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Thread: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    More than one and it counts as an orgy.
    NOw that was funny-might explain why her ass grows faster than the deficit?



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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Why can't it be if the Budget is not balanced they all are out of office within 2 weeks and the budget goes back to when it was balanced and it's automatic
    Because the People truly do not control Washington. Washington - regardless of which or any or no party you support - is controlled by money. Big money, lobbyists with unlimited freebies for Congress, Congressional staff, Congressional family members call the shots in Washington and big money wants more money.










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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    ...might explain why her ass grows faster than the deficit?
    What, from all the swelling?

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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    What, from all the swelling?
    Its too frightening an area to contemplate any further!!



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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    Its too frightening an area to contemplate any further!!
    I'd hit it.

    Granted, I have to plug the ends of the paper towel rolls or else I try to **** them, too.

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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    I think this is one thing we can all agree on. They're all rich, they don't need that money. We do!
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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    As unpopular as I know this opinion is, I vote no. The salaries are already usually a lot less than they would make in the private sector. Some of them leave jobs making millions a year. All of them could retire and make millions in the private sector easily just because they are former congresspeople. So I don't think cutting the salaries would really affect most of them and it certainly wouldn't save much money on the scale of the deficit. But, I think it might make it harder for non-super-rich people to run for Congress. They need to get a second home in DC, they accumulate a lot of little expenses you wouldn't think of going to like dinners for charities and whatnot and even just buying a ton of expensive suits and whanot. If a regular person decided to run for Congress they would need to blow their entire life savings on the campaign, then they need to get a second house in DC and all that... I dunno. I definitely understand and share the desire to hold them personally responsible for their inability to work this out. But, at the same time, if they cut it now, the salaries will stay cut forever probably and that might exclude normal people from office. IMO the fact that almost everybody in Congress was superwealthy before they got there is a big problem.

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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    As unpopular as I know this opinion is, I vote no. The salaries are already usually a lot less than they would make in the private sector. Some of them leave jobs making millions a year. All of them could retire and make millions in the private sector easily just because they are former congresspeople. So I don't think cutting the salaries would really affect most of them and it certainly wouldn't save much money on the scale of the deficit. But, I think it might make it harder for non-super-rich people to run for Congress. They need to get a second home in DC, they accumulate a lot of little expenses you wouldn't think of going to like dinners for charities and whatnot and even just buying a ton of expensive suits and whanot. If a regular person decided to run for Congress they would need to blow their entire life savings on the campaign, then they need to get a second house in DC and all that... I dunno. I definitely understand and share the desire to hold them personally responsible for their inability to work this out. But, at the same time, if they cut it now, the salaries will stay cut forever probably and that might exclude normal people from office. IMO the fact that almost everybody in Congress was superwealthy before they got there is a big problem.
    That's actually very sensible.
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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Its public service. Lets treat as such and demand they actually do it as a service, not a job.

    Since that won't happen I guess I can live with a cut. *sigh*

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    Re: Should congressional salaries be the first thing on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    As unpopular as I know this opinion is, I vote no. The salaries are already usually a lot less than they would make in the private sector. Some of them leave jobs making millions a year. All of them could retire and make millions in the private sector easily just because they are former congresspeople. So I don't think cutting the salaries would really affect most of them and it certainly wouldn't save much money on the scale of the deficit. But, I think it might make it harder for non-super-rich people to run for Congress. They need to get a second home in DC, they accumulate a lot of little expenses you wouldn't think of going to like dinners for charities and whatnot and even just buying a ton of expensive suits and whanot. If a regular person decided to run for Congress they would need to blow their entire life savings on the campaign, then they need to get a second house in DC and all that... I dunno. I definitely understand and share the desire to hold them personally responsible for their inability to work this out. But, at the same time, if they cut it now, the salaries will stay cut forever probably and that might exclude normal people from office. IMO the fact that almost everybody in Congress was superwealthy before they got there is a big problem.
    If the problem is just overhead to run lets work on that problem and cut their pay while opening it up to more common people. Lets do ballot reform, lets campaign reform, and then lets cut salaries. Surely if you are really interested(and yes I'm about to make you not interested) you have to take some of the work out of the job so that people can hold a regular paying job.

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