A Democratic member of Congress has released an anonymous book called, “The Confessions of Congressman X”; it confirms everything you believe about Congress. Assuming, of course, you have a really bad opinion of Congress.
“Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver. But what the hell? It makes them happy hearing it… My main job is my job.”
So much for public service.
This particular House member happens to be a Democrat. But let’s not kid ourselves, the Republicans are no different. The two parties make up the ruling class in Washington and that’s why Donald Trump has caught fire this election.
Congressman X makes some red meat statements in his book. None of them should surprise you, they certainly didn’t surprise me:
- More time is spent fundraising than reading bills.
- Washington is a “sinkhole of leeches.”
- “Harry Reid’s a pompous ass.”
Congressman X paints your representative and mine as a self-serving leech. He points out that business organizations and unions fork over more than $3 billion a year to lobbyists and he makes the apt comparison of Capitol Hill to a casino. “America’s on an irreversible decline and no one in Washington seems to care.”
That sounds about right.
The little book – it’s only 68 pages – has set off a firestorm in Washington. Oh, nobody in Washington is concerned about the message in the little book, they just want to know who wrote it. They’re pretty sure nobody will read it and even if they do, they won’t do anything about it.
Of course, Donald Trump might start running ads with quotes from the little book. That might fire things up.