comprises the swamp? A few of my thoughts on the subject of corruption
and counterproductive waste—and please excuse the redundancy:
- Representation—A number one
problem is that under the current federal Congressional election process
(as modified since our founding), almost universally we no longer select
and elect qualified people known to us (citizen statesmen), but instead
select from those who pander for our votes and are almost universally
subsidized and promoted by special interests and partisan groups. Read about Article the First.
This was not how our founders conceived the system or what we had at the
beginning. Currently, for the most
part our representatives are self-serving and obligated to special
interests rather than truely representing the
best interests of the general welfare and upholding our Constitution. I suggest that a good rule of thumb is
that we must stop electing people who promote themselves for public
office, but instead find people known to us from our midst who represent
our common interests and elect them to office. Of course this
could not work under the current situation where we no longer have small
districts, or the Senatorial election process as changed due to the 17th
- Employees and agencies of the
government that have an agenda and operate independent and often at odds
with the official leadership, such as in opposition to the chief
- Globalist/One World organizations
that significantly influence domestic policy through members who work for
government. This includes
organizations such as Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral
Commission, World Affairs Council, Aspen Institute, Le Cercle, Brookings
Institution, Club of Rome, the Atlantic Council, World Economic Forum, and
World Government Summit to name some.
- Voter fraud is rampant and
Congress has the Constitutional authority to stop it; create national
criteria (including voter ID), eliminate early voting, provisional ballots
and other mechanisms to minimize fraud.
See these suggestions
- The current practice in Congress
whereby to get on a committee, be a committee chairman, or party
leader—one must pay a fee each year (such as $20 million to be the House
Speaker), where such money is generated from lobbyists and paid to the political
party. See the book DRAIN THE SWAMP
by Ken Buck, page 38
- The entire lobbying industry (any
honest lobbying should be in the public forum with We the People able to
attend and participate in the discussion). Any private lobbying of a
public official should be a crime.
- Congressional representatives
initiating and passing legislation of their own making (or that of
lobbyists) that have not been sought or vetted by the general public or
- Insider trading in the stock
market of government officials (need to put the teeth back into the Stop
Trading on Confidential Information Act).
- Sweetheart business deals
domestically and internationally for government officials and relatives of
such. (need something domestically, similar
to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)
- Public Sector unions –
elected officials currently approve union agreements for which they
will not have to be held accountable…if any union agreements are made,
these should be approved by the electorate—not unaccountable elected
- Earmarking – tacking on special
benefits to bills (that have no relevance to the main legislation) in
order to buy legislator(s) votes for a bill
- Gerrymandering – artificial
redistricting of a congressional district in order to promote a partisan
political outcome. A formula (undoubtedly a computer software application)
should be developed and implemented that would develop the boundaries for
congressional districts during reapportionments that takes into account
population densities, city and county boundaries and would be independent
of political manipulation.
- Court/legal process in general is
overly complex and procedural to facilitate more the need for attorneys
rather than the rule of law..
- The federal courts routinely
exceed their Constitutional authority – We need to police the federal
courts from judicial overreach; impeach justices that attempt to legislate
from the bench, and stop federal courts from hearing cases in regard to
social issues that rightfully are within the jurisdictional responsibility
of the various states.
- Litigious society and general
legal framework of modern society does not promote fairness, it promotes a
dependence on lawyers, skyrockets legal costs and medical costs through
malpractice insurance, etc.
- Federally insured student loans –
since initiated, these have skyrocketed tuition rates, prompted countless
people to incur debt taking counterproductive and unproductive curriculum
rather than develop marketable skills.
- All Federal social programs – any
welfare programs should be at the state or local level and to the degree
possible administered by private charities and the people. All federal
welfare programs are counterproductive to helping the poor and exceed the enumerated powers
of the federal government as stipulated in our Constitution.
- Legislative rules, pay to play for
committee assignments, behind the doors legislative process, and the current Filibuster rule.
- Ideological control of public
education has transformed the learning process into an indoctrination
process, which is contrary to the best interests of the general welfare
and dumbs down the education process.
