Do we live in a "Do as I say, not as I do" country? Sometimes it appears that way!
Congress—they don’t pay their taxes and they still get appointed to high ranking positions within the government!
News release from Rep. John Boehner:
WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after Rep. John Carter (R-TX) announced his intention to offer a privileged resolution next week to force a vote on removing Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) as Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, pending completion of the Ethics Committee investigation that is now in its second year:
“Working families across America are struggling in today’s economy, and they need to have confidence that the individual in charge of the House’s tax-writing panel is following the laws the committee is charged with crafting and overseeing. It is improper for Rep. Rangel to remain in a position with such vast power and influence while serious questions about his official conduct continue to multiply and go unanswered. Several weeks ago I wrote a letter to Rep. Rangel asking him to step aside while the Ethics Committee conducts its investigation. He has not done so, and his fellow Democrats have voted to protect him every step of the way.
“When Democrats took the majority, Speaker Pelosi promised the most ‘open and ethical’ Congress in history. Given the nature and severity of the charges against Rep. Rangel, I would urge all my colleagues, Democrat and Republican, to do the right thing and support the Carter resolution next week.”
Along this same mind-set:
Congress--they have “opted out” of participating in the health care that they are forcing us to accept and it’s been proposed that if we don’t get health insurance (according to them), we’ll pay a penalty or go to jail!
Have you heard of the “Rangel Rule”—it is proposed by Rep. John Carter of Texas and states that “if you're caught cheating on your taxes, you would pay what you owe, then write "Rangel Rule" at the top of your return, and you wouldn't be charged any penalty or interest.”
Now, we are not advocating breaking the law, we’re just saying, “fare is fare” and if the politicians aren’t going to participate in the health care that they are forcing on us, then we should be able to express our dissatisfaction in a similar fashion (without penalties or jail time) as the “Rangel Rule” would allow. We feel that we should be able to write something similar across the top of our government-issued insurance forms when we declare that we do not want what they are providing!
What do you think? What could we write across the top of our insurance forms? How about “Congressional Coverage” or “Representative Repudiation”?
We’d love to know your suggestions and urge you to share them with your elected Representatives as well.
Summer is gone, but the passion that was alive and well during the August town halls has not diminished. Please continue to write/call/email the White House, Senate, and Congress and let them know how you feel—it does matter and you are making a difference!
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. Do you feel as though the power we gave our politicians has been abused?" (James Madison-from a speech in the Virginia Constitutional Convention, 12/2/1829)
God Bless America and thanks for your consideration.