A place to start on spending cuts

 Average Salary of a teacher ……………. $40,065

Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN……………….. $38,000

Consider some political compensations………


Salary of US President …………………….$400,000

Salary of Vice President ………………….$ 230,700 

Salary of House/Senate …………………..$174,000

Salary of Speaker of the House ………..$223,500

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ….. $193,400

These figures do not include any perqs, such as staff allowances, office allowances, travel allowances, office space allowances, franking privileges, health compensation, etc etc etc etc. Arbitrarily speaking these additional costs more than triple the annual salary.

Also consider this:

Currently there are 4 living Presidents. Annual pension $720,000 PLUS the cost of their Secret Service details, travel allowance, Transition reimbursement etc. EACH @ $350,000 per year.  A total of $2.12 million

As of October 1, 2007, 435 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service. Of this number, 286 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $63,696. A total of 149 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $36,732 in 2007.

Total annual cost to taxpayers $23,690,124.00

According to the Senates info page(http://www.senate.gov/senators/Biographical/former_senators_alphabetical.htm) there are  142 living retirees. 

According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_living_former_members_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives  there are 903 living representatives.

Somewhere some numbers got lost in the shuffle.

So what is it we get for these salary’s? If you look at the performance of government over the last 20 years the answer would have to be, “not a hell of a lot”  If the heads of any major corporation (that’s another subject) ran their organizations as inefficiently as the Government runs its, they would have declared bankruptcy a long time ago.

And isn’t that the exact situation we find ourselves in today?

A Congress of Baboons

I recently received this in an email:

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not ……. a Congress Of Baboons !!!!

But since I can say what I feel here lets just call them what they are….. a bunch of whores!

Reform in Congress

Got this in an email today. Have no idea who the original author was but tell me what you think:

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.


And along with that thought we can add this in:

Proposed 28th amendment:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States”.

 All of this seems like common sense to me. To bad we would have to get it past the

” DC whores” .