Congressman Explains Why The Corruption In Washington Is Much Worse Than You Think

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

What would you say if I told you that committee chairs were for sale in Congress?  And what would you say if I told you that many members of Congress spend far more time on the telephone raising money than on the jobs that the people of their states actually elected them to do?  There is a reason why so many Americans absolutely hate Congress.  At this moment, Congress has an approval rating of just 15 percent, and approval ratings for Congress have been at extremely low levels for a very long time.  We all know that Congress has become completely corrupt, that it is completely unresponsive to the American people and that it has become all about the money. 

Many have asked why I would want to become part of such a corrupt institution, and I respond by saying that it is time to take our government back.

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U.S. Representative Ken Buck was elected to Congress in 2014, and he recently authored a book that is shaking Washington to the core.  The following is what USA Today had to say about it…

And the second-term Republican is unlikely to make many more with Tuesday’s publication of his tell-all book, Drain the Swamp: How Washington is Worse Than You Think, co-authored with Bill Blankschaen.

In it, Buck says lawmakers are mostly “fat and happy alligators who feel pretty darn comfortable in the swamp.” He casts Republican leaders as “playground bullies” who go to great lengths, including yanking subcommittee chairmanships and canceling lawmakers’ overseas trips, to punish dissenters. And he decries a “pay-to-play” system in which plum committee assignments and leadership slots are tied to lawmakers’ fundraising skills instead of their policy expertise.

One of the things that Buck has revealed that upset me the most is the fact that committee chairs are essentially for sale in Washington.  Here is a brief excerpt from Buck’s book

Here’s how it works for Republicans. If you want to serve on a committee, you have to raise money for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The amount varies depending on the committee and role. For example, to serve on a B or C level committee, a GOP House freshman member must raise $220,000 every two years … Veteran members on A committees must raise more than twice that amount  $450,000...

If you become the chair of a B committee – congratulations – you’re now expected to raise $875,000 a year for the NRCC. Chairing an A committee means you must raise $1.2 million.

In order to raise such large amounts of money, members of Congress are expected to spend approximately four hours a day on the telephone raising money.  This is something that I wrote an extended article about last week.

I have already pledged that I am not going to participate in that system and that I am not going to make those calls.

I believe that members of Congress should be spending their time in Washington doing what they were elected to do, and if you want to see this current system dismantled I hope that you will stand with us.

Because the Washington money machine is not behind me, we are funding our campaign entirely through grassroots donations

If we do not stand up to the corruption in Washington, it will just continue to get worse and worse and worse.

That is why we need to send fighters to D.C., and I am being very bold about the fact that I am not going there to play nice.  I am going there to turn over the tables and to turn the current corrupt system upside down, and party leadership is not going to like that at all.

According to the Hill, those that do not play along with the current corrupt system often pay a very high penalty...

And what if you, as a Member of Congress, decide not to play along? For starters, you won’t be able to use the NRCC call suites that are conveniently located two blocks from the House office buildings, and the leadership will put out the word to the K Street lobbying community that they are not to donate or raise funds for you if they wish to stay in the leadership’s good graces. If you’re particularly rebellious, you’ll be stripped of your committee assignments, and maybe even be challenged in a primary by a leadership-backed candidate.

If they try to do those things to me, I still will not back down.

After all, I am not going there to be a career politician.

Instead, I am going there to be part of a national movement to take Congress back for the American people.

In his new book, Ken Buck spoke very eloquently about the need to drain the swamp…

Our founders’ default position was to keep power as far from Washington as possible. We can no longer afford to ignore their wisdom.

A crippling national debt exists because Washington has too much power. Corruption in the federal government is a direct result of so many people getting comfortable in the stagnant political backwaters beside the Potomac.

The concentration of power in D.C. attracts the worst and tempts the best, making it extremely difficult for men and women of character to arise and lead our nation to a healthier place.

The best way to drain the swamp in Washington is to remove the incentive for abuse. Swamps exist when water congregates in one place and becomes stagnant over time.

Draining the swamp means draining Washington of power. Washington can’t abuse power it does not have.

If you want to help us drain the swamp, now is the time to act.

