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Congress Ignores Pressing National Business While It Obsesses on Jan. 6

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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As the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol starts public hearings, we must ask what motivates those on the committee. 

Is the sole concern the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States? Or is it to get media to attack and undermine political opponents?

It is indeed possible that infractions of law can be investigated without a carnival platform designed to mobilize media and national attention.

The public material of the committee already reeks of motivations other than seeking truth.

The committee has already announced on its website that the Jan. 6 incident was “one of the darkest days of our democracy.”

Really? Against a civil war where some three-quarters of a million Americans were killed, fighting over what American freedom is about, one incident of a few hours, where law enforcement finally prevailed, was one of our “darkest days”?

There are just 24 hours in any day, so time taken on one matter means attention not given to other matters.

If these members of Congress really cared about our principles of freedom and democracy, they wouldn’t be ignoring every day other pressing matters in which the freedom of American citizens is blatantly violated.

Take, for example, that as the Jan. 6 investigation monopolizes media attention, on June 3 the Trustees of Medicare and Social Security issued their annual report. 

Both systems are bankrupt and in dismal shape financially.

The cash shortfall of Medicare in 2021 was $409 billion. The projection is that Social Security will be out of adequate cash flow to meet obligations to retirees by 2035 — just 13 years from now.

The Trustees estimate that there are only adequate funds in Social Security to meet 80% of benefits in 2035. The payroll tax, now 12.4%, would have to be raised 26% in order to generate sufficient funds to meet those obligations.

In other words, today, every working American age 55 and below who plans to collect Social Security benefits at age 67 is paying a payroll tax into a system that cannot provide the benefits promised.

Can you imagine a private insurance company sending a letter to policy holders saying that, in 13 years, they will only be able to meet 80% of the payments promised to policy holders?

The lawsuits would be flying.

Let’s forget about the fiscal situation of the system for a minute and whether it is even worth saving this program. How about the issue of freedom that our members of Congress want us to believe they care about so much?

Take a young citizen, age 21, fresh with his or her new degree, entering the work force for the first time. Immediately, 12.4% of their paycheck is deducted into a system they involuntarily enter, in which there are inadequate funds to meet promised benefits.

Shouldn’t this new young worker be able to say, “No, thank you, I don’t want to participate”?

Even if the system were not broken, and benefits could be met, in our free country, shouldn’t everyone be free to manage their own retirement?

According to the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, the average return of Social Security over the last 40 years was 1%. Over the same period, average return on stocks was 6%.

Back to this new young worker, by the calculations of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, this single worker, if they earned the median national income and were able to invest 10% of their income into a diversified stock and bond portfolio over 40 years, instead of paying the payroll tax, could have annual income at retirement of $55,143 against $19,646 from Social Security.

So, hey, members of the Select Committee. Enough of pretending that you care about American freedom. How about wrapping up the carnival and getting down to the real challenges every American faces today?

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.”

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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

The Democrats have no successes that they can boast about. Crushing economic growth, driving up the cost of everything and making the United States a laughing stock on the world stage, while exactly what Democrats intended to do with their policies is NOT something they can come right out and boast about…yet. There are still enough Americans, who can think and reason intelligently, that would find that offensive and might even cost the Democrats some votes among the 19 percent of the public that still thinks the Democrats are doing a great job.

So Democrats need to divert the public’s attention with the one shiny object they have left to bang the American people over the head with. The January 6th hearings in the House, that are nothing more than Democrat theater designed to try and smear Trump ahead of the 2024 elections. In short, more Trump derangement symptom being aired in prime time. That is how much the Democrats fear Trump might run again in 2024. All in the hope enough Americans are stupid enough to forget about how the Democrats have uttterly ruined this country in only 18 months. I guarantee you that if Trump came out today and said he was definitely not running in 2024, Nancy Pelosi would wrap up this sideshow in the House by the end of next week.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

