Hindsight is NOT 20/20

1-9-2019

 

Hindsight Is NOT 20-20

 

How’s this for a hump day, middle of the week “activity”. Just got home from the doctor’s office where they did a biopsy and took six samples from the inside of my prostate. I’m not an anatomy major by any means but somewhere below the stomach there are a lot of moving parts, prostate, colon, bladder, and a couple of so called private parts.

 

The day started off with a home application of a saline enema 2 hours prior to the appointment. The box says it works in minutes. It did, literally in seconds.

 

Since it’s a 20 – 25 minute drive my concern is a relapse while driving, you know where you have to find a gas station with an easily accessible restroom. I began drinking this bottle of water on the way so I would be able to leave the required urine sample.

 

Turns out I didn’t need the restroom. Check in was quick and easy. Left the urine sample in the little access door for the nurse to retrieve and send to get checked.

 

Then it was like the Army, hurry up and wait. Sat in the waiting area watching my appointment time came and went. Got to watch all these old people coming in with canes, walkers, wheelchairs and family members (I’m just 69, but not old, ok?). I made a couple of trips to the restroom as the water began to filter down through my body into the area with the moving parts.

 

Finally it was my turn and the doctor came to get me. We chatted as we went through the hall and he said it would be a piece of cake (with his 28 years of experience). We got to the room and he said to strip down to shirt and socks only. Then sit on the edge of the bed, cover myself with the sheet and he’d be right back. I wondered why the shirt and socks? Did he not need to see my hairy chest or wrinkled up feet? But I complied.

 

(A little aside here) if I don’t write it down while it’s still fresh in my mind, I’ll have a bit of trouble remembering it later.

 

He came in and said to lie on my left side, bring my knees up to my chest and relax. (How do you relax when you’re naked on what resembles an operating room table?) I tried. I felt the shot he administered to numb my southern border (had to get that in). Then he waited for it to take effect. A female doctor came in and said she was assisting him in the procedure. Then it was time to begin.

 

He said once he began I would feel a puff of air and virtually no pain. Yep there was the puff of air and no pain at all. About half way through I began to feel strange, weird and he asked if I was ok? I told him I felt like I was going to barf (vomit) out of both ends. He brought me a pan and paper towel and then ALL #&@* broke loose. I have never felt like that before and I hope never again. As I began to barf (vomit) old faithful irrupted and although I couldn’t see it, my mental picture was that of a firehose shooting water on a fire, not once, not twice, but three times in rapid succession. I felt bad for them when they went to get another biohazard bag, like I said in the title “hindsight is not 20/20”, it’s just plain ugly.

 

Then I had to lie there about 15 minutes afterwards until I began to feel like myself again. I was helped to my feet and told to get dressed. Then escorted back into the waiting room where I was told to grab a cup of coffee, sit for a spell and wait until I felt I was safe to drive home. I walked over to the coffee area, grabbed a cup and one tiny drop of coffee came out (empty container). So I filled my cup with water and headed out the door to the truck and came home where I had coffee waiting. All is well, but like a bad movie, everything came out in the end. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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The White House Briefing on Border Security by President Trump

president trump briefing

1-8-2019

 

The White House Briefing on Border Security by President Trump

 

After President Trump’s short briefing to the nation tonight some of the commentators commented on what the President said about the Democrats have voted in the past on funding a wall, but changed their tune when Trump was elected.

 

So my questions are if the wall had been previously funded as far back as 2012, why has a wall NOT been built already?

Where did the money go?

Why are we still taking about building a wall?

More importantly why are the Democrats so adamant on doing nothing simply because the President wants to do something?

 

Let’s fund border security (including a steel barrier fence) and reopen the government and move on with Congress doing Comprehensive Immigration Reform like they’ve been asked by the President to do for the past 2 years. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Ethics in Government

1-8-2019

 

Ethics in Government

 

Everyone knows the fairy tale of Pinocchio who longed to be a boy and whenever he told a lie his nose grew longer. There are other fairy tales, stories and even movies about puppets and the marionettes. It’s fascinating to watch how the puppet master can maneuver the strings making the puppet seemingly come to life.

 

The events that have come to light over the past 2 years of the Trump Administration have shown how the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Congress, both the House and the Senate have literally played the American people, US Citizens, for fools by subjecting us to political side shows like the alleged sexual scandals and judicial nomination hearings that remind us of circus side shows.

 

The MSM have done their part in orchestrating the emphasis of non-issues into major talking points at the egging on by political mouthpieces like now Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and others who grandstand in front of the cameras with an audience, thereby playing the antagonist in defaming our sitting President Donald Trump.

 

We The People have been sucked right into their play like audiences in the movies or readers of the fairy tales. So emboldened have we become that some have gone so far as to get in on the action by running for political office, and winning a coveted seat at the table of Congress. In the spirit of celebrating there are those like newly elected Representatives Rashida Tlaib with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who’s claim to fame is being the youngest person elected to Congress. These women and other seasoned members of Congress have not yet learned, have forgotten or have chosen to ignore Ethical standards which should govern our lives daily to treat others with respect.

 

GENERAL ETHICAL STANDARDS

Overview

Members, officers, and employees of the House should:

  • Conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the
  • House;
  • Abide by the spirit as well as the letter of the House rules; and
  • Adhere to the broad ethical standards expressed in the Code of Ethics for Government Service.

 

They should not in any way use their office for private gain. Nor should they attempt to circumvent any House rule or standard of conduct.

 

Employees must observe any additional rules, regulations, standards, or practices established by their employing Members.

 

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct urges Members, officers, and employees of the House to call or to write the Committee with any questions regarding the propriety of any current or proposed conduct. The Committee‘s Office of Advice and Education will provide confidential, informal advice over the telephone, and the Committee will provide confidential, formal written opinions to any Member, officer, or employee with a question within its jurisdiction.

