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Updated on April 7, 2010

With the microphone at the presidential podium very well on, and working just fine, we heard the vice president quip, "This is a big (effing) deal." Won't that be an amazing little piece for the history books. Yes, the health care bill passed. Right on, Mr. President. Speaking of "effing," the word might well be quite befitting in yet another, less friendly context when applied to what seems very apparent just happened to the American people.

Believe it or not, now there's actually talk about Congress getting a pay raise for doing such great work. You heard it right. You see, they are very much comitted to the belief that this passing of the health care bill was indeed a big "effing" deal in a good way. For all intents and purposes, Congress just got something major done. They passed a massive bill that will forever alter the way health care is distributed and managed. They've affected invariably 1/6th of the U.S. economy. Again, in their eyes all for the better good of the American people. And these folks are absolutely delighted that, by all of their proclamation, they have also invariably saved the economy as this behemoth wonder of a bill will also apparently save the American taxpayer hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars over the years.

Save. Now there's a word. "We didn't lose jobs," said the president. "We saved jobs."

If one thing is clear it is this. Reagan transformed the republican party, restored its ideals, and reset the wheels of greatness leading us into one of the best economic growth periods we have known, all while nearly tearing down the walls of Berlin all by his lonesome. Ah, but behold. Not wanting to be left out, the democrats, seeming to begin sometime around the time President Clinton was having all that "effing" fun in the Oval Office, have been quite busy managing a great transformation of their own. That is, redefining the entire english language one precious word at a time. I can almost hear Barack Obama now, speaking to the masses with such authority, "Mr. Webster,"

It depends on what "is" is.

Let's not forget that the word "transparent" now apparently means to be invisible, and "change" now means sleight of hand—it's really not so different from the guy with the nuts under the cups.

But enough digression. It's really this raise thing that bothers me right now. Because who has the power make it so? Them, of course. Congress votes on this for themselves, and it's as clear as the noses are on our faces, that they think they've really done something spectacular here. In their eyes, this big "effing" deal is quite deserving of the ultimate pat on the back? That means more money. More of our money, of course. Never mind that the damn fools apparently never got the very important memo (and I'll really have to start paying licensing fees to the vice president very soon here, I'm sure) that the majority of the American people didn't want the "effing" bill they are so delighted to have passed.

At the end of the day it has to be about the service our elected officials provide us. It has to be about the quality of the work they get done for us. But who gets to decide? Us or them? Well, we know it's them who get to decide. But shouldn't it be us who decide? I mean, that would make much more sense, would it not?

I think we have a good system. It's not always perfect. It doesn't always work. In this case it certainly is experiencing more than a few "effing" hiccups. But it is what it is. I'm an American. I'm proud of my system of government. I'm proud of it's place in the history of the world, and through the years it most certainly has accomplished good things. America is a great place, of that there is no doubt. Our government is by far one of the best. And, look, I have the power to vote the bastards right out of office in November and show clearly my dissent for the decisions they have ultimately made, nonetheless, which were clearly against my wishes. And you bet I "effing" will.

But pay is entirely another matter. Because we're all human, right? When it comes right down to it none of us, not a single one of us, would ever come right out and say "I'm paid way too much for what I do and don't deserve a single penny more." I mean, well, we certainly may think that. We may chuckle and tell that to our friends. But we'd never say that to our boss. And we'd certainly never consider writing a check back to the boss at the end of the year with a little yellow sticky note attached to it saying, "Sorry, but I think you overdid it with the pay this year."

So, when the time comes for the guys in the Congress, or any of our elected leaders for that matter, to vote themselves a raise, of course they are going to say yes, and resoundingly so. Hasn't it been, historically, one of the quickest bills that ever gets passed? They pass those nearly as quickly, if not quicker, than the ones that let them increase the debt levels.

But that is, of course, another matter.

Look, I said earlier that I like the system we have. I said it because I really do believe in my heart that it's a good system. Albeit, our government has its share of flaws. In that, I'm also fully aware that we have a system where we elect people to go to Washington, and carry out our work without a direct input from the American people. We can write letters, we can send emails, we can make telephone calls, we can even lobby. But at the end of the day we cannot vote for the bill, we can only vote for the Congressman or vote him out if we don't like his vote.

Again, pay is another matter. It should be the people who decide when our elected leaders get it right. We're sensible people. We're fair people. We'll let the people we elect have their due when it's right for them to have it.

You, elected official, show us the leadership and the work we want to see, the leadership and work we sent you to Washington for, and we'll give you what's due to you. We will decide. Us. The American people. Because if you do well, elected official, if you get it right, then we'll all get our due. You'll leave us with no other alternative but to share in the good you've helped to shape.

The next bill that needs to go before the Congress is one which puts the power to offer pay raises to our elected officials into the hands of the people who they serve by referendum. Because what's a job well "effing" done in their eyes isn't necessarily a job well "effing" done in the people's eyes. They'll vote themselves a monetary pat on the back till the cow's come home, and without so much as a second glance. And that's started to cause me some alimentary pain. Something keeps poking me from behind, I swear it. All I know is that it doesn't feel good. I've had about all the alimentary "effing" pain I can stand for the past 12 months. And knowing that Congress might get more of my money whilst doing it might just be the breaking point.


