Congress, president do it again

November 7, 2013 

Congress and the president of the United States do it again to the American people. They have pulled the wool over our eyes and we, the people, will pay for their hubris.

In the dark of the night Congress passed and president signed a bill to reopen the government. On the surface this is good news; however; it came at a cost. Embedded within the bill is $3 billion in pork-barrel spending and an amendment that allows Congress to receive subsidies for its health care insurance.

In Federalist 57, Thomas Jefferson, in referring to the members of Congress, wrote: "(T)hey can make no laws which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society." By exempting themselves from the bill that they wrote and passed, Congress is saying to all Americans that they are above the law. Meanwhile other Americans must obey the law and buy health insurance through a website that doesn't work or face a fine that will be enforced by the IRS, an agency that is mired in scandals.

I want to remind everyone that 46 percent of the members of both houses of Congress are millionaires, and their average salary is $176,000 per year. The average American makes less than $50,000 per year and most will not qualify for health care subsides. Members of Congress and their aides will enjoy benefits that their constituents will never realize.

Andrew Colon

O'Fallon

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