America's native criminal class
"The Congress attracts all sorts of criminals who in hopes of a lifetime of plunder and privilege give their all !
Law school teaches them how to steal while staying out of jail and Once in office they exercise their considerable legal cunning just to stay !"
There is no distinctly native American criminal class, Mark Twain observed Â– except Congress. A century later, government power and intrusiveness have increased exponentially.
As a result, virtually every business and interest now employs lobbyists who can navigate Washington, explain technology to tech-challenged members and staffs, show why provisions are vital or disastrous, and give clients "a seat at the table" where subsidies, mandates, taxes and penalties are meted out.
The system is both the cause and result of far too many congressmen becoming members of what commentator Charles Krauthammer calls an "ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class" that has arrogated unto itself the right to rule American citizens – today in the name of saving planet Earth.
Even legislators who don't keep wads of thank-you cash in their freezers have committed misfeasance and malfeasance, by handling vital energy, environmental and economic matters in ways that would likely be prosecuted if done by businessmen.
Lawmakers, eco-activists and companies routinely engage in social experimentation and central planning akin to previous Great Leaps Forward – and refuse to acknowledge the damage their actions inflict on workers, families, minorities and other businesses.
They have locked up enough oil, gas, coal and uranium to power the United States literally for centuries. Representatives of six of the nation's eight biggest petroleum-consuming states routinely vote to ban drilling off our coasts and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Interior Department says these lands could hold more than the proven oil reserves of Iran or Iraq: 139 billion barrels that could be obtained with today's technology. When Congress tells Americans we can't have energy that is rightfully ours, it forces us to import more oil, export trillions of dollars, and give up jobs, tax revenues, royalties and security that developing US resources would generate.