The gangsters in Washington

by fmhilton

Yes, there are gangsters in Washington.

They’re called the Congress, and they represent the American people, supposedly. We elected them.

Although by the way they talk and behave, you’d think that Don Corleone had his guys out in force running the country.

Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.
Michael: Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?

How do they act?

Like true gangsters, naturally: they make threats against people and then carry them out.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers even went on the record with the shutdown threat, saying:

“I think it is possible that we would shut down the government to make sure President Obama understands that we’re serious.” Republicans will continue to hold both options over the head of the country—particularly the shutdown option—unless they can get the president to commit to serious spending cuts in this year’s budget.”

Using any kind of threat works in this town, too:

Taxes, spending cuts, cuts to social security, defense spending, welfare, cuts to everything that can be cut-however, don’t tell them to increase the rich people’s taxes-because that hurts (them, mostly)!

Taking hostages-Warning that ‘we’ll shut down this joint’ if they don’t get their way. Then shutting down the place for no business at all, while collecting their substantial salaries.

I, for one, am very tired of listening to these two-bit mobsters posing as elected officials. It’s unacceptable behavior. It’s childish and thuggish.

They are behaving like petty knee-cap busters, which does not help their or Congress’s reputations at all.

Threatening people is a crime.

Threatening an entire country should be an impeachable offense, worthy of being used against anyone who even dares to behave like a gangster who has no moral qualms about it.

While we’re at it, if they do repeat the behavior, how about stopping their salaries and perks they get automatically? Or even worse: removing them from office immediately.

Threats go both ways, remember: “We put you in there, we can take you out.”