There are no words to justify making a public spectacle or setting a bad precedence or example especially when one choses to go into “Public Service” where the goal should be to make the nation better for the greater good of ALL American citizens.

 

That being said, did you know that there IS something we can do besides letting ourselves be sucked into this political game of shells?

 

There is the Office of Congressional Ethics which is charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct against Members, officers and employees of the U.S. House of Representatives. There are various state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing compliance with rules and regulations in their specific areas of government. They can also be found here: https://oce.house.gov/learn/related-resources

 

United States Federal Government Executive Branch

Office of Government Ethics: https://www.oge.gov/

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency: https://www.ignet.gov/

Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/

Federal Bureau of Investigations:  http://www.fbi.gov

 

 

United States Federal Government Legislative Branch

Senate Select Committee on Ethics: http://ethics.senate.gov/public/

House of Representatives Committee on Ethics: http://ethics.house.gov/

Federal Election Commission: http://www.fec.gov/

 

United States Federal Government Judicial Branch

Judicial Conference’s Committee on Codes of Conduct:

http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/JudicialConference.aspx

 

U.S. States

State Ethics Oversight Agencies: http://www.ncsl.org/research/ethics/oversight-ethics-commissions-and-committees.aspx

 

For those who are unaware The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (https://www.oge.gov/) establishes standards of conduct for the executive branch, ensures transparency in government through financial disclosure, educates executive branch employees and promotes good governance.

 

New legislators undergo video training and must sign a document verifying they have done so. It is totally feasible that new legislators have not yet taken this training, but for seasoned legislators there can be no excuse for the conduct we see on a daily basis coming from the hill.

 

I urge you to do as I have done and write, email, text or tweet your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators to lodge your complaint EVERY TIME you see a member of Congress conduct themselves in an inappropriate manner. Then follow up by using the links above to the appropriate agency charged with oversight responsibility. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Ethical Standards In Congress

1-7-2019

 

Ethical Standards In Congress

 

I guess that winning a political office, especially a Congressional seat must be like winning the lottery. Now that you’ve won you feel invincible and are on a political high and headed out to “conquer” your new world.

 

Then reality sets in and you’re literally the new kid on the block. What to do, what to do? I guess after you’ve acquired your spacious office in one of the new congressional office buildings, and have put up all your “stuff” on the walls, found your way to the restrooms and know which doors go where it’s time to “go to work”.

 

I’m sure there are “freshmen” classes to acquaint the newly elected to the political order of business and procedural rules and regulations and so on and so forth. Then someone has to “teach them the ropes” and how not to get in the way or how to prevent their toes from getting stepped on.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something that would teach these esteemed House and Senate members how to be nice and civil toward others. Maybe they need a sign that says “Doesn’t play well with others” that they must wear throughout their days in office, until they graduate to one that says “Team Player”.

 

But then again that wouldn’t really solve anything because existing members of Congress have gone way beyond that already. In fact many of the outspoken and disrespectful members of Congress already know about civility, respect and ethics and they have chosen to ignore them altogether.

 

Who are we hearing today in 2019, Hank Johnson, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elijah Cummings and others who are members of the Congressional Black Caucus and acting in uncivilized manner toward President Trump. Their actions, words and deeds have emboldened some of the newly elected freshmen House and Senate members to the point they feel no shame or remorse being publicly and blatantly disrespectful toward the nations President.

 

So why hasn’t the Congress taken action in the form of a warning against the newly elected and/or acted to censure the seasoned legislators who call for harassment, harm and violence against current administration officials, their families and everyday citizens who support President Trump? Out of the 513 Congressional Caucuses, Task Forces, Working Groups and Committees these are a sampling of why Congress behaves as they do.

 

I looked through the entire list of Caucuses, not once did I find a Congressional Caucasian Caucus or a Congressional White Caucus. I did not find any Congressional European-American Caucuses either. Congress has virtually caucuses for just about everything else including the one on Antisemitism, yet we have an incoming member of Congress who is blatantly anti-Semitic and her actions have already been picked up by the news media. Nor did I see a Congressional Committee on the Southern Border Caucus. The only Caucus that seems to be working flawlessly is (#35 below) the No Political Action Committee Caucus and they seem to be very good at it.

 

Congress has an ethics code, an ethics committee and posted rules which are being ignored and violated, with no action being requested or taken against the offenders. The House Ethics Manual is from the 110th Congress, 2nd Session dated 2008. Maybe it’s time to update the manual and/or enforce the current one.

 

GENERAL ETHICAL STANDARDS

Overview

Members, officers, and employees of the House should:

  • Conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the
  • House;
  • Abide by the spirit as well as the letter of the House rules; and
  • Adhere to the broad ethical standards expressed in the Code of Ethics for Government Service.

 

They should not in any way use their office for private gain. Nor should they attempt to circumvent any House rule or standard of conduct.

 

Employees must observe any additional rules, regulations, standards, or practices established by their employing Members.

 

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct urges Members, officers, and employees of the House to call or to write the Committee with any questions regarding the propriety of any current or proposed conduct. The Committee‘s Office of Advice and Education will provide confidential, informal advice over the telephone, and the Committee will provide confidential, formal written opinions to any Member, officer, or employee with a question within its jurisdiction.

 

General Ethical Standards

 

Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.

