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Best Congress Money Can Buy

It has been a while since I've been around these parts, but, after the fun and games that have been staged in D.C. these past few weeks, I find it hard to keep my big mouth shut.

Here are two short articles that I recently posted elsewhere and submit now for your approval:

Okay, how's THIS for

The Tea Party shut
down the US government for 16 days in order to strong-arm the President into
getting rid of ObamaCare. Their reason? The program is too expensive. 

Know what the
shutdown cost the US economy? Over $24,000,000,000.

I'm just sayin' . . .


Did you know that each
member of The U.S. House of Representatives receives an annual salary of
$174,000.00 a year? 


That's about 3.5
times what the average American worker makes. (And that's not counting the
gold-plated benefits that these guys receive.)

Did you know that
during the government shutdown, every member of Congress received their weekly
paycheck while thousands of other government employees did not?


And did you know that each member of Congress is
due to get a pay raise within the next couple of weeks? (And it's an automatic
pay raise. They don't even have to vote on it!)


Now, how many of the 140 members of the House
of Representatives who voted against yesterday's proposal to reopen the
government and increase the credit ceiling because they are SO CONCERNED that
the government is spending too much money on "entitlements" such as
ObamaCare, (which will help every single one of we common folk), will suggest
that Congress take a pay-cut? How many of them do you think will refuse their
pay raise?

I'm just sayin' . . .

posted on Oct 18, 2013 5:10 AM ()


Yep, all worth keeping in mind. I notice that public opinion during the shutdown is actually expected to shape some future events, such as the percentage of Republicans in the House. I mention this because too often we feel overwhelmed and defeated by the wealthy and powerful electing their toadies. Maybe there is a bit of hope if we continue to show our disgust and outrage.
comment by drmaus on Oct 22, 2013 10:30 AM ()
Politicians = Rats.
The problem has always been - and will always be political parties. I have read the Constitution many times and cannot find a reference to political parties running our country. What happened? Let's delete them entirely and make politics non-partisan.
comment by jondude on Oct 19, 2013 6:53 AM ()
Congress can CHOOSE to suspend their paychecks during shutdowns, but didn't. Maybe if congress automatically lost their paychecks during shutdowns things would have been different. Selfish, selfish, selfish! Now that he's got name recognition, I suspect Cruz will announce he's running for president soon.
comment by catdancer on Oct 18, 2013 3:02 PM ()
hi,yes, I knew a lot of this stuff. I have often thought that we would get a more equitable distribution of entitlements if congressmen and senators had to get their benefits from the same source, with the same requirements. Our only hope is that voters remember what happened come next November, when the tea party successes of 2010 are up for re-election. Although I think we need a viable two-party system, right now, the Democrats are the only hope.
comment by tealstar on Oct 18, 2013 8:35 AM ()
"Ethical Politician" is an oxymoron.
comment by troutbend on Oct 18, 2013 6:54 AM ()

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