Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Another Snow Day!


Yippee! More photos of snow glistening on the trees and skid marks on the roads and puppies romping in the powder and little snow angles and lots of pots of stews and soup and (in my case) chili from all the pathetic people who are not going to work or doing anything productive today. If the power goes out, all the indoor shenanigans will have to be bundled up and the car dug out and packed and off to grandmas house (like she really wants to take care of you?) or someplace that has electricity so you can re-hook to your FoMo addition.
The news will all be about the weather. Shops and businesses will close while restaurants will reap the rewards of bored people who want to eat and drink. Plumbers will be busy and the police will patrol the empty streets. It is Wednesday so there are no sporting events but the cooking network is full of ideas to keep you fat.
Pull out all the bulky coats and boots and scarves and mittens that fill half the closet and are only worn for 10-minutes a year to take out the trash and then get online to search for a warmer vacation site. Turn up the heat until you remember the last heating bill. The kids should be worn out by now after destroying the house to be put down for a nap. Then the adults will crack open the alcohol, watch to see if the schools will be open tomorrow before the next barrage of ‘kid energy’ hits.
Today would be perfect for finishing that project or starting a new one. Today would be perfect to arrange your financial papers before the tax bills come. Today would be perfect to read the instructions on your latest appliances and check their warranties. Today would be a good day to take another nap since about 80% of that chili is alcohol. Phew! One bowl and I’m having problems talking to myself.
Still I search the omnibus web in hopes to find something of interest. There is an opioid epidemic and is there any wondering? Our miracle workers and horse traders have spent time and money finding new ways to make our pain go away. Whether a prescription or a street corner buys, there is some form of substance to ease our ever-increasing pain. Do they have this problem in warzones or do people just suffer in misery? “Hey Doc, you got something for a broken heart?”
There hasn’t been much talk recently about the monuments or moving the baseball field so I guess we’ll have to wait for spring. While the entertainment industry promotes movies and television shows with red carpet parades, providers are creating new and expensive delivery highways. Technology hasn’t done anything marvelous in years and the new autos look like last years models and there doesn’t seem to be any new styling trends in the magazine pages. The music is yesterday’s re-takes and the old dancers are replaced with younger dancers. No aliens have landed and we’ve about bombed everyone in the Middle East so we’ll have to find a new place to have a war. We still throw away tons of fresh food, as consumption preference is pre-cooked in Styrofoam boxes that will soon be washing ashore.
Could turn to TED talk to get motivated or watch some documentary on how Corning Ware was created or wallow in ancient history of black and white Beatle snippets? Could assemble the new vacuum if I can find it under the dust bunnies? Could turn off the chili and let it cool down before filling every container in the house? Could take the dog out for a walk, but I don’t have a dog?
Could ponder the problems of the world that I know I cannot solve or even testify to. Since we have so many criminals and prisons and law enforcement folk and this problem is not going away and though it is a job creating industry (on both sides) and only reducing the time spent behind bars reduced the overcrowded population until they repeat, perhaps if we re-think our judicial process. We like to deport people who walk in looking for a job or to get away from danger, and then maybe that could be the answer to our prisoners. Deport them all. Take a place like Haiti and ship them all there. Not to pick on Haiti but the poor little country has it rough. If it isn’t a hurricane, earthquake or sanitation issues, there is corruption and poverty.  Let’s just take all them folks we feed and clothe and shelter for years because they are dangerous to the rest of society and dump them on Haiti? “WHAT??” I hear all the do-gooders and naysayers raising their collective hand in this appalling idea but our vetting system has been much good selecting the wheat from the chaff. If we could somehow gather up all the good folks living in Haiti and move them to, oh say, Arizona, they would certainly get a new chance at life never foreseen. Meanwhile those ones we have decided should be put away, sort of like our own poverty projects, will be left to fend for themselves. No cells, dogs, high walls, or police to monitor their activities. It would be a sort of ‘Survivors’ show without the cameras. The island could be quarantined and blockaded by a patrol boat. Nothing imported but bad guys and nothing exported. Is this Cruel and inhuman treatment or just punishment? This would just be the latest version of a penal colony. I’ll let you decide. Some people have been living in this environment and they have done nothing wrong except to live here. Why Haiti? Than how about Yemen or Somalia or…. There is a long list of possible places. Think about our foreign policy now. We send truckloads of money and guns and food and then the puppet government folds and it becomes a land of gangs and warring tribes. Instead of wasting our money, we dump more bad guys on them. At least we will know where all the bad guys are. The plus side of this inhuman judgment would be a deterrent. If you knew if you stepped over the line that instead of a bunk and television and a workout yard and three a day, you would be taken to a harsh land with no resources and left there to fend for yourself. Now what about all the tourist ships? If these con-folks can work it out but there will be more restrictions than most travel agents would want. There are plenty of other beaches in the world. What of all the guards and prisons? Well the guards have the rights to carry and shoot so change their jackets and put them in with the other herders. Change the prisons to high-end condos and reap the gentrification rewards.
On snow days your mind can wander into many topics like the sexual harassment issue. This has brought up the maturation of ‘the weaker gender’ and all the pink hats and marching and chanting and another organization asking for money and writing letters; this is a cultural change and that awareness must be accepted by all genders and variations there of. As long as our entertainment industry requires young women to shake their booties in scant clothing and show as much cleavage without a nip slip the respect for a female will be no higher than that for a pole dancer or stripper. As long as our marketing sells everything from trucks to hamburgers to shavers with gorgeous women appealing to an audience as submissive subservient eye-candy. Hugh Heffner could be the devil in details but for century’s there have been pornography due to the fact that one of our gender has mammalian protuberances. You ladies might think it is the hair or the high heels or the tight skirts or even the perfume but the guys are not staring you in the eyes. Could the culture change from all the bosom synonyms to a universal description as ‘udders’. Then you women can tan your body without every guy walking by getting a penile arouser.
It is just where the mind wanders imprisoned by cold white powder. I think the chili has cooled enough to be separated into meal size portions and placed in the cold box for future lunches and dinners. Then there are all the dirty pots and spoons and bowls, so better open a bottle of wine.
Tomorrow will be warmer and sunny and I plan to escape.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It is going to snow so let’s make some chili!