 

HENRY CLAY1

 

That ―public office is a public trust‖ has long been a guiding principle of government.2 To uphold this trust, Congress has bound itself to abide by certain standards of conduct, expressed in the Code of Official Conduct (House Rule 23)3 and the Code of Ethics for Government Service.4 These codes provide that Members, officers, and employees are to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect creditably on the House, work earnestly and thoughtfully for their salary, and that they may not seek to profit by virtue of their public office, allow themselves to be improperly influenced, or discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors. This chapter discusses the overarching principles that inform both codes, the penalties for violating their provisions, and the history and procedures of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

 

Appropriate standards of conduct enhance the legislative process and build citizen confidence. ―Ethics rules, if reasonably drafted and reliably enforced, increase the likelihood that legislators (and other officials) will make decisions and policies on the basis of the merits of issues, rather than on the basis of factors (such as personal gain) that should be irrelevant.‖5 Members, officers, and employees should, at a minimum, familiarize themselves with the Code of Official Conduct and the Code of Ethics for Government Service. The Code of Official Conduct and the Code of Ethics for Government Service not only state aspirational goals for public officials, but violations of provisions contained therein may also provide the basis for disciplinary action in accordance with House rules.

 

Violations of Ethical Standards

 

Violations of ethical standards may lead to various penalties. The U.S. Constitution authorizes each House of Congress to punish its Members for disorderly behavior and, with the concurrence of two thirds, to expel a Member.6 The House may also punish a Member by censure, reprimand, condemnation, reduction of seniority, fine, or other sanction determined to be appropriate.7

 

A House rule specifically authorizes the Standards Committee to enforce standards of conduct for Members, officers, and employees; to investigate alleged violations of any law, rule, or regulation pertaining to official conduct; and to make recommendations to the House for further action.8 Committee rules reflect the Committee‘s authority to issue letters of reproval and to take other administrative action.9 House rules further provide that either with approval of the House or by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of its Members, the Committee may report substantial evidence of violation by a Member, officer, or employee to the appropriate federal or state authorities.10

 

Some standards of conduct derive from criminal law. Violations of these standards may lead to a fine or imprisonment, or both. In some instances, such as conversion of government funds or property to one‘s own use or false claims concerning expenses or allowances, the Department of Justice may seek restitution.

 

Among the sanctions that the Committee may recommend be imposed upon a Member in a disciplinary matter is the ―[d]enial or limitation of any right, power, privilege, or immunity of the Member if under the Constitution the House may impose such denial or limitation.‖11 The Committee may also recommend sanctions be imposed by the House against an officer or employee of the House. Such sanctions could include dismissal from employment, reprimand, fine, or other appropriate sanction.12

 

Charges of unethical conduct can be evaluated only on a case-by-case basis. As the Committee has noted, ―it was for the very purpose of evaluating particular situations against existing standards, and of weeding out baseless charges from legitimate ones, that this committee was created.‖13

 

Congress has Caucuses on Veterans, Homelessness, Sexual Violence, Elder Justice and Humanitarian issues, yet we see an increase on every level.

 

I have pulled the following 40 Caucuses and/or Committees as a visual display of what is wrong in our Congress. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have instrumental roles and/or positions within over 100 different Caucuses, yet they concern themselves not with the betterment of Americans as a whole, but look for ways to promote and keep racism at the forefront by their conduct.

 

Take a look:

 

 

  1. Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Alma Adams(D) (CBC), Bradley Byrne (R)
  2. Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Nita Lowey(D), Chris Smith (R), Eliot Engel (D), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), Ted Deutch (D), Kay Granger (R), Marc Veasey (D) (CBC), Peter Roskam (R)
  3. Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Annie Kuster(D), Dan Donovan (R), Jackie Speier (D) (CBC), Dave Joyce (R)
  4. Black Republican Congressional Staff Association – Sponsor(s): Brian Fitzpatrick(R),  Will Hurd (R)
  5. Build America Congressional Staff Association – Sponsor(s): Dave Brat(R)
  6. Congressional African Staff Association – Sponsor(s): Yvette Clarke(D) (CBC)
  7. Congressional America the Beautiful Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): David Cicilline(D), Ted Poe (R)
  8. Congressional Black Associates – Sponsor(s): Elijah Cummings(D) (CBC)
  9. Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Danny Davis(D) (CBC), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) (CBC)
  10. Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Bonnie Watson Coleman(D) (CBC), Robin Kelly (D) (CBC), Yvette Clarke (D) (CBC)
  11. Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Steve Stivers(R), Joyce Beatty (D) (CBC)
  12. Congressional Civility Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Emanuel Cleaver(D) (CBC), Kevin Yoder (R)
  13. Congressional Constitution Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Dave Brat(R)
  14. Congressional Counterterrorism Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Mike Gallagher (R), Elise Stefanik (R), Bill Keating (D), Kathleen Rice (D)
  15. Congressional Elder Justice Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Pete King(R), Suzanne Bonamici (D)
  16. Congressional Freethought Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Jared Huffman(D), Jamie Raskin (D), Jerry McNerney (D)
  17. Congressional Homelessness Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Alcee Hastings(D) (CBC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) (CBC)
  18. Congressional Hospitality Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Sean Duffy(R), Derek Kilmer (D)
  19. Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Chris Smith(R), Carolyn Maloney (D), Kay Granger (R), Bobby Scott (D) (CBC)
  20. Congressional Humanities Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Leonard Lance(R), David Price (D)
  21. Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Linda Sánchez(D), Stephen Lynch (D)
  22. Congressional Legislative Directors Association – Sponsor(s): John Lewis(D) (CBC)
  23. Congressional Military Veterans Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Mike Thompson(D), Tom Rooney (R), Collin Peterson (D), Gus Bilirakis (R)
  24. Congressional Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Tulsi Gabbard(D), Scott Perry (R)
  25. Congressional Task Force on Election Security – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Bennie Thompson(D) (CBC), Bob Brady (D)
  26. Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Jeff Denham(R), Tim Walz (D)
  27. Congressional Voting Rights Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Marc Veasey(D) (CBC), Bobby Scott (D) (CBC), Terri Sewell (D) (CBC)
  28. Democratic Digital Communications Staff Association – Sponsor(s): Elijah Cummings(D) (CBC)
  29. House Committee on Ethics Yvette Clarke(D) (CBC), Anthony Brown (D) (CBC)
  30. House Whistleblower Protection Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Rod Blum(R), Mike Coffman (R), Kathleen Rice (D), Jackie Speier (D) (CBC), Elijah Cummings (D) (CBC), Vacant (R)
  31. Law Enforcement Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Dave Reichert(R), Bill Pascrell (D)
  32. Mental Health Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Grace Napolitano(D), John Katko (R)
  33. National Service Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Doris Matsui(D), David Price (D)
  34. New Democrat Coalition – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Jim Himes(D)
  35. No Political Action Committee (PAC) Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Ro Khanna(D), Beto O’Rourke (D), Jared Polis (D)
  36. Northern Border Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Kevin Cramer(R), Brian Higgins (D)
  37. Problem Solvers Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Tom Reed(R), Josh Gottheimer (D)
  38. Republican Communications Association (RCA) – Sponsor(s): Frank Lucas(R)
  39. Skilled American Workforce Caucus – Chair/Co-Chair(s): Brenda Lawrence(D) (CBC), French Hill (R)
  40. Women’s Congressional Staff Association – Sponsor(s): Lois Frankel(D)

