Published: Friday, March 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Agreed, and let them purchase their own health care on the "Open Market"
I believe this might open their eyes to reality.
I think the congress and president should have their salaries and office budgets
reduced 50 cents on the the dollar for the income they receive for speaking when
they are sitting congressmen/women. This would help take the burden off the tax
payers.Having to pay for their staff out of their income may cut the
number of staff members, and would be no different that what our doctors,
lawyers and other professionals do.
Cutting elected government wages has all the effective results as telling a
child to use a smaller spoon. The true wages of those people from
their more permanent employers makes the wage from the government miniscule for
their short temporary stint in government service. A better way to
get good government might be to enhance the compensation we give to our
government employees to reduce the treat from private commercial interests.Like with career appointments with life time benefits. Sort of like the
theory of the Supreme Court.
Let's see if I have this straight. We cut Congressional pay and benefits,
then expect that this will produce MORE and BETTER candidates for office,
including those who would be taking a pay cut if elected? You'll end up
with Congress being made up of nothing but rich people laboring as their own
lobbyists to deregulate companies they already own.
With 47% of congress listed as millionaires for the most part cutting their pay
would mean very little and currently unconstitutional, but a nice gesture none
Yes, by all means, let's cut the pay of elected officials, embrace a
post-Citizens United philosophy that "Corporations are people, my
friend," and allow corporations an unlimited ability to influence the
political campaigns of legislators whose pay we have slashed.What
could possibly go wrong?
It is unconstitutional for Congress to alter their own pay (one of the recent
Amendments, I don't remember which); they can only change the pay of the
Increase their pay, and cut their campaign donations. They should be bought and
paid for by the American people, not corporate interests.
If the big corporations are so influentual, then why did
Obama get re-elected? Or, did the big corporations want him re-elected, and
made it happen? Either way it leaves anti-corporation liberals and Democrats
So we're are talking about cuts during the sequester. How about Barack and
Michelle cutting back their lavish life style a bit?? Barack's private golf
lessons with Tiger Woods adds up to pretty penny when you factor in AirForce one
and Secret Service. That alone would keep the White House tours open for ... oh
I would say years!! Then there is Michelle taking a separate flight to Aspen -
complete with secret service and the lavish Aspen price tag. Yes yes the poor
will suffer from the sequestration... but not the Obama's!! The continued
and predictable hypocrisy and double standard from the Obama's is hard to
stomach....but low information America approves of everything this deceitful man
Patriot – were you also critical of Laura Bush and her trips with her
daughters or is it just the Obamas you want to criticize? Laura Bush travelled
to Paris, Prague, Budapest, took both daughters to Africa but on separate trips
one being a safari - quit sure that wasn't an official business.
"Yes, it would be great to find a good way to hold Congress accountable for
the mess it has made in Washington."-----------------------I expecting Congressmen and/or Senators to behave responsibly because
their salary is pinched a bit is ridiculous. Particularly those who **we** have
put and kept in power for **decades**!If we really want to get the
attention of the politicians we send to represent us then we should **vote for**
politicians who **represent us** and vote **out** those who do not.In other words, it is **we**, the people, who have the power.Consequently, what scares me most is not the politicians. It is the
electorate.We've become too much like the government we've
elected. As much as I hate to admit it, I think the government truly **does**
represent us. That is scary to the max!!
How can they ask every one to do with out and less when they are not.
It's especially galling to understand that the automatic salary increases
sucked up by our Congress members in only the last seven years is equal to a the
average annual wage of a Utah teacher.What is REALLY needed is far
more complex. We NEED a complete overhaul of campaign finance laws; overturning
of Citizens United; and strict term limits. Combined, those might (but only
might) help bring a measure of sanity back to the Capitol.
Remember all these negative comments about the performance of our national
legislators when we vote in the next congressional elections. Certainly these
same negative comments apply to our legislators. We may not be able to change
their salary, but we have the right to retire them.
Elected officials should be held accountable. If they don"t pass a budget
when the constitution says they should, each day tardy is a $1,000 deduction in
pay. That will get their attention. They will have to plan for a reduction just
as we do for not following a budget at home.
Doc the 5 from Utah... 5 x 175K = 875K (+ benefits)...A
drop in the bucket...Purely symbolic...Yet, a symbol I
can live with.
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