Sincerely, Bill Schoonover...

A    Dying Senior Citizen Tells It Like It Is...

You    can be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Independent or    Libertarian  and I bet this will hit a nerve. Our country is in real    trouble.

This    gentleman is obviously quite smarter than the two senators he sent it to. All    I can say is amen to everything he said. A very articulate letter sent to the    two U.S. Senators from Washington State .


April    3, 2013

Senator    Patty Murray

Senator    Maria Cantwell

Washington,    DC, 20510


Dear    Senator:

I    have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command    Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after    his retirement.  It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt    important - honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our    various governments.  I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked    hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.

Today,    as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country    and my government.  I shall only point out a very few things abysmally    wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold.  I have calculated that    all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the    Senate barbershop open for one year!  Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped    actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers.  So    please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.

Last    year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family.    The vice president spends $ millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so    far this year!  And our House of Representatives and Senate have become    America's answer to the Saudi royal family.  You have become the    "perfumed princes and princesses" of our country.

In    the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a.    "Obama Care,"  a bill which no more than a handful of senators or    representatives read more than several  paragraphs, crammed it down our    throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves  from it, substituting    your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.

You    live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the "one percenters,"    consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while

making     3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you    (as well as the president and veep)  ask us to sacrifice due to    sequestration (for which, of course,  you plan to blame the Republicans,    anyway).

You    understand very well the only two rules you need to know - (1) How to get    elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of    an  eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain    economy of  truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the    ill-informed and  under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of    whom do vote) who are looking  for a handout rather than a job.     Your so-called "safety net" has become a hammock for the lazy.  And, what    is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps - pretty much all Democratic    voters - and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no    congressional oversight?

I    would offer that you are not entirely to blame.  What changed you is the    seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves.  It    is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate    your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership    role.  To paraphrase President  Reagan, it appears that the second    oldest profession (politics),  bears a remarkably strong resemblance to    the oldest.

As    the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 - 1902),    English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, "Power tends    to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost    always bad men."  I'm only guessing that this applies to the female sex    as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than    Congress?

While    we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and    less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more    dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very    few) what kind of light bulbs we  must purchase, how much soda or    hamburgers we can eat, what  cars we can drive, gasoline to use and what    health care we must buy.   Countless thousands of pages of    regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every    day.

As    I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell    me "You'll just have to take a pill," while you, Senator, your colleagues, the    president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get    the best possible  health care on our tax dollars until you are called    home by your  Creator, while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest    dreams, which of  course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.

The     chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not    pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated    by them with an auto  signature applied, hoping we will believe that you,    our senator or  representative, has heard us and actually cares.     This letter will, however, go online where many others will have the chance to    read one person's opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government,    its  administration and its senators and representatives.

I    only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all     the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law,    we must pay, unless, of course, it just  goes on the $17 trillion    national debt for which your children and ours,  and your grandchildren    and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually  try to pick up the tab.

My    final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his  or    her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy    this country I deeply love and put  it so far in debt that we will never    pay it off, while your lot  improves by the minute, because of your    power.  For you, Senator,  will never stand up to the rascals in    your House who constantly deceive the American people.  And that, my dear    Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only    answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill    the goose that lays your golden eggs.  And woe be to him (or her) who    would dare to bring it up.


Bill     Schoonover

3096     Angela Lane

Oak     Harbor, WA 98277

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Chuck Mansfield | Reply 03.02.2017 12.05

I am writing a book and would like to include Mr. Schoonover's letter in it but need permission, which I hope you/he will grant. Thank you very much.

Don 03.02.2017 18.23

Sorry, I don't have it. But from what I understand you must give credit to him. Not sure

Mike Ortino | Reply 13.03.2016 11.52

Bill Schoonover wrote this letter April 3, 2013 and it still applies today.
Is there any wonder why both political parties are scared! Trump 2016.

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03.02 | 18:23

Sorry, I don't have it. But from what I understand you must give credit to him. Not sure

03.02 | 12:05

I am writing a book and would like to include Mr. Schoonover's letter in it but need permission, which I hope you/he will grant. Thank you very much.

13.03 | 11:52

Bill Schoonover wrote this letter April 3, 2013 and it still applies today.
Is there any wonder why both political parties are scared! Trump 2016.

20.01 | 16:27

I would suggest you and everyone reads "Free to Choose" from Milton Friedman

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