Sunday, July 24, 2011

Can the British Parliament Please Step In?

by Leann

I don't write political blogs. I don't want to. Just consider this a rant, because I comment on our world or my life, for whatever it's worth. This week I noted how Rupert Murdoch got smacked down by one person after another as he was forced to sit in the British Parliament and explain his company's illegal, unethical behavior. Let me tell you, it was great. I loved it.

Then I started thinking how wonderful it would be if we could do something similar here. Make the congressional leaders from both parties, along with the executive leaders, the president included, sit down and listen to US. US as in U.S. No tea party-ers or far left wingers invited. Just US. We may not get through--okay, I doubt we'd get through--but I'd love to hear them suffer just a taste of what Rupert Murdoch got. Straight forward chastisement.

I'm frustrated that as I near retirement, I am worrying everyday about all the money I have responsibly set aside for my golden years. I do not trust any of those bozos in Washington to take care of me and the millions of people like me. That is a sad state of affairs for a country that is supposed to have a participatory democracy. These guys and ladies, IMHO, are taking care of their political futures first and the rest of us, well, not FIRST as it should be. (Though I am sure there are a few exceptions whose voices are not being heard.)

Shame on you, politicians. Congress shouldn't be a working place where you figuratively hold up your protest signs. If I'd EVER done that when I worked my day job, I would have been fired on the spot. No waiting for 2012. On the spot. Leave the building. My guess is, after all this nonsense, the attitude a year from now will be "throw the rascals out." We may have to sit biting our fingernails right now, but those fingers will busy at the voting booth. Unfortunately, congress, you've made sure your pensions will be safe. Mine? Thanks to you, I'm not so sure about mine.

How many of you think congress deserves a pie in the face, just like Murdoch got?

17 comments:

Lisa said...

i agree with you, it would be nice to confront them face to face and chastise them.

kissablesweet1 said...

I agree they should have to listen to US. I think we are heading ever closer to another civil war. It's gotten to the point where our government isn't doing any more than the King of England did when we moved here (well y'all did, I'm Native American..*grin*). It's absurd that our ELECTED officials don't have to follow the laws or listen to the people who elect them. I'm beginning to wonder why they hold elections to begin with. We can't count on them to take our best interest to heart. I agree with Obama that tough choices need to be made and Congress isn't doing that. They are carefully watching over their own pockets and those of the lobbyists who pay them. What kind of person would say yeah I make well over $300,000 a year but I think the poor and the Senior citizens should be paying for everything. GREEDY people!!

Sue said...

Totally agree after all we are the ones who elected them therefore we in some for are their boss. I would love to cut each member of congress' salary to minimum wage, NOT allow overtime and cut their health care the way so many of us are until they come to an agreement on the debt. I bet they'd get it solved pretty quick that way

Leann Sweeney said...

Here's something that's going around that makes sense to me:


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.

Andrea C. said...

I find very few things that frustrate me more than the self-serving attitude of our government. Not only are the American people not first on their list of interests (and we should be as we got them there) but I am not sure we are in the top five! I would love to sit down with many of our politicans face to face, tell them what I think, and see the defense they give! Uggg!

Char said...

What a great blog, Leann!! I so totally agree with you. My partner just got her first Social Security check and we're praying that it won't be her last! We just can't survive on my salary alone for much longer!
I worry about what my kids and grandkids have to look forward to in their lifetimes!

Leann Sweeney said...

One woman said, and I agree, that the paychecks that should be withheld FIRST are those for Congress. Bet they'd get a deal done real fast!

Anonymous said...

I agree with everything everyone said. It's a desgrace how the Congressmen think they are better than everyone else in this country and deserve special treatment. What we need to do is vote them out, but then the next bunch that come in will soon be like the rest. The sad part is, they all lie when their running for office just to get voted in. Frankly, you can't trust them anymore.

whiskeytangofoxtrot said...

My beef lies less with the politicians than the people who voted for them. The public has gotten what it's asked for, but it burns my shorts when I hear (or read) people complain that they don't trust elected officials to take care of them, and then turn right around and repeatedly vote in people whose agenda it is to enact even more goventment control over their health, retirement savings, businesses, food sources, education, transportation, and pocketbooks.

If you don't like it, change your choices.

Carol said...

WhiskeyTango, please remember that the party gurus decide who gets to run for those offices during primaries; we just get to say yea or nay to their choice. An Average Joe or Jane cannot afford to run for office, which is where it all went wrong. The tea-partiers are trying to correct that.

whiskeytangofoxtrot said...

I want very much for them to succeed with that, Carol. But the tea party is made up of ordinary citizens, and we citizens have responsiblity to do more than just sit back and bitch when someone else makes choices for us. As the old saying goes, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. We do have a voice; we just don't exercise it or follow though on it. If we don't like what someone's doing, the onus is on us to speak out and make it clear to them that if they don't carry out the will of the people, they will be replaced. And if their replacement doesn't do *their* job as dictated to them by their employers (the constituency), they, too, will be replaced, and so on until they get the message. But the most important part of all of that is that we have to have follow-through. Most sheeple would rather just sit back passively and bleat.

Leann Sweeney said...

Dear whiskeytangofoxtrot,
I appreciate you stopping by to offer your opinion. Please know this is a cozy, friendly blog. Your last sentence is veering into unfriendly territory. Thanks for respecting all the people who post here.

Leann

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play nice said...

If you're going to object to my comment, that's quite all right, but you should at least be fair and allow me to amend them.

Barbara said...

My husband and I are in our 70s. We're in our second year of not having a raise in Soc. Sec. and even that has hurt us since SS is the majority of our income. We can barely make ends meet. I don't see any congressmen hurting for money though, while everything we have to buy has gone up substantially. How are we to do without medications for our chronic illnesses, groceries, and gas (we live in the country)?

Nancy said...

Totally agree with you. I, too, am Terri ly worried about my retirement funds.

Kate Collins said...

I LOVE the Congressional Reform Act, Leann. We would see a lot of changes if our Congressmen lived under the same conditions and rules we did. I'm always amazed that our forefathers didn't think of that. After all, they wanted to prevent the injustices of English rule. Go figure.