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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:12 AM

Teachers and firefighters aren't lazy overpaid slobs. But Congress is.

If we want to cut our deficit, one place to start might be with Congressional salaries and lifetime benefits they get off of the taxpayer's dime. ALEC wants to destroy the pension system for other public workers but you can pretty much bet that Congress is excluded from that effort. There is no reason however, that they should be. Let them eat their own dog food ie: work for a living wage only, and for only as long as they are in office. Let them use the same healthcare and retirement systems the rest of America's workers must use. This alone would result in a permanent repair of both our healthcare and social security systems in a flash. And it would result in a Congress that unlike the current, and most past Congresses, recognizes and cares about the issues facing ordinary Americans and their families because our Congressional members would be facing those same issues themselves.

Congress certainly does not earn and does not need these exorbitant lifetime salaries and benefits we pay them, being the millionaire's club that it is. And this gives lie to the "poor are poor because they're lazy" meme. Congress is hideously lazy and most of them are millionaires who got that wealthy during or after taking office. Running for office (thanks to our "money-buys-you-a-Congressperson" election system) is increasingly expensive. That is yet another reason that publicly funded elections would be much more cost-effective and Democratically effective as well.


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http://www.sevenbowie.com/2013/01/teachers-and-firefighters-arent-lazy-overpaid-slobs-but-congress-is/

In this thread, people asked what they can do about these issues. For one, we can advocate for the overturning of Citizens United and publicly funded elections along with other election reforms, join and support labor unions, work to break up the media. That's three things. It would help to reduce Congress's benefits (salary and benefit-wise) to those of an average American worker, as well. Easy stuff to do? Oh hell no. But we have to DO something besides lay down and give up - and these things are decent places to start. Oh and another thing - expose all this crap everywhere and every chance you get. It's why I blog and use social media and talk to anyone who will listen.

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Reply Teachers and firefighters aren't lazy overpaid slobs. But Congress is. (Original post)
ProfessionalLeftist Jan 2013 OP
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #1
loudsue Jan 2013 #2
ProfessionalLeftist Jan 2013 #4
Voice for Peace Jan 2013 #3
Doctor_J Jan 2013 #5

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:46 AM

1. Word. Should have 4000 recs! nt

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:09 AM

2. These are critical issues that we could start acting on NOW, and it would gain

momentum from liberals, tea partiers as well as average folks. If Independents could be made aware of how much we are paying congress critters and senators, and how they are able to give themselves raises at will, we could change this mess.

We have to get elections financed by government as well, to get all the crooked money out of politics all together. The USA has become a third world mafia, and Citizens United just unleashes the worst horrors of bought and paid for politicians.

Someone suggested setting up bipartisan, or non-partisan redistricting across the nation, too. Maybe even get real SCIENCE behind it, so that the numbers are properly represented. That would go a long way toward cleaning up some of the messes.

The answers to much of this nightmare are within our grasp, but we need the ACTIVISM behind it.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:23 AM

4. It involves coordination and DOing. Dems are notoriously bad at that

Not because they're bad people but because they are Democratic people. It's like herding cats! There has to be impetus, coordination and a real desire to be in it for the long haul- I'm talking decades - not just the typical 2-day attention span most people have.

An apparatus like OFA or MoveOn or something even bigger is needed.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:23 AM

5. Would make an excellent Horsey toon

Pic of policeman wearing Kevlar, $50,000 price tag, sign that says "I dodge bullets 250 days a year"
Pic of Boner wearing spray tan and $180,000 and sign that says "I work 100 days a year"

"Which is the lazy, overpaid leach"?

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