Note from Dan: Our guest post today is from a guy named David, who sent me this email Wednesday. It puts some words in Jefferson’s mouth that he never said and makes three easily disprovable claims as part of an argument for an unnecessary constitutional amendment. Each one is an outlandish lie, which is characteristic of the kind of garbage certain blush-proof anonymous posters (like Frank, Leon, Suzie and applewood) regularly put in comments here. If you’ll click on highlighted links in the article, you’ll find the substantiation for the falsity of the claim. Or you can read all the way to the end, where there’s some additional text by me.
This, like many things, is just not the way it is supposed to be. Children of congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans. How nice! Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans.
This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop? . Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on. This is an idea that we should address.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.
The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform . . . in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .
You are one of my 20.
Additional note from Dan:
1. As documented by Monticello.org, Thomas Jefferson never said that. At best, it’s a bastardization of the actual line, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
2. There is a small federal student loan repayment program that some departments of the federal government participate in. It’s a carrot that some agencies use to recruit and hire workers they want. It’s not unlike higher education tuition assistance that many private corporations offer employees as a benefit. The email apparently twists that program into the children-of-members-of-Congress myth. Politifact notes: “The chain e-mail said that members of Congress, their families and staff members do not have to repay student loans. This is ridiculously false. We rate it Pants on Fire.”
3. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, debunks the myth that members of Congress can retire with fully pay after one term.
4. Forbes efficiently debunks the Congress/ACA lie: “The false narrative suggesting that Congress gave themselves a special deal appears to have begun with John Fund of the Wall Street Journal . . . This line of bull was peddled to an even larger audience by Sean Hannity, a man who never met a fact that he wasn’t willing to ignore while making up a new one to better suit his purpose. “