 

Remove the partisan politics and strip away the divisions by racial and ethnic origins that make up the fabric of the United States and what you have left are American’s who all want to live peacefully and strive to reach the American Dream without any special privileges or special treatment.

 

There needs to be a Congressional Oversight Committee with the power of a Special Counsel to seriously investigate these breaches of conduct which occur many times each day in the Legislative Branch. Not only investigate but recommend prosecution of those who violate the ethics and sully the reputation of Congress. Lawmakers can no longer remain Lawbreakers. Maybe send the entire 535 members back to Legislator 101 classes and start over. Make 2019 the Year of the Congressional Makeover! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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The Heart of the SWAMP

1-6-2019

 

The Heart of the SWAMP

 

We have known that Congress had been corrupt for quite a long time. Oh not every member, but those in key political positions of power. We hear about the Speakers of the House and Senate, and the Minority Leaders, the Whips and Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs. Newbies (freshmen in Congress) are assigned committees and told to sit down and shut up and learn how things are done. Those who don’t ascribe to the hierarchy simply leave after one term or before the end of their term.

 

What we haven’t heard about is the power behind the power. So think about this for a minute.

 

Congressmen and Congresswomen are human beings. They have their good points, their weaknesses and faults as do all human beings. The dominant ones we refer to as Alphas, the ones who lead the pack. I’m sure that every committee chair is an Alpha. They direct the committee and insure specific agendas are pushed forward to the floor for a vote. That is one reason why bills get passed and moved over to the other chamber for a vote on a companion bill, before it goes to the President to be signed into law.

 

One of the things that have turned Congress into the cesspool (SWAMP) that it has become is called a Caucus. A caucus is more like a lobbying group within the Congress. A Caucus is where 2 or more like minded Members of Congress join together to advance specific goals, or projects that favor their states or districts. In 2017 there were 242 Congressional Caucuses and today in 2019 there are now 512 Congressional Caucuses. It is conceivable that all of the 535 Members of Congress could belong to each of the Caucuses (providing they meet the Caucus’s racial, religious or other biases). That means 512 different lobbying groups vying for the attention and assets of the entire 535 Members of Congress. That my friends are what the SWAMP looks like in Washington, D.C. and during my research I have discovered “The Heart of the SWAMP” is none other than the Congressional Black Caucus. Shock and Awe right?

 

Now I know you’re going to say that I’m way off base, or that I don’t know what I’m talking about right? How else can you explain how a group of 49 Representatives and Senators, now claiming up to 55 members with Chair/Co-Chair and/or membership in various Committees/Sub-Committees, Taskforces and Working Groups (28+) can steer first the Democratic Party, The Democratic National Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in a direction that is contrary to Federal, State or Local laws or in opposition to the Constitution of the United States which they have sworn to protect and defend?

 

Career politicians are fueled by power and money. Power over people (votes) and money from lobbying groups and campaign contributors and to lose either makes them unable to function successfully in Congress. The Congressional Black Caucus with their power over blacks (African-Americans) and in conjunction with other minority Caucuses makes them a very powerful voting bloc in Congress.

 

The funny thing about power and money is that there is never enough. We have seen a sudden and decided shift in politics with the arrival of President Donald Trump in the White House. We hear cries of “White Supremacy in the White House” from the very racially charged “Congressional BLACK Caucus” in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate, who consider themselves outside the law, or better yet they have become the “Racial Self-Appointed Police” of the government. It is no wonder that all the political hype about stopping Trump from draining the SWAMP comes from the CBC and other groups who align themselves against the President.

 

Stomp on

Whites

And

Make them

Pay

 

Seems to be the rationale of the Congressional Black Caucus as they clamor for retributions based upon what they “FEEL” are owed them for the mistreatment of their ancestors by a “white America”. In fact one of the CBC talking points on their official website says something to the effect that for 200 years Congress was a white man’s club and now that the CBC has arrived it is their duty to upset the club by making theirs an “exclusive” for blacks only (understood yet unwritten in the bylaws).

 

For the nation to truly heal the wounds of past racial division there need not be any Congressional “Salt” poured into those wounds. What kind of example does the CBC exhibit to the young people of today when they are voicing divisive and destructive words or actions to divide and control fellow Americans whom they have sworn to represent as they make life better for all?

