A Proposal to Eliminate Waste in Our Government

    I just received this in an email from my dad, and I thought everyone would enjoy this poem as well. I absolutely love it!!

    "The Proposal"

    When a company falls on
    difficult times, one of the
    thingsthat seems to happen
    is they reduce their staff and
    workers. The remaining
    workers must find ways to
    continue to do a good
    job or risk that their job
    would be eliminated as
    well. Wall street, and
    the media normally
    congratulate the CEO
    for making this type of
    "tough decision", and
    his board of directors
    gives him a big
    bonus. Our government
    should not be immune
    from similar risks.

    Reduce the House of
    Representatives from the
    current 435 members to
    218 members.
    Senate (members
    from 100 to 50 one per
    Then, reduce their staff
    by 25%.
    Accomplish this over the
    next 8 years (two steps/two elections),
    and of course this would
    require some redistricting.

    Some Yearly Monetary
    Gains Include:

    $44,108,400 for
    elimination of base
    pay for congress. (267 members
    X $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)

    $97,175,000 for
    elimination of their staff.
    (estimate $1.3 Million
    in staff per
    each member of the House,
    and $3 Million
    in staff per each send a
    member of the Senate every year)

    $240,294 for the
    reduction in remaining
    staff by 25%.

    $7,500,000,000 reduction
    in pork barrel ear-marks
    each year. (those
    members whose jobs are
    gone. Current estimates
    for total government
    pork earmarks are
    at $15 Billion/yr).

    The remaining
    representatives would
    need to work smarter
    improve efficiencies.
    It might even be in
    their best interests
    to work together
    for the good of our country!
    We may also expect
    that smaller committees
    might lead to
    a more efficient
    resolution of issues
    as well.
    It might even
    be easier to
    keep track of what
    your representative is doing.
    Congress has more
    tools available to do
    their jobs than it had
    back in 1911 when the
    current number of
    representatives was
    established. (telephone,
    computers, cell phones
    to name a few)

    Note: Congress did not
    hesitate to head home
    when it was a holiday,
    when the nation needed
    a real fix to the
    economic problems.
    Also, we had 3 senators
    that were not doing their
    jobs for the 18+
    months (on
    the campaign trail) and
    still they all
    have accepted full pay.
    These facts alone
    support a reduction
    in senators & congress.

    Summary of opportunity:

    $ 44,108,400 reduction
    of congress members.
    $282,100, 000 for
    elimination of the
    reduced house member
    $150,000,000 for
    elimination of reduced
    senate member staff.
    $59,675,000 for 25%
    reduction of staff for
    remaining house
    $37,500,000 for 25%
    reduction of staff for
    remaining senate
    $7,500,000,000 reduction
    in pork added to bills by
    the reduction of
    congress members.
    $8,073,383,400 per year
    estimated total savings.
    (That's 8-BILLION
    just to start!)

    Big business does
    these types of cuts
    all the time.

    If Congresspersons were
    required to serve 20, 25
    or 30 years (like
    everyone else) in order
    to collect retirement
    benefits, tax payers
    could save a
    bundle. Now they get
    full retirement after
    serving only ONE term.
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