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Whether in Hollywood, politics, or other venues, news of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment has been consuming the media recently. While much of it has been accurately reported, some of it has been used as a way to tarnish good names. Not only are these unacceptable behaviors rampant, but now it comes out that you and I—the American taxpayer—have been footing the bill for the indiscretions of our congressmen.
We’re not going to detail all the disgusting acts of harassment, discrimination, or abuse here. It’s more than sufficient to know that these things are happening and that we have been blindly paying the price while our “representatives” have avoided their “just desserts” by way of silence, but they’re also allowed to continue preying on others. According to Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), “We do know that there’s about $15 million that has been paid out by the House on behalf of harassers in the last 10-15 years.” According to the Office of Compliance (OOC), taxpayers have actually paid out over $17 million dollars over the last 20 years. The OCC added that not all these claims are sexual harassment claims, but include discrimination (racial, religious, and people with disabilities) claims as well.
$17 million is a lot of money; but putting a dollar amount on this taxation travesty still doesn’t give us an accurate account of how many people have been victimized by our Congress. Considering that “Tracy Manzer, a spokeswoman for Speier, told CNN last week 80% of people who have come to their office with stories of sexual misconduct in the last few weeks have chosen not to report the incidents to the OOC,” (CNN) we really have no idea how pervasive this perversion is.
Many questions could be asked here. Let’s look at only a few.
Why is there a fund to cover Congress’ sexual and other harassments/discriminations? These things ought not to be so expected or accepted among those who represent the American public that they actually put money aside to settle these deplorable acts outside of court.
Why is there a taxpayer fund to cover Congress’sexual and other harassments/discriminations? If you or I were committing these crimes, no one would foot our bill and in many cases (especially the sexual ones) there would be charges filed—nothing would be swept under the rug. We would lose our jobs and serve jail time. What kind of deterrent is there when no one holds them responsible for their actions and they don’t even have to pay for their own wrong-doings? Why are they so entitled as to set aside our money for their indiscretions?
Why does Congress protect their own instead of naming names? Rep. Jackie Speier recently claimed that multiple female members of Congress have come forward saying they have been victims of sexual harassment, and that two current members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, are accused of the same. Why keep the taxpayers and the law in the dark?
Why are many in Congress calling for Roy Moore to step down due to unsubstantiated accusations from 40 years ago, while others currently in Congress are documented as guilty?
A few examples:
For one, why was the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers (D-MI), able to get away with these things for so long? Where are the multiple criminal investigations and why is he allowed to “retire” as opposed to being forced to resign or simply being removed from office? Why will we still pay this abusing victimizer over $139,000 per year? What message are we sending to Congress and to the American public? Where is the real justice? Why are we paying for their “indiscretions” AND then also paying them—when they are made to leave (“step down”)—for those same unacceptable acts we just paid for on their behalf?
How about U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.? The Hill reports: “Kihuen told ABC News on Tuesday that he won’t resign and questioned why Democratic leaders are pressuring him to call it quits now. He claimed that they’ve known about the allegations for a year and yet continued to campaign for him. Pelosi and Luján have denied Kihuen’s claims and said they learned about the allegations when the BuzzFeed story broke.” If this is indeed true, such attitudes of disgust seem disingenuous.
Sen. Al Franken(D-Minn), moving from satirist to senator to sexual predator, will be resigning from his political position. Far from apologetic, he threw a parting shot at President Trump and Roy Moore—neither having been accused of misconduct while in their political positions. “I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has preyed on underage girls is running for the Senate with the full support of his party.”
How many more in the coming weeks will be called out? Who knows? What is the “hidden” agenda as the Democrats, with a broad brush, do some house cleaning? We have a pretty good idea. But one thing we know for sure is that even in seeking “justice” for these victims, there is a collusion of quietude. There may be some financial recompense for these victims but no real justice. And while we continue to let these guilty congressmen remain unnamed, hiding like cockroaches in the dark recesses of the Capitol, paying for their continued heinous behavior, there is neither justice for the victims, the congressmen, or the American people.
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