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Half Century Dingell: Part of the Problem

By Clash Daily

June 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

by Ron Collins

Clash Daily Guest Contributor

This past week, the media, along with Preezy 0bama, celebrated the longest sitting congressional member John Dingell for his 57 years of service. John ran in a special election held in 1955 after his father, who held the seat, died. He subsequently has been reelected 29 times. Between John Sr. and Jr. they have a combined 80 years in congress -- John Jr. himself with over half a century to affect change “for the people”; and I would argue he’s done more harm than good in that time.

Dingell cites his single most important vote was cast in favor of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. This was a great and noble deed and no sane person would argue differently. However, this took place within the first 9 years of his occupation in the swamp and he essentially used the last 48 years to screw things up. Other accomplishments Dingell cites are his works on Medicare, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and recently the “yes” vote for the Affordable Care Act.

The Heritage Foundation's assessment of Medicare concludes with a bleak future for Seniors and current taxpayers. The Clean Air and Water Act that was passed in 1972, was convoluted to lead the charge against impending environmental disasters. It was a successful back door to bigger government and more regulation on business that produce pollutants. Obamacare is possibly the worst piece of legislation in my lifetime that no one but Congress wants. By wanting, I mean Congress wants you and me to have this glorious pile of crap while leaving them exempt.

Medicare is unsustainable and helping to fast track us into insolvency. The EPA is a joke and no one wants Obamacare.

Effectively, the greatest things Dingell can cite about his service in congress are laws that restrict our rights and strip our liberties while giving more power to the government. I can see why Obama would love and praise him. Of course big government GWB praised him too.

A few articles sing his praises for bringing to light the $600 toilet seat military expenditures during the Reagan Era. You'll get no argument from Conservatives no matter where the waste cutting comes in, but these entrenched pols seem to only find the waste when waste is pertinent to their credo. It is absurd to tout the light shedding three decades ago when our bureaucracy has only grown more absurd, irreverent and overbearing.

While parts of Dingell's district have seen unemployment numbers fall at the expense of taxpayer funded public sector jobs, other parts of Detroit and Dearborn continue to slide closer to double digit unemployment. For almost 60 years, 80 including his father, you would think the liberal utopia would have taken root and produced some hard evidence to the wonders and glories of big government. It has not.

I know, facts are hard and math is harder but, when it’s all tallied up, history shows a liberal utopia cannot exist. The Dingell family has been in charge of policy-making for almost a century in that part of the planet and no one is trying to move there. One begins to wonder who the simple folk are that keep voting for the failed politicians such as the Dingells. The Detroit Literacy Coalition sheds some light by stating that 47% of Detroit is functionally illiterate. I’d wager they have no problems using their Obamaphones.

Image: Rep. John Dingell with President John F. Kennedy; date: circa 1961-1963; public domain

Ron Collins was born in '70. Raisin' chickens and shootin' groundhogs by 5. A little bit hillbilly, a little bit city boy, but always an unashamed and politically incorrect American. Best advice he took from his father: 'Find your heroes among American History not Hollywood or the sports arena.'