Why The Fuck Are Taxpayers Paying Out Millions For Sexual Misconduct In Congress?

Why The Fuck Are Taxpayers Paying Out Millions For Sexual Misconduct In Congress?

Submitted by Paco Elijah

        It should go without saying that sexual abuse or sexual misconduct should never be tolerated in the workplace. As libertarians, we don’t believe in using force, on anyone, as a basic principle. We all have a right to our bodies and using force to engage in sexual acts is a violation of personal liberty and the non-aggression principle.

          Many in the government and media are supposedly shocked and outraged over the many allegations against their co-workers and colleagues. It’s amazing that when our police officers or military use force here or abroad many of these same people don’t say shit. Somehow torturing people, bombing civilians, and arresting non-violent criminals is perfectly normal but sexual misconduct is an outrage and we need to have a “national conversation.”

          This is the hypocrisy of our government and media. We should all be against the use of force regardless if its violence or sexual abuse and regardless if it’s committed by an individual or by government. When do we have a “national conversation” about what the role of government should be? Or ending the drug war? Or abolishing the unconstitutional police?

          Many Americans have recently found out that tax dollars are being used to settle sexual harassment cases in congress. Who the fuck thinks we should pay for the actions of perverts in Washington?

          According to the Chicago Tribune many harassment claims are handled by the Congressional Office of Compliance. It receives allegations of sexual harassment, salary discrimination and other workplace issues, and pays out settlements — with money supplied by the U.S. Treasury — if the parties reach an agreement. Since 1997, taxpayers have shelled out $15.2 million. Think of it as the Taxpayer Hush Money Fund. You pay, and the complaints go away. Those records aren’t subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. The compliance office doesn’t disclose the names of congressmen or their aides who reach settlements with their accusers. A case becomes public only if mediation fails and the victim later wins a favorable ruling in federal court or through an administrative process.  

          To make matters worse when an initial sexual harassment complaint is reported it’s considered a “request for counseling.” It becomes a complaint only if mandatory counseling and mediation fails.

          Who really thinks taxpayers should provide hush money and protect the names of predators? If you or I assault someone does a third party come along and pay off our accuser for us? Do we get to keep our crimes secret from the public? If a staffer is assaulted in the workplace does she need counseling or does she need justice?

          Only in government could a policy exist where the victim is paid for silence and a 3rd party, the taxpayer, is then victimized by being robbed for the payment. In media and Hollywood predators are losing their jobs left and right while in Congress there’s absolutely no accountability.

          I think losing your job isn’t enough! Individuals in government need to go to jail, not just for sexual misconduct, but for any use of force. Whether the politician harasses an individual, a business, or a foreign country it’s all aggression and they should be held accountable. The TSA, the IRS, and the police state in this country is just another form of abuse and harassment.

          It’s time for Americans to get upset and irate. How much more of our tax dollars does our government have to waste before Americans have had enough? How many more women have to put up with the impulses of old, ugly, and disgusting but powerful politicians? How much longer will we continue to allow our government to act with impunity?

          If our foreign policy, monetary policy, or tax policy can’t be enough to shame politicians into resigning, let’s hope that the women speaking out can be. We should support all types of whistleblowers in government. If sexual misconduct is what takes down the politician.. well then fuck it. They all deserve to step down for plenty of other reasons anyways.

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