But he “lays bare a rotten and corrupt Congress enslaved by lobbyists and interested only in re-election … ‘Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver,’ he admits. ‘But what the hell? It makes them happy hearing it … My main job is to keep my job.'” Well, it’s what Ted Cruz told me the first time I had lunch with him. Cruz laid out for me what it was like when he arrived in the Senate, what he thought it was gonna be and what he found — and he was stunned. He said he couldn’t find very many people that cared about issues of substance at all.
The first and second priorities were reelection, which meant fundraising and everything that goes along with it. And if you want to be elected and you want to raise money, you don’t make waves. You don’t rock the boat. He was expecting — naively, I guess — that he would find himself a member of a bunch of big movers and shakers, and it’s not what he found. And this guy, Congressman X, is confirming that. He’s a Democrat, admitted Democrat. He “is either still in Congress or served sometime over the past two decades — says more time is spent fundraising than reading bills and calls Washington a ‘sinkhole of leeches.’
“The title of one chapter sums up his view of congressional leaders: ‘Harry Reid’s a Pompous Ass,’ he says…” Remember, it’s a Democrat that wrote this. “The book, published by the small Mill City Press, is based on years of transcribed private discussions, which the congressman last November gave editor Robert Atkinson. Atkinson declined to say whether Congressman X is a current or former House member. X says the cloak of anonymity gave him the freedom to expose ퟀ�secrets, including how the public’s money is wasted.
“‘We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election,’ he says. He said he and his colleagues often lie to try to be all things to all people instead of tackling the nation’s problems. ‘I contradict myself all the time, but few people notice,’ X says. “‘One minute I rail against excessive spending and ballooning debt.
“The next minute I’m demanding more spending on education, health care, unemployment benefits, conservation projects, yadda, yadda, yadda.’ Voters [i.e. us] are described as gullible, know-nothing jerks, while the only people who count are the big donors who pour billions of dollars into lobbying.” Well, we all know that. You and I know this. But there are a lot of people to whom a lot of this is gonna be news. We know the donor class has been running the show. We figured that out with amnesty and a couple of other things.
“‘Voters are incredibly ignorant. It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification,'” and a four-bar cell signal that they are not paying for, “vents Congressman X. … He says money ‘corrupts’ and House members are ‘puppets’ to lobbyists who bankroll their campaigns. … ‘America’s on an irreversible decline and no one in Washington seems to care . . . God help us.'”
Another pull quote from Congressman X. (interruption) Well, he obviously cares but not enough to put his name to it. “Business organizations and unions fork over more than $3 billion a year to those who lobby the federal government. Does that tell you something? We’re operating a f–king casino,’ he says. He describes himself as a ‘closet moderate’ who supports charter schools and tax vouchers to allow poor kids to go to private schools,” but he could never vote that way. He’s a “closet moderate.” He’s a liberal Democrat by reputation.
RUSH: It looks like the conventional wisdom on the author of this book, Mr. X, is New York “Rep. Steve Israel (D-LI) They describe him as “a moderate who announced he’s retiring and who has complained about the constant need to fundraise to finance re-election campaigns. But Israel, a novelist…” Look, I don’t know. Moderate? In my dealings with him, he’s anything but moderate. This guy ran the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee. This is the outfit… Republicans have one too, but is the outfit that tries to reelect as many Democrat members of the House as possible and get new ones.
They defame people and do all kinds of stuff in their fundraising. Nothing moderate about Israel. Anyway, he says, “Absolutely not true, never heard of it before. And frankly, now that I’m leaving Congress, if I were to write a book like that, I would put my name on it.” It probably won’t cause too many waves because, you know, when you get right down to brass tacks it isn’t gonna surprise anyway. Now, I know… See, this is this is kind of thing comes out and a lot of people go, “All right. We’re gonna blow the lid off the joint.
“We’re gonna have the low-information people finally figure out what’s going on!” And it never happens, does it? The low-information voter crowd, the Fakebook, fake news curators, they never get the message. Nothing ever changes. And to those of us in the know, this is nothing we haven’t suspected, nothing that we haven’t really been convinced already is going on. A big loss… (interruption) No, I have not… (interruption) What? (interruption) What, Fakebook? (interruption) No why would…? (interruption) Why do you think?
(interruption) Zuckerberg did? You know, I’m so… Folks, from the time I left here on Wednesday until last night, I was off the grid. So I’m even now, as the program begins, still getting caught up. Zuckerberg said he’s gonna do a sitdown with leading conservatives? (interruption) Oh, to flush out the problem at Fakebook with them? (interruption) Oh, well, no, I haven’t been invited to that. Zuckerberg says there’s no problem, that the censorship of conservatism is not happening at Fakebook? (interruption)
Right. See, that’s… (interruption) Just blew the lid off. (interruption) Yes, there is censorship at Fakebook. I mean, the people that did it admitted it. But, of course, no, there isn’t any of that. So Zuckerberg says he’s gonna have a meeting with conservatives try to smooth the water. (interruption) No, I since I don’t… I mean, I have a website where what I say is transcribed and written. But I’m quote/unquote not a “writer,” so I would suspect that I wouldn’t be part of the mix since I’m not part of the Fakebook newsfeed anyway.