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    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I think they've got chainsaws. :)

    • Stan Fletcher profile image

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      When we need to stop the bleeding, they keep on cutting.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      You hit it right on the head when you said, "If so much wasn't at stake..." That's what really makes all this so bad. You know, I could even handle the health care bill being passed, as much as I hate what's in it in it's current form, if we had surplusses as far as the eye can see. At least then we could deal with it. But the fact is we are in debt up to our eyeballs, and this will only serve to put us so far under that it's almost unfathomable just what it really means costwise down the road for us. What's at stake is America, and that's a very scary thing indeed.

      Everything points to not being able to pay for what we have now, let alone THIS on top of that.

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      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      This was very well written Spring. I am so sick of getting effed over by our 'representatives'. It's absolutely out of control. Just when I think Biden couldn't look more stupid..... he continues to surprise. If so much wasn't at stake, this administration would be hysterical.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'd agree. :)

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Gee, and I used to enjoy getting "effed"! but not like this!!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Scottkap—Term limits are definitely something I have been a proponent of for quite some time. As for COL here's how I see it, even if it's automatic. The cost of living has gone up for every single American, and considering the passing of this bill, our own COL expenses are going to come right out of our paychecks in the form of more taxes. They are going to come out of our investments as cap gains taxes will rise by 3 1/2 per cent. AND it looks like we, the people, will be helping, while all this is happening, our elected officials to have it a bit easier in rough economic times at our expense.

      James—I fear it has been thought of, and I think the idea that our elected officials might REALLY have to answer to the people and do their work would terrify them. ;)

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      This Hub is outstanding. I love the idea of a referendum for congressional raises. I don't know why somebody didn't think of that before. You have a fine mind. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Sprinboard, you are absolutely right. While we may differ a bit on the HCR issue, I think isi is ridiculous that one single congressman thinks it is time to get a raise. While unemployment is above 9% and the complain about executive compensation, these idiots in DC believe it is time to give themselves a raise.However, I have only been able to find that they will give themselves an automatic COL increase in 2011.

      I think your idea for referendums for pay increases is brilliant. I also believe that we need term limits so that OUR representatives and OUR voice do not go to DC to STAY in DC.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      It would certainly be an interesting thing to watch where these lawsuits may go. Still, I fear the efforts may be wasted. I am very hopeful that the American people are able to make their opinions heard, and felt, very clear in November.

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      Truth From Truth 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Great article, Obamacare is an effing mistake. I hope these 15 states law suits go somewhere.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I don't think he can. lol

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      Cari Jean 

      8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      I couldn't believe that Biden said that - he has no class whatsoever. I think he should learn to keep his mouth shut at all times.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very good and poignant comments from all. And not a one I disagree with. :) Thanks all for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I didn't know that eovery, so thanks. :)

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Since Obama took office and began to let us see his true self, I'm sorry to say I've become a real skeptic. So when you tell me they want a pay raise, I think about how money is the main purpose in the life of a politician. I think they've gotten their raises already. Under the table.

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      8 years ago

      The only people getting effed are us!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very good help and I think they are running a 3 ring circus. At least they look that inept. Biden is a joke. Obama is dangerous as he pushes his socialistic agenda down our throats.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Congress also exempted themselves from the big "effen" deal they just passed and President Obama is also exempt from the big "effen" deal. It's good enough for the American people why are they exempt???????

      They also get cushy retirement plans even if they do get voted out, and they keep their cushy health care plans for life. They had nothing to lose!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      What a circus, and Biden in the main clown.

      On Cheney, I have seen the kind of paid hunt, that he was on. They are kind of dangerous. The birds are raised in a pen, and the do not fly up normally, and a lot of time, someone hase to literally pick them up and throw them in the air to make the fly. And this makes it dangerous that people are in firing sight at times. You have to be real careful when doing this simulated hunt.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Vice presidents, I'm starting to believe, are more for comic relief than anything else, and I say that with a big smile on my face. I mean, you know, our presidents have the biggest weight on their shoulders, these right hand boobs HAVE to be there to lighten it up a bit. And they've all had their successful bits to be fair. I mean, Quayle? OMG. Gore? He invented nearly everything, not to mention this here Internet. He was almost as much a booby as Quayle was, though Clinton did a very good job of keeping Gore pretty much invisible most of the time. Cheney, he wasn't so much funny...but the shooting thing did seem to crack a smile from me. And the fact that he only had around, I dunno, 40 heart attacks during his VPship and yet we were so worried McCain might die before the campaign was over?

      Okay, okay. Bush was FAR funnier than Cheney. I'm going to go ahead and concede that one.

      Anyway, now we have Biden. And oh boy. Do we ever. He's "effing" hilarious. :O

    • greatAmerican profile image


      8 years ago

      And to top it off, the American people

      are supposed to enjoy getting effed!

    • thevoice profile image


      8 years ago from carthage ill

      well read hub thanks

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Imagine if Bush or Cheney had said it.


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