Monday, March 1, 2010

Demand These Important Changes

The Congressional Clowns have developed a feudal system of elites vs. peasants that Americans once thought to be impossible. Yet, it is so entrenched now, they consider taxpayers as their slaves instead of their bosses. To reverse that malignant system, several important laws must pass in 2011.

#1. We must stop Congress from making any law that does not apply to them as well as their constituents. The ones that are already on the books need to be repealed. Health care is the first one to come to mind because the law they're ramming down our throats would not affect their "Cadillac" health care at all. However, their retirement plans are also completely out of line. They've exempted themselves from Social Security, but insist all others pay into the system even if Congress spends the money immediately instead of setting it aside as once promised. Some people are already proposing this as a 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

#2. Members of Congress should NEVER be allowed to have automatic pay raises. Each and every increase should be discussed and voted publicly. Last year when many taxpayers lost jobs and when Social Security recipients were told they would have to pay more for medicare, but would not receive a cost of living adjustment (loss for most individuals is $800 per year), our public "servants" quietly received raises of $5,300 and $4,700. Again next year they will receive new raises automatically.

#3. We must once again forbid the unionization of government employees. Most bureaucrats receive higher salaries than their counterparts in the private sector. And their princely retirement plans are bankrupting the governments that employ them. Take a look at New Jersey where Gov. Christi recently gave this example, ”One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? — $3.3 million in pension payments over his life and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits — a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?”

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