This sounds good to me!! How about you…
I could vote for something like this. There’s really only one problem . . . it’s a nice pipe dream. All 535 members of the combined US House of Reps. and Senate would vote against this because it threatens their gravy train!!! And I have forwarded a similar proposal several times over the past four years and never heard a single word about it from anybody. Apparently the people I sent it to 1. Deleted it or 2. Did not forward it or 3. Felt that it was a futile endeavor or 4. Did not know what the message was talking about or 5. Did not agree with it or 6. Are planning to run for a US Congressional office or 7. Work for a member of the US Congress or 8. Are a relative of a member of the US Congress. or 9. Are receiving monetary stipends form members of the US Congress (welfare) or 10 Just don’t give a shit. Cheers, Del..
This is something I believe in and I hope you all read it all the way
When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers.
The remaining workers must 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 the board of directors gives upper corporate management big bonuses.
Our government should not be immune from similar risks.
Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members.
Reduce Senate members from 100 to 50(one per State). Then, reduce their remaining staff by 25%.
Accomplish this over the next 8 years (two steps/two elections) and of course this would require some
Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:
$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)
$437,100,000 for elimination of their staff (Estimate $1.3 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in staff per each member of the Senate every year)
$108,350,000 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.
$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel earmarks each year. (Those members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at$15 Billion/yr).
The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and 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
Congress does not hesitate to head home for extended weekends, holidays and recesses, when what the nation needs is a real fix for economic problems. Also, we had 3 senators who were not doing their jobs for the 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all accepted full pay. Minnesota survived very well with only one senator for the first half of this year. These facts alone support a reduction in senators and 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.
$70,850,000 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.
$8,084,558,400 per year, estimated total savings. (That’s 8-BILLION just to start!)
Corporate America does these types of cuts all the time. There’s even a name for it. "Downsizing."