My New Year’s resolution

Elected and appointed officials, take notice.

I am sick of the lies. My New Year’s resolution for 2021 is to hold our elected officials even more accountable. If you lie, know that this newspaper and I will call you out.

I can’t count how many times Washington and Atlanta career political hacks have sat in my office and told me that once they get in office, they are going to work hard to help rural Georgia, including our community. Once in office, what do they do? They continue to help metro areas grow more and more and seem to get amnesia when it comes to rural Georgia.

You want to know the funny part (really it’s sad)? Most of the republican ilk who made these promises are basically shooting themselves in the foot. Why? The metro areas they help do not vote for republicans and we are beginning to see how this is impacting Georgia elections. Maybe they are just too blind to see this or maybe, just maybe, they are afraid they will lose their sugar daddies. Who are the sugar daddies? The sugar daddies are the lobbyists and special interest crowd that shower our elected officials with bribes and campaign contributions in order to get them to vote their way instead of what is in the best interest of the people who elected them. Once in office, the people who actually put them there no longer matter. I am even seeing this mentality on the local level lately. It’s no longer about what can I do for my country and citizens. It has become what can I do for me, me, me.

Want to know who is lining the pockets of our officials? I encourage you to spend a little time visiting www.ethics.ga.gov. Search the campaign reports and you will see who is investing in our officials. You may be surprised what you find. Then again, you probably won’t.

Members of congress last week passed another round of COVID relief spending to the tune of $900 billion (which by the way is money our country doesn’t have, but that’s a conversation for a different day). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the passage, citing that it will give most Americans $600.00. Let’s do the math shall we…

There are roughly 330,000,000 citizens in the United States. Multiply that number times $600.00 and you get $198,000,000,000.00. Where is the remaining $702,000,000,000.00 going? There are 5,593 pages in the relief bill and I’d bet members of congress or the senate did not even peek at 100 pages of the bill prior to voting on it. So let’s see what has been discovered so far in the bill.

The bill includes $15,000,000.00 for a democracy program in Pakistan and $10,000,000.00 for gender programs in Pakistan. The good folks in Pakistan must be having difficulty figuring out what is inside their underwear I guess.

The Kennedy Center, which by the way has been closed, will be receiving $40,000,000.00. Did I mention the center received $25 million during the first round of COVID relief?

The Smithsonian, which is also currently closed, gets $1 billion.

Egypt racked up, getting $1.3 billion for purchasing military equipment. You reckon Egypt will buy that equipment from the United States?

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will receive roughly a half billion from the good citizens of the USA.

You get the idea, right? The bill is packed with pork projects and money that is going to other countries. I don’t know about you but I would think that since this is a bill that is supposed to help Americans, ALL of the money would you know, uh, go to Americans!

Why do we keep reelecting the same liars over and over?

The U.S. national debt now sits at nearly $28 trillion. That equates to a total debt per citizen of $83,231.00. Think about that for a moment: each person that reads this column owes a debt of over $83,000.00.

I sincerely hope you are like me and have grown tired of the lies.