The Jan. 6 committee is a KANGAROO Court and
UNCONSTITUTIONAL. PERIOD.
It’s ALL about POLITICS.
If SWAMP QUEEN pelosi actually cared about the UNITED STATES of AMERICA she wouldn’t be flapping her arms LYING about EVERYTHING.
Instead of Congress FORCING DICTATOR Beijing biden to DRILL FOR OIL and NATURAL GAS which Clinton pushed with FASCIST liberals in control of Congress to BUILD MORE NATURAL GAS POWER PLANTS. The SAME FASCIST liberals are STOPPING COAL MINING for NATURAL GAS which they said was CHEAPER and CLEANER.
And DICTATOR Beijing biden KILLS our OIL ENERGY INDEPENDENCE which OVER 80% of EVERYTHING WE USE DEALS WITH OIL.
But DICTATOR Beijing biden can keep pushing for NUCLEAR WAR.
Now DICTATOR Beijing biden decides to build solar panels AFTER instead of BEFORE Gasoline HIT OVER $5/gal. and CLIMBING with UTILITIES ALONG with it. And FOOD PRICES Constantly CLIMBING.
So meanwhile, SWAMP QUEEN pelosi plays POLITICS with DICTATOR Beijing biden instead of TAKING CARE of CITIZENS of The UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
But they can STILL let MILLIONS of ILLEGAL ALIEN TERRORIST IN and GIVE THEM CELL PHONES and TABLETS, FREE AIRLINE FLIGHTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY NOT BEING VETTED OR VACCINATED or HERE LEGALLY AT TAX PAYER EXPENSE WITH FREE EVERYTHING BRINGING IN VIRUSES (NOT WEARING MASK ON FLIGHTS), TERRORIST DISEASES, CRIMINALS, TERRORIST, and UNEDUCATED.
ANOTHER ACT of TREASON EVERY DAY LETTING IN ILLEGAL ALIEN TERRORIST.
But that UNCONSTITUTIONAL Jan. 6 committee is more important.
DICTATOR Beijing biden and SWAMP QUEEN pelosi BLAME EVERYBODY BUT THEMSELVES WHO CREATED THIS FASCIST NIGHTMARE WE ARE NOW LIVING IN. But Secretary DINGBAT Yellen says DICTATOR Beijing biden has done everything to lower gasoline prices. BS.
But an UNCONSTITUTIONAL committee with trumped up FALSE Charges is more important than to TAKE CARE OF AMERICA FIRST.

Cheryl
Cheryl
1 year ago

Unfreaking believable! They steal our hard earned money and intend on continuing to take our money after the system fails? There’s got to be a way to impeach all these idiots!

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson
1 year ago

This charade lead by rhino republican politicians who have turned to the dark side of political power. They have deemed that we don’t believe our eyes and believe their bull about the takeover of our society. It’s the newest big lie that on January 6th was the worst day in history for the United States and our Republic. They are all part of the coup trying to insure President Trump cannot run again in the 2024 lection, their ultimate wish. It won’t work, America has awakened by their abuse of power for the last two years especially because of the disaster of a Democratic worthless President Biden. The world is seeing what’s been going on and if they think we are pushovers and they can win in a serious conflict they have another thing coming from them. Every household has American patriots who will defend our nation against predator’s like them.

Jeb
Jeb
1 year ago

just trying to distract you and I.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

We know why most Hollweird types vote DIMM. Fantasy of “climate change,” “gender fluidity,” “danger of white supremacy,” etc. Total fiction!

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
1 year ago

It is time for a genuine civil war……..blood, guts, carnage…..the whole 9 yards. Don’t stop until the Federal Government is disbanded and we return to a united group of 50 states goverened and taxed only at the state level.
Or……..we can continue to be held hostage by a federal government that does great things like threaten to withhold school lunch funding if states don’t agree to allow for pedophile grooming. That is real…….and sick and must be stopped. Everything the Federal Government touches turn to s**t and everyone should know that.
Time to kill the Fed monster and its remora like lemmings.

tika
tika
1 year ago

only the marxists because they are ignorant of how to do anything besides screwing up everything and everyone beyond repair. their idea of government is identical to the idea of life to a suicide shooter; if mine mine is going to end then yours is going to also.

