really that filthy. But, it is.
Now what is the legal term for something for something? Oh, yeah. Bribery.
I always figured it was the lobbyists that drove the corruption, it is Congress itself that drives it, lobbyists and their benefactors simply benefit from it while the American people get screwed to the wall.
What struck me about this article is that this has been going on for decades and now one man...ONE man...let´s the cat out of the bag? I hope he has a squeaky clean past because the self-serving crooks are going to come after him with guns blazing.
He needs to be on some talking head shows or this is going to be completely buried. It points to more democrats than Republicans, the Useless Media will ignore it.
My congressman Michael Grimm said the same thing after going to DC. He refused to play and ended up going to jail on trumped up charges while people like Charlie Rangel and other Dems stay on forever. Corruption on both sides.
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