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SAVE MONEY?LET'S REDUCE THE SIZE OF CONGRESS!

SIMPATTYCO 2013/01/16 21:03:39
Let's cut their payroll! because!
No! How can we live without them? why?
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When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers must find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well.

Wall street and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of "tough decision", and the board of directors gives upper corporate management big bonuses.

Our government should not be immune from similar risks.

Therefore:

Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members.
Reduce Senate members from 100 to 50(one per State). Then, reduce their remaining staff by 25%.

Accomplish this over the next 8 years (two steps/two elections) and of course this would require some redistricting.

Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:

$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)

$437,100,000 for elimination of their staff. (Estimate $1.3 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in staff per each member of the Senate every year)

$108,350,000 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel earmarks each year. (Those members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at $15 Billion/yr).

The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and improve
Efficiencies. It might even be in their best interests to work together for the good of our country!

We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more efficient resolution of issues as well. It might even be easier to keep track of what your representative is doing.

Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in 1911 when the current number of representatives was established. (Telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few)

Note:
Congress does not hesitate to head home for extended weekends, holidays and recesses, when what the nation needs is a real fix for economic problems. Also, we had 3 senators who were not doing their jobs for the 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all accepted full pay. Minnesota survived very well with only one senator for the first half of this year. These facts alone support a reduction in senators and congress.

Summary of opportunity:

$44,108,400 reduction of congress members.

$282,100,000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.

$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.

$70,850,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.

$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members.

$8,084,558,400 per year, estimated total savings. (That's 8-BILLION just to start!)

Corporate America does these types of cuts all the time.
There's even a name for it.

"Downsizing."
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Also, if Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits, taxpayers could save a bundle.
Now they get full retirement after serving only ONE term.
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IF you are happy with how Washington spends our taxes, delete this message.
Otherwise, it's time to "downsize" Congress.
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Please consider forwarding, if you agree.

I have cleaned this e-mail of all other names by clicking 'forward' then deleting all old addresses before entering addresses that I'm sending to. I'm sending it to you in hopes that you will keep it going and keep it clean.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 before computers, before
E-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land, all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past , present and future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer get automatic pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/13.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

LET'S FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree, pass it on. If not, just delete. You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.
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  • cddjmikey 2013/01/17 12:21:33
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    cddjmikey
    +1
    It sounds good to me. We also should tie pay raises to they economy. No raise until unemployment gets under, and stays under, 6% for one full year ! And even then it is not automatic. It must be voted on by ALL members and the results published in the paper so that those in their area see that they have. That way if they don't think they deserved it they can vote them out at the next election.
  • SIMPATTYCO cddjmikey 2013/01/17 16:33:05
    SIMPATTYCO
    +1
    iTS TIME HAS COME!!
  • Jbug799 2013/01/17 05:22:00
    Undecided
    Jbug799
    +1
    You know if you don't work you don't get paid..and you are right about downsizing..all I hear lately is someone losing a job because a company is downsizing.
  • deidara.trueart 2013/01/17 04:52:30
  • SIMPATTYCO deidara... 2013/01/17 16:33:34
    SIMPATTYCO
    OH AND NO GOLF
  • deidara... SIMPATTYCO 2013/01/17 16:35:10
  • keeper 2013/01/17 04:36:46
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    keeper
    They don't work...
  • abubincrazy 2013/01/17 04:35:51
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    abubincrazy
    +1
    They are mostly millionaires.
    They live better than most millionaires on OUR dime with all the taxpayer-funded perks they get.
    Their endless lying blather about punishing rich Americans should give any sentient being a wake-up.
    They ARE rich. They will NEVER punish themselves.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2013/01/17 04:31:34
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +1
    lets half it and get rid of half of their staffs too, it's not like they really are doing their jobs.
  • DavideShalome 2013/01/17 04:16:39
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    DavideShalome
    +1
    they make too much for too little work plus they have more benefits than they deserve and than we can afford
  • ~*~Denai ~*~ 2013/01/16 22:37:47 (edited)
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    ~*~Denai ~*~
    +1
    Not a bad idea of reducing the number of men and women in Congress. That could get them working if they knew that the dead weight will be reduced due to the lack of working for the people instead of just for themselves.

    Instead of taking away the paychecks of those on Social Security and Military members, Obama should be cutting the paychecks of those in Congress and other key members of Washington DC. Things might actually happen that make sense...
  • SIMPATTYCO ~*~Dena... 2013/01/16 22:39:22
  • Maj. C. D. Hardy 2013/01/16 22:28:09
    Undecided
    Maj. C. D. Hardy
    +2
    In my opinion elected officials should only receive a salary equal to the lowest level of the middle class. Possibly then they might understand what a budget is and the need to make and keep one.
  • SIMPATTYCO 2013/01/16 21:40:54
    None of the above
    SIMPATTYCO
    +1
    We the people need to take control of how Congress is paid
  • Todd Parsons 2013/01/16 21:05:45
    Let's cut their payroll! because!
    Todd Parsons
    +1
    If the made what we did...the laws would be VERY different
  • SIMPATTYCO Todd Pa... 2013/01/16 22:04:51
    SIMPATTYCO
    PART OF THE NEW PARTY EH??

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