 

Yes the Heart of the SWAMP is the Congressional Black Caucus with tentacles into every major facet of Congress with the soul intent to bring this nation to its knees.  For Americans who have taken “the oath” to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic, we must take a closer look at who our domestic enemies are.

 

“It’s a very imperfect world, and you can’t always choose your friends. That’s life. But you can never fail to recognize your enemies.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

I call on all Americans to consider the facts that Congress is not our friends. They are in fact there to serve OUR needs, not to line their pockets, pad their bank accounts or acquire wealth (power and money). We must hold our members of Congress accountable for their actions and for their failing to act in our behalf. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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Race Discrimination in the Workplace

1-5-2019

 

Race Discrimination in the Workplace

And In The Congress of the United States

 

Historically, race discrimination has been practiced and even sanctioned by the United States government in a number of ways. Not everyone born on US soil was afforded citizenship, given the right to vote, allowed into public accommodations, allowed employment, afforded credit or housing in certain neighborhoods.

 

Law makers have enacted several federal laws to address discrimination. Many states have enacted civil rights laws of their own and even extended protection to LGBT individuals. Anti-discrimination laws prevent certain classes of individuals to get a fair shake at almost every level. Even cities and counties have ordnances and laws for civil rights.

 

In the area of education schools have removed certain standards (affirmative action) so as to accommodate students who might otherwise be unable to attend classes or pursue their areas of interest.

 

In this day and age it has become politically incorrect to refer to individuals by their birth gender and parents are told they must wait until the child decides what gender they identify as.

 

During the era of the Civil Rights Movement we saw legislators pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title II (Equal Employment Opportunities).

 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VII (Equal Employment Opportunities)

The Civil Rights Act was a very significant piece of legislation when it was enacted in 1964 and continues to protect individuals against discrimination. The Act has many anti-discrimination provisions including Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ( Equal Employment Opportunities) which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin (including limited English proficiency).

 

Next the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).

 

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act grants all applicants an equal opportunity to obtain credit through the anti-discrimination provision. The ECOA prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, age, and the applicant’s use of public assistance.

 

Then U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 21-Civil Rights

 

U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 21-Civil Rights

Title 42, Chapter 21 of the U.S. Code prohibits discrimination against persons based on age, disability, gender, race, national origin, and religion (among other things) in a number of settings – including education, employment, public accommodations, federal services, and more. Chapter 21 is where a number of federal acts related to civil rights have been codified – including the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.

 

 

 

Followed by the Fair Housing Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

 

Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.

 

Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) bans the denial or restriction of the right to vote and forbids discrimination in voting practices on the basis of race and color nationwide.

 

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act

The Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act provides for equitable and impartial relief operations, without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, or economic status during an official emergency or disaster.

 

Whether it is discrimination in education, on the job, housing, public accommodations, or another area, anti-discrimination laws are here to protect you. However, the laws are complex.

https://civilrights.findlaw.com/discrimination/race-discrimination-applicable-laws.html

 

With all the emphasis on correcting racism it is inconceivable that the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate would allow blatant and open discrimination and racism to taint the halls of Congress.

 

In January 1969 a group of U.S. Representatives decided to form a “Democratic Select Committee” as a legislative service organization to work together for the mutual good of the Black communities who elected them to public office. In 1971 the DSC officially renamed to become the Congressional Black Caucus in February 1971.

 

In 1971 President Nixon refused to meet with the CBC leadership or recognize their existence. In retaliation the CBC boycotted the 1971 State of the Union address. A tactic they used against President Reagan, and continued with President Trump’s State of the Union address in 2017.

 

The Congressional Black Caucus and 27 other legislative service organizations were to have their funding rescinded by the House of Representatives in 1994. However that did not stop the group from restructuring into the “Congressional Black Caucus” as a Congressional Member Organization on January 4, 1995.

 

Although their caucus bylaws do not make race a prerequisite for membership, they have “chosen” to remain an “exclusively black” caucus. In 2007 Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen applied to join but was denied because he was white.

 

Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. said “it’s time to move on because we have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them.” Rep. Clay also said “Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept…….It’s our turn to say who can join ‘the club’. He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population.”

 

Later that same week Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo objected to the continued existence of the CBC, as well as the Democratic Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Republican Congressional Hispanic Conference arguing that “It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a color-blind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race. If we are serious about achieving the goal of a colorblind society, Congress should lead by example and end these divisive, race-based caucuses.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Black_Caucus

 

It was during that 2007 campaign cycle that CBC member Sen. Barack Obama ran for and won the election as President of the United States. His campaign and election emboldened the CBC to not only remain solvent but extend themselves as the political powerhouse they are today. Read my Conspiracy versus Collusion blog https://wordpress.com/post/realtruckmaster.blog/1254.

 

Today the Congressional Black Caucus have committee chairs/co-chairs and members in more than 25 Congressional Committees, Sub-Committees, Taskforces and Working Groups. Their members span both political parties and across the chambers of the Legislative Branch from the House to the Senate, which compromise the integrity of the entire Legislative Branch of government.

 

Congressional Black Caucus members are openly blatant in their hunt for racism in the White House, on Federal Property while choosing to ignore their own individual and collective racism. It is my sincere opinion that the CBC is a major player in the Washington DC Swamp. Their members must be held to a higher standard and they must be accountable for their actions and inactions in the performance of their duties as public servants. It is time for American voters to make better choices for the sake of their children and grandchildren if this nation is to survive.

 

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Conspiracy versus Collusion

1-4-2019

 

Conspiracy versus Collusion

 

 

I know what you’re thinking with all the hype about Trump and the Russians colluding to influence the 2016 elections and all, well it’s not about that. So to begin let us start by defining the terms of Conspiracy and Collusion.

