Now, granted, I do not have the economic knowledge or training of Badtux or JurassicPork, but allow me to offer some alternative plans to reduce the cost of government:
- Congresscritters -- both Senators and Representatives -- do not get paid until a budget has been passed and signed by the President. Some will claim the Constitution prohibits "adjusting" Congressional pay or benefits until after the next succeeding election; the Rethugs like to say their financial emergency trumps all else -- including national defense -- so it should also trump their financial well-being. Hell, if we gotta suffer, it's only fair they suffer with us.
- Congresscritters no longer get free or discounted travel anywhere for any reason, including official business. They get to fly Grayhound like the rest of us.
- Lobbyists must deposit their
bribescampaign contributions into the Treasury, rather than the bottomless pockets of the pols.
- Eliminate free healthcare for Congresscritters. Let them see what it 's like to go without insurance.
- Eliminate free parking privileges for Congresscritters and their staff.
- In fact, eliminate their freakin' JOBS.
* I vote for cutting their nuts off. No anesthesia, no bandages, no mercy. That's the only way to keep them from reproducing.