Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Why the Swamp Isn't Draining

Simple.  Money.

I could end the post there but I suppose you may want a little more info.

Congress is too big to accomplish anything on it's own.  It just can't do it.  435 Reps and 100 Senators are simply too big of  a number to accomplish anything.  You can't argue every bill that comes to the floor like that.  You can't learn about every single bill that is presented because there are just too many of them.

So they break the work load down to committees.  The committee discusses the matter and votes on it.  The major parties usually follow the committee's recommendation because see the above. 

As you have worked out, the committees are really the backbone of the whole system.  

So how does a congress critter get on a committee?  

Well, naturally they volunteer their services based on their extra-governmental work experience and expertise.  They are then assigned to the various committees on the basis of their professional competence in order... In order to...

 Ha Ha Ha... gasp...wheez...gasp Ha Ha HA

  (*wipes eyes*) Nope, couldn't do it.  Could not keep a straight face.  It's money of course.  

To be precise it's campaign contributions the congress critter in question brings to his/her/xit's party.   That is how the entire system works.... For both parties.  

Bring in X amount of campaign contribution dollars and you more or less buy your way on to a committee.  The higher the amount you bring in, the more important the committee seat you can purchase. 

Both sides use this system.

Here's how it works for the Left.  Endowed university Chair for the Study of Transgenderism in Interpretive Urine-painting wants a grant, she (and yes it will be a she) will hold a fundraiser or two for a congress critter, (not necessarily her own).  This is done with the understanding that the congress critter in question will use the campaign funds raised to buy his way on to the committee that oversees the federal grants in that area.  Once on that committee a federal grant will without question inevitability get steered back to the Chair for Transgenderism in Interpretive Urine-painting because every member on that committee has similar obligations regardless of party affiliation.  It is also understood that a big chunk of that grant will get laundered back into political contributions for (you already guessed it), the congress critter who steered the federal grant to that Chair in the first place.  Repeat as necessary until the Republic collapses in a heap.

For the Right wing it of fucking course means the Incompetent Businessmen's Association (AKA the Chamber of Commerce) paying handsomely for any GOP member who is willing to back amnesty and unrestricted immigration.

Draining the swamp means that no one would know how to bribe anyone anymore.  And no one in congress will go along with that.


exfarmkid said...

"It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no native criminal class except Congress." Mark Twain

I had almost no expectations for Donald Trump, save keeping Hillary Clinton from the White House. Success.

Also, considering the crank only wants to turn one direction, Trump has done a pretty good job.

NeoNietzsche: said...

Endowed university Chair for the Study of Transgenderism in Interpretive Urine-painting wants a grant, she (and yes it will be a she)

Oh! You cisnormative heterosexualist evil ... You're PROBABLY an OLDWHITEMALE, aren't you!?!?

She!?! SHE?!?! How dare you assume a bi-normal gender and not check to make sure you have ascertained the pronouns these variously gendered people prefer to use!! SHAME! /sarc {gag}

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