What’s good for the Goose, is not good for the Gander-The Reason Americans despise Congress
Do you need a day job where you can ignore your boss, exempt yourself from laws, vote for raises in pay, have premium healthcare, have a base salary of $174,000, 401K Style Thrift Savings Plan AND Pension(for 5 years of service), and maybe a separate allowances for office staff($900,000+) and furniture($3.3M average)? Just run for a seat in the U.S. Congress!!
According to the Social Security Administration, in 2011 the average U.S. citizen earned $ 42,979.61. Only a ¼ of what a 1st Term U.S. Representative makes. Since 2011, Congress as a whole as maintained an approval rating of only 24% or less according to data from Gallup. How they are able to maintain a job with these kinds of benefits and rating that low, is beyond me. Would you be able to keep your job if your boss approved of only 24% of the work you did, or only 24% of the board of approved of your work? That’s highly doubtful. Congress will tell you all about the work they do, even though an actual budget hasn't been passed in 15 years(1997).
The 'do as I say, not as I do’ mentality in the Federal Government has got to stop.
The Affordable Healthcare Act should be repealed. Not because I want to keep healthcare out of the hands of Americans, but because it is the most Anti-American piece of legislation to date. I would say that it’s unconstitutional, but the U.S. Supreme Court has already determined that it is not. So, I am calling it Un-American. You can forget liberty as this program is being forced, yes I said forced, upon the American people who have no choice but to purchase this, or be fined, or as they put it, “pay a Tax Penalty” equal to $95 or 1% of their income-whichever is greater. Oh, but this only applies to those who aren’t making the laws, enforcing them, or big business. In this case what’s good for the goose is NOT good for the gander. I seriously doubt Congress and our executive leaders will step up and say, “This program is so good; I’m going to opt out of my premium healthcare program and sit-down at the table with rest of America and eat what we are force-feeding them.” Although, I would most certainly applaud anyone of them that would that would do that, regardless of party affiliation.
Will congress and the U.S. President be fined like those of us who decide to opt out? Of course not.
The lack of liberty minded elected and appointed officials in our government is appalling. The basis of our countries foundation is based on the creed of, “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and those who represent the governed would do well take that into consideration the next time they come across a new piece of legislation or be reminded come next election season.