Dear Senator


I wish my letters to Senators were as eloquent as this man’s.

April 3, 2013
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, DC, 20510
Dear Senator:
I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.
Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $ millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.
In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it, substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.
You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 times the average U.S. Individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).
You understand very well the only two rules you need to know –
(1) How to get elected, and
(2) How to get re-elected.
And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net” has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all Democratic voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?
I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.
As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?
While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.
As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator, while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.
The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares. This letter will, however, go online where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.
I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.
My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off, while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare bring it up.
Bill Schoonover
3096 Angela Lane
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” ~ Cicero, 55 BC


Thank you Joanie Lieb


A Bomb That Will Affect America For Hundreds of YearsIt’s obvious now why Obama went to Russia to negotiate a new nuclear bomb agreement.  He is planning to use the surplus bombs on this country. Oh, excuse me please, I am being sarcastic again. That is my style, sarcastic satire. The so called change we are getting is not good for the country. POTUS believes however, that his proposals are the salvation of the country. So far they have been toxic. Just as a nuclear bomb blast would leave us contaminated for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, so will the new health care reform his is pushing through.

 He just doesn’t get it. We don’t want to move backwards, but rather forward. His “tired old ideas that don’t work” argument has become his mantra. Why is he so bent on taking us into a socialist world when socialism has been tried and found not to work? Why does he insist on implementing a government led health system when other countries are trying to get rid of theirs? Why does he insist on paying for abortions? It is not the government’s responsibility to pay for a woman’s decision to not have a baby. Except of course, if the government is trying to create the master race. (Another tired old idea). Why is he  pushing the idea of eliminating old people via euthanasia to save money? Now that’s an idea I really love.

The next new idea he will foster upon us is the elimination of term limits for the president. That one is simple, he wants to be another Castro, or Chavez (two more tired old ideas that don’t work.)  He did campaign on the need to change the way Washington does business, another tired old idea that has been working since 1776.

I know all the libs will call me a poor loser who is a stupid white haired old conservative racist whose time has come and gone, but has it?  Are the liberals proposing changes that are moving us forward, or are they taking us backward to the stone age?

Time to dig another bomb shelter, it’ll be a long cold nuclear winter.

“A Gross Betrayal and Abuse of Our Trust”

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

I just read a post on the  conservative BLOG Backyard Fence. It reveals a plan for re-taking our republic. So many of the concerns registered by this blogger are my own.  I wish his words were mine.  I promised him that I would link his site and post his plan on GrumpaJoesPlace.  Here is the opening.  Click the link to Backyard Fence to get the entire piece.


In order to Restore our Republic, We the People of the United States of America hereby declare and affirm that we will engage upon an Emergency Action Plan to ensure the bail outs and excessive spending are all rescinded.

After that has been achieved, we will then embark on a longer term program to fully Restore our Representative Republic.


The singular observation we made early this year, after calls and letters to the government were between 50 and 100 to 1 against the TARP program and all subsequent spending, was that our government no longer represents us. Indeed, our government has begun harvesting us and our resources against our will and in direct opposition to our best interests. This is a gross betrayal and abuse of our trust and shall not stand.
Emergency Demands:

1. Repeal the Stimulus Package.
2. Repeal the Omnibus Spending Bill
3. Recall the Budget, eliminate all unnecesary spending and pork and re-submit for a vote


Conservative Action Plan / Request for Comment

 It’s a good read. If we can see it and believe it, we can achieve it.

Dear Representative Halvorson:

This is my response to a letter received from State of Illinois Representative Deborah Halvorson.(Her letter is included below in it’s entirety.)
Dear Representative Halvorson.
The so called stimulus bill is nothing more than a gift to Obama to implement his campaign promises. It will not stimulate the economy. You are wrong in your decision. Time will tell. I don’t believe you or the Senate is responsible enough to spend the money wisely. You will spend the money to stay in office.
Here are my recommendations to you and your group:
1. Take a salary cut of 50% as a show of leadership and example.
2. Pass legislation to limit congressional and senate service to two terms maximum.
3. Pass legislation to make it mandatory to have one Democratic and one Republican Senator from each state.
4. Pass legislation to split the House of Representative to  fifty fifty between Republicans and Democrats. In states where there is an odd number of congressmen, give the odd man to the party of the majority.
5. Pass an ethics bill that is effective, and will fire Congressmen and  Senators who are found to violate any provision of the bill..
6. Reduce the size of all governrnent departments by 20%. The private sector is cutting jobs like crazy, but the government never cuts. This is totally unfair.
7. Instead of spending money, try paying off the deficit. Bill Clinton did that and according to him the economy flourished.
8. Cut out using the government aircraft for travel. Use only commercial carriers; the President included.
9. Balance the federal budget. When tax income does not cover expenses, cut spending to balance what we have.
10. Pass legislation to eliminate spending  federal money on abortion and contraception.
11. Do not pass any legislation unless there is a provision in it to find money to pay for it
You see Representative Halvorson, I don’t buy anything you stand for.
Please resign to minimize further embarrassment to the citizens of Illinois. 
Grumpa Joe

