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Benefits for members of Congress?

  • I don't know all the benefits for Members of Congress. I saw the following on FB. You can't believe all you hear on FB. But if this is all true. Maybe we go a little too far with the benefits for Congress? A two year term gets you full bennies for LIFE? I think its bad enough that government employees get FULL pay from retirement from 25 years. But full pay for 2 years of service? That can't be right??

    Here is the post that I read:

    Children of a congress member do not have to pay back their college student loans. How nice!
    Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it.
    Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

    This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

    This is an idea that we should address.

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

    If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."

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    "...an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits" JFK

  • I do know know if the above allegations are true, but I like the amendment. What essentially amounts to insider trading (Congressmen trading on material information they have that has not been publicly disseminated) is legally done by Senators and Representatives. There may be many other things that we do not realize. I see very little downside to the amendment.

  • Putting aside that this is not the abuse that Fox made it out to be, do you like the proposed amendment? As I pointed out above, insider trading is a big issue with Congress.

  • Generally, yes.