 

Definitions

https://grammarist.com/usage/conspiracy-vs-collusion/

 

Conspiracy describes two or more people secretly plotting an action, usually but not limited to a harmful or illegal action. Conspiracy may refer to the plot itself or the act of planning of the plot. Conspiracy comes from the Old French word conspiracie, which means plot or conspiracy. The plural form is conspiracies, the verb form is conspire. 

 

Collusion describes two or more people secretly plotting an illegal or fraudulent action. Collusion may refer to the plot itself or the act of planning the plot. Collusion comes from the Old French word, collusion. The verb form is collude. Remember, conspiracy describes a secret plot that may or may not be illegal, collusion is always an illegal or fraudulent plot.

 

Since its inception in 1971 the Congressional Black Caucus has fought for the equal treatment and equal rights of blacks in America. However that has not been the case for quite some time. They have become the standard barrier for inciting racism within the federal government. They have strong ties within the Democratic Party, to Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and to the Black Lives Matters. Their esteemed alumni include then Senator and now former President Barack H. Obama.

 

The Congressional Black Caucus has sought out and implied racist connections within the White House and the Trump Administration while totally ignoring their own racist goings on within the Congress of the United States. I have written about the Congressional Black Caucus in the past 2 years and have been criticized as them being a “nothing-burger” or my having given the Congressional Black Caucus too much credit.

 

So this phase of research is to provide more details on one of 512 Congressional Caucuses within the Legislative Branch. The Congressional Black Caucus is much more than a simple caucus, but in my opinion has crossed over the line as a Congressional Lobbying Organization with an unprecedented Voting Block which has at its core inherently racist underpinnings.

 

A stated goal of the Congressional Black Caucus is to “Root out Racism in federal policy, the White House and on Federal Property”. They have taken it upon themselves to become the congressional pit bull against anyone or anything they deem offensive or racist.

 

I find it hard to take the Congressional Black Caucus seriously when by their very name and membership criteria is restrictive to blacks (African-Americans) while refusing membership based upon the same criteria and those who qualify but choose not to join or refuse membership are ostracized and have had their names posted to the CBC official website.

 

What I see posted on their Congressional Black Caucus  for the 115th Congress and in news releases are their membership is expected to increase to 55 members or more after the 116th Congress has been sworn in. They expect to chair 5 House Committees and infuse CBC membership into 28 Subcommittees. CBC membership crosses both party lines and between the House and the Senate in what is stated as flexing its Voting Block muscles within the Congress.

 

Congressional Black Caucus members are either chairing (ranking members) or members of following House Committees:

 

  • The responsibilities and goals of the House Committee on Agriculture are as diverse as the needs of American agriculture. They face issues as varied as renewable energy, rural development, nutrition, crop insurance, conservation, international trade, futures market regulation, animal and plant health, agricultural research and development, bioterrorism, forestry and many others.
    • David Scott (D-GA-13)
    • Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11)
    • Alma Adams (D-NC-12)
    • Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)
    • Dwight Evans (D-PA-02)
    • Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
    • Al Lawson (D-FL-05)

 

  • The Appropriations Committee – comprised of 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats and organized into 12 subcommittees – is responsible for writing the laws that fund the federal government’s myriad responsibilities.
    • Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02)
    • Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)

 

  • The oversight responsibilities of the Committee on Armed Services are conducted throughout the calendar year. They are instrumental in the committee’s consideration of the annual defense authorization bill, which covers the breadth of the operations of the Department of Defense as well as the national security functions of the Department of Energy and other related areas. The annual national defense budget involves millions of military and civilian personnel, thousands of facilities, and hundreds of agencies, departments, and commands located throughout the world. Contingency operations related to the global war on terrorism will continue to expand the range of topics requiring committee oversight including strategic, operational, and budgetary issues of great scope and complexity.
    • Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)
    • Anthony Brown (D-MD-04)
    • A. Donald McEachin (D-VA-04)

 

  • The Budget Committee’s chief responsibility is to draft an annual concurrent resolution that provides a Congressional framework for spending and revenue levels, the federal surplus or deficit, and public debt. The budget resolution can contain reconciliation instructions directing authorizing committees to change laws in their jurisdiction to change revenues or mandatory spending levels. The resolution also can include mechanisms that aid in enforcing budget procedures in general or for particular purposes. In drafting the budget resolution, the Committee examines the President’s annual budget request, as well as economic and fiscal projections from the Congressional Budget Office. The Committee also has jurisdiction over budget process laws, and tracks the budgetary effects of legislative action.
    • Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)
    • Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
    • Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08)

 

  • The Committee on Education and the Workforce’s purpose is to ensure that Americans’ needs are addressed so that students and workers may move forward in a changing school system and a competitive global economy. The committee and its four subcommittees oversee education and workforce programs that affect all Americans, from early learning through secondary education, from job training through retirement.
    • Bobby Scott (D-VA-02), Ranking Member
    • Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL-24)
    • Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11)
    • Alma Adams (D-NC-12)
    • Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)

 

  • The Energy and Commerce Committee has responsibility for matters including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health and research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce among others.

o   Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-01)

o   Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01)

o   Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09)

 

  • The House Committee on Ethicsis the only standing committee of the House whose membership is evenly divided between each political party. The Committee includes five members of each party. Also, unlike other committees, the day-to-day work of the Committee on Ethics is conducted by a staff that is nonpartisan by rule. Under House rules, the Committee has the jurisdiction to administer travel, gift, financial disclosure, outside income, and other regulations; advise members and staff; issue advisory opinions and investigate potential ethics violations.
    • Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09)
    • Anthony Brown (D-MD-04)

 

