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December 18, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Don’t forget who’s Congress’ boss

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All federal elected officials, no matter their political affiliation, should alter some of the current government policies in order to gain back the respect they lost over the past few decades. They should have the same health and pension choices as their employer, the American people.

Members of Congress should no longer decide on their own salary raises; the raises should be based on increases in the cost of living. Formulating new shorter-term limits should be a priority, perhaps three terms for a senator and six for a representative would be reasonable. This will limit the individual power of congressional members, reduce the amount of lobbying and minimize financial contributions. Balancing the budget and limited spending is a necessity in order for this country to survive.

As your employer, I say: stop ridiculous spending and pass a balanced budget with a surplus to pay our debts. Well, maybe next time. All congressional retirement funds should revert to Social Security and congressional members should participate in this plan.

All too often, elected officials feel they can tell the American people what to do without any repercussions; they tend to forget who is paying their salaries. Wake up, Congress. The American people want to remain as a republic and not become a socialistic society, which appears to be happening slowly.

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  1. Congress has a 9 percent approval rating yet Congressional incumbents are reelected 90 percent of the time. We get the government we deserve. Contrary to the popular belief by the letter writer, Congress mandated itself to be part of the Social Security retirement system since 1986. It's called FERS [Federal Employees Retirement System]. Plus the Congress has an individual retirement account called the Thrift Savings Plan [TSP] which is a portable self-directed retirement account that emulates a 401 K. Congress persons can put their earnings in their own personal TSP, if they choose, and there is a government match [with limitations]. To my knowledge, all current serving Congress persons are covered by the FERS and therefore part of Social Security.

    Carmine D

  2. Carmine is absolutely correct. In addition a Congressman needs decades of service to get a substantial pension out of the deal. Many that collect a pension have years of government service outside Congress.

    There are over 300 million people in this country and 300 million different ideas on how Congress should run the country. With a few hundred Congressman and 300 million BOSSES it makes for a confusing mess.

    If you think being an elected representative is easy to try it sometime. If you get elected you're in for a shock.