The letter by Alexander Bass in which he describes the “charlatans” who get elected to go to Washington to lead efforts to work for the people whom they represent and then do a classic double cross and wind up following the self-enriching bunch that makes up most of the national politicians was right on the mark.

It always does me good to see that others see those money-grubbers for what they are, but I can’t help but wonder if it will ever change. It’s true that voting the charlatans out of office is about the only thing they fear, but that alone has not been shown to actually be enough to deter their behavior because they know that they’ll be protected by their peers; they are all in the same club, you see.

Going to jail for an extended sentence always works wonders for rehabilitating such crass cretins, but that doesn’t happen enough; if you were to ask me, I’d say that a nincompoop who voted himself more perks, benefits and managed to greatly enrich himself at the expense of the public while in public office needs to serve a long jail sentence for that alone, plus have all of his ill-gotten gains be confiscated. “Public service” has become the quickest way to enrich oneself these days.

Legislators ought to go up there, do their business during a session once a year and then come back home; staying up there year-round promotes too much opportunity for graft, theft, influence peddling for special interests, and it serves no other purpose than to find ways to steal taxpayer money. They even feel free to give it away; when they get tired of D.C. they go on “fact-finding” excursions to places no elected American legislator needs to be just for that purpose.

There’s plenty enough bureaucrats in D.C. to run the country, and they’ll continue to do what they do even after the legislators go home.

Richard G. Wallace