How can we avoid the fiscal cliff without cutting spending or raising taxes? By slashing politician salaries, of course!
While Democrats complain about how CEOs earn too much, and Republicans complain about how welfare recipients earn too much, I think both sides can agree that our politicians earn too much, and that the best thing for them to do during these desperate times is to cut their own salaries.
Of course, don't expect Washington politicians to agree to any salary cuts anytime soon. They'd much rather have you make sacrifices by having your taxes raised or your public services cut rather than accept any sacrifices themselves.
So exactly why do we call these people public servants when they only serve themselves and their special interest donors?
That would be a good start! I think the rest would get fixed real fast if you made those salaries contingent on balancing the budget--with the exception of soldiers and those who reach social security age beyond the next ten years, as those two can be cut right away as a one-time permanent slash. Current seniors dependent on social security and those who expect to reach it within ten years should get what they were promised (they spent their working lives feeding it, after all). For the rest, (the politicians) I suggest an amendment whereby no salaried elected official gets paid unless the budget is balanced, within, say, a 30-day window, eased into by giving congress six months from the amendment's enactment to get it balanced in the first place.
Yeah, at this point, I wouldn't go after just soldiers until all of them have been withdrawn from overseas. Cutting their pay while having them in danger would be a dick move.
Yeah. I think cuts would be easier to pass (or easier to sell to the public) if people paid more attention to explaining detail and priority; some folks think cutting 'defense' would mean leaving soldiers behind and saying 'fuck you' and cutting Medicare would mean throwing everyone's grandma in the gutter out of the back of a moving ambulance... Of course there would have to be some sense in the process, and I've long supported the notion of cutting welfare and subsidy from the top-down and taxes and regulations from the bottom-up, forcing a retraction of the government's reach and size, thereby allowing the structure of production to recalibrate to real market supply/demand, cutting waste, freeing up entrepreneurial energy, and removing the perceived need for welfare programs, and slowly, I mean slooooooooowly maybe even the State itself.
Ron Paul had the balls to make cuts on his pension and salary as a senator, too bad he retired.
Why he never used this as a selling point is beyond me. A president that cuts his own salary for the sake of the country is one worth electing.
I agree. I would agure that if they don't cut they are not patriotic.
Put the whole lot on oh!bummer!care, and watch how fast that gets fixed!
Funny how the politicians are exempt from Obamacare. Same thing with other politicians in countries with socialized medicine. Do you think that Stephen Harper has to wait on line for medical care? Then again, you live in Canada, so you already know the answer.
I like that idea someone had "Everyone in congress is not up for re-election if the budget is in the red."
But what about folks like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich who truly care about addressing the deficit and debt? Then again, neither of them are serving in Congress anymore. So we're pretty much stuck with the authoritarian psychopaths.
Well if you're the one genius working for a company of complete incompetants, maybe you should find employment elsewhere before it goes under.
I like that idea, too. If the budget isn't passed and our economy is in the dumps, then the people in charge shouldn't be allowed another four years.
I agree. If the average worker doesn't get paid for not doing his job, why should a politician get paid anyway when he doesn't do what he's elected to do?
Because the politicians are working to serve their special interests not the American people.
Put them on minimum wage and shit will change