It should be a bi-partisan outrage that the members of our Congress with whom we entrusted the legislation of our country, are so blatantly delinquent in putting in an honest day, week, month or year's work. They are being over paid and AWOL. Why?
Laziness coupled with selfishness may in part be responsible plus the fact that they can. But primarily it is power and how to gain or retain power. A month after being voted into office they are out fundraising for the next election. How idiotic is it that we, the taxpayers, allow this routine to take place and continue administration after administration after admin . . . La Ronde! How do we bring it to a halt? And how do we get them back to their respective offices where they belong and start earning their inflated salaries?
There is only one way. Relieve them of the responsibility (or excuse). Eliminate the need to run hither and yon socializing, entertaining and glad-handing to fatten their war chest for the next elections. It may be a lot of fun for them but this is supposed to be our Congress and not a country club.
We must have REAL bi-partisan campaign finance reform and not just a Swiss cheese token. Spending limits is essential. Public Funding for Campaigns is the only way to nail these guys to their desk. The expenditure limits for publicly funded candidates is funded by the $3 check-off that appears on federal income tax forms.
Opponents such as Big Business, Pharmaceuticals, etc. refer to it as Taxpayer Financing to discourage the American people. Of course it is to their advantage to be allowed to contribute to campaigns as an investment in future favors from an administration. Whatever the method, campaign donations must be curtailed or specifically limited and controlled. It is the only way we can get our Congress back.
As an aside, I personally think the yearly salary of our congressman should be proportional to the percentage of days they show up for work. Dream on.
November 14, 2006