Sunday, June 21, 2009


Members of Congress and employees of government should have the same healthcare as we do, not better. They work for us. Write, call or email your Congress members and 5 of your friends and demand equivalent healthcare for all of us Americans. It's an outrage, Congress is not royalty.
Well, now that I've started, I've noticed that Congress and federal agencies are expected to spent upwards of $60,000,000 on a little-known perk unavailable to us common Americans. Old student loans taken out by Congressional staff people, and other government employees, can be paid off, the taxpayers, disguised as "the government". It started as a little perk costing $1,000,000 in 2002. Steadily increasing, staff people working for Congress now get a maximum of $10,000 a year repayment of their student loans (primarily, of course, for law school) with a lifetime maximum of $40,000. This is, of course, in addition to "educational" programs paid for by us taxpayers for...Pilates and yoga and...the Senate's Vice-Presidential Bust Collection, whatever that is and haven't all the Veeps been men? Their busts are collected? Huh?
Congressman Jim McDermott (U. S. Rep, Dem, WA) earmarked $250,000 of "Obama's Stimulus money (oops, strike that, it's not Obama's money it's ours, the taxpayers!) to fix up the Rainier Club, exclusive enclave for the rich and famous because its rich members didn't want to...Jimmy Congressman, get real you bozo!
Well let's add perks. Congress' taxpayer-funded junkets rose ten times (1,000%) since 1995, with the Democrats taking control of Congress in 2007 and increasing them 50%. And spouses fly free but only on government planes, if they fly commerical spouses pay. You might wonder why the government has planes for Congress when airlines fly the same places. PERKS is the answer, cushy jobs that contribute to them fighting tooth and nail to keep the jobs. All with taxpayer money. Sixteen U. S. Airforce planes are dedicated to the lawmakers, and apparently one for Speaker Pelosi alone!

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