Living in America in these corrupt and sordid times means that we are represented by the largest collection of clowns, liars, cheats, charlatans and government gravy train riders in history. I speak of the United States Congress which outside of the Obama White House is the most dismal excuse for what passes as a functional democracy in memory. Never ones to rest on their tainted laurels for playing a crucial role in destroying America, the legislative body continues to plumb the depths of decency with theirslimy showboating and pandering.
The nadir may have been reached yesterday with the proud, bipartisan triumph of a vote to strip some former Nazis of their Social Security benefits. Yes indeed, kicking former Nazis off the government dole was a top priority of the American voters when they demanded change in the 2014 mid-term elections. Is it just me or does November 5th seem like it was a long, long time ago.
According to a McClatchy story entitled “House votes to cut off Social Security to Nazis”:
Nothing unifies Washington like the Nazis, even if it takes a while.
After 15 years of largely rejected complaints to the federal bureaucracy, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 Tuesday to deny federal benefits to Nazi suspects after learning that many were receiving Social Security checks.
Although at least one member of the House had been trying unsuccessfully to turn off the checks for years, Congress was prodded to act by an Associated Press investigation in October that found “dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States.”
Social Security benefits end if someone is deported because they participated in Nazi persecutions, according to the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax legislation.
However, the committee said, Nazi suspects could continue to get benefits if the Justice Department found them to be denaturalized, or stripped of their citizenship. They also continue collecting if they voluntarily renounced their citizenship and left the country to avoid formal deportation proceedings.
The story cites Democrat Carolyn Maloney of New York who chimed “This is certainly a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars”. Considering that the number of actual living Nazis is dwindling by the day – Hitler’s regime went down to defeat nearly 70 freaking years ago – this dog and pony show doesn’t exactly qualify as tax money well spent. It must really suck when there aren’t any washed up professional athletes to drag in front of silly steroid abuse tribunals but there is always an ample supply of stupid public relations tricks to fall back on in dumbed-down and hollowed out America.
But being a country where the government is accustomed to being the proverbial dog that gets wagged by the Israeli tail - being the megalomaniac and increasingly Hitlerian Bibi Netanyahu regime - pissing away endless dollars to appeal to anti-American, extremist Jews is just the way that we roll.
But what is a political circus without an ample supply of clowns?