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AS IN OUR CONGRESS TODAY, HAS ANYONE ASKED HOW MANY INVESTIGATING COMMITTEES DO WE HAVE? HOW MANY MEMBERS ON EACH COMMITTEE? AND WHAT DOES EACH LEGISLATOR RECEIVE AS A STIPEND FOR SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE? AND DO THEY NOT OVER LAP ON MANY ISSUES?

MY RESEARCH TELLS ME WE HAVE A TOTAL OF FORTY (40) COMMITTEES WITHIN OUR LEGISLATIVE BODY! (NOT COUNTING THE SUB-COMMITTEES). THERE YOU WILL FIND 20 IN THE SENATE AND 20 IN THE HOUSE; WITH NO ETHICS COMMITTEE IN THE SENATE, AND SEVERAL OTHERS HAVING SAID OVERLAPPING ISSUES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE!

THIS INFORMATION WAS SOMEWHAT MIND-BOGGLING. BUT IT CAME FROM A GOVERNMENT SITE, SO I KNOW IT IS FACTUAL. DOES ANYONE WONDER WHY AND HOW WE HAVE BECOME SO BOGGED DOWN BY A GOVERNMENT TRIPPING OVER ITSELF. ONCE AGAIN I REITERATE MY FEELINGS; LAWYERS SHOULD DEAL WITH THE LAW, AND BUSINESS PEOPLE SHOULD DEAL WITH BUSINESS. LEADING A COUNTRY WITH INCOME AND EXPENSES IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE WELFARE OF THE RESIDENTS, AND TO THEIR SAFETY AND SECURITY, IT SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE BUSINESS WORLD. WE HAVE A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT WOULD AND SHOULD DEAL WITH THE MANY ISSUES INVESTIGATED BY THIS MYRIAD OF COMMITTEES; COMMITTEES WITHIN WHICH THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE PUNISHMENT, ONLY VERBAL WRIST-SLAPPING, AND/OR SUGGESTIONS AND ADMONITIONS. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING THESE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE BODY TO DECIDE THEIR OWN JUDGEMENT AND FATE, PUT IT TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE JUDICIARY BRANCH. TOO MUCH IS LEFT TO THE LEGISLATORS TO DECIDE, THAT HAS A DIRECT IMPACT ON THEIR PERSONAL LIFE AND FINANCES, AND THEIR INDIVIDUAL CAREERS. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS HAS BEEN THE MAJOR CAUSE OF OUR SITUATION TODAY. WE TRUSTED THESE MEN AND WOMEN, WHEN PUTTING THEM IN OFFICE, TO BE FAIR AND IMPARTIAL. YES, THEY MAY HAVE HAD GOOD INTENTIONS TO DO SO, BUT I FEAR THEY HAVE FALLEN TO TEMPTATION, WHICH HAS BEEN THE DOWNFALL OF MAN SINCE THE “GARDEN OF EDEN”, HAS IT NOT? PERHAPS

A JOINT COMMITTEE OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES WOULD SERVE US WELL. JUST DO NOT SPLIT THE COMMITTEE ACCORDING TO POLITICAL PARTY!!; ANOTHER DOWNFALL OF OUR GOVERNMENTS ON ALL LEVELS; ARE THESE MEN AND WOMEN EVER GOING TO STOP COMPETING AMONG THEMSELVES FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH INTERESTS. WHY AND HOW HAVE THEY FORGOTTEN THAT THEIR PURPOSE IN LEADERSHIP IS TO DECIDE WHAT IS JUST AND REASONABLE, AND ACCEPTABLE, FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC AND THE PEOPLE THEREIN?

MANY OF US HAVE JUST FINISHED A DAY OF THANKSGIVING. A DAY WE SHARED WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS. WE SHARED MEMORIES, AND MADE NEW ONES. IT IS TRULY A GREAT HOLIDAY; MAYBE OUR MOST REWARDING.

SHALL WE NOT CONTINUE THE FEELING OF LOVE AND SHARING, AND CAMARADERIE, THAT WE FELT DURING THAT DAY? LET US RENEW OUR GOAL OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY, PEACE AND PROSPERITY FOR ALL. PUT ASIDE THE DIFFERENCES OF PARTY, RELIGION, SKIN COLOR, AND TRADITIONS. LIVE TOGETHER, SHARE TOGETHER; RESPECT EACH OTHER FOR THE DIFFERENCES, AND RESPECT EACH OTHER AS NATION, AS A WORLD; AND REALIZE THAT WE DO INDEED NEED EACH OTHER.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Jean Coulard

Retired Office manager, Food Service Director; 2+ years College; One (1) year Kitchen Management / New York Culinary School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

 

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