Appauling abuse of Federal Taxpayers
Techniguy - 11-24-2005
The following item was found on Republican Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist's Website:
While this may look good for residents of Tennessee, it is yet another example of what has become common practice in Congress today; using Federal tax dollars to fund local special interest "PORK" projects at a time when Congress should be making spending cuts it's highest priority. The article goes on to say:
The trouble here is that this local special interest project should not have involved "all levels of government". This rail line is not an Interstate Project, it is not a Federal Highway, it does not belong in the Federal Budget at all. This is a local project to benefit the local population and should be financed by local and state governments along with private enterprise. Nowhere does the US Constitution provide for funding of local projects that do not benefit the entire nation.
I must say that it is very thoughtful and generous of Senator Frist to commit 6 million dollars of our tax money to helping Tennessee’s transportation problems without our permission, but we all have transportation and congestion problems in our own states as well. Would Frist be so willing to fight for Federal tax dollars to help with the congestion problems in say, Los Angeles?
Does anyone doubt that this measure will become law by being attached to some other piece of necessary legislation? This is exactly what is wrong with Congress today and that applies to both Democrats and Republicans alike. Congressmen and Senators no longer see themselves as responsible custodians of the Taxpayers' money, but rather use their position of responsibility to the taxpayers to spend our money for the purpose of promoting themselves in their home states in hopes of being reelected. It is an epidemic that has gotten way out of hand and drastic measures are needed to put a stop to it. The most drastic, but perhaps the only option, is to change the way Congress works with our money and pass a law that states that no money shall be allocated from the Federal Treasury without a full congressional vote on that specific allocation, and no bill shall be attached to any other unrelated bill. In fact, aside from the last part, that is pretty much what the Constitution says. Isn't it about time Congress started obeying the Constitution and it's provisions regarding the spending of money that does not belong to them?
It doesn't take a genius to realize that Congress will never pass such a law that would restrict their ability to spend our money on whatever they choose with complete disregard to the spending provisions of the Constitution. A law such as this would never be passed by Congress which has their own personal and special interests at heart, but some way must be found to hold these elected officials accountable for our money and how it's spent. The only way I can think of to get this done would be by class action lawsuit - US Taxpayers vs. The US Congress. Are there any good lawyers out there?
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