I found a neat little site on the internet the other day. It was a cost counter for the congressional hearings into the Benghazi debacle.
You know, when the House was trying to figure out exactly what happened the night a U.S. ambassador was killed over a youtube video (which really wasn’t the reason, but still, we’re trying to find answers).
The sight was still racking up costs, and at the time of this writing, was $11,333,097.
That’s 11 million dollars for an investigation, all paid courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers.
Currently, there’s an investigation into what’s being called Russiagate, trying to figure out how Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election causing Hillary Clinton to lose … err, sorry … Donald Trump to win.
No figures have been released that I can find, but current estimates peg the amount at around $6 million, and since a special prosecutor — Robert Mueller — has just been appointed, you can bet this is going to get very costly very soon.
Now, for the sake of clarity, if there was something illegal done, we’d certainly need to hear about that. But from what I gather, there has been nothing of significance found in this time, even after the subpoenas of everyone, including probably the Trump’s pets, have been sent out in search of some smoking gun.
By way of comparison, the investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Whitewater, travelgate, filegate and rape allegations, according to CNN, lasted 4 ½ years and cost $39.2 million. The Danforth report put the costs of the investigation into the Waco siege of the Branch Davidians at $17 million.
Those costs, of course were decades ago, so the price of this surely has escalated, and it’s all laid in the lap of the taxpayer — you and I and every other hard-working American.
Again, wrong is wrong, to be sure, but I can’t help thinking we’re funding a giant fishing expedition, the end of which will surely do nothing positive for the country or its people.
This is just another example of how Washington, D.C., is operating in a vacuum, and the elected officials and appointed bureaucrats have forgotten the real reasons they have been placed in their positions.
There is more and more an elitist quality exhibited by our “leaders” that show they only have their best interests at heart, seeking re-election and more control over the day-to-day existence of the people. It’s not just the gated-community attitude; it’s the regulations, laws and edicts which give our leaders that power.
And all of that remains largely unchallenged.
We need to ask our leaders, at every level, to justify their spending of our money. We need to remind them that they can’t just throw open the bank vault and start shoveling money wherever. And if they can’t give plausible reasons, get them to stop or replace them.
Or, if possible, we can get them to pass laws that allow the common man and woman to spend the same way that Congress does.
Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.