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7 years 36 weeks ago, 8:34 PM

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A fix for Government

I know someone will shoot this full of holes. But it is only an idea.
Sent to me by an astute Nephew of mine.

When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen are they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers need to 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 his board of directors gives him a big bonus.

I feel our government should not be immune from similar risks. I therefore am recommending the following cuts to be implemented by the next president elect.

Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members and Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per State). Also reduce 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.)

$97,175,000 for elimination of the above people's staff. (estimate $1.3 Mil in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Mil in staff per each member of the Senate every year)

$240,294 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel ear-marks each year. (those members who's jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at $15 Billion / yr)

The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and would need to 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 did not hesitate to jump on a train for home this week when it was a holiday, when the nation needed a real fix to the economic problems. Also, we have 3 senators that have not been doing their jobs for the past 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all have been accepting full pay. These facts alone support a reduction in senators & 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.

$ 59,675,000 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.

$ 8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings.

Big business does these types of cuts all the time.

IF you are happy with how our government is right now, just delete this message.

IF you are not happy, I assume you know what to do.

7 years 36 weeks ago, 8:40 PM

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SamD!

% wise how close is this data?i would like to use it as ammo against some democrats locally!and anyhoo,well thought out!

7 years 36 weeks ago, 8:45 PM

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you've got my vote! thats the most sensible plan i have heard in a while.
you might want to forward that to the UAW.. hehe

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7 years 36 weeks ago, 11:05 PM

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Boy if you did this

the fur would fly in Washington. LOL

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7 years 36 weeks ago, 8:30 AM

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subject that kind of thinking. Wow! Now that you point it out, they do have every modern convenience such as internet, telephones, cell phones, interns by the score, pages and subordinates of all sorts to do their bidding. You are right! Why do they need all of this stuff? They only work about 10 minutes a year anyway. The rest of the time is spent riding around in a chartered jet, sucking up all of the filet mignon and lobster that the taxpayers can provide and spend money like it was stolen. Senator McCain has got 9 houses. Who the Hell needs 9 houses?!! I would imagine that some of the libs have got way more than that. How many does Ted Kennedy have or the Clintons?

Go ahead punk, Make My Day!
7 years 36 weeks ago, 8:48 AM

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Cindy McCain is almost a billionaire. She owns the Budweiser Distributorship in Phoenix, Arizona. She owns those houses, he came by them honestly he married her! Nancy Pelosi works 3 days a week. Flys home to Calif on a C40 at a cost of $120.000 per week round trip. We PAY!

7 years 36 weeks ago, 9:08 AM

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I use him as an example because he actually disclosed how many he has got. I did not know about the Bud distributorship...sniff, sniff...the smell of money is oh so sweet, or so I've been told. But all of that other stuff still applies.

Go ahead punk, Make My Day!
7 years 36 weeks ago, 9:09 AM

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Blues Harp

Agreed on that! None are any fucking good.

7 years 36 weeks ago, 3:41 PM

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Is that supposed to say $120,000????? If so WTF?

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses
7 years 36 weeks ago, 8:56 AM

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I will ensure all elected officials get issued a rucksack and a pair of boots and they can hump their asses around DC. And I'm sure Greyhound bus lines gives group discounts for traveling home between sessions.

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7 years 36 weeks ago, 9:00 AM

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How about they stay home and only come to Washington 2 times a year for 1 week each time. Then they won't have time to fuck up our lives as much and they can work at home. Telecommute. The only time I feel safe is when they are in recess.

7 years 36 weeks ago, 9:12 AM

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Good call

Their bodyguards can come from the Bureau of Prisons and can keep bad guys out and the politicians in. But elect me as President in 2020 anyway. 11 percent payraise across the board for all military, veto any gun control legislation and I'll work to repeal all gun control laws and get rid of the welfare system entirely.

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7 years 36 weeks ago, 9:15 AM

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You have my vote, if you will raise my Social Security payments to make up for my lost IRA's...

7 years 36 weeks ago, 2:54 PM

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questions samD

For those of you who have not read some of my posts, I am all about the status quo. samD, what is the logic behind the representative cuts from 435 to 218? I disagree with cutting the senators numbers in half. I would propose a budget based on legal population for the representatives, with no overdraft protection. Meaning if the representative spent more than the budget, they would be responsible for the difference and no tax write off (of course I also like the fair tax idea).
I read this and try to project what I do into this scenario. My company went from a Washington staff of 10 to a staff of 3. We did this downsizing because the market dictated how many people could be productive and keep the company efficient.
I believe the representation we call government is designed to protect the people. I agree that congress has lost it's way and is self seving instead of public serving. But I am not entirely sure that dramatic staff reductions will allow for efficiency and job completion. I will think some more on this subject. A very thought provoking arguement my friend.

thanks for the great post

clint

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7 years 36 weeks ago, 3:04 PM

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Why not a budget?

Why not limit congress to a strict budget and force them to live within it? These old hypocrites sit on their chairs and have the nerve to ask the oil execs how much they make per year as if successful people should have to explain themselves to the government. That whole thing stinks of socialism to me. Meanwhile, these losers are misallocating billions of dollars of our money on illegal programs like welfare and disaster relief funding. Charity is not a lawful use of taxpayer money. These slime are supposed to be our employees, they are supposed to be accountable to us, yet once they get elected, they seem to think we owe them something. Set a budget, and don't allow them to exceed it. If the US military has to forecast and budget for everything from gas to mops, make congress work the same way.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

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