Congress Fiddles while U.S. Burns

Legend has it that the emperor Nero played the fiddle while the ancient city of Rome burned for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half of its population homeless.

While it is unlikely this actually happened, given that the violin hadn’t been invented yet, it is true that he was an unpopular, evil, ineffectual leader in a time of crises.  Some believe he actually started the fire because he used this opportunity to build a magnificent palace surrounded by lush gardens for himself on the land that had been cleared by the blaze.

Now it’s Congress that is fiddling around while the country is facing, not one, but two crises.   The first is our national debt that has reached a staggering $22 trillion, with no real plan for relief in sight.

So who owns our debt?  The largest portion is owned by our trust funds, like Social Security, Office of Personal Management Retirement and the Military Retirement.   It’s called robbing Peter to pay Paul.  At some point Peter is going to wind up on the short end of the stick or our children and grandchildren are going to wind up paying for our excess.  Just how much more of a tax burden can your children bear?  Currently the share of this debt for each individual living in the U.S. is $41,000.

The Bible warns us that the borrower will be a slave to the lender.   Forty-two percent of this debt is owned by foreign governments and investors with China, a communist country,  holding the largest portion.  This, too, does not bode well for our children.

The second crisis is at the border where we are no longer able to hold back those crossing illegally.  We are being forced to release those we do catch into the country, never to be seen again, because we have no more facilities to hold them.   The Democrats have told us there is no crisis so I have a question for each of them?   Last month agents arrested 66,000 attempting to cross illegally and that doesn’t account for the thousands that simply slipped through undetected, so how many would constitute a crisis?  Just give us a figure.

According to the latest polls some 160 million people want to come here?  Should we accept all 160 million no questions asked, no qualifications, no screening whatsoever?  Isn’t that what you have been fighting for?

If you don’t believe the president believe ICE chief Ronald Vitiello who is urging Congress to pass laws that would end the crisis starting with one that would simply end the 20-day limit on family detentions.  Seriously, how long would that take?

If you don’t believe Vitiello, believe Obama’s Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan who says this is “absolutely a national emergency!”

This second crisis is not unrelated to the first. The Center for Immigration Studies in depth analysis estimates that every illegal immigrant will cost the U.S. over $82,191.  So how much of this debt are you willing to pass on to your children?  https://cis.org/Camarota/Can-Wall-Pay-Itself-Update

Congress is indeed fiddling while the U.S. burns through red ink, manpower, lost jobs and wages, not to mention the very real human toll.  These inept, uncaring lawmakers won’t do anything because we don’t demand it.

This week, the House actually spent its valuable time trying to override the President’s declaration of a border emergency.  In addition, it will spend time on a resolution disapproving  the ban on transgenders in the military.  Last, but not least, is the Paycheck Fairness Act which Democrats reintroduced this year for the 11th time.  It’s a burdensome feminist notion straining to prove that the disparity in the wages of men and women is a result of discrimination instead of choices made in the workplace.

Not to be outdone, the Senate wasted its precious time trying to get a vote on the Green New Deal in an effort to put Democrats who support it on record.  Democrats, of course, voted against allowing it to come to the floor because that’s the way our dysfunctional Senate works. However, the Senate will manage to vote on a supplemental bill for national emergencies without any offsets because that is what our lawmakers do best.  What’s another $12 billion outside the normal appropriations process to these scoundrels who represent us?

Nothing of importance will get done in the 116th Congress.  It will continue to fiddle while it burns through money at a rapid rate.

Meanwhile the press will do its own fiddling by continuing to debate the Muller report and the public will be none the wiser.

3 thoughts on “Congress Fiddles while U.S. Burns

  1. Enjoyed reading! Nice commentary! Why should anyone in DC care about those that elected them, their families, their friends; heck, they are getting huge salaries and perks that go with them the rest of their years.
    They cannot even discern the difference between entitlement and entitled…why would we expect anything much that is rational coming out of their mouths?
    The President starts something and then finds an excuse to blame others for his backing away from many, many serious situations…would like someone to tell me just why Omar continues to be in this country as well as other Muslims..there is a law that dictates to the fact none are to be here! There was a President that deported every last one of them and for them to never return..well, they have and now our whole USA is in peril due to their garnering more and more power over us….
    It would be wise to kill the two party system as being the ones to vote for..why not read up on a Constitutional candidate or and Independent and put them in these positions…I just bet things would change for the good.

    Twenty two trillion…he has asked for another 45 on top of that I have read..how long before these countries call in their debt and demand payment..then what do we do?

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  2. Either the growing debt or the uncontrolled invasion of our former Republic would, all by itself, utterly destroy us. But we are faced with both, plus the growing danger of thermonuclear holocaust and the danger of EMP. Trump has treated Putin like an enemy (he is only an enemy because we make him one),let spending and debt continue to climb, and failed to stand up to the activist judges who aid and abet our foreign invaders.

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  3. The situation is beyond pathetic, it is threatening our nation – and the Democrats, shortly before I am writing this (two weeks late), instead of changing the “one foot on U S soil” and they can stay, the House is debating whether or not we should retain daylight saving time year-round. That particular issue was resolved decades ago when it was tried and rejected, partly because school children were standing in the dark waiting for school buses, deemed a dangerous proposition. I endorse Jane’s question, if 66,000 illegals in one month is not an emergency, then what is?? Give us a number!

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