So all of us conservative types and Tea Party types finally got most of our message across. We put on a pretty good rear end kicking demonstration in early November, and now we can all sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I wish.
Yesterday I read an article about how the deficit reduction panel, composed of members of both parties is going to cut our countries deficit, and make things so much better around here. In a nutshell, this is what I learned:
My so called conservative Senator from Idaho is in favor of letting certain tax cuts expire, lowering the retirement pay of those who served in the military, and upping the retirement age for social security. Many other conservative Senators are also in agreement. Are these guys (and gals) the best and the brightest? Is this what we voted for? I do not think so.
Here is my idea of what they ought to be looking at. Maybe some of our elected idiots missed the message that we tried to send last month. Here goes... again!
Senators get approximately $5 million per year, in order to run their office. 100 times $5M gives us $500 million. A nice start. Senators get driven around in limos. Don't know the cost, but it needs to be cut. Most members of the US Senate are multi-millionaires, and like to brag about how they serve the public. How about actually serving us and not themselves? They need to drastically cut their pay. They can live in an apartment, that they pay for, run their office on a shoestring budget, like a lot of businesses and families are currently doing, and basically forget about charging any Americans more money.
Our Congressional Reps can do the same thing. Cut their pay, drop the fancy office trappings, cut their staff down to one or two, quit using our stamps to send out BS, close the Congressional gym, snack bar, car wash, and whatever else they bone us for. These folks get something like $1.5 to $2M a year for their office. 435 times $2M is a nice hefty sum. Add that to the $500 M from above. A nice start.
As for Social Security, if they want us to contribute to it, they must remember that it is our money, not theirs. Put it into an account with my name on it. Let me invest it how I see fit. Don't borrow against my money. Thanks.
If they had any sense they would be looking for ways to run our country on a tighter budget and not looking to charge us more money. The problem seems to be my assumption that they have any sense.