WASHINGTON — What if I told you there was a job right here in America that was so easy that literally you just had to press a button now and then, and you got to determine which button you pushed?
What if I told you that, even though the job is so easy, you didn’t even have to show up for work and you’d still be able to collect a paycheck? Oh, and that paycheck is vastly higher than the average American’s pay.
You’d be busting down the doors to apply for that job, wouldn’t you?
Well, that job does exist and the job title is member of the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the House’s website, the Speaker of the House makes $223,500 a year, House majority and minority leaders make $193,400 and House members make $174,000. Compare that to the average American’s salary in 2020 of $51,169, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Last Friday, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended what she calls a “covered period” through Oct. 1 which allows members of the House to have another member cast a vote by proxy for them. Her statement read “that a public health emergency is in effect due to a novel coronavirus.” The House voted for this unconstitutional action in May of 2020, and of course, Queen Nancy has gladly kept on extending it.
That 2020 resolution stated: “In order for a Member to designate another Member as a proxy for purposes of section 1, the Member shall submit to the Clerk a signed letter (which may be in electronic form) specifying by name the Member who is designated for such purposes.”
The L.A. Times reported that 60 percent of House members have used a proxy vote since last May with Pelosi’s home state of California leading the way. Over 70 percent of congressmen from California have used it, 38 out of 53 representatives. Included were 34 Democrats and 4 Republicans.
This is a direct violation of Article 1, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution which states “a Majority of each (House and Senate) shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.”
But alas, we live in a post-Constitutional world. Last month, a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans seeking to end this practice.
This is nothing new for the lazy bums of Washington. In April of this year, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) made a motion to suspend House rules in order to vote on 15 items in 1 bill because it’s just too hard to push that button 15 times.
This proxy nonsense, although not “official” until May of last year, was used in March of 2020 when Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) became the most hated man in Washington for simply attempting to make Congress do its job.
Massie, who tried to force a recorded vote on the monstrosity called the CARES Act, opposed the “biggest wealth transfer of humankind,” but more importantly, he was trying to uphold Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution.
“I came here this week to make sure our republic doesn’t die in an empty chamber by unanimous consent. These people need to do their jobs. If they’re telling people to drive a truck, if they’re telling people to bag groceries and grow their food, then by golly, they can be in there, and they can vote, and that’s what we did this week,” Massie said.
At the time, the Congress was so scared of the virus and they complained that there were no flights, because the government those congressmen are supposed to hold accountable shut down the airlines and life as we know it. If it’s flights that matter, at least the Democrats could have called their buddy John Kerry to hitch a ride on his private jet or taken a flight on the Lolita express with Jeffrey Epstein and Bill “Bubba” Clinton.
Did you know, the Congress still did its job during the Spanish Flu, a real pandemic. They also showed up to work during the Civil War, and I believe if one catches a bullet there’s at least a smidge greater possibility of death then if they catch COVID-19.
Through a majority of American history, there was no air travel nor was there widespread use of automobiles. Yet, congressmen made their way to Washington, D.C. to do their jobs. Imagine if Queen Nancy had to travel to the Capitol by horseback. Maybe that should be the new House rule. Not only should these pampered putzes do their job, but they should be required to travel to work by horseback.
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