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Originally posted by neo96
Pelsoi you are a millionaire, and so are most congressman.
Originally posted by tnhiker
Not only should their pay be cut, their pay should be removed until they start doing the job they were elected to do. If I went in to do a spreadsheet, and goofed off for 5 years, well...I wouldn't have had a job after probably the first day.
Ah good reference! It is quite true. Each of us here would probably have the best intentions only to realize that we would be relegated to nothingness and have no "real" power; no committee seat means no power; which is sad. Just look at how McConnell and Boehner reacted to members who stood against them, they were threatened with removal of their committee seats...that isn't politics or statesmanship; that is as you said, corrupted power.
Originally posted by Golf66
These people all sell out - I suppose there are a few Mr. Smiths out there (for those of us old enough to have watched Jimmy Stewart reruns) who go to Washington with the best of intentions. I doubt they last long.
I think the only cure for this is term limits and making lobbying carry the same as penalty as bribery; I mean in effect it is just legalized bribery.
Agreed on the loop-holes regarding this though. Strict limits on how money is used to voice an opinion is tricky though.
Pay a politician for political favor and go to jail. Incorporate and donate to his campaign for political favor, take him to diner in a 3,000 suit and it’s not bribery its lobbying? Go figure.
Power corrupts - period.
Originally posted by bri6844
The dignity of her job!
What exactly does congress actually get accomplished today? It seems all they
do is fight and argue like children while the rest of America suffers.
The minimum wage worker has a thousand more times the amount of dignity than she has!
Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
All Federal employees have been on a pay freeze for a few years now, and now they are seriously talking about furloughs. For those who are unaware of what a furlough is, it is a period of time where government employees are in an unpaid status. They do this to save money, although a budget hasn't been passed in 5 years, so how do they even know what they have or what they will save? This is a slap in the face to regular gov't employees, not to mention the pay increase that Obama gave the VP a few weeks ago. Not all gov't employees are high paid bureaucrats... a lot of them in the federal wage grade system make between $10 - $20 an hour. I guess those people don't deserve the "dignity" of their respective jobs.edit on 14-2-2013 by OptimusSubprime because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Darkphoenix77
What a perfect example of a cow, I'd say she needs to be put to pasture along with the rest of the herd. Getting nothing accomplished usually gets someone unemployed, funny how that does not apply to the royalty.