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Real Reform November 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Less IS More.

Social  Security and Health Care reform in the United States would benefit greatly if one small change were made ~ put our representatives in Congress into the same sinking boat with the rest of  us.

Then sit  back . . . and see how fast  they would plug the leaks!

As it stands, the disconnect between the reality of millions of Americans, struggling to make ends meet, and the average member of Congress boggles the mind.

Congressmen and women do not pay into, or collect from, Social  Security.  Years ago, they  decided they should have a  special plan for themselves.  So, they voted in  their own benefit  plans for both retirement and health.

Surprise.  Surprise.  Surprise . . . while our plans are like rusting VW Beetles, their plans are as sumptuous as brand new Cadillacs.

250px-New_Orleans_City_of_Old_Romance_and_New_Opportunity_Crop_p_23_MoneybagsWhen they retire, as young as age 50 (with 20 years of service) or at age 62 (with as few as five years of service), they draw an average pension of $53,500 a year, with some collecting more than $100,000 a year following longer tenures on Capital Hill.  And those amounts increase annually for cost-of-living adjustments.

In short, being a public servant in Washington is a pretty sweet gig.

In contrast, under Social Security, which “we the people” pay into each and every payday until we retire, taxpayers can expect to receive an average of $1,000 per month once we reach a suitable retirement age.

Their health plan is not too shabby either:   the “Cadillac plan” features a $250 deductible and covers . . . everything!  And representatives cannot be denied coverage or rejected due to age, pre-existing medical conditions, or any bad habits like smoking, drinking, or carousing with young women (who may or may not have communicable diseases, but probably do).

“I want a p-l-a-n like that!”

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel strongly that the best way to represent the people is to live more like the typical American.  Since Congress seems just a bit out of touch with the reality faced by millions of Americans, let’s help them to “Get Real!”


Get in touch with your representatives and let them know (1) about your own health care, pension, and wage struggles; and (2) how much you resent the plum deals they picked off the tree for themselves.  Just type in your zip code at www.congress.org to connect with the disconnected representatives from your district.

Attend public meetings and ask pointed questions . . . designed to embarrass them into working for suitable reform for “all the people,” not just for the elected elite.

Or elect me to Congress.  I promise to work from the inside to bring about real change ~ all the while enjoying fabulous perks and exciting benefits!

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For a commentary on Taxing The Poor to Feed The Rich:  Stop, Watch, Listen, Consider, Repost (Senator Bernie Sanders ~ Vermont)


1. nrhatch - November 16, 2010

I wrote this post a while back.

Due to the passage of time, it’s probably as badly in need of revision as our health care and social security systems.

But I don’t feel like fixing it until Congress gets its act together. 😉

2. Chad - November 16, 2010
nrhatch - November 16, 2010

Good link. Thanks, Chad

Poor guy . . . he has to wait a WHOLE MONTH to get his health benefits.

3. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 16, 2010

Well, lots were voted out of office, but unfortunately the ones voted in are no better – even though they say they are. From past records, or plain old bumbling inexperience and being badly informed, I can see no true difference. However, I will be good – for a while – and give them a chance. Apart from your excellent suggestion, I also add my own comment. We as Americans have become far too entrenched in the “instant gratification” way of life. Yes, we have waited long, long, far too long for a decent health care program for all of us, but on the other hand, whenever any attempt at reform is made, if we don’t see “instant results,” we throw it out. Baby, bathwater, and all. That goes for any type of legislation. Our complete lack of patience, and an unwillingness to use critical thinking and sound reasoning, and our refusal to listen, labor, and wait is killing all of us – one election at a time. . .

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

Yup! Instant gratification is definitely an issue for Americans.

4. Greg Camp - November 16, 2010

My one and only vote in a Florida election was in 1990. Since then, I’ve moved out of the district. If you ever take up residence in Arkansas, you have my vote. I was about to ask why you would want to subject yourself to our political system, but you’re right to say that the benefits are extraordinary–reserved for the very few, in this case.

I do have to wonder how I can get a job that has no specific requirements, limited duties, and great compensations.

nrhatch - November 16, 2010

All the perks in the world would not inspire me to run for Congress.

Having to spend time in DC, rubbing elbows with other politicians (ACK!), is not how I want to spending my “waning” years.

But thanks for your vote of confidence! 🙂

5. Cindy - November 16, 2010

You have my vote, NR Hatch for President!

nrhatch - November 17, 2010

When I left the practice of law, my parents tried to convince me that politics would be the next best step . . .

It made me wonder if they knew me at all. 🙂

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