President Harry Truman once said, “You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.” Well there are a lot of crooks in congress. Many of these crooks are politicians who have become millionaires pretending to serve “We the people”; but instead have only served themselves without any accountability. Over half (382) of congress are millionaire, holding over twelve times the wealth than the average American. They also voted themselves their own upscale health care and retirement plans while requiring the “little people” of America to live, save, or die through lower standards. Their talk is of equality and demonizing the rich for their own political expedience without looking into their own mirror.
Senator Bernie Sanders preaches income inequality and thrive for socialism while being a multimillionaire and owning several luxury homes while never holding a private sector job. Senator Diane Feinstein has become a multimillionaire through her husband’s transactions with China as she lays legislation for continued trading deals with certain Chinese enterprises and a Shanghai investment firm, which raised $150 million for investors, including Feinstein’s husband. Last year, the FBI arrested Diane Feinstein’s limousine driver as a Chinese spy. Vice President Joe Biden is another career politician who has made millions for himself and his family. While in China, Biden struck a deal at the same time his son, who as an equity firm manager struck a deal with China’s state-owned bank to create a $1 billion joint investment fund, netting the younger Biden millions. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s net worth was $62 million in 2016 and amassed $8 million more in one year to $70 million on a $174,000 salary while receiving $31,475 in a tax refund. Even the new Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already been investigated for funneling one million into her Chief of Staff’s company. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earns $223,000 per year and yet has amassed wealth calculated to be worth $196 million while charging Americans 2.1 million in traveling expenses. Her husband made millions investing in a solar firm weeks before expansion. Is it only a coincidence that these servants of the people can use their position like workers of a casino, knowing which slot machine is about to strike it rich?
If the common American received insider trading on Wall Street, that person would be going to jail. Yet, those in congress and their family accumulate massive wealth through connections and deals as they gain inside information to gain more political and financial power. These politicians may talk about social inequality; but they make sure it does not apply to them since they are the elite.
Now these congressional hypocrites want to see President Donald Trump’s tax returns as they proposed legislation (H.R. 1) requiring the president and vice president to release their tax returns. How come this congressional bill would not include congress? When a reporter asked if Nancy Pelosi, who is third in line for the presidency, would release her taxes, the answer was no. Shouldn’t Nancy Pelosi reveal to America how she earned her staggering fortune?
President Trump is serving the people, donating his salary as president to charity, keeping only a dollar. He has donated to the Department of Veteran Affairs to support their caregiver program for support for mental health and peer support programs, financial aid, educational training, and research. Trump has donated to the National Parks Service to restore battlefields, the Department of Education for children’s camps and the Department of Health and Human Services for a public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction. He has donated to combat alcoholism addiction. He has donated to both Small Business Administration and Department of Transportation infrastructure projects.
While many in congress have used their position to gain personal wealth, President Trump has used his personal wealth to serve and give back to the people.
So what would the American people prefer to see, the tax returns of a billionaire who became a politician or the tax returns of politicians who became millionaires? Honest Americans know the answer and now is the time for a Congressional Yearly Audit to hold these career congressional crooks accountable.
Frank Aquila is president of the South San Joaquin Republicans and author of the book, “Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere”. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org