Monday, August 11, 2008

From GraniteGrok

The guys at GraniteGrok recognized Grant's latest installment in "50 Days, 50 Ways to Cut Federal Spending".

I think that this is a great idea! After all, don't we often hear the Liberals in Congress wailing about the high salaries and perks of corporate CEOs that don't really deserve all that money? Especially when their companies are not doing all that well? After all, those bad meanies are doing nothing but ripping off the little people. Well...

Goose, meet gander.

Frankly, Grant get(s) to the heart of the matter, the place where the decision to spend is made, but doesn't expand outward enough. Not only should the members of the US House of Representatitives be put on a fiscal diet (as they advocate for the same for CEOs), Senators, too, should be on the hook.

Now, here's the kicker. Not only are the Elected get on the fiscal wagon, but also their staffers. It is they, the folks that make the paper fly, the schedules made and kept, and answer the phones, that often create the bills that spend the money and then advise the Elected how to vote on them. Thus, let's give them an incentive as well to be frugal too - THEY, too, only a get a raise when our pockets stopped being picked. And being the modern equivalent of "flappers", they have the power to have a material effect on the process.

After all, we are the little people....and they have raised their salaries over the years whereby THEY are among the most highly compensated "workers" (cough, cough) in the country (and the world) - and look at the deficit they have put us in!

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