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The following piece was a ghost-writing assignment by Steve Plottner which was used as the basis of an editorial and a speech by the client. Used with conditional permission.

The Con-Game on Capitol Hill: The Lawless are Making Our Laws

If I wrote a hundred bad checks, I would be in jail. But if I happened to be a congressman, I would probably be placed in charge of overseeing the savings and loan bailout fiasco. That's how Washington operates these days, and unless law-abiding citizens retake our country from the con men in Congress, the forecast calls for a continued increase in hypocrisy from what can now be called the ruling class elite. And such a forecast does not bide well for working men and women, nor for the businesses both large and small for whom they labor.

From the house banking operations to the most recent allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton involving the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan of Little Rock, it is obvious that our supposed public servants in Washington do not live by the laws they create and expect the rest of us to obey. While some Americans can simply relegate the debauchery of DC to partisan politics or A Current Affair glitz, many are now coming to realize that both Republican and Democrat alike on Capitol Hill have gone awry. This is especially true of those individuals operating businesses in American and employing people in the process - they realize more than ever that the DC deceit is costing them their livelihoods.

Congress has passed a plethora of laws to regulate you as an employer. These include the recent Americans with Disabilities Act, Tax Reform Act of 1986, COBRA Regulations, Rehabilitation Act, Equal Opportunity Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act - a partial list that could go on ad nauseam. Yet every one of the aforementioned laws, as well as many others, do not have to be followed by Congress.

In fact, the 20,000 Americans on the Congressional payroll, including your elected Senators and Representatives, are exempt from these laws. The plain truth is that Congress exempts itself from many of the regulations that they find so important for private-sector employers, including those they propose claiming "basic human rights" or "equality for all Americans." The proposed health care legislation will not include Congress; those voting yes on health care for you will be exempted from the law and insured by their own private insurance plan. Yet even when Congress is not exempt, they will not submit themselves to the same legal process which every other citizen must face. And if a Senator is found guilty of a violation and assessed a fine, the Senate, as a whole, pays for the charge. In other words, your tax dollars are paying for many of these infractions.

As a business owner, you feel the burden of compliance to foolish laws. And while some laws may be well-intentioned, your operations are severely limited by them. Yet your own Congressional representatives understand the ill effects legislation can have on employers and they have simply exempted themselves from various laws. If Congress had to live with the rules and regulations it imposes on the rest of us, the laws would obviously be more reasonable as well as practical, otherwise Congress itself might be faced with downsizing that leads to extinction.

There is a song I heard once that says: "Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings, steal a little and they put you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king." The point is this: there seems to be the ruling class elite in Congress and then there are the rest of us. It's time we stop allowing ourselves to buy into the myth of partisan politics; it's time we stop allowing ourselves to be hoodwinked by the so-called patriotism of our ruling class elite. We have made these supposed representatives into kings beyond our control, and it's time we made our country work for all of us, not just them. Not only would it be good for our fellow Ameri- cans, it would be good for business too.

Yes is the answer...

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