While Main Street USA struggles to make ends meet, our elected representatives continue with their lifestyle, complete with full staff and expense accounts.
Curious that I have never heard of layoffs happening on Capitol Hill. Perhaps there have been during this economic downturn, and, if so, this American missed the notices.
But, more to the point, our leaders create rules and regulations that apply to everyone but themselves. The most blatant was when they voted to exempt themselves from last year’s healthcare reform bill.
If it is such a great piece of legislation, why are they not taking part with the rest of us?
Another why-on-Earth-do-they-get-this-perk is that staffers of Congress members and family are exempt from having to pay back student loans. That, quite frankly, is unjust and criminal.
More annoying, perhaps, is that those sitting in Washington DC can mandate a retirement age for all, except, of course, themselves.
To ensure that all citizens are on equal footing, there should be a 28th Amendment.
It should read (not my wording, it was received in an email forward):
Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.
Unfortunately, as Congress would have to pass this, it more than likely will never come about.
Perhaps it could be an initiative voted on by the people to become law.
One can hope.
Over For Now.
Main Street One