My very few words that follow were stimulated by a lifetime of beliefs (mine) in the United States of America (my country, and yours as well). Wearing the uniform of our American army during a war has perhaps given me, and a very select group of comrades, men and women, an unequalled opportunity to serve, and be counted as part of what I believe to be the most altruistic nation in the history of the world.
The questions (mine), which follow, have lingered within my mind set for all the years of my adult life.
- Why do young men and women serve in the United States Military for 20 years, risking there lives protecting freedom, receive only 50% of their pay at retirement, while Politicians hold they’re political positions in the safe confines of the capital, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term? It doesn’t make sense.
- Staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans.
- Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them.
- For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.
- Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term.
- Congress specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as beingexempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.
- Congress exempts themselves from the Healthcare Reform… in all of its forms.
Somehow, it doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever, the self-serving must stop.
My name is Harvey Kalmenson, I am a proud citizen of the United States of America.
I believe in equality. I don’t believe our elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, are paying a legitimate homage to my beliefs as stipulated in the constitution of the United States.
While they bask, I take task after task in an honest attempt to overcome the debacle they so recklessly have placed me in.
In short, I am thoroughly pissed off. I have never missed voting in an election, and I will be there to evoke my rights, once again in November. Please join me.