At least once a year I get a wild hare and decide when I know I will be restricted from outdoors to cook in the kitchen. Seems like a good idea until…
So the predictions are in and the cold white stuff is on the way. Will it be a dusting or a layer of winter no one can tell so I wander to the Tummy Temple on a mission to get the ingredients for a big pot of chili?
The idea is to make a slo-cooker of stuff that I can consume while watching the flakes come down but I don’t cook much so the simple recipe that is not followed becomes folly.
Still the day is sunny and I was able to leave the abode before the sunset to accumulate the ingredients that I thought might be good in a big pot of chili. Beans and beef.
I did make a big pot of goodness back in the early 80’s and will try to remember what to put in the cart to replicate that memorable taste. I do remember there was a lot of beer used so that will be the first stop. I stop to talk to Allen (my wine guy) and gather up a couple bottles of mead and some ale but can’t figure what would be good to soak the dead animal parts in. Black and Tan? Heineken? Settle on Sam Adams.
Two cans of dark red kidney beans, 2- onions, celery, 2-cans of tomatoes and some peppers fill the basket.
Onto the slaughterhouse that seems very popular.
Here is a package of chunks of dead cow and another package of grounded up cow. Is that enough? Or too much?
I don’t have to wait in line long because Chris hops behind the register and I’m #1 on the hit list. He tells me the Temple is OUT OF MILK. We have a good chuckle as I swipe my card for a total not often seen.
Some ingenious packing and a welcomed visit from my previous lunch date with Joel’s main squeeze and wait for the traffic to thin. Hope I get home because I’m carrying a lot of weight.
My dependable pony gets the load home and I change into my casual attire to plan the evening’s meal. Junk mail and someone’s left over egg carton before closing off the southern view of the world. Open the buffets for the critters and wander into Who-Land.
Recycle the boxes and wrappers for the new vac and spray washer then wander in before the snow arrives.
Do I wait until tomorrow or start tonight? Patience is a virtue and I don’t have many of those so lets get started.
Dust off the slo-cooker and pour in the tomatoes and beans and put the meat chunks in the other big pot never used. Add the peppers and onions and brown before transferring to the slo-cooker. Looks like it is going to be a tight squeeze. “It will cook down” I tell myself.
With two pots cooking, add the hamburger that looks like more than I thought at the store but drown that in some beer and look here, a bottle of ‘What’s this here?’ sauce so empty that in there.
As all good meals (and wine) must combine and ferment and settle so they are left alone to do what they do. Smells good.
Back to wandering the web and having some more sauce that didn’t make the pot when the question is asked…. “What about the celery?”
Back into the kitchen to unfridge the green stalks and chop them into eatable size for a bit of crunch and give both pots a stir. Take the top off that one so the liquid can reduce. Doesn’t that sound like I know what I’m doing?
Put the cans into the recycle bag that is a new technique to make me feel better about taking care of the earth and give another stir. It has only been an hour since I started but it sure looks good. Can I resist digging in before all the flavors have melted into the chili I anticipate?
I’m not a fan of garlic but I look in the cabinet and there is parsley. I read somewhere that parsley (like pepper) has no calories so dump a bottle of that stuff in there. Looks greener now. There is this other jar of some sort of rubbing ingredients for grill cooking dead animal. What the heck, toss that in there too?
Back to the music of the ’56 Desoto’s garage bands and wait some more for the snow to arrive. My plan is to shut everything off at the midnight hour and let all the ingredients absorb the juices.
If it doesn’t taste good for breakfast, then heat it back up, scrap off the grease scrum and give another stir. Whatever this turns out to be, I’ll eat it. I paid for it so I’ll eat it. Add a dash of salt and pepper and some more hot sauce and blame the cook with another toast of wine.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Men (and women) Who Make The Laws!

