Why should politicians care about the fiscal cliff when their entitlements are guaranteed?

Going off the "fiscal cliff"With the “fiscal cliff” ever looming and our politician’s inability to understand the meaning of compromise it is becoming abundantly clear that we will in fact go off this proverbial cliff.  Both sides are already strategizing their blame attack.  Republicans cling on to the hope of no tax rate hikes for the top 2% of taxpayers while our president gallivants around the country continuing his campaign.  I just can’t express how reassuring these actions make me.  Oh wait that’s because I’m NOT reassured AT ALL.  I initially thought a short-term deal would be passed in time, but now I believe enormous posturing will in effect stand in the way for a compromise.

If you really think about it, why should Congress care?  Regardless of what happens they are guaranteed their entitlements. 

  • They have a great healthcare plan, which mind you is conveniently not a part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Seemingly unlimited sick time (as so eloquently illustrated by former Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr.).
  • They work part-time.  Have months worth of vacation.  In fact in case you were unaware, they go on vacation December 14th!  Yes, that’s right.  Congress goes on vacation with or without a deal.  As the average American gains an ulcer figuring out how they will pay for the expected $3,500 tax increase next year, our fellow congressmen and women will be soaking in the sun-rays.  Thank God.  Speaker John Boehner’s “tan” was starting to fade.  Let’s not forget Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  She needs time to buy more sunglasses.  It sure can get very bright in the Capitol building.  Plus, her wrinkles are starting to show again (a Botox appointment already in the works).  We wouldn’t want our politicians not looking their best.  We have an image to uphold.  To the heck with our economy.
  • Congress will garner great pensions for life (in some cases even if convicted of felons).  Of which money will magically never be used for other purposes, unlike the Social Security trust that was siphoned of its funds to pay annual deficit budgets.

Never fear my great fellow Americans.  I have heard of some compromise in the works.  Yes, in recent days I have heard both Democrats and Republicans begin to say the same thing.  Now what rhetoric you might ask?  Well that Americans are probably better off going over this “fiscal cliff.”  YES! This is their new, great idea.  Think about it.  Doing their jobs is really impeding with their vacation planning.  It can get really stressful planning a vacation.  I mean how do they top off last month’s vacation?  Or the one before that?  Silly constituents thinking our elected officials have time in their “busy” schedules to not only show up to work, but to actually work.

The sad fact is that Congress will NEVER change, unless WE change.  Why should they?  They barely get anything done.  Garner an exorbitant array of benefits and entitlements.  Most importantly they are continuously reelected, regardless of their level of incompetency.  I don’t think it is a coincidence that the same people advocating a “no-deal” are in fact wealthy.  They can sustain the onslaught the U.S. economy will endure and the tax increase every American will incur.

I hope my fellow Americans are closely watching these “negotiations” (if you can even call them that).  Because this my friends is what you elected.  You have elected the same egotistical, out-of-touch politicians that impede any real progress.  I would be foolish to say that all politicians are inadequate.  There are many noteworthy political servants of this great nation.  I simply think there aren’t enough.  And that is the reason why America’s problems NEVER get fixed.

I leave you with this picture I was recently emailed.  I am sure my fellow Illinoisans will get a kick out of it.

"Postcard" from former Illinois Governors

Are you hopeful a deal will get done?

Why should Congress get a deal done, when their entitlements are protected?

Email: realtalkdebate2012@gmail.com

Twitter: @adrakontaidis & @talkrealdebate

 

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About adrakontaidis

A conservative who doesn't pander to the GOP.

24 responses to “Why should politicians care about the fiscal cliff when their entitlements are guaranteed?”

  1. Kamil Zawadzki says :

    Reblogged this on Outspoken and commented:
    Let’s consider putting those great benefits, the fat salaries and their sweet vacations on the chopping block. Programs that many ordinary Americans NEED are constantly floated as places where cuts can be made, and yet the people actually voting on these laws and budgets on the Hill are insulated. Why?!

  2. Kamil Zawadzki says :

    And just to piggyback on what I already said in my reblog, I’m not even sure it’s the people as much as the system that’s been allowed to… well.. allow it to get this crazy… I mean you might come in gung-ho about making cuts and being fiscally conservative and responsible but at the end of the day are you going to volunteer your own benefits and/or salary for that ‘greater good’? Unlikely.
    Unless there’s a majority decision to change those rules and schedules to make our senators and representatives work more or even consider giving back some of their own high salaries to at the very least share in the sacrifice they demand of the rest of the country.

    That’s why it tickles me endlessly when politicians voted against Obamacare, for instance, while happily enjoying their own version of it. Kansas has an all-Republican delegation in D.C. and Rep. Huelskamp is one of the more hardline fiscal conservatives, yet I’ve not heard of him protesting against these extensive recesses, long sick times, etc. Even though he’s always ready to cut, cut, cut.

    Similarly, when a few months ago CBS’ “60 Minutes” did a report on rules that allow congressmen and women to get away with basically insider trading, dear Nancy Pelosi was one of the most outraged people in town. Nance was none too pleased that someone dared suggest our legislators not have conflicting interests when voting on legislation that could… well.. harm the corporations they got stock in.

    Senators and representatives start off to the tune of $174,000 a year. And that’s if you’re not tapped as majority/minority leader or speaker. Cabinet members make more yet. And our president rakes in a not-too-modest $400,000 a year. That’s plus all those fancy benefits like seemingly-endless vacations built into the schedule. But, again, I’ll be honest, if I was offered such a BEAUTIFUL salary and benefits package, it would be hard as hell for me to willingly say “no.”

    Maybe one day… :/

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Well you know I have political aspirations. However, what would set me apart is that I don’t do well with putting up will b.s. Either get stuff done or don’t bother running for office.

      Voters need to hold them accountable though.

  3. Kamil Zawadzki says :

    president makes $400,000* I meant to say. not $400,00

  4. Nancy says :

    As Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, ‘Government is for the People, By the People, Of the People.’ Somewhere down the line these past 147 years, the government has forgotten the ‘People’ and only cares about their ‘Entitlements’.

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