We need to bring transparency to Washington, D.C., so we can rid our capital of corruption . . . .
Indeed, a break is what Americans have. The affluent have loopholes that enable them to break away from laws that require them to pay the tariff that supports society. Big businesses have lobbyists to do their bidding. Bankers have supplicants who regularly speak with members of Congress. Petitioners helped convince policymakers corruption is but the culture of depositories. Bailout will be beneficial. In this country, without funds for the greater good, for schools, roads, bridges, research, and development, we have a fractured system.
Republicans and Democrats, at least in government, are also divided. The people, each of whom is poorer by the day, yearn for help. They will do the work, if only someone gives them a chance. Common folk request few dollars. They ask only for the cash they paid in taxes. The money was meant to support society, to help provide jobs for the little people. Average Americans only want to work. No one welcomes a handout. The people's desire is to acquire the dollars they need to buy goods.
Citizens understand that none of us is here alone. United we will stand. Divided we fall. Americans experience, with Republicans unwilling to consider the greater good, the commonweal, the United States has become a weakened nation. Yet, in the confutation to the President's address, Governor Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana presented the traditional divisive wisdom.
We oppose the national Democratic view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, to empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.
If only that had been the way when the Republicans ruled. However, instead of money doled out in moderation, mountains of cash were poured into protracted wars. Bills that approved bridges to nowhere were popular and well-funded for districts represented by corrupt Conservative Congresspersons. Then there is the issue of the train. Bobby Jindal mentioned it again in his refutation of President Obama's official oration. This scandal is surely the Democrats doing . . . except it never was.
In recent days, Fox News hosts and contributors Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Newt Gingrich, Trace Gallagher, and Charles Krauthammer have advanced the false claim -- pushed by Republican lawmakers -- that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) included a provision in the economic recovery law directing that $8 billion in funds be spent on a high-speed rail line between Southern California and Las Vegas. In fact, the bill does not direct high-speed rail funds to any specific project, and any funding would be allocated by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman.
The bill states that $8 billion shall remain available for the "Secretary of Transportation" for "projects that support the development of intercity high speed rail service" and that the secretary shall "submit to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a strategic plan that describes how the Secretary will use the funding provided under this heading to improve and deploy high speed passenger rail systems." The Joint Explanatory Statement of the Conference Report on H.R. 1 further states of the high-speed rail program: "The conferees have provided the Secretary flexibility in allocating resources between the programs to advance the goal of deploying intercity high speed rail systems in the United States."
Perhaps, this saga is as the story of Sheriff Harry Lee, the Jefferson Parish law officer who Jindal said is a friend of his. In his address to Americans, Governor Jindal recounted the day he entered the Sheriff Harry Lee's office. The Republican lawmaker said to an expectant American television audience, "I had never seen him so angry. He was literally yelling into the phone."
"Well, I'm the sheriff, and if you don't like it, you can come and arrest me." I asked him, "Sheriff, what's got you so mad?" Jindal then explained Harry Lee had invited volunteers to come with their boats. These persons were needed "to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters."
Governor Jindal continued, "The boats were all lined up and ready to go. And then some bureaucrat showed up and told him they couldn't go out in the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration."
"Sheriff, that's ridiculous," said Bobby Jindal on that strange day not so long ago. The lesson, the Governor shared, is the one Harry espoused during the emergency, "Ignore the bureaucrats." Perchance, the people of this country, a nation in crisis, would be better served if they paid no heed to the bureaucrat who told this tale.
The anecdote that the Governor shared, some say, never occurred. No record that the two men met in person seems to exist. The only other person, besides the Louisiana Governor, who might verify the narrative cannot speak. No one can inquire of the late Harry Lee, is the story true. The "Democrat" known to rule "his vast domain in the suburbs for decades while proudly consorting with mobsters and infuriating the city at his doorstep with pronouncements about black criminality," passed in October 2007.
Such is the state of a broken Union. Republicans in Congress remain all a twitter. Grand Old Party loyalists thought the Governor in Baton Rouge delivered a rebuttal speech that was but a tweet, The words of Barack Obama, well, we can only wonder, if those who wish to obstruct and obfuscate will be the obstacle to a genuine recovery.
Clues may come, or these may be apparent in the text, not seen on blackberry screens. Please peruse the transcript of Bobby Jinal's speech, in total. One never knows what they may find hidden from the camera's view.
References for a perceived reality . . .
- The Republican Twitter Response To Obama's Speech, By Cagle Cartoons. February 24, 2009
- The Speech: What They're Saying While He's Talking, By Eric Etheridge. The New York Times. February 24, 2009
- The Republican Response by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Transcript The New York Times. February 24, 2009
- Echoing GOP, Fox figures falsely claim Reid included $8 billion in bill directed to LA-Vegas rail. Media Matters. February 18, 2009
- Boehner Speech Opposing Democrats' Trillion-Dollar "Stimulus" Bill, Supporting GOP's Better Solutions . republicanleader.house.gov.February 13, 2009
- One Hundred Eleventh Congress of the United States.
- House of Representatives Supplemental Appropriations. One Hundred Eleventh Congress.
- Status of Appropriations Legislation for Fiscal Year 2009. Library of Congress.
- Harry Lee, Outspoken Louisiana Sheriff, Dies at 75. By Adam Nossiter. The New York Times. October 2, 2009