You know, if we had functional government, every single one of the
House’s 53-member Progressive Caucus would be impeached and thrown out
of office. If they were lucky, we’d allow them to escape their ordeal
without any jail time. That’s because — if we had a functional
government — these “progressives” would be exposed for what they
really are: socialists,
pure and simple.

So why would they be impeached? Because this isn’t a socialist
country — or isn’t supposed to be, anyway. Our Constitution enumerates
specific and limited roles for government, none of which coincide with
the state-sponsored, big government agenda of socialist lawmakers.
Therefore, they should be removed — that is, if we had a functional
government in the first place.

Barring that, concerned Americans will just have to settle for
exposing these people for what they really are, then move to get rid of
them by “retiring” them at the ballot box.

Yesterday a story
published by Politics Live! said the
House Progressive Caucus
which does have one Senate member, Democrat Paul Wellstone of
Minnesota — did not see much good in this country, despite our record
economic performance, relative peace in the world and second-to-none
superpower status.

According to caucus members, in order to be a really great
country, you have to agree to “support further cuts in outdated and
unnecessary military spending, a more progressive tax system in which
wealthy taxpayers and corporations contribute their fair share, and a
substantial increase in social programs designed to meet the needs of
low-and-middle-income American families.” You have to agree that “these
goals fit within an overall commitment to deficit reduction,” and that
in order to achieve these goals more and bigger government is the only
way to do it.

Time for a reality check, socialist boys and girls.

According to the news story, this is what some members of the caucus
still think is wrong with America (though many of the complaints are old
and — well, familiar). The reality checks follow their

  • “The United States has the largest-ever trade deficit …
    meaning hundreds of thousands of lost jobs,” whined Rep. Peter DeFazio,
    D-Ore. The reality is, as these jobs have been “lost,” new ones
    tens of thousands of them — have been created in new,
    high-tech and emerging technology fields. So many, in fact, that in
    January, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that overall
    unemployment in the U.S. had fallen to just 4 percent.
    Some job crisis.

  • Millions of children are hungry. “There is no excuse for that,”
    lamented Rep. Bernard Sanders, an independent from Vermont. The
    reality is, there is no qualifier for this statement. “Millions”
    of children .. where? In the U.S.? Russia? Africa? Where? If
    they’re here in this country, Sanders should have said so and he
    should have followed that up by saying that this country spends
    billions each year to feed (and clothe) our “hungry children.”
    And that doesn’t count the amount spent by private charities; the U.S.
    is one of the most generous of industrialized nations.

  • “The least we can do is raise the minimum wage,” screeched Rep.
    David Bonior, D-Mich., the House minority whip. The reality is,
    as mentioned in the story, Congress has raised the minimum wage
    — twice in the past half decade. But there is no constitutional mandate
    or amendment that gives Congress the power to regulate wages, which is
    all a minimum (or maximum) wage is. Furthermore, Bonior — as
    his brethren so often do — ignored the fact that every time the
    minimum wage is raised it results in a net job loss for small
    companies and businesses who can’t afford it. So much for equal and full
    employment for everyone.

  • “The economy is booming because corporate America does a lousy
    job — paying too many persons low wages,” said Rep. Earl Hilliard,
    D-Ala. The reality is, this statement is almost too stupid to
    address. Were it not for the job corporate America has done the economy
    wouldn’t be booming in the first place. Secondly, corporations exist to
    make money; they do this by providing the best product at the best
    price, and the single largest expenditure most companies have every year
    is wages. Let Hilliard talk to me about corporate
    America’s wages when this greedy so-and-so volunteers to be the
    first one to take a pay cut of his own. Beyond that, what a company
    pays is their business; if a worker doesn’t like it, let him or
    her move on to a different company.

  • On the health insurance thing, the reality is that health
    insurance is not an entitlement, is not a right, and is
    not something to be mandated by a bunch of spoiled,
    over-privileged and hypocritical congressmen. Furthermore — and this
    galls me because it is never mentioned when the debate turns to
    health care — it is against the law for a hospital or clinic to
    refuse to treat somebody because of their lack of ability to
    pay. If you’re accepting public health funds — Medicare, Medicaid, and
    so forth (and all do) — you cannot, by law, refuse to treat
    anyone. So, in essence, it doesn’t matter who does and who
    doesn’t have “official” health insurance coverage because in this
    country, you cannot be turned away from treatment if you don’t have any.

    In fact, if there is any “health care crisis” in this country right
    now, don’t look to evil corporations or uninsured people — look to the
    insurance companies. It is they who refuse to cover the expenses of
    many prescription medicines — and this for people who are
    insured, even though Medicaid and in some instances, Medicare
    (i.e. the government) will cover them. You won’t hear
    “progressives” in Congress telling you that.

In fact, you won’t hear an accurate description of these people
anywhere. Here’s how the Associated Press writer described this group:
“Welcome to the Progressive Caucus, a group of 53 mainly
dyed-in-the-wool liberals who fight for the downtrodden, defeated and
dejected, focusing on Depression-era issues during a high-tech economic

Oh, please. How will I ever hold back my tears of anguish?

The problem with these people — and those who champion their causes
— is the same it’s always been for “dyed in the wool liberals” and
that’s reality. The reality is, most Americans — over and over
and over again — have rejected (and will continue to reject) the ideals
these people advocate. Their ideas of what makes (or could make) America
great do not resonate with the majority.

You folks who have these “progressives” in your district need to consider a few things
before you blindly cast one more ballot for any of them:

  • If you enjoy less time at home and more time spent at work
    trying to make ends meet, you don’t need these people “representing”

  • If you’re tired of being blamed for things you haven’t done or
    situations you haven’t created, get rid of these jerks.

  • If you’re sick of hearing these people run down this, the
    greatest nation on earth, retire them.

  • If you’re ready to admit that the bigger this government gets the
    less liberty, freedom and individuality you have, then vote for somebody

  • If you don’t think concepts like “universal health care” are
    really entitlements enumerated in the Constitution, then make another

In the meantime, non-allied congressional members should take
note: These “friends” of yours are not acting on behalf of
constitutional government. The oath they have taken to hold office does
not match the kind of government they advocate; get rid of them.

Or we may get rid of all of you as well.

Viva la Austria.

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