This is not a civics lesson for I’m not sure I’m civic-alized but it makes one wonder…
There are 535 Members of the United States Congress.
100 are in the Senate and the other 435 are in the House of Representatives. The members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms representing the people of a single constituency, known as a “district”.
Congressional districts are apportioned to states population, using the United States Census results, provided that each state has at least one congressional representative. Each state, regardless of population or size, has two senators.
Currently, there are 100 senators representing the 50 states. Senators are elected at-large in their state for a six-year term, with terms staggered, so every two years approximately one-third of the Senate is up for election.
To be eligible for election, a candidate must be:
·      Aged at least 25 (House) or 30 (Senate)
·      Have been a citizen of the United States for seven (House) or nine (Senate) years
·      Be an inhabitant of the state which they represent

In 1891, Congress had a total of 146 staff members: 37 Senate personal staff, 39 Senate committee staff, and 62 House committee staff (37 of whom only worked during congressional sessions). In the year 2000, there were approximately 11,692 personal staff, 2,492 committee staff, 274 leadership staff, 5,034 institutional staff, and 3,500 GAO employees, 747 CRS employees, and 232 CBO employees.
The House first approved personal staff for Representatives in 1893. By the beginning of the 20th century, congressional staff had become well-accepted feature of congressional operations.
·      Personal staff, who work for individual members of Congress
·      Committee staff, who serve either the majority or minority on congressional committees
·      Leadership staff, who work for the speaker, majority and minority leaders, and majority and minority whips in the House of Representatives, and the majority and minority leaders and assistant majority and minority leaders (whips) in the Senate
·      Institutional staff, who including majority or minority party floor staff and non-partisan staff such as the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol (facilities and maintenance employees), and legislative clerks.
·      Support agency staff, who are non-partisan employees of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Then all these folks form committees to take care of business.
Senate Committees
·      Aging (Special)
·      Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
·      Appropriations
·      Armed Services
·      Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
·      Budget
·      Commerce, Science, and Transportation
·      Energy and Natural Resources
·      Environment and Public Works
·      Ethics (Select)
·      Finance
·      Foreign Relations
·      Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
·      Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
·      Indian Affairs
·      Intelligence (Select)
·      Judiciary
·      Narcotics (Caucus)
·      Rules and Administration
·      Small Business and Entrepreneurship
·      Veterans' Affairs
House Committees
·      Agriculture
·      Appropriations
·      Armed Services
·      Budget
·      Education and the Workforce
·      Energy and Commerce
·      Ethics
·      Financial Services
·      Foreign Affairs
·      Homeland Security
·      House Administration
·      Intelligence (Permanent Select)
·      Judiciary
·      Natural Resources
·      Oversight and Government Reform
·      Rules
·      Science, Space, and Technology
·      Small Business
·      Transportation and Infrastructure
·      Veterans' Affairs
·      Ways and Means
Joint Committees
·      Economic
·      Inaugural Ceremonies (Special)
·      Library
·      Printing
·      Taxation
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Committees to share specific tasks within the jurisdiction of the full committee if that make. Subcommittees are responsible to, and work within the guidelines established by, their parent committees. In particular, standing committees usually create subcommittees with legislative jurisdiction to consider and report bills. They may assign their subcommittees such specific tasks as the initial consideration of measures and oversight of laws and programs in the subcommittees’ areas.
Conference committee—are joint, ad hoc groups formed to work out the differences between similar bills from both houses.

