Reading this will make you angry if you earn minimum wage, if you are an Illinois teacher waiting for retirement, a student counting on loan forgiveness, a bottom-feeding activist or organizer, or an illegal immigrant convinced you deserve everything. It should. Your president has pledged that America made a bargain with the people.¹ It owes us something.
Nothing speaks to political power like commanding an empire worth billions. Congressional leaders are powerful, but sooner or later they have to answer to the people. The heads of Cabinet departments don’t have to worry about that. Even if they get invited to a Capitol Hill dog and pony show to explain failures, cover ups, or the waste of taxpayer money, they know that the person they answer to is the president (see: Cabinet Members Should Be Held Accountable).
Our nation was shamed on Monday. Most of us probably didn’t hear Barack Obama’s speech but if you felt a little uncomfortable as you went about your routine, make no mistake. That feeling was shame for giving up a little more of the freedom we took for granted.
The president’s Rose Garden appearance sought to turn Healthcare.gov, the government’s newest technology boondoggle, into a popularity contest:
And the number of people who have visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems.
When we take pride in America while rationalizing what goes on in our nation’s capitol as partisan politics and sloppy big government, are we wrong? If a decision on whether our country deserves to exist was based on the shameful display in Washington over the past two weeks, America would be gone. How can we be proud of our country when our government, one of the most American things about us, has become a liability and an embarrassment?
Agreement is anathema in Washington except for one thing: the acceptance of government hypocrisy. Bills, policies, programs, and agencies conflict with competing and often pointless goals that cost us money and ensure our taxes go to waste.
Here are 20 examples of government hypocrisy that will help you hate the way Washington does business. Of course, if you are reading this you probably already do.