Thrown under the bus

Trump was absolutely right when he declared that the system is rigged. The problem is, of course, that he is off by 1800. The most recent example of this is the revelation that Sen. Franks offered an aide $5 million to perform some sort of surrogacy. Obviously, his wealth is far beyond what any of us can imagine, and therein lies the rub.

The simple truth is that virtually every member of the House and Senate is a millionaire or multimillionaire. This includes our president and all of his cabinet secretaries, and most of the upper echelon of government institutions. And that is how the system is rigged. That is why the proposed tax cuts for millionaires and corporations are being portrayed as tax reform. It is deceitful in the extreme, and they care not one whit for all us average working people.

Congressmen and Senators get $176,000 a year, plus free health care and other perks. When they retire, they get $139,000, plus free health care for life. The lobbyists who come to them are millionaires (often retired Congressmen) representing corporations whose management teams are millionaires or billionaires.

That is how the system is rigged: Rich people doing the bidding of even richer people.

The supposed moderate, Susan Collins of Maine, is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million, and she is about to throw all of her constituents and the rest of America’s working people under the bus.

How else would you define rigged?