Are the officials in Washington, D.C. really who we voted for?

We thought it was politics at its worst with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s desperate giveaways for votes to win the speaker post but now the obvious acceptance of another even more brazen liar than Donald Trump named George Santos tops it all. Rep. Santos is the newly elected U.S. House member from New York. He’s also the newest “liar, liar, pants on fire” member of a seemingly never ending number of elected liars, of both parties.

But Mr. Santos is in a class by himself. He’s even admitted his whoppers, he calls them “embellishments” and insists he won’t resign. McCarthy could censure Santos or the House could expel him from Congress but they need Santos’ vote. Instead, McCarthy gave Santos committee assignments. Talk about silence of the lambs.

And then, when we thought that the Republicans were doing their level best to bury themselves, Biden, unbelievably careless and downright stupidly, discovers his own stash of classified records, helping Trump get off the hook for doing the same thing and lying about it. Biden at least, did return the records as opposed to Trump’s intransigence but he opened the door wide open for Republicans to investigate everything about the Biden administration.

Meanwhile, Russia threatens a nuclear war, China becomes increasingly belligerent over Taiwan, Israel’s extreme right attempts to destroy its own democracy, and half of the planet is seeking asylum in America while our political parties squabble with each other over the national debt risking total economic collapse.

Fine group of leaders we have these days isn’t it?

Don Curtis


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