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If you believe that it is time to take our government back, send someone to Washington that is committed to doing exactly that.  I am asking for your financial support, and if you live in Idaho’s first congressional district I am respectfully asking for your vote on May 15th.

Michael Snyder is a pro-Trump candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District.  If you would like to help him win on May 15th, you can donate online, by Paypal or by sending a check made out to “Michael Snyder for Congress” to P.O. Box 1136 – Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.  To learn more, please visit


Creative_Destruct Freedom Lover Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:53 Permalink

 a “pay-to-play” system in which plum committee assignments and leadership slots are tied to lawmakers’ fundraising skills instead of their policy expertise.

Frankly, corruption is so entrenched in the system and has become so "normal" that I can't see how you break this behavior pattern. The corrupt will NOT police themselves.

The tree of liberty is dying of thirst.

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Creative_Destruct Head_Shots_Work Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

These slime-bags use the government worshiping MSM to perpetuate the myth that they are the check and balance AGAINST general corruption by the private sector when in fact they are the facilitators of greed and graft in cahoots with the Socialism for the Rich scheme that has been established by the corporate elites' regulatory capture for the last 3-4 decades.

This swamp STINKS to high heaven, and congress wants us to think it smells like a pure, holy rose.


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Chipped ham just the tip Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:08 Permalink

Not so fast my friend.  It matters not who votes for whom.  It only matters who counts the votes.  In there lies the problem.

It matters not who votes for whom.  If you can't check voter ID, only the counting matters.  In there lies another problem.

Soros owns Diebold, which makes the voting machines.  That is 100 percent of the problem.  

Did Donald Trump really receive 0 votes in several Philadelphia voting districts? Really?  

Did 105% of voters vote in Detroit?  Really?

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Endgame Napoleon Luc X. Ifer Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

According to that linked interview on my other post, the long-time Swamp staffers have as many potentially corrupting lobbying opportunities as the Swampians. They are the congressional gatekeepers, after all, and since they know the way the Swamp works better than the newly elected members, in a term-limited situation, you would be, in effect, electing key staffers instead of new members who can’t get much done without their staff’s help in navigating the Swamp water. That is why the lobbying ban is more important—a lobbying ban that applies to the staff as well. After serving in Congress or as a congressional staff member, they have tons of other job and business opportunities. They don’t need the flow of corrupting money from lobbyists as an additional perk.

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Endgame Napoleon macholatte Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:45 Permalink

I watched this C-SPAN interview with Buck. It is one of the best interviews I have heard, detailing the way Santa-bag lobbyists court the newly elected Swampians, telling all about the dialing-for-dollars pyramid sales scheme, whereby committee chairs are handed out.

Watching congressional hearings over the years, I always assumed the committee chairs were chosen for expertise in the subject, like a senator or a congressman with a long banking career selected to chair the banking committee, etc.

They are chosen on the basis of how many successful cold calls, or how closed deals with deep-pocketed campaign donors gained from warm leads, they made to enrich their parties’ campaign coffers. 

Calling all SCHOLARS, ATHLETES and ROCK STARS for our straight-commission sales job!!!!!!!! Closers will make six figures —————— !!!! SIX FIGURES !!!!  ————— Licenses preferred but not required. Apply here @ US Congressional


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Ophiuchus N. B. Forrest Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:48 Permalink

Ken Buck is part of a different swamp. He gave himself away when he used the word alligator; this is one of the keywords. 


For clarification, allow me to rewrite.


Our founders’ default position was to keep the bad guys as far from the game as possible. We can no longer afford to ignore their horse sense.

A crippling national debt exists because Washington has too much power. Corruption in the federal pool is a direct result of so many people getting comfortable in the foul political blackwater beside the Potomac.

The concentration of the looking-glass in D.C. attracts the worst and tempts the angelic, making it extremely difficult for kings and queens of character to come through the back door and lead our nation to a healthier place.

The best way to cut off their hair in Washington is to remove the incentive for abuse. Swamps exist when still water congregates in one place and becomes cascade over time.

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rgraf Ophiuchus Tue, 03/13/2018 - 07:47 Permalink

"Our founders’ default position was to keep the bad guys as far from the game as possible. We can no longer afford to ignore their horse sense."

