Boondoggle Democracy for the Elites, by MN Gordon

Democracy has been very, very good to those who either have high positions in or contract with the federal government. You’d have to be an absolute moron to hold a congressional seat for a few terms and not walk away a millionaire. From MN Gordon at

President Joe Biden puffed out his chest.  He grinned from ear to ear.  He’d finally accomplished something as President.  The passing of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure boondoggle.

Upon signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the White House lawn this week Biden declared:

“That’s how our system works.  That’s American democracy.  And I am signing a law that is truly consequential, because we made our democracy deliver for the people.”

No doubt, American democracy is a giant scam.  It has been for a long time.  In fact, democratic mob rule supplanted the limited government of a republic with the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913.  This amendment established direct election of Senators by popular vote.

In short, the Seventeenth Amendment allows the Senate to buy votes from their constituents in exchange for delivering federal money back to their districts.  This ensures the government acts to meet the collective demand for private prosperity through public spending.  It also rewards political corruption and public graft.

For example, 19 Senate Republicans and 13 House Republicans broke ranks to pass the boondoggle bill.  They got extra heapings of government lard in return.

Senator Deb Fischer and Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska, who both voted for the bill, delivered $2.5 billion for state road and highway repairs and $216 million for water infrastructure.  Bacon said he “thought it was good for the district and good for America.”

We’re all for Nebraska having nice roads and water infrastructure.  But shouldn’t residents of Nebraska pay for their own roads and water treatment plants?  Shouldn’t all state and local governments be responsible to provide for their own infrastructure?  Why does Washington have a hand in any of it?

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