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Take away Congress’ special privileges

2013-01-28T03:30:00Z Take away Congress’ special privilegesPaul Rohlf, Davenport The Quad-City Times
January 28, 2013 3:30 am  • 

I am deeply concerned by the special privileges that Congress has provided itself.

They include their own retirement, lots of travel, their own health care and a salary whether they are in Washington working or not.

We, the people, should have a chance to vote on Amendment 28, which could read something like this:

Amendment 28

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the senators or representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the senators and representatives that does not equally apply to the citizens of the United States.

If we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we should have a chance to make this happen.

Paul Rohlf

Davenport

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  1. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - January 29, 2013 12:04 pm
    Every one of your posts is a seminar about how poorly informed YOU are. As usual you have it wrong. Congress is exempt from a good many of its own laws. It only takes a few seconds to do the research. Here, I will help you out a bit. http://news.yahoo.com/congress-exempt-several-federal-laws-220911901.html
    Besides the ones in this link there is also exemption from prosecution for insider trading, which is a biggie. They promised to close that but it hasn't been done yet. And then we have the absurd hypocrisy of the democrats, who have a weapons ban on the table that they are exempted from obeying.
  2. Arnold Norman
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    Arnold Norman - January 28, 2013 1:20 pm
    what is nonsence is congress spending 30 hrs a week fundrasing on our nickle. This a fact we are one of the only countrys to allow policial fundrasings. We need to stop this and our government needs to be the only one that gives them so much money. The news media iis making a killing from the funndrasing money. I thought the news media was to report the news free with equal time for all.and be our watch dogs. NOW THERES FOX
  3. aequitas
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    aequitas - January 28, 2013 1:00 pm
    That's actually not true. While it is true that the most popular way to propose an amendment to the Constitution is through Congress, two-thirds of the state legislatures may call for a separate convention to propose amendments. Either method requires the ratification of three-fourths of the states.
  4. Wheezy
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    Wheezy - January 28, 2013 12:44 pm
    The letter is mostly nonsense, and aequitas has the facts right.

    To me the biggest problem about how Congresspeople spend their time is that so much of it is spent on fundraising, and the resulting special access that make them more attendant to "we the dollars" than "we the people".
  5. aequitas
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    aequitas - January 28, 2013 12:41 pm
    Apparently, providing those pesky things called "facts" and "information" is now considered "making excuses."

    You need to better inform yourself what our elected officials' calendars look like through the average week. Ask Senators Grassley and Harkin whether they're working during the August recess when they spend nearly each and every day on the road traveling across Iowa to meet with constituents. It's all part of being an elected representative. And their work days usually start early and end late. If you think it's such an easy job, why don't you run for office, Arnold?
  6. Arnold Norman
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    Arnold Norman - January 28, 2013 12:07 pm
    aequitas your making excuses like one and talking like one. We hired them to be in washington at work at least 4 days a week and 50 working weeks a year NOT 2 day a week and 30 working weeks a year and only half show up.You need to quit beliving their ras-a-dazel work habits and wake up. .
  7. aequitas
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    aequitas - January 28, 2013 11:31 am
    Arnold, you're going to have to restate your question. I have no idea to what your question is referring.
  8. Arnold Norman
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    Arnold Norman - January 28, 2013 11:13 am
    aequitas
    Your congressman WHO ?
  9. aequitas
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    aequitas - January 28, 2013 10:57 am
    I would say that they have demonstrated their stupidity time and again by writing letters like this one.
  10. aequitas
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    aequitas - January 28, 2013 10:56 am
    Hooray for bogus chain emails infecting the pages of the QCTimes again!

    1) They participate in Social Security and in a federal employee pension program to which they also contribute. They're vested after five years, but the amount of pension they can draw is tied to years of service and age like any other federal employee (or private sector employee with a pension.

    2) Yes, they do get to travel for their job. It kind of goes with the responsibilities of the position, much like any private sector job that requires travel.

    3) They participate in the same health programs available to any other federal employee. However, they do have access to medical treatment at Bethesda and an in-house physician at the Capitol. Beginning in 2014, when the insurance exchanges are set up under the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress will have to participate in them.

    4) Whether they are in Washington or back in their districts, Congressmen are still working. When they're back at home, the usually have meetings lined up with their constituents or are out learning about what their district has to offer or what it needs. That information helps them get more work done for the district during their time in Washington.

    I'm not sure which laws you think do not apply to them but apply to you. The rest of your letter suggests that you aren't very informed, though.
  11. Arnold Norman
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    Arnold Norman - January 28, 2013 10:45 am
    Congress voted for term limits for our presidents but won't vote for term limits on themselfs and only they can do it.
  12. senor citizen
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    senor citizen - January 28, 2013 8:55 am
    This is a government by and for the people, who have demonstrated their stupidity time and again by electing the same people over and over,these folks will never be interested after the election except how many welfare "entitlements" they can collect. Ayn Rand and Geroge Orwell were prophets.
  13. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - January 28, 2013 8:31 am
    I think its a great idea but you do realize Congress would have to pass that legislation, right? There is nothing as difficult to pass as a Constitutional amendment.
  14. Wheezy
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    Wheezy - January 28, 2013 4:32 am
    Somebody slept through their Civics classes.
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