Should Congress [be ] Eliminate {d}

Should Congress [be ] Eliminate {d}

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#1 Feb 28, 2013
Should Congress Eliminate Its
Tax-Payer Funded Perks... And
Live Like The Rest Of Us
The median wealth of a House member is $765,010... For a senator it’s $2.38 million. Yet, incredibly, they still enjoy all of this:
•$174,000 salary
•Free company car
•Free gas
•Free parking (even at airports)
•Free flights almost anywhere in the world
•Per diem travel allowance... up to $3,000 a trip
•A month’s paid vacation
•3-day work-weeks
•Free membership to a top-flight gym
•Pension plan and 401K plan
•Full retirement benefits (including up to 44% of their six figure salaries) at age 62
•Free top of the line health insurance with 10 plans to choose from
•Fully covered – even with pre-existing condition
Being a member of Congress is the most lucrative “Public Service” job in the world. Are our representatives officially out of touch with the real America? Should Congress live like the rest of us?

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#2 Feb 28, 2013
Brilliant!!! Let's start with SOTH John Boehner and see how it goes for a year, then we'll know for sure if it's going to work.

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#3 Feb 28, 2013
If the sequester thing happens then they should at least all be recalled.

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#4 Feb 28, 2013
EraserX wrote:
If the sequester thing happens then they should at least all be recalled.
A recall at the taxpayer's expense?

Isn't that a just a little defeatist?

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#5 Feb 28, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
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A recall at the taxpayer's expense?
Isn't that a just a little defeatist?
It'd save us money in the long run, I think.

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#6 Feb 28, 2013
yes elimnate all

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#7 Feb 28, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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It'd save us money in the long run, I think.
I may not live that long.

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#8 Feb 28, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
Brilliant!!! Let's start with SOTH John Boehner and see how it goes for a year, then we'll know for sure if it's going to work.
Yeah....I second that! lol

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#9 Feb 28, 2013
Boehner's annual salary is $223,500 along with generous retirement benefits. In fact, he has among the fattest salaries and pensions in Washington.

His staff salaries totalled $951,055 in 2011, which was an increase of $14,000 than the previous year.

Let's start there.

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#11 Feb 28, 2013
GenOmazing wrote:
<quoted text>Seems there is a bit of fat to trim around the edges in JB's world. These R's want to cut back big government spending, well, start from the top of the big takers list.
I agree 100%.

And as I mentioned before - don't hit it from the bottom up - on the contrary, let the biggies experience what the rest of us are experiencing - how much you wanna bet the sequesture will end?

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#12 Feb 28, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
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I agree 100%.
And as I mentioned before - don't hit it from the bottom up - on the contrary, let the biggies experience what the rest of us are experiencing - how much you wanna bet the sequesture will end?
Feb. 4: No Labels’ No Budget, No Pay idea becomes law

Proposed by No Labels in its Make Congress Work! action plan in December 2011 and advocated for by No Labels supporters ever since, the No Budget, No Pay Act gained 80 co-sponsors in the House and 14 co-sponsors in the Senate in the 112th Congress. As the 113th Congress began, Speaker Boehner attached a version of the No Budget, No Pay proposal to legislation that would temporarily raise the debt ceiling. While the measure differed slightly from No Labels' original plan, the fundamental concept remained the same: If Congress can't pass a budget, members should not be paid. The House passed the measure on January 23 by a vote of 285 to 144, and the Senate followed suit on January 31, passing the bill 64 to 34. On February 4, with the President’s signature, No Budget, No Pay became the law of the land.

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#13 Feb 28, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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Feb. 4: No Labels’ No Budget, No Pay idea becomes law
Proposed by No Labels in its Make Congress Work! action plan in December 2011 and advocated for by No Labels supporters ever since, the No Budget, No Pay Act gained 80 co-sponsors in the House and 14 co-sponsors in the Senate in the 112th Congress. As the 113th Congress began, Speaker Boehner attached a version of the No Budget, No Pay proposal to legislation that would temporarily raise the debt ceiling. While the measure differed slightly from No Labels' original plan, the fundamental concept remained the same: If Congress can't pass a budget, members should not be paid. The House passed the measure on January 23 by a vote of 285 to 144, and the Senate followed suit on January 31, passing the bill 64 to 34. On February 4, with the President’s signature, No Budget, No Pay became the law of the land.
If we paid them minimum wage, how many would stay to do their jobs because they felt the need to actually serve the community instead of taking from the community?

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#14 Feb 28, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
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If we paid them minimum wage, how many would stay to do their jobs because they felt the need to actually serve the community instead of taking from the community?
I agree. Or gave them term limits - politics were not ever meant to be a career.

At the very least make their compensation performance based. They'd be paying us for the last few years...

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#15 Feb 28, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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I agree. Or gave them term limits - politics were not ever meant to be a career.
At the very least make their compensation performance based. They'd be paying us for the last few years...
I can't remember who said it, but a famous politician once said, "Political service should be done for free - afterall, it's your responsibility to make your beans on your own - not off the public."

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#16 Mar 29, 2013
Let's roll it up and take another "SHOT" @ it!

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