Wrong. They committed an act of treason, overthrowing the existing government created by the Articles of Confederation, to create a central bank. It would have been accurate if you had written 'to keep other bad guys as far from the game as possible'.

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rgraf N. B. Forrest Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

What for? The mainstream media will ignore him, unless enough people take him seriously, at which time, he will be scandalized by the media. Killing him would just draw more attention. He won't get anything done for the populace,m and the banksters will fund an opponent's campaign to flood the news with the opponent's message, so the ballot rigging against him will not arouse suspicion. This fool is either hopelessly stupid or totally dishonest, if he thinks corruption is recent, or the government was ever 'of the people', in the first place.

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two hoots Arnold Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:39 Permalink

We cannot elect our way out of this.


Will take 2/3 of the states to pass a constitutional amendment to remove Article 1 in its entirety.  Washington will not do it.

The framers included this in the constitution for the very reason we are facing today, a real option.  It is just as important as any other part of our constitution, just not well understood or know.  It is probable that President Trump is the rare, not so political, chance we have of correcting this disparaging course we are on with such an action.

Of course we need an immediate replacement which should include no political parties in government.  Only a couple of reps from each state and mostly ran by software which lobbyist can't influence.   Software change would take a public vote once approved by the same.  If robots can replace workers they can surely replace simple Congressmen.

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MATA HAIRY two hoots Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

yes, an article 5 convention of the state legislatures might do it... problem is that the states are now infested with migrant invaders and their no chance at the ballot box at state level...only chance we have now is hurting the establishment's revenue sources a(aka the economy) bad enough that they are forced to allow us white homelands for the dispossessed appalachian-americans

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MATA HAIRY MATA HAIRY Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:45 Permalink

one other possible source of hope is that the establishment manages to manipulate trump into declaring war on north korea, and our affirmative action military will then get its ass handed to them by NK...and maybe NK will even have a nuke for DC, which might rid us of the parasites forever...or even better if the establishment makes the mistake of attacking russia, which I doubt they will..they aint that stupid...arrogant but not that stupid...russia would definitely take care of DC for us...funny how far down the road we have come...I bet there are a lot of americans who secretly wish some other nation would become strong enough to take down DC for us and rid us of our masters

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lincolnsteffens MATA HAIRY Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

It is the Constitution that needs to be enforced against  the treasonous scum bags that use the power of government to continue to erode any regard for The Law of the Land.  Instead gov. grows Civil Law over the common people to order us about and limit our ability to escape the unlawful use of statutes, regulations and codes it against us.  

Legislators who understand nothing about the Constitution and pass laws in violation of it, most of the Courts and Bar Attorneys who are never educated in how to protect Constitutional Rights, and educators who educate no one in the public schools of Constitution all coupled with the television mind control system that uses the public airwaves leaves us in a sorry state.

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MATA HAIRY lincolnsteffens Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:28 Permalink

LOL..the constitution is being used EXACTLY as intended by its creators...madison is known as the father of the constitution (the phrase is written on his shrine)...madison wrote that the structure of the fed govt laid out in the constitution was meant to, in his words, "protect the minority of the opulent against the majority." 


Read that carefully.


Madison was worth over 100 mill in today's dollars once he came into his inheritance.


Now you tell me how the fed gov't is or is NOT doing exactly what madison designed it the fed govt protecting the opulent rich from the majority? I would say that it is and in SPADES!!

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MATA HAIRY BullyBearish Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:07 Permalink

a lot more to it than just the fed....first off, you are like a pig who thinks he could fly if only he had DO NOT have therefore you cannot on earth did you get the idea that we can make ANY significant changes?

It's NOT a democracy!

The only thing we can do now is 1) hurt the establishment pocketbook--their revenue, the economy, the GDP, etc, bad enough to make them give us white homelands, or 2) hope that the establishment gets cocky and attacks north korea or even better, russia, at which point the affirmative military will be exposed, and hopefully DC will get a nuke up its tailpipe, courtesy of russia or north korea...heck, I bet north korea could even wreak havoc in NYC with a few infiltrators (coming up from mexico, red dawn style) who could poison the water supply using chemicals they obtain right in nyc...

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