  • The Financial Services Committee oversees all components of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. The Committee continually reviews the laws and programs relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and international development and finance agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The Committee also ensures enforcement of housing and consumer protection laws such as the U.S. Housing Act, the Truth In Lending Act, the Housing and Community Development Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Community Reinvestment Act, and financial privacy laws.
    • Maxine Waters (D-CA-43), Ranking Member
    • Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05)
    • William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO-01)
    • David Scott (D-GA-13)
    • Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO-05)
    • Al Green (D-TX-09)
    • Gwen Moore (D-WI-04)
    • Keith Ellison (D-MN-05)
    • Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03)
    • Mia Love (R-UT-04)

 

  • The Foreign Affairs Committee is responsible for oversight and legislation relating to: foreign assistance (including development assistance, Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Millennium Challenge Account, HIV/AIDS in foreign countries, security assistance, and Public Law 480 programs abroad); national security developments affecting foreign policy; strategic planning and agreements; war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces; peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions; arms control and disarmament issues; the United States Agency for International Development; activities and policies of the State, Commerce, and Defense Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act, including export and licensing policy for munitions items and technology and dual-use equipment and technology; international law; promotion of democracy; international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities; Broadcasting Board of Governors; embassy security; international broadcasting; public diplomacy, including international communication and information policy, and international education and exchange programs; and all other matters not specifically assigned to a subcommittee. The full Committee will have jurisdiction over legislation with respect to the administration of the Export Administration Act, including the export and licensing of dual-use equipment and technology and other matters related to international economic policy and trade not otherwise assigned to a subcommittee, and with respect to the United Nations, its affiliated agencies, and other international organizations, including assessed and voluntary contributions to such organizations. The Committee may conduct oversight and investigations with respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the Committee as defined in the Rules of the House of Representatives
    • Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05)
    • Karen Bass (D-CA-37)
    • Robin Kelly (D-IL-02)

 

  • The Homeland Security Committee was established in 2002 to provide Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack.
    • Bennie Thompson (D-MS-02), Ranking Member
      Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)
      Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02)
      Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NY-10)
      Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)
      Rep. Val Butler Demings (D-FL-10)

 

  • The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.
    • William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO-01)
    • Anthony Brown (D-MD-04)
    • A. Donald McEachin (D-VA-04)

 

  • The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has authority to investigate the subjects within the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction as well as “any matter” within the jurisdiction of the other standing House Committees.
    • Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07), Ranking Member
    • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
    • William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO-01)
    • Robin Kelly (D-IL-02)
    • Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14)
    • Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)
    • Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)
    • Val Butler Demings (D-FL-10)

 

  • The Committee on Rules was first created as a select (or temporary) committee on April 2, 1789, later becoming a standing committee from 1849-53 and permanently retaining that function from 1880 until the present. The Rules Committee’s role has evolved dramatically since its inception. Starting out as a select committee that only reported general House rules, the modern Rules Committee’s main function is to report “special rules” governing the consideration of major legislation. Among other things, special rules govern which legislation can go to the House Floor, when legislation goes to the Floor, how long bills can be debated, which amendments can be offered and who can offer them.
    • Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20)

 

  • The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over much of the non-defense Federal research and development (R&D) portfolio. The Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Committee also has authority over R&D activities at the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Ranking Member
    • Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)

 

  • The U. S. House of Representatives created the House Select Committee on Small Business in 1941 as a means to provide direct oversight and consideration of matters affecting small firms. This Select Committee was reauthorized each Congress until 1975, when it was made a permanent standing committee of the House. As a result, it was given certain areas of legislative jurisdiction and the specific responsibility to oversee the wide-range of challenges facing small businesses.
    • Alma Adams (D-NC-12)
    • Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09)
    • Dwight Evans (D-PA-02)
    • Al Lawson (D-FL-05)

 

  • The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.
    • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30)
    • Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07)
    • Hank Johnson (D-GA-04)
    • André Carson (D-IN-07)
    • Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL-24)
    • Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10)
    • Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14)

 

  • The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the United States Congress, and is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. The Committee derives a large share of its jurisdiction from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution which declares, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
    • John Lewis (D-GA-05)
    • Danny Davis (D-IL-07)
    • Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

 

  • The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. Created in 1977, HPSCI is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community—which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the following seventeen elements of the U.S. Government—and the Military Intelligence Program.
    • André Carson (D-IN-07)
    • Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

 

  • S. Senate Committees

 

 

 

Many Congressional Black Caucus  members are on multiple House Committees as well as the following Congressional Black Caucus Taskforces and Working Groups.

 

HBCU (House Black Caucus Universities)

  • American Baptist College
    • John Lewis
  • Central State University
    • Joyce Beatty
  • Clark Atlanta University
    • Hank Johnson
  • Fisk University
    • John Lewis
    • Alcee Hastings
    • Frederica Wilson
  • Florida A&M University
    • David Scott
    • Al Green
    • Alcee Hastings
    • Al Lawson
  • Howard University
    • Elijah Cummings
    • Kamala Harris
    • Alcee Hastings
    • Gregory Meeks
    • David Scott
  • Jackson State University
    • Bennie Thompson
  • Morehouse College
    • Cedric Richmond
  • North Carolina A&T State University
    • Alma Adams
  • North Carolina Central University
    • G.K. Butterfield
  • Prairie View A&M University
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson
    • Emanuel Cleaver
  • South Carolina State University
    • James Clyburn
  • Texas Southern University
    • Al Green
    • Hank Johnson
  • Tougaloo College
    • Bennie Thompson
  • Tuskegee University
    • Al Green
  • Virginia Union University
    • A. Donald McEachin
  • Wiley College
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson

 

 

