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