deficit solution

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by moreluck, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    people send me stuff....just sharing.


    Deficit solution?



    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 his board of directors gives him a big bonus.

    Our government should not be immune from similar risks.

    Therefore:
    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 staff by 25%.

    Accomplish this over the next 8 years
    (two steps/two elections) and of course this would require some
    redistricting.

    Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:

    $44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X
    $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)

    $97,175,000 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)

    $240,294 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.

    $7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel ear-marks 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 a few)

    Note:
    Congress did not hesitate to head home when it was a holiday, when the
    nation needed a real fix to the economic problems... Also, we have 3
    senators that wer not doing their jobs for the 18+ months (on
    thecampaign trail) and still they all have accepted full pay. These
    facts alone support a reduction in senators & 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.

    $59,675,000 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.

    $8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings. (that's 8-BILLION just to start!)

    Big business does these types of cuts all the time.

    If Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone
    else) in order to collect retirement benefits, tax payers could save a
    bundle.
    Now they get full retirement after serving only ONE term.

     
  2. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Heh, when I read that I was all set to quit my job and run for congress!
    Good thing I checked it out first:
    source

    I'm pretty sure I see some faulty logic in the way those savings are being calculated, but trying to go through it all would hurt my head. I don't buy that less congressmen= less pork, and I figure that if you cut the membership in half the first thing the remaining ones would do is vote themselves a pay raise, claiming they deserve it cuz now they're working twice as hard......
     
  3. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Jones, That's all right. I was just trying to hurt your head. :wink2:
     
  4. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    It's kinda thick, but if you smack it hard enough....:happy2:
     
  5. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    For some reason when I read the above, the picture below came to mind. Hmmmmm, I wonder why?

    :happy-very:
     
  6. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    wkmac...PERFECT !!:happy-very: