Do-Nothing House? We’re Better Off than When They Act

The US House of Representatives under Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and now under Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) have month after month and year after year set records for the number vacation days taken and for the meager, microscopic number of bills passed. Some voters think that this is awful, that House members are not doing their jobs and are in fact stealing their salaries. Not true, not true at all. When the teabagger house actually shows up for work and passes bills, you can bet that the intent and purpose of such bills is one or more of the following, that America and its residents can do without:

    1) To deny needed benefits for the elderly, the disabled, the infirm, the homeless, the unemployed, that will make life for them even harder and more painful;

    2) To divert public money to private industry, further enriching the 1%;

    3) To remove government regulations and oversight that protects citizens and the environment, further enriching the 1%;

    4) To deprive women of their constitutional and/or moral right to health care including to legal medical procedures or to make access to such procedures so expensive, painful and/or difficult so as to effectively deprive them of such access;

    5) To impose overburdensome and inherently discriminatory requirements on voting that amount to voter suppression, done for the purpose of disenfranchising specific groups of Democratic-leaning voters;

Over the past week or so, the House Ways and Means Committee has actually taken up the

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gauntlet and has been busy reading, writing, and doing the arithmetic, finding new ways to insulate their super rich donors, expand their donor base, and keep it all from the eyes and ears of the American people, the media, and especially from the IRS, where those awful leaks so frequently result in the first two eventually finding out, after all.

Until now, all those super secret 501(c)(4) Super PACS, the result of the Citizen United decision, have been able to keep information about just who is spending millions of dollars, tens of millions of dollars, and hundreds of millions of dollars to spread lies about the politicians and issues they dislike, and to support those they do. The only catch has been that technically foreign interests are prohibited from participating, so that, technically, the super rich super enthusiast gop base that happens to consist of oil billionaires living the good life in such picturesque spots as Saudi Arabia and Dubai cannot participate in the fun, not to mention giant corporations headquartered around the world. IRS disclosure rules, until now, are used to keep an eye on such illegal donations, at least theoretically.

Well, Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Peter Roskam

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(R-Ill.), who introduced the bill, and a majority of the panel (guess what, ALL the republicans and NONE of the Democrats) think that filing out all those IRS disclosure forms is just too hard and time consuming, and, get this, that by eliminating the IRS disclosure requirement, it PROTECTS TAXPAYERS and CHILDREN. Yep, Brady actually did say that.

So, this bill eliminating the last vestiges of campaign finance disclosure for Super PACs after Citizen United will now go to the full teabager house and then the gop Senate.

At least we can count on a presidential veto. Make sure you vote in November or when a gop-controlled Ways and Means Committee brings this back next year, a gop president will be giddy to sign it.



About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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