Congress and the President Need a Sockdolager from Voters!

By Helen Sabin, staff writer

 In the late 1700’s, three term Congressman, Davy Crockett, riding the county to gather votes for his next term in Congress, received a “sockdolager” (a knockdown blow) from farmer, Horatio Bunch about Crockett’s vote to provide “$20,000 of charity” to an Admiral’s wife. 

 Bunch asked,    

 “Where do you find in the Constitution any authority to give away the public money in charity?  …The Constitution, to be worth anything, must be held sacred, and rigidly observed in all its provisions. The man who wields power and misinterprets it is the more dangerous the more honest he is.  You will very easily perceive what a wide      door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and          for robbing the people on the other.”

 [i]Here are just a few of the thousands of ways that the President with a complicit congress robbed the American taxpayer:

 Training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly while on the job – $2.6 million wasted! 

 Upgrading federal employees to “business and first class” when traveling while the taxpaying public flies coach!  – $146 million  wasted

 Replacing sand that is washing away from the beaches through normal erosion.  Replacing sand over and over does nothing to preserve the shorelines.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) states that this action is a waste of money!  $3 billion wasted

 Video game preservation center in New York.  $113,227 wasted

 A remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan’s children – $10 million wasted

 A documentary to show how Rock Music helped contribute to the collapse of the Soviet Union –  $550,000 wasted

 Solyndra:   $535 million wasted  1000 Jobs lost

 Stimulus: $800 billion stimulus package – 550,000 jobs lost.  “…It contained ill-conceived provisions that ignited trade wars with foreign countries such as Mexico, wiping out jobs in our export sector and aggravating America’s trade deficit.  The stimulus package’s green jobs funding, nearly 80 percent of which went to foreign firms, effectively outsourced thousands of American jobs to foreign countries, at taxpayer expense.  Two economists concluded that the stimulus wiped out 550,000 jobs.”

 Green Car efforts:  $2.4 billion for the Chevy Volt wasted. The president has set a goal of 1 million plug-in cars by 2015 but GM only sold 125 Volts in July—with the government buying some of them! 

 Spectra Watt – $500,000 wasted when it filed bankruptcy

 Mountain Plaza Inc. – $424,000 – already in bankruptcy yet it received additional funding from the government

 According to USA today, the 15 trillion national debt is now equal to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States.  We owe more than we make and can produce!

 Let’s learn from history.  It is time to give a sockdolager to both Congress and the President by voting them all out.  Agree?

 Use this site to contact your Congressional Representative:

 To read more use these citations and links:

 From “The Life of Colonel David Crockett”, by Edward S. Ellis 
(Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1884)

 Throw Them All Out,  by Peter Schweizer  Chapter 5

 Have you answered this week’s poll?

This day in history January 12

1915: For the 4th and final time a Democrat controlled House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote. It was not until 1920 when the Republicans took over that  women were given the right to cast their ballots.

In this world you may have knowledge or you may have repose, but you may not have both. 

What have you done today to deserve to live in America?

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2 thoughts on “Congress and the President Need a Sockdolager from Voters!”

  1. If only everyone DID agree with kicking the living…., that is, with voting them out. A great story about Davy Crockett. My guess is that Bunch got the same answer to his question that we get today–a vacant stare. At least Bunch derived some satisfaction in the "asking!"

  2. Y'know….the only thing missing from this terrific website is the ability to forward these articles and comments to those who really NEED to receive these "Sockdolagers" ! I can copy a CiR post, and snail-mail it to Washington D.C…..and I can even reach a congressman through the above links and explain an article…but oftentimes there's NOTHING like being able to forward an entire text to a Congressman/woman who has become a royal pain in the tush.
    To me, "sockdolagers" would be most efficient and effective if used (delivered), prior to the damages being done..rather than having to resort to them as a means of political ouster. Look at them as being a sort of unsolicited public referendum !
    I've been to several websites where articles can be forwarded to others….as a matter of fact Doug Book has been the recipient of several I've sent.
    Coach, assuming such an idea would be acceptable to you, do you suppose Patrick could be persuaded to add that function to our website?
    Regarding the above fiscal negligence and abuses of power, all I can ask is "What are these fools thinking?? They try so desperately to throw one economic scare after another at Americans while Congress and the WH spend as if there will be no tomorrow….!!!
    We, in the trenches seem to be of the belief that if Washington DOESN'T stop spending, there will be NO tomorrow…so why isn't Congress at all concerned about this. Don't their "tomorrow" jobs depend upon having money to spend?

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