Thank you for contacting me regarding your opposition to the economic recovery legislation recently passed by Congress. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter. I understand many of your concerns regarding this legislation. Even supporters of the economic recovery plan acknowledge that it is not perfect, however, legislation resulting from compromise and negotiation rarely is. Like you, I am worried by the high price tag of the plan, but there are safeguards in the bill to ensure that the money will be spent wisely. The plan contains no earmarks and taxpayers will be able to track expenditures on a public website.


We are in the midst of the most severe economic crisis in decades. In some communities in our district, the unemployment rate has already reached double digits. I have heard from many constituents who are struggling to pay their bills and to feed their families. We need urgent action to start addressing the crisis. Economists across the ideological spectrum estimate that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save over 3 million jobs. This goal will be reached by investing in our country’s urgent infrastructure and energy needs. Throughout the 11th Congressional District, there are aging schools that need renovation, crumbling roads and bridges that need repair and rural communities that lack access to modern high speed internet. By investing in infrastructure projects that will address these needs we will create new jobs in Illinois and throughout the country.


The economic recovery plan also includes one of the largest tax cuts in American history. By providing significant tax relief that will put money in the pockets of 95% of working Americans, the plan will once again start growing our economy. The road to economic recovery will not be easy. History has shown us that big problems often require big solutions. The recovery plan is expensive, but this is the price we will have to pay to turn our economy around.


Again, thank you for contacting me. I always appreciate receiving feedback from my constituents. Please feel free to contact me again in the future regarding any matter of concern to you. Also, please visit my website,, for regular updates on what is happening in Congress.





Debbie Halvorson


My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

Write Me In For President

 I just received an e-mail  with the following article authored by one Charlie Reese. I could not find him on Snopes, so I don’t know for sure if it is his. The piece does make sense, however. The sender added his comments at the end with his recommendations. My own thoughts are posted after the recomendations.

Sorry for the radical formatting, it’s just too much work to straighten it out.

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.






Have you ever wondered , if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits?






Have you ever wondered , if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes?






You and I don’t propose a federal budget.   The president does.






You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations.   The House of Representatives does.






You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.






You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.






You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.






One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices  545 human beings out of the 300 million  are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.






I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.   In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.






I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.   They have no legal authority.   They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.   I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.   The politician has the power to accept or reject it.   No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.






Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.   They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.   No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.   The president can only propose a budget.   He cannot force the Congress to accept it.






The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.  Who is the speaker of the House?   She is the leader of the majority party.   She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want.   If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.






It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.   I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.   When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.






If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.






If the Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ .






If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.






Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.  Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.






They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses  provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.






We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!


Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

The e-mailer’s recommendations

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.

1.     You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.

2.     You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.

3.     You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job properly.

4.     Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch.

 Grumpa Joe’s Add:

I agree with the Reese essay on the problem in Washington. I also agree with the e-mailer’s recommendations for what to do about it. I have one reservation, however, each one of these people can be voted out, but how do we know that his replacement won’t be even worse? It seems to me that we all tend to vote for the lesser of two evils. If we the voter can determine who the most honest, ethical candidate is, then we could vote the present evil out.

    We have to demand that these guys make laws that allow us to fire them. If they fail to maintain fiscal responsibility, their paychecks should be used to make up the difference. They have to write laws that will require them to give a complete declaration of all personal income, and taxes paid. They have to begin living by a code of ethics that will make us trust them again, as we did in 1776. Only then can we vote them out, and expect to see “change” for the better.
    Recently, Governor Rod Blagoyavich (Democrat-Illinois) vetoed an ethics bill. His reason was “it didn’t go far enough.” I’m sure, had he signed it, as lame as it might have been, he would have been on his way to jail just a few weeks later. If these guys don’t start somewhere, how will anything better ever come about.
    I would be happy to run for office as a matter of civic duty. I would serve one term, and then go home. It should be that way. That means we need another law that limits a person from making public service in the congress or senate into a career. Vote ’em in, have ’em get it done, and send ’em home.
    Here is something else to think about. Make it illegal to use private (your own or another’s) money for campaigning. Give everyone who wants to run, a fixed dollar amount from the public coffers to campagin. Let the candidate decide how creative he can be with this money to get elected. The idea of spending two hundred million dollars campaigning for a job worth two hundred thousand is insane. We all know the candidates don’t do it because of their desire to “serve.” Its more like they do it to see how much they can “steal.”  
Write me in for President.