Saturday, January 18, 2020

the polls vary from one out of ten to three out of ten that find 'our' government to be what it presents itself as being. the rest of us believe all of 'our' government to be corrupt. in this exploration you will be presented with evidence;

Several polling organizations have defined Congress’ approval rating in recent years, and each time Congress is viewed “less favorably than dog poop, hemorrhoids, traffic jams, cockroaches, zombies, herpes, Brussels sprouts, the IRS and used car salesmen.” If you get my drift, please read on.
All 435 members in the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate receive a $174,000 annual salary. As of a month ago, the average private-sector salary was $72,712. Industry folks get a few weeks of vacation, 10 holidays and do not work weekends. So, of the 365 days, they are off work about 130 days. But in actuality, a majority of salaried employees work more than minimum hours. 
For comparison, the Senate was off 197 days and the House was off 227 days in 2019. Now let’s discuss healthcare. While the poverty level in the U.S. in 2019 was $25,750 in annual income, members of Congress get much of their health insurance subsidized – 72% of premiums by taxpayers through federal buying exchanges while making 6.75 times more than poor people on average and 2.4 times more than what salaried, private-sector employees make. And did I mention that members get free outpatient care at military facilities in and around Washington, D.C.?
Congress also has terrific retirement benefits. While average American Social Security recipients in 2019 received $17,532 annually (federal employees average $26,000), members who serve 20 years average about $59,000. But not to worry, members’ retirement annuities cannot exceed 80% of their final in-office salary. And remember that members are vested in the retirement system after five years in Congress with full pension at 62 years or older or after 25 years in office regardless of age. This pension system has been used since 1987, and Congress can vote itself a pay raise at any time.
There are a plethora of other goodies that the public never hears about. All members get free parking at Reagan airport, which cost taxpayers $740,000 last year. Members fly free and can book themselves on multiple flights without being charged multiple times. House members receive a $900,000 allowance for staff plus a $250,000 yearly budget for travel and office expenses. Senators receive about three times this, or $3.3 million. Also remember that members get a $3,000 annual tax deduction for living expenses. They also get at least $40,000 to furnish their home-state offices, and there is no restriction on how many such offices may be opened. Do not forget about “franking,” where members do mass mailings by Congress courtesy of the taxpayer.........

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