LiamL
LiamL
1 year ago

The obsession is so they can get an indictment on Trump with a connection to the Proud Boys

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
1 year ago

Like any slight of hand. Keep your eyes on my left hand while I pick your pocket with my right hand. Get our attention on the fake news while our freedoms vanish out of sight. The demo/globalists are Godless, lying, socialists and want to get America into the one-world government. Go to the WEF website and take a look at the graduates of Klaus Schwab’s school of globalist leadership. They are the leaders of many countries like Canada, France, & Australia. The list also includes many top American so-called leaders. Australia is lost. They are so deep into socialism it would be difficult to recover. Take a good look at Canada. They are being led by a complete socialist. France is the same and America is well on it’s way to socialism.

Richard C..
Richard C..
1 year ago

The end of the first paragraph says it all. “We must ask what motivates those on the committee.” If you haven’t figured that one out, let me fill you in. It’s simple enough even a Democrat can understand.

IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING THOSE THAT CARE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY, LOOK BAD. IT’S ALSO DESIGNED TO PUT THE FEAR OF ALMIGHTY GOD IN YOU SHOULD YOU OR ANYONE ELSE EVER THINK ABOUT PROTESTING AGAIN. REMEMBER YOU CAN RIOT, LOOT, AND BURN DOWN ENTIRE CITY BLOCKS, EVEN KILL YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS SO LONG AS IT’S FOR THE COMMUNIST, DEMOCRATIC CAUSE…BUT DON’T YOU DARE THINK OR ACT UPON YOUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW OR ADHERE TO THEIR COMMUNIST VIEWS.

Do you now understand, or do I need to spell it out even more?

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Because of Media “show” for J6 only

Keith
Keith
1 year ago

This is all to get Trump so they can stop him from running for president in 2024

Larry W.
Larry W.
1 year ago

The democratic party has nothing positive to talk about. Their policies are failing miserably so they have to draw attention away from themselves by trying to make someone else look bad. And the failing media will be glad to help them out.

Barbara Tansey
Barbara Tansey
1 year ago

Excellent analysis from Amac — as always!

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

AAHHHHH Ponzi sceam at it’s best. Thanks Roosevelt. Kyle L. P.S. Who is the biggest crook in the U.S. ????

Eric Young
Eric Young
1 year ago

I will not be wasting my time watching the garbage.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Maybe Jan 6 was not an insurrection as claimed, but a targeted show of displeasure aimed at those supposed elected officials that have done nothing but enrich themselves at our expense.

Garye
Garye
1 year ago

When you’re a marxist democrat, or support their failed policies and politics but continue to fall in line, something is seriously wrong.
That requires zero ability to think, find support to help fellow Citizens, or defend Freedom and what Our Country represent.
It makes you an easily used,exploited and lied to person with totally misguided ideas about America.
So what the marxist democrat party does is continue to lie and pull the wool over your eyes,stating obvious mis-truthes to distract you from their disasterous actions!
Go ahead ,continue to allow these failures to USE you and tell you it isn’t so.
Can anyone be that IGNORANT????

tika
tika
1 year ago

if the left calls THAT an insurrection and invasion of ukraine humanitarian relief mission. watch seinfeld imdb.com/title/tt0697744/ for more big laughs.

Phillip Ridenour
Phillip Ridenour
1 year ago

I can remember how nothing much got done in Congress during Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and how good it was for the country. If the Dems want to focus on J6 and the Republicans want to debunk those claims that’s fine by me. That means they won’t be passing useless legislation, at least for a little while.

Becky
Becky
1 year ago

Hmmm. Yes, and barack STOLE 787 billion dollars from Medicare to give medical coverage to illegal aliens OVER American citizens…
Take ALL of barack’s assets to reinstate those funds to medicare.
And Social Security? Congress STOLE all of that money. Seize ALL of their assets in every country on earth to reimburse SS.
Enough. You thieving politicians do not get to steal our futures. Not without losing your’s too.

JEFFREY JONES
JEFFREY JONES
1 year ago

SAVE THE U.S.A…Exterminate the leftie loonies in America!!!…its time for a new civil war against the commies and socialists in the U.S.A.!!!…..

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

Just more evidence of the socialist/democrat/leftist tactics. It’s now what we expect from them.

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