As of Monday, January 7, 2013
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The Albany Herald (Jan. 3) featured Sanford Bishop saying that the Congress should be punished for their failure to deal effectively with the nation’s challenges. He said Congress should be exempt from the recent pay raise. He then said he is optimistic that cooler heads will prevail in the upcoming crises. Good luck on that.
Nice words, Mr. Bishop, but will you follow with action? How about submitting a bill to prohibit any increase in congressional pay including the one just received unless approved in advance by the taxpaying public? No more raises without the consent of the governed!
How about a bill that docks the pay of any member of Congress who goes on holiday while a crisis is pending? And another bill that realigns congressional pay immediately so it is lowered by at least the same percentage of loss experienced by America’s families? How about immediate action to move toward a “fair tax” that takes away the burden imposed by the government on each of us by the current and historic tax code that is such that ordinary citizens have to hire people to do their taxes, intensifying the economic burdens we face.
We face further crises — the debt ceiling, the continuation budget and the obvious fight coming between those in government who believe you can spend your way out of debt and those of us who understand that you cannot go on forever on “other people’s money,” that to survive and prosper you must control spending. And, Mr Bishop, am I not correct that the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 states that the president must, between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in February, submit a budget to Congress? I believe it has been three years-plus since the president has submitted a budget.
We, the taxpayers of this country, pay the freight and it is far past time for the government to live up to its responsibilities.