In­ept Congress

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

As I ponder the state of this coun­try I think the blame lies squarely at the door to the Congress (House and Se­nate). Each mem­ber of Congress was elected to rep­re­sent their dis­trict or state. The first thing they do when they get to Wash­ing­ton is try to rep­re­sent Amer­ica to gain stature so they can run for some other of­fice. They have no le­gal stand­ing to do so (see Con­sti­tu­tion: No state shall en­ter into …) and I think they should stop im­me­di­ately and con­cen­trate on work they were hired to ac­com­plish.

Should a mem­ber of Congress be­lieve a trip to some coun­try would be ben­e­fi­cial to their dis­trict or state, then that is who should fund the trip, not the U.S. tax­pay­ers. The most im­por­tant job (and the one that never gets done on time) Congress has is sub­mit­ting a bud­get to the pres­i­dent for ap­proval.

I be­lieve that there should be an in­cen­tive clause adopted to en­sure that We the Peo­ple get our money’s worth from Congress an­nu­ally. We start by plac­ing a dead­line of 100 days prior to the end of the fis­cal year for the bud­get sub­mis­sions. For ev­ery­day that the bud­get is late, mem­bers of Congress for­feit 1 per­cent of their salary and op­er­at­ing bud­get. If they drag it out to mid-night Septem­ber 30th, they lose 100% of their salary and op­er­at­ing bud­get. They may be wealthy enough to work for no money, but their staffs can’t, and if they can’t get a bud­get sub­mit­ted on time then surely they do not need a staff.

Once the bud­get is sub­mit­ted then they can then go home for four, five, and six day week­ends and cam­paign for this or the next of­fice in the pro­gres­sion plan. If mem­bers of Congress worked for me I would have to fire them for not do­ing their job and try­ing to do mine. Oops, they do work for me and ev­ery other tax­payer in this coun­try. So how about work­ing for a change in­stead of try­ing to do the pres­i­dent’s job, the courts’ job, busi­ness’ job and the mil­i­tary’s job. Steve Siegel DeBary, Florida

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