Honor in Office

LEGISLATIVE ABUSES

Below are examples of real life legislative abuses. This is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination, but it is enough to demonstrate why Honor In Office is needed.

Generally, our members of Congress are first lawmakers in their respective states. Therefore, the state legislators you see below are examples of what our current and future members of Congress are like.

Texas Mockery of Democracy

This video shows blatant cheating on votes by Texas legislators.

To see them voting, fast forward through the first 30seconds.

Once you have seen it, go here.

Congressman Murtha Finances His Personal Airport with Taxpayer Money:

One hundred fifty million dollars of taxpayer money wasted just for one member of Congress. There are 535 members of Congress. For this to occur year after year, the other members of Congress must also be getting their backs comparably scratched.

This happens when legislators aren't required to publicly post bills days in advance of the passing of a bill. This happens when they aren't required to read and understand the full contents of the bill, but instead are relying on the opinion of some nameless face we never elected.

The money for the airport alone could have paid the entire cost of strengthening the levies in Louisiana, preventing the loss of so many lives and fortunes, not to mention the enormous cost to rebuild.

Time for Solitaire and Sports - No Time to Read the Bills

Take a look at this news report . Out of five visible screens, two are playing solitaire, another is on FaceBook and the other is checking out baseball scores. It makes one wonder about the screens we can not see. Apparently, debate, trying to make a bill as good as possible, being efficient with one's time, and putting in an honest day's work are not high on our legislators' list of priorities.

Congressman Conyers Tries to Fool the Public

Keep in mind that Congress has full control over their house procedures. They are virtually autonomous, and they have nearly unlimited resources both financially and in the form of aides and consultants. They control trillions of dollars and affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Yet, somehow they can't figure out how to organize their work environment in order to do their jobs....

Senator Inhofe Disgraces the Office he Holds.

On August 27, 2009, at a town hall meeting, Sen. Jim Inhofe told Chickasha residents that he doesn't need to read the 1,000 page health care bill. He will vote against it anyway. "I don't have to read it, or know what's in it. I'm going to oppose it anyways," he said.

If any legislator has fundamental disagreements with a bill, until that aspect is removed from the bill, there is no need to read further. However, it is irresponsible in the extreme to go on the road trying to influence constituents and fellow legislators regarding a bill one knows very little about.

European Politics is in Worse Shape

Take a look at the statement by this member of the European Parliament. Skipp through the first 9 minutes. That's how U.S. politics will eventually be if we don't act now to correct it.

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— Thomas Jefferson