Has that clarified all that committee stuff?

What about departments? They seem like closets everywhere but what is in them when you open the door?

Executive Branch
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
·      Office of Inspector General (USDA OIG)
·      United States Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations (USFS LEI)

Department of Commerce (DOC)
·      Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Export Enforcement (OEE)
·      National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Institute of Standards and Technology Police (NIST Police)
·      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office for Law Enforcement (OLE)
·      Department of Commerce Office of Security (DOC OS)
·      Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General (DOC OIG)

Department of Defense
·      Office of Inspector General (DOD OIG), Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS)
·      Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), United States Pentagon Police (USPPD)
·      Department of Defense Police
·      Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Logistics Agency Police (DLA)
·      National Security Agency, National Security Agency Police (NSA)
·      Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency Police (DIA)
·      National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Police (NGA)
·      Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
·      Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) (organization disbanded)

Department of the Army
·      United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID)
·      United States Army Military Police Corps
·      Department of the Army Civilian Police
·      United States Army Corrections Command
·      United States Army Counterintelligence (ACI), United States Army Intelligence and Security Command

Department of the Navy
·      Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
·      United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (USMC CID)
·      Master-at-arms (United States Navy) (military police)
·      Department of the Navy Police (civilian police)
·      Marine Corps Provost Marshal's Office (military police)
·      United States Marine Corps Civilian Police (civilian police)

Department of the Air Force
·      Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)
·      Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC)
·      Air Force Security Forces (military police)
·      Department of the Air Force Police (civilian police)

Department of Education
·      Office of the Inspector General (ED OIG)

Department of Energy (DOE)
·      Office of Inspector General (DOE OIG)
·      Office of Health, Safety and Security (DOE HSS)
·      National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Secure Transportation (OST)

Department of Health and Human Services
·      United States Food and Drug Administration (HHSFDA), Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI)
·      National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institutes of Health Police (NIH Police)
·      Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
·      Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
·      National Protection and Programs Directorate, Federal Protective Service (FPS)
·      United States Coast Guard (USCG)
·      Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS)
·      United States Coast Guard Police (CGPD)
·      United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
·      Office of Air and Marine (OAM)
·      Office of Border Patrol (OBP)
·      Office of Field Operations (OFO)
·      Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
·      Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center (MWEOC) Police
·      Office of Chief Security Officer (OCSO)
·      United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
·      Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO)
·      Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
·      Office of Intelligence
·      Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
·      United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
·      United States Secret Service (USSS)
·      Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) / Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)
·      Office of Inspection (OI)
·      Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHSOIG)

Department of Housing and Urban Development
·      Office of Inspector General (HUD OIG) [1][5]
·      Protective Service Division (HUD PSD)

Department of the Interior (USDI)
·      Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs Police (BIA Police)
·      Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Office of Law Enforcement (BLM Rangers and Special Agents)
·      Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Bureau of Reclamation Office of Law Enforcement (BOR Rangers)
·      Hoover Dam Police aka Bureau of Reclamation Police
·      National Park Service (NPS), Division of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Services (U.S. Park Rangers-Law Enforcement)
·      United States Park Police
·      Office of Inspector General (DOI OIG)
·      Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)
·      United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Office of Law Enforcement (FWS OLE)
·      Division of Refuge Law Enforcement

Department of Justice (DOJ)
·      Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
·      Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (since 1973)
·      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation Police (FBI Police)
·      Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
·      United States Marshals Service (USMS)
·      Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG)
·      Office of Professional Responsibility (DOJ OPR)

Department of Labor
·      Office of Inspector General (DOLOIG)

Department of State (DoS)
·      Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)
·      Office of Foreign Missions
·      Office of the Inspector General

Department of Transportation
·      Office of Inspector General (DOTOIG)
·      United States Merchant Marine Academy Department of Public Safety (USMMADPS)
·      Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation - NHTSA (OFI)

Department of the Treasury
·      A Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police (BEP) patrol car.
·      Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police (BEP Police)
·      Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN)
·      Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI)
·      United States Mint Police (USMP)
·      Office of Inspector General (TREASOIG)
·      Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)
·      Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (SIGTARP)

Department of Veterans Affairs
·      Office of Inspector General (VAOIG)
·      Veterans Affairs Police

Legislative Branch
·      Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives
·      Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
·      United States Capitol Police (USCP)
·      Office of the Inspector General (USCP OIG)
·      Office of Professional Responsibility (USCP OPR)
·      Library of Congress (LOC)
·      Office of the Inspector General (LOCOIG)
·      Government Publishing Office (GPO), Government Publishing Office Police
·      Office of Inspector General (GPO OIG)

