Friday, July 24, 2009

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.


Eman said...

Makes me lick my lips and say "Yeah...Yeah....YEAH!!! Over and over and over again.

This is an idea who's time has come. The era of career politician needs to end. If only this were common....common sense~~~

Opus #6 said...

Yes!!! Great idea!!!!