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.


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!!