I would like to shed some light on another travesty. There are a lot of serious problems within the government. Trying to expose them all here in one post would be impossible, without it reading like a book.
I believe there should be some major changes in how people that serve our government are treated. For one thing, when the laws stating that the Congress and Senate members should be compensated for the remainder of their life, you need to look at the lifespan from the time. Most people didn’t live very long, so that was an easy argument. Today, however, circumstances should dictate that a cap should be placed on this compensation, or that a minimum number of years be served like in any other branch of government service.
Think about it. Every few years, there is another batch of senators and congressmen and women. So they work two to four years and then they get paid for the rest of their life? (Granted, it’s not full salary like some say, but it more than most people get. ) That could be 40 or more years for some of them. (http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2013/jan/11/chain-email/can-members-congress-retire-full-pay-after-just-on/ ) Add that to all the recent conflicts and wars we’ve been in, and it’s no wonder we’re in debt like we are.
To add insult to injury, literally in many cases, you have military vets that have risked their lives for us (under the orders of some of these same people), and they don’t even have a home. They have to serve a minimum of 10 years to get a pension. Post office workers and other government employees have to work for at least 10 years to get a pension too. Why don’t our elected government employees have to? They only have to serve 5 years. Must be nice…
There should either be a minimum number of years done in elected government service, or a cap on the number of years benefits are received by them. Either way, we need to stop paying out so much to them. Most of them have a lot of money already, and having been Senators or in Congress, they have the ability to make more money in the form of books or appearances. Why do we need to pay them even more?
I would also like to talk more about how our vets are treated, but I will save that for another post. They deserve at least one dedicated to just that topic. Until next time… live, learn, and grow.