- Government (state, local, federal)
monopoly of tax funds for public education are furthering the waste and
consequent destruction of quality education for students. True universal school choice is an
essential we need to repair our education system.
- The federal courts that have used stare
decisis and other methods to destroy the law and undermine our
Constitution and the rule of law.
- Virtually all federal government
agencies, the bureaucracies, and regulatory agencies that fall outside the
enumerated powers in the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8.
- Minimum wage laws
(unconstitutional price control) and other restrictions on an individual
marketing their labor and is counterproductive in
helping the poor.
- Private property use restrictions,
zoning, impact fees, redevelopment agencies, and other government programs
negatively impacting the ability of low-income citizens from acquiring and
improving owner occupied private property.
- Government and public education
indoctrination regarding secular humanism, global warming, CRT, and other
debatable ideological theories as being settled fact.
- All federal programs that provide
funding to business/industry (corporate welfare).
- Destruction of the concept of We
the People, selecting our representatives as furthered by the 17th
Amendment, the Apportionment Act of 1911, and the Primary Election System.
- The Federal Reserve (which likely
is unconstitutional in the first place), as currently operated, continually
inflates/devalues the dollar annually by about 3 to 4 percent—and who
profits from the increased money supply as it certainly not being used to
pay down out national debt.
- Grossly oversized
government--increases the opportunity for fraud and waste in large
bureaucratic organizations as promoted by government that has top
management distant from the end users. Unlike the economies of scale of
many types of industry, the only benefit of large-scale government
agencies is to increase waste, fraud, and government power over we the
- Productive efficiencies inherent
in mass production of goods do not apply to providing government services
to individuals and families—in fact the reverse is true.
- Politicians, not We the People,
dreaming up legislation—which invariably profit special interests, not the
- Politicians and special interest
groups (rather than We the People) promoting candidates for public office.
- No fault divorce nullifies the
marriage vows and promotes the dissolution of the family unit.
- Davis-Bacon Act – initiated
as a discriminatory act against minority contractors, it needlessly
increases the cost of government contracts.
- Failure to assess success of a
government program, keeping it going despite negative (counterproductive)
results, and then doubling down to make matters worse.
- Electing politicians in the first
place—we should not be considering people who promote themselves for
public office. Rather, we should
redevelop a system whereby the local citizenry can determine the
qualifications needed for a representative and then select from their
midst suitable people of known character for the job.
- Politicians come up with hair
brained ideas that turn into legislation, ideas which common sense of We
the People would not have supported or promoted in the first place.
- Government/political solutions
make matters worse than letting We the People sort it out.
- A media/press predominantly
controlled by a half dozen large corporate entities that have
ideological/partisan goals, most of which are counter to this nation’s
- Since the abandonment of the
Motion Picture Production Code (Hays Code) in 1967, the entertainment
industry has had an unrestricted ability to ignore community standards of
decency and promote societal decay in the public forum.
- One must assume any career
bureaucrat is part of the swamp. To remain a career bureaucrat, and
especially for those who seek advancement, few if any escape compromising
to either keep their job or get ahead as they view and accept waste of
resources, and yield to political pressure in order to protect their jobs.
- And simply the pressure to
conform, go along to get along and not be ostracized, fired, or even
destroyed for differing from the politically promoted view or exposing
corrupt practices places one as part of the swamp.
- And of course
there are so many ways politicians and “public” servants find to make
financial gains that are inappropriate, but often acceptable for being a
compliant member of the swamp.
- All social programs that help
subsidize the poor, who are able bodied rather than looking at the
problems keeping them from having access to a job capable of providing
is pervasive and those who gain the most financially and are in power would
have it that all would to one extent or another, compromise their integrity,
accept the bennies and be part of the swamp—that is how evil works.
Every society has
limited resources; to squander those resources on counterproductive or ineffective
endeavors is to limit the potential of that society. This pervasive corruption is destroying our
nation and utterly obliterating the concept of Self-Government by We the
People. This is a brief outline on how we got from
our founding to the current system to where we are now.