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Americans must demand more from the U.S. Congress

Letter to the editor

Congress recently returned from another of its frequent, lengthy holidays. Meanwhile, did you enjoy your couple of days off for Thanksgiving? ... For years now, Congress has practiced and made nearly perfect its lame-duck status, as well as its do-nothing status.

The one current agenda receiving the most attention seems to be the fiscal cliff around which Congress and the White House continue to dance. Along with the dancing, rhetoric continues to focus on “entitlements,” which seem primarily to include Social Security and Medicare, both senior-oriented services. I spent all of my working years paying into Social Security and its associated Medicare. Many years ago, I petitioned the government to release me from the bonds of Social Security and allow me to take my money and use it to set up my own retirement. They refused. As you all know, you must contribute till you reach retirement age, at which time you immediately become a problem and a threat to the fiscal stability of the country because you expect to receive the benefits of years of mandated contributions.

As the debates continue as to how to rescue our nation from a fiscal crisis brought on by our government’s ever continuing thirst for more money to spend with abandon, you never hear other avenues being targeted. Have you heard anyone in Congress say that the government reduce spending, suggest that their pay be revised downward, getting paid only while in session, that their benefits not exceed those of the average working person? Ever hear anyone in Congress deplore the fraud involved in Medicaid, food stamps and welfare programs? How about doing away with earmarks, assessing severe penalties and cleaning house in agencies that take their staffs on million-dollar “workshops,” most of which is swept under the rug? How about doing away with do-nothing agencies and selling off excess government real estate?

We deserve and must demand better. Do you even care?

ALLAN W. RUSSELL

Leesburg

Comments

waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

Funny, many Large Companies are liquidating assetts by selling off unused land and property. Problem is, the Companies can benefit from this, the Government wouldonly spend the revenue as foolishly as it has in the past. How often have we heard, don't get upset about that statue made of human excrement, it is only a very small percent of the overall budget. Who was it that said watch the pennies and the dollars will look after themselves?

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 4 months ago

Great message, though, you are giving it to the folks that put Sanford Bishop back in office yet again. "...demand more from Congress..." Let me know how that works out for you.

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TrixibelleBento 1 year, 4 months ago

I do care. I keep up with politics on the Hill, but unfortunately, few people actually do. No one knows what is going on in other parts of the world or our role in it. They just want to watch Jersey Shore and worry about whether their particular pay-out from the Government will be affected.

Congress should NOT have benefits for life. When they've been elected out of office, they need to go back to their jobs and suffer like the rest of us are. Congress is a gravy train and the few people who are lucky to be in it laugh all the way to the bank. They have different benefits than we do and act like they've been given a divine right to do whatever they want. Until we cap their salaries, reduce their benefits if they're not in office and let them know that they ARE one of us, then the same results will continue to come out of Washington.

I keep trying to explain to my employees what will happen on January 1st if Congress doesn't get its butt in gear and they give me these empty stares. They won't get it until they see their first paycheck and wonder why their checks get smaller and smaller while the Washington fat cats continue to do what they've always done. When are people going to have enough?

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 4 months ago

Great idea regarding capping benefits, etc. But, how do you make that happen? The inmates are running the asylum!

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