Thursday, September 18, 2008

Congress: Throw the bums out!

In case you still believe Congress is working for you the regular Joe. Here's a great summary of their busy calendar.



This is why I am a supporter of term limits. Of course - many people argue that we don't need term limits because these politicians are up for re-election, however relying on the american public to know enough to figure this out is probably what got us here in the 1st place!

Perks of being in congress:
1) free from arrest in all cases, except for treason, felony, and breach of the peace
2) a member of Congress may not be sued for slander because of remarks made in either house
3) As of 2006 rank and file Members of Congress received a yearly salary of $165,200, this puts each of them in the top 5% of all income earners in the US.
4) Congressional members are covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System. In 2006, the average annual pension for retired senators and representatives was $60,972 for life (still the top 25% of income earners even after they stop working)! This of course includes governmental health insurance & benefits - all on the tax payers dime!

I hate to sounds like Lou Dobbs (the grumpiest man on TV) but how can you not read this an be outraged! When the poeple in congress are the financial elite - no wonder the average american is not at the center of their work.

Don't even get me started on lobbying.

3 comments:

Karen said...

What this really tells me is that i'm in the wrong business..................

Tom S. said...

Karen - you'd get my vote!

Finlands finest said...

I was thinking the same thing as Karen!!