Myths and Lies on the Record

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  1. satellite66

    satellite66 New Member

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    These guys are out of control. :mad:


    Myths and Lies on the Record
    By John Stossel

    Last week, Kenneth Lay was convicted of fraud. Prosecutor Sean Berkowitz said that sent a message: "No matter how rich and powerful you are, you have to play by the rules."

    No matter how rich, maybe, but the truly powerful get to make their own rules.

    Consider the Congressional Record. You probably think it's a record of what our representatives said or did. But that's a myth.

    Every night that Congress is in session, stenographers take down every historic word and ship them off to the Government Printing Office. The printing office stays open all night to be sure the official record will be on every member's desk by the following morning. That sounds important.

    But the Record isn't a record of what was said in Congress -- the politicians wouldn't subject themselves to that. The Record is a record of what the members want you to think they said.

    That's fraud, twice over. It's a fraud on the public, which believes the millions Congress spends on the Record are spent to document what actually happens in Congress. And it's a fraud on those of you who think your congressman talked about you.

    The Record reports that Derek Vaught's congressman, Mike Espy, rose on the floor to give a tribute to the lad's karate skills. "I thought it was pretty awesome," Vaught said.

    The Record says a congressman rose to pay tribute to rock singer Ted Nugent for being "as good with a bow and arrow as he is with a guitar."

    The Record claims that a congressman said, "Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in saluting Dot Hill, who's a legend not only in her own hometown, but throughout the world." (Hill is a drum majorette.)

    None of those tributes was ever made, but they're all in print, enshrined in history along with what really was said.

    Or wasn't said. A congressman once got angry with a colleague and exclaimed, "You're trying to shut me off? You better not do that, ma'am. . . . Who do you think you are?"

    You didn't read that in the Congressional Record. The Congressman or his staff had the Record print his comments this way: "I will say to the gentle lady for whom I have the greatest respect . . ."

    The law says the Record must be "substantially a verbatim report." Congressmen use the word "substantially" to print their lies.

    Why do they add the silly tributes?

    Well, suppose I'm Congressman Stossel, eager to impress my constituents. What's more impressive than public praise in the official Record?

    Of course, it would be embarrassing to actually stand in front of my colleagues and talk about Ted Nugent's archery, so I'll just make it seem as if I did. To make it extra convincing, I'll use phrases like, "Mr. Speaker, I rise today . . . " The additions cost taxpayers millions, but so what? They don't cost me anything.

    The waste calculates out to almost $675 a page. Derek Vaught's father didn't mind: "If they're going to waste money," he told us, "I'd just as soon they wasted it on my son."

    I confronted one representative about it. He'd used the Record for tributes to his grade school, a friend who collected antique cars, the local tennis pro, etc.

    He shouted at me: "John . . . what the hell are you doing? . . . Jacking me around with these other politicians who are so dumb they can throw themselves to the ground and miss, who blow hundreds of thousands of dollars on free mail, which I don't abuse, and you're here, talking to me about giving some tributes for achievements made?"

    The congressman, Jim Traficant, later was busted for other frauds, and he's now in prison. But as the website FreeTraficant.com says, "Traficant's error wasn't committing fraud and taking money. His error was doing it old style."

    Public officials commit fraud all the time. But because they write the rules, they call it "public service."

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  2. Meplat

    Meplat New Member

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    How low are we going to have to hang our heads?

    I was talking to a friend from South Africa the other day, who was honestly concerned about what was happening in THIS country. Not for any personal interests, but merely because having a beacon for liberty and decency for those who live in places where liberty and decency are fond and barely memorable things is sooo important for morale. He was shocked that the US was standing by and letting ourselves be eaten alive by the termites that are illegal aliens, that our government has become so distanced from the people that it "serves". He has, after all, seen first hand how deep into the pooper a country can sink when it's government starts sliding on that horrible slope. His country has already gone over the brink. I shudder to think that ours migh follow suit.

    I seriously pray everyday that we don't keep letting garbage like this dim that beacon. Too many look to us for light. If we let it go out, there isn't another torch bearer left.
  3. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Speaking of hanging....>:) :D

    Pops
  4. southernshooter

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    Congress takin part in crime no never :) :D :)
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