It’s Congress, Stupid

September 27, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Not only does Presidential candidate Donald Trump need to read the US Constitution but every citizen and voter must also read it to understand that our problems and failings in the US are not the presidencies, but Congress.

Only last week the Senate failed to include authorization in the budget to fix the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, but many senators who voted against clean drinking water for Flint, Michigan, were not too happy with the $38 billion given to Israel and are asking for additional funds. This is the Congress we have. A Congress that is at the behest of AIPAC, Wall Street, and special interests groups, not the representative of the American people, certainly not the representative of Main Street.

It is interesting to note that Congress spent tens of millions of dollars investigating the collapse of our financial system that affected tens of millions here in the US and around the world. After more than 2 years of investigation, Congress concluded its finding, issued a report of tens of thousands of pages, sealed the report and sent it to the National Archive for 5 years, and not to the Justice Department to bring charges against specific names and specific banks named in the report. This is the kind of Congress we have, covering criminal enterprises.

Anyone believing that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will make a material difference to the future of the nation is a stupid fool. It is the Congress that has the real power to reshape the nation and its future. The Speaker of the House, while not enjoying the privileges of Air Force One and the trappings of the Presidency, is the most powerful man in Washington.

While Article I vests the power of the Commander in Chief in the President, Section 2 limits and defines such powers by “ advice and consent”.

Same is true of Article 1, Section 8 which gave Congress the power to tax and spend, add to that the 16th Amendment which gave Congress the exclusive right to levy the tax and authorize spending. While Clause 3 vests the “Commerce Powers” in Congress to regulate the movement of people, goods and trade between the different states and internationally, the President does not enjoy such powers.

So when you hear both candidates promise they would take charge and make the promised changes, they are lying and they know it. It is Congress that enabled through 30,000 pages of tax regulations, many of US companies to shift their manufacturing operation overseas, to put many people out of jobs and to allow companies to cheat workers out of their pensions and retirement without any problems and “park” more than $3 trillion of profits in tax havens.

It is the same Congress that allowed and enabled Wall Street to spend $100 billion on legal fees to defend itself against the millions of people whose lives and the criminal and reckless negligence of Wall Street ruined.

If we as American people want to shape the future of our America, then we must start with Congress, because this is where the cancer that afflicts our nation lies. Don’t expect Congress or the Supreme Court to make the necessary changes, we have to take charge and do it at the voting booth. Without our votes, members of Congress could never get elected even if they spend $30 million on an election campaign.

 

To achieve that we need to follow these 12 Commandments:

 

  1. Candidates for local and congressional offices must be committed to term limits (6-8 years), thus transforming legislative houses to citizen houses, rather than a place for lifetime professional politicians;

  1. Candidates must be committed to ending the seniority system, which gives long time sitting politicians an unfair edge in money and influence in elections; and committed to changing this seniority system once in office;

  1. Candidates must be committed not to seek or accept any funding from outside their local, congressional or senatorial districts, thus limiting the amount and influence of outside money.

  1. Candidates must commit themselves to a maximum of 3 months of campaigning and accepting no “issue” funding from special lobbies.

  1. Candidates must be committed to America first, before other countries; and seek to limit the undue influence Israel and its Fifth Column and AIPAC have over Congress and the White House;

  1. Candidates must be committed to reform and overhaul the Tax System, simplifying it from 300,000 pages to less than 30 pages, making sure that every citizen, every corporation and every business pay their fair share of tax; no more tax loopholes;

  1. Candidates must be committed to re-invest in America First; in re-industrialization of America; in infrastructure; public transportation systems; public education; industrial education; parks and public facilities; to force the more than $3 trillion of America’s corporate money sitting in tax shelters back to the US;

  1. Candidates must commit themselves to not accepting lobby money or favors, including paid trips by foreign governments, lobbyists or special interests.

  1. Candidates must be committed to a drastic reform of the financial system, including reining in the undue and toxic influence Wall Street has on our political, economic and social life; and make sure that corporations (as “citizens”) are subject to criminal prosecution, with executives going to jail for crimes or fraud committed by their corporations;

  1. Candidates must be committed to reform our judicial, criminal justice, social and welfare services system to bring America in line with other nations, and seek reconciliation between all of our citizens, making America the united nation we should be;

  1. Candidates must be committed to a balanced budget with a budget cycle of 5 years, thus avoiding all the uncertainty paralysis facing our nation annually.

  1. Candidates must be committed to no more wars while keeping our nation strong to defend itself against enemy aggression.

 

We as citizens and voters must not underestimate our power, the right to vote, which is more powerful than all the billions candidates can raise in elections. Without our votes, no one can win an office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Sami is a Palestinian-American immigrated to the US while in high school. He was drafted in the US Army during Vietnam War earning the leadership award from the US Sixth Army Non-Commission Officer Academy.

After honorable discharge, Sami enrolled at Indiana University where he was active in student politics, elected class president, student president and chairman of the Indiana Student Association representing students from all colleges and universities in the State of Indiana.

Sami earned his Bachelor Degree (economics and politics), Master of Public and Environmental Affairs and Doctor of Jurisprudence. After a 2 years stint with a major Wall Street law firm Sami took on the job as general counsel of a major international construction company in Saudi Arabia. As an international legal and business consultant, Sami served as owner representative on major projects such as hotels, conservation foundation, defense, and technology.

In the area of public service, Sami was the founding member of the United Palestinian Appeal, a well known not for profit organization serving the needs of Palestinians refugees with over $100 millions in projects and donations serving 16 years as a trustee.

Sami as founding member and executive director of the New Arab Foundation, a US based Not for Profit Tax Exemp, a think tank (with a mission) and management consulting organization, and is working now on the launching of the Arab Peace Crops inspired by President John F Kennedy’s American Peace Corps.

Sami lives in Fairfax, VA and is married to Dr. Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah an international expert in mediations and conflict resolution, they have three children all living and working in Washington DC.

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