|21st Century children appropriate Puritan culture|
"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
|I wonder where he got the idea?|
"A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a resolution requiring all members, congressional staff, interns and fellows to receive anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, which currently is voluntary and completed at the request of each member office."Want proof?
On Wednesday, the Congressional Office Of Compliance (OOC) released a decade's worth of settlements and rewards broken-down year-by-year. Since 1997, a stunning $17 million has been shelled out to victims over such violations of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.Not all of these settlements were for sexual harassment complains because the CAA opens up a lot of opportunity to litigate a nice fat settlement for yourself but you can bet that a good percentage of them were John Conyers type settlements. What percentage would that be? Let's be modest and call it 60% which is about 10 million over 20 years to a few hundred victims - not the end of the world. But what that number leaves out is the huge number of men and women who did NOT file a claim for whatever reason and just "moved on" as Bill Clinton supporter might say. The fact that these settlements were paid out with taxpayer money from a slush fund established to keep the peace and hush everything up tells you all you need to know about Capitol Hill Culture.