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Old 12-28-2013, 05:56 PM  
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Who here thinks that in tough budget times Congress should have to take a pay cut? I don't think that either party (that aren't Congressmen themselves) would disagree with this. My question then becomes how long are we the people (no pun intended) going to let Congress pick on the small people (military retirees and the poor/disadvantaged) instead of policing themselves.

As it stands now all freshmen Congressmen make $175,000 a year (for what, really? but that is a whole 'nother discussion) and it goes up slightly for those that are tenured. For the sake of this argument if they all dropped their salary from $175,000 to $100,000 (which I think is about all they are worth, sometimes much less) That would save us $40,125,000 a year...not a lot but not chump change either

Just a thought - who thinks we should petition Obama to make this happen?

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Old 12-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #31
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I'm all for no pensions. First, the majority of these people are already wealthy. Second, it draws people with the goal of it being a career.


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Old 12-28-2013, 09:44 PM   #32
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:45 PM   #33
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I'm all for no pensions. First, the majority of these people are already wealthy. Second, it draws people with the goal of it being a career.
Precisely. We never really had them before either. 'Er I mean before WWII.

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Old 12-28-2013, 09:46 PM   #34
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The same way they do now except with more zeal.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:48 PM   #35
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Wut?
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The same way they do now except with more zeal.
"The last million you took, I just didn't feel your heart was in it. Do it again, except this time, put some spunk into it."
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:49 PM   #37
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Wut?
I assume you meant "what?"

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Old 12-28-2013, 09:50 PM   #38
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Precisely. We never really had them before either. 'Er I mean before WWII.



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Old 12-28-2013, 10:12 PM   #40
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I hope you weren't serious with that.
If you're going to be an ass about it at least post some facts as to the start of Congressional pensions. I looked it up before posting that. It was extended to Congress in 1942 but repealed due to public outcry during WWII. It was instituted again after the war. You have something else then post it. And don't confuse it with civil service employees.

Ron Paul refused to participate in it as he said it was "immoral" and there's another Congress member who doesn't.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #41
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The same way they do now except with more zeal.
Can you provide specifics instead of just your opinion. I guess not.
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How so?
Tons of congressmen already have their lobbying job waiting for them if/when they leave. Cutting their salary would only make it worse.
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Tons of congressmen already have their lobbying job waiting for them if/when they leave. Cutting their salary would only make it worse.
We should double their pay by this logic and none would become lobbyists

Pretty damn stupid really
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