WHAT IS WRONG WITH CONGRESS and what we can fix!
I am a Congressman.
I am immune from Law.
Just cuz I MAKE laws
does not mean I must obey them.
Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and they do not collect from it. You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan. For them, not us. For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die. Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.
For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives
may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred
Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last
years of their lives.
This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two
Dignitaries. You see why these baboons will pay anything to get
into the top branches of Government?
Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more
during the rest of their lives.
Their cost for THEM --- for this excellent plan is $0.00. NADA.....ZILCH....
This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I
pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan
come directly from the General Funds;
"OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK"!
From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid)
into, every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our
employer)- we can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after
retirement. Not enough for rent or housepayment. Leaving no $ for food,
heat, water, electricity, car insurance. NOT A CENT. IN other words,
all aging workers are condemned to a hell of worry!
We slaved 8 hrs a day for life yet would have to collect our average of $1,000
monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator! Bill
Bradley's benefits for a FEW WEEKS!
Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.
That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from
under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security
plan with the rest of us ... then sit back and watch how fast they would
NEXT: No Two-term politicians!. During their first term they're spending their time handing out favors, like the slack cut Wall Street, thusly accumulating connections & wealth for their re-election. I suggest a longer ONE term gig for all government positions ... all the way to the Presidency included.
Why should they get all that? This very CONGRESS CAUSED THE MELTDOWN, GAVE WALL STREET THE FREEDOM TO STEAL! Ignored all signs. They over-Taxed us, drenched us in license fees, inhibited business by us, with fees and penalties to the max, No college scholarships, No trade school scholarships, USURY if we go near a student loan. Sending our children to morally wrong wars to secure OIL and probably allowed WTC 911 to happen to justify it. All signs point to that.
545 PEOPLE DID THIS TO US.
By Charlie Reese
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then
campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are
against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and
high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on
appropriations. The House of representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does..
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme
Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly,
legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems
that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem
was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator,
a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't
care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The
politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the
lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine
how he votes..
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker,
who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The
president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?
Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow
House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If
the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not
replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of
incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic
problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you
fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red .
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ and Afghanistan, murdering millions of
civilians, children, women, bombing everywhere and getting our 'boys'
bombed, it's because they want them in IRAQ
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and
advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let
them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical
forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them
from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
What you do with this article now that you have read it.......... is up to
you. We would suggest FAMILY ACTIVISM, it's EASY, BREEZY AND FUN.
One Saturday night Potluck party a week for relatives, chums, neighbors and friends.
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