Caucuses

  • Bipartisan Congressional HBCUS Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alma Adams
  • Childhood Cancer Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield
  • Congressional Afghan Caucus
    • Co-Chair Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Congressional Automotive and Performance and Motorsports Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
  • Congressional Aviation Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey
  • Congressional Blue Collar Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey
  • Congressional Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey
  • Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
    • Co-Chair Rep. Robin Kelly
    • Co-Chair Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman
    • Co-Chair Rep. Yvette Clarke
  • Congressional Caucus on Bosnia
    • Co-Chair Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
    • Co-Chair Rep. Karen Bass
    • Co-Chair Rep. Brenda Lawrence
  • Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies
    • Co-Chair Rep. Yvette Clark
  • Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues
    • Co-Chair Rep. Brenda Lawrence
  • Congressional Children’s Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Congressional Caribbean Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Maxine Waters
    • Co-Chair Rep. Yvette Clarke
    • Co-Chair Del. Stacey Plaskett
  • Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus
    • Co-Chair Mia Love
  • Congressional Diversifying Tech Caucus
  • Co-Chair Rep. Robin Kelly
  • Congressional European Union Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Gregory Meeks
  • Congressional Everglades Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
  • Congressional Financial And Economic Literacy Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty
  • Congressional Free File Caucus
    • Co-Chair Re. G.K. Butterfield
  • Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty
  • Congressional Higher Education Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. André Carson
  • Congressional Homelessness Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alcee Hastings
  • Congressional Home Protection Caucus
    • Co-Chair Cedric L. Richmond
  • Congressional House Sugar Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
  • Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Barbara Lee
  • Congressional Lupus Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • Congressional Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Gregory W. Meeks
  • Congressional Minor League Baseball Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Cedric L. Richmond
  • Congressional Multicultural Media Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Yvette Clarke
  • Congressional Men’s Health Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.
  • Congressional Military Family Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
  • Congressional Nigeria Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Congressional Oral Health Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings
  • Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Barbara Lee
    • Co-Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield
  • Congressional Peanut Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
  • Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield
  • Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
  • Congressional Rare Disease Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield
  • Congressional Refinery Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Cedric L. Richmond
  • Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
  • Congressional Skilled American Workforce Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Brenda Lawrence
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey
  • Congressional Somalia Caucus
    • Co-Chair Keith Ellison
  • Congressional Sudan and South Sudan Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Barbara Lee
  • Congressional Texas Maritime Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • Congressional Tunisia Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
  • Congressional Voting Rights Task Force
    • Co-Chair Rep. Bobby Scott
    • Co-Chair Rep. Terri Sewell
    • Co-Chair Marc Veasey
  • Congressional Working Forests Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
  • Congressional Youth Sports Caucus
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey

 

Groups, Task Forces & Committees

  • Cuba Working Group
    • Co-Chair Rep. Barbara Lee
  • Democratic Budget Group
    • Co-Chair Rep. Robin Kelly
  • Democratic Faith Working Group
    • Co-Chair Rep. James E. Clyburn
  • Democratic Israel Working Group
    • Co-Chair Rep. Alcee Hastings
  • Democratic Women’s Working Group
    • Co-Chair Rep. Brenda Lawrence
  • Access to Jobs Task Force
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey
    • Co-Chair Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester
  • Congressional Childhood Obesity Taskforce
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
  • Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity
    • Co-Chair Barbara Lee
  • Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
    • Co-Chair Rep. Bobby Scott
    • Co-Chair Rep. Robin Kelly
    • Co-Chair Rep. Val Butler Demings
  • The Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism
    • Co-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey
  • The Congressional Task Force on Election Security
    • Co-Chair Rep. Bennie G. Thompson
  • United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force
    • Co-Chair Rep. A. Donald McEachin
  • House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee
    • Co-Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
  • House Democratic Policy and Steering Committee
    • Co-Chair Rep. Barbara Lee

 

What is clear to me is that the Congressional Black Caucus has strategically placed members in key positions within certain Committees and/or Caucuses as to influence the legislative agenda of the entire Congress.

 

Scrolling through the Congressional Black Caucus website what is also clear to me is their hatred of President Trump that greatly exceeds the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) of the liberal left and the Democratic Party. Having become emboldened since their 1971 inception their stated purpose is to stop Trump at all costs.

 

When I look at the Congressional Black Caucus’s involvement in Caucuses, Committees, Taskforces and Working Groups it is hard to understand how Congress is able to function at all. This may also explain why Congress is at a dead stop when it comes to full-fledged resistance of President Trump’s agenda for draining the swamp and making American great again.

 

My questions are many, but because money equals power and in Washington D.C.

 

I wonder how these “committees” are funded.

 

I wonder what kind of financial “kickbacks” find their way into the pockets of unscrupulous legislators or Congressional Black Caucus members.

 

I wonder how much “cross contamination” exists between House and Senate that violate the intent of the Constitution of the United States or existing U.S. laws concerning Conspiracy and/or  Collusion between the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic Party, and individual legislators as they conspire to stop President Trump from Executive Actions and Enforcement of national security, domestic and foreign policy decisions and Presidential Actions.

 

Do the statutes of RICO apply?

https://www.justice.gov/jm/criminal-resource-manual-109-rico-charges

 

As stated earlier there are 512 Congressional Caucuses in Congress, up from the 426 of 2017 when President Trump was inaugurated into office. Now if each of the 512 Congressional Caucuses had roughly 50+ active members vying for specific legislative outcomes (blocking Trump or passing pork barrel projects, attached to legislation) it would be perfectly clear that the Congress would be greatly overwhelmed by the sheer volume of such legislation.

 

I am prepared to revisit and update this document as events unfold after the 116th Congress has been fully sworn in, committees assigned and in the even they actually convene to the legislative work each has been elected to perform and to uphold the Constitution. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

 

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