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An open letter to all members of the U.S. Congress

Dear Lying, Self-Serving Scumbag …

As elected representatives paid by the United States taxpayer, please indicate if you will state, on the record and with full accountability that you are willing to:
• Take a minimum 15 percent pay cut the same way 37.1 Million Americans earning less than $50,000/year did in 2010? Yes or No
• Pay for at least half of all health care costs and expenses for yourself and your family? Yes or No
• Restrict your Congressional pensions to a pro-rated amount tied directly to your years of active Congressional service? Yes or No
• Surrender all funding and/or reimbursement for paid travel, meals and expenses? Yes or No
• Surrender federally funded vehicles and use public transportation for all Congressional business? Yes or No
• gree to 100% transparency and culpability in all votes, discussions, meetings and/or mediations? Yes or No
• Waive entitlement to any and all exemption privileges based on your Congressional position when you break the law? Yes or No
• Surrender any and all perks, benefits and entitlements that are not available to the ordinary citizens you represent? Yes or No

Please submit your response in writing and feel free to have it notarized at our expense.

For reference:
• Speaker of the House: $223,500
• Majority & Minority Leaders: $193,400
• Senators & Representatives: $174,000
• Perquisites (perks): $1,964,872 (averaged annum)
Source: Pay and Perquisites of Members of Congress

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at June 20, 2011 9:59 PM
Comments
Comment #324762

Gary perhaps if you could address it to Rep. or Sen. Scumbag it would get their attention. Your idea is a good one but wouldn’t these disadvantage people resort to crime and corrupti….oh wait never mind.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 20, 2011 10:31 PM
Comment #324772

Far better chance of getting an informative response by addressing it to Monsanto, JPMorgan-Chase, ExXon, etc.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 21, 2011 2:54 PM
Comment #324776

gary

won’t get any arguments out of me on this one.

Posted by: dbs at June 21, 2011 3:46 PM
Comment #324786

I always say that I love government so much that we should use it sparingly. The problem is not the pay of senators and congressmen. They are successful people and there is nothing wrong with paying them reasonably well.

I understand that it might make some people angry, but IMO $174k for an experienced and successful person is not too much. They are not average workers. Many have advanced degrees and almost all have high earning abilities.

The problem of government is its overreach. The spending and regulations enacted by our senators and congressmen are unsustainable. Their wages, even if we doubled them, would not amount to a hill of beans in the great scheme of government spending. As much as I dislike Nancy Pelsoi’s policies, for example, I do not think she is in it for the money. She was rich before she went into politics. The same is true for many others. If you cut congress wages, you would get more of the rich, who do not need the money.

If you want to go after greed, address the greater problem of former politicians making big money when they retire.

Posted by: C&J at June 21, 2011 8:33 PM
Comment #324787

That’s about the lamest thing I’ve ever heard, C&J.

You have just committed the greatest sin.

You are making excuses.

If they were worth half of what you say they are they would have recognized the problem and identified a solution.

These people you praise as worthy of what we pay them are only using the identity of a problem to exaserbate it and use it to their advantage. I consider that a form of insider trading and extortion and price fixing, not a virtue I would defend.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 21, 2011 9:22 PM
Comment #324790

Weary

It may be fun to trash politicians. I do it too. But they are not making outrageous amounts of money. Cutting their salaries would not make a noticeable dent in the budget.

Posted by: C&J at June 21, 2011 9:55 PM
Comment #324791

That’s not the point, C&J. They make four times what I make and that does not include all the perks and benefits.

I could make better decisions than they do by not making any decisions at all.

Make more excuses, C&J. It will keep our minds off of what’s really going on.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 21, 2011 10:35 PM
Comment #324808


For many politicians, the salary is chicken feed. Many of them are wealthy or semi-wealthy. Billionaires sure don’t run for office for the salary and gov. perks.

They want to serve their country by serving themselves and those in the chosen club.

The government motto: by serving wealth, we are serving all. That is what America is being boiled down to.

We are all better served when the government concentrates on serving the needs of the owners of City Corp. etc.

Posted by: jlw at June 22, 2011 3:10 PM
Comment #324822

Weary

Sorry if you are poor, but that is not a good reason to dislike the success of others.

jlw


The problem with politicians is that they often want to expand the scope of their power, i.e. government. Their wages are nbd compared to the budget.

Posted by: C&J at June 22, 2011 6:45 PM
Comment #324826

The problem with politicians is their constituents that repeatedly reward them with perpetual re-election.

The majority of voters have what they deserve … best government corruption and debt of nightmare proporations that money can buy.

At any rate, the majority of voters have the government that they elect, and re-elect, … , and re-elect, at least, possibly, until repeatedly rewarding failure, repeatedly rewarding the duopoly, and repeatedly rewarding FOR-SALE, incompetent, arrogant, and corrupt incumbent politicians in Congress for these abuses with re-election finally becomes too painful.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 22, 2011 7:19 PM
Comment #324827

The Problem …

The Solution …

At any rate, the majority of voters have the government that they elect, and re-elect, … , and re-elect, at least, possibly, until repeatedly rewarding failure, repeatedly rewarding the duopoly, and repeatedly rewarding FOR-SALE, incompetent, arrogant, and corrupt incumbent politicians in Congress for these abuses with re-election finally becomes too painful.


Posted by: d.a.n at June 22, 2011 7:21 PM
Comment #325019

C&J, your pity falls off of me like water off of a duck’s back. You must be the rich person Obama dislikes so much. Your patronizing of my position places you in that catagory, does it not?

If the success of others is off the backs of the poor then it is a good reason I should dislike that success. It is ill gotten gains.

Many are protesting against the ill gotten gains you are now defending. Why do you defend these people who live very well off of the labor of those who are “poor”, C&J?

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 26, 2011 1:43 PM
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