Judicial Branch
·      Marshal of the United States Supreme Court
·      United States Supreme Court Police
·      Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC)
·      Office of Probation and Pretrial Services

Independent Agencies and Quasi-official Corporations
·      Central Intelligence Agency, Security Protective Service (CIA SPS)
·      United States Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID)
·      Office of Inspector General (EPA OIG)
·      National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Protective Services (NASA OPS)
·      Office of Inspector General (NASA OIG)
·      Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
·      Office of Inspector General (OPM OIG)
·      Federal Investigative Services Division (FIS) / National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB)
·      Facilities, Security, and Emergency Management
·      United States Postal Service (USPS), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), U.S. Postal Police
·      United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General
·      Smithsonian Institution (SI)
·      Office of Protection Services
·      National Zoological Park Police (NZPP)
·      Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
·      Amtrak
·      Amtrak Office of Inspector General
·      Amtrak Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations (OSSSO)
·      Amtrak Police
·      Federal Reserve System
·      Federal Reserve Police
·      Federal Reserve Board Police (Board of Governors)
·      Office of Inspector General (FRB/CFPB OIG)
·      Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority Police (TVAP)
·      Office of Inspector General (TVA OIG)
·      Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
·      Office of Inspector General (NRC OIG)
·      National Science Foundation (NSF)
·      Office of the Inspector General (NSF OIG)
·      National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
·      Office of the Inspector General (NARA OIG)
·      Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)
·      Office of Inspector General (RRB OIG)
·      Small Business Administration (SBA)
·      Office of Inspector General (SBA OIG)
·      Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
·      Office of Inspector General (FDIC OIG)
·      General Services Administration (GSA)
·      Office of Inspector General (GSA OIG)
·      Social Security Administration (SSA)
·      Office of Inspector General (SSA OIG)
·      United States Agency for International Development
·      Office of Inspector General (AID OIG)
·      Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
·      Office of the Inspector General (CNCS OIG)

List of former agencies and units of agencies

·      Bureau of Internal Revenue, Narcotic Division (1921-1927) (transferred to Bureau of Prohibition)
·      Bureau of Prohibition, Narcotic Division (1927-1930) (merged into Federal Bureau of Narcotics)
·      Federal Narcotics Control Board (FNCB) (1922-1930) (merged into Federal Bureau of Narcotics)
·      Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) (1930-1968) (merged into Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs)
·      Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (1966-1968) (merged into Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs)
·      Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) (1968-1973) (merged into Drug Enforcement Administration)
·      Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE) (1972-1973) (merged into Drug Enforcement Administration)

In 2004, federal agencies employed approximately 105,000 full-time personnel authorized to make arrests and carry firearms in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Compared with 2002, employment of such personnel increased by 13%.

Officially, as of 2009, the federal government employed 2.8 million individuals out of a total U.S. workforce of 236 million — just over 1.7 percent of the workforce. But it's not quite as simple as that. Add in uniformed military personnel, and the figure goes up to just under 4.4 million.
January 2015, there were 22 million people working in government jobs. This is around 14% of the labor force and 7% of the total population. These numbers include non-citizens, approximately 7% of the population.

Now remember numbers can be recalculated and sorted to prove your point, but this is just to show approximately how many of us who are of working age and ability and accessible to opportunities with skills and education to have a daily job might work for ourselves instead of others.
Our government is a giant spider web of confusion that we pay for to keep our families safe from foreign intervention and provide safety regulations to keep us from drinking lead out of our tap water or fear getting into an elevator or an airplane. Our officials keep the food safe from regurgitation and our vehicles traveling without losing contact with our GPS and getting lost. Our government even tries to tell us how we should appreciate our diversity while resisting new visitors. Our elected officials file reams of paper and hours of talk, talk, and talk while on the midnight shows become the mockery of the people who voted for them.
Nope, never held down a ‘governmental’ job, but it is just another company with it’s layers of bureaucracy and ambitions and accountants and agendas and at the end of the day wants to go home proud of the accomplishments that can be written up on the next report.
More and more technology reveals the daily workings not scene since the Watergate hearings and we are mesmerized. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to follow the entire goings on or comprehend how our representatives decide to rule our lives.
If you noticed (and women) in the title of this rambling, there was a purpose. When women (girls, gals, chicks, babes….) make the same pay as the other gender, they are still secondary citizens. 
I can’t think it for you; you’ll have to decide, 
if Judas Iscariot had God on his side?