The majority of politicians are not representing their constituents. Everything they do gives the appearance of me, me, me. With all the talk we have heard about reducing the deficit, it is what can we do to the average citizen that will not affect me. Not one word has been said about reducing their benefits.
We have politicians collecting per diem, yet they live at home. If they were in the military, they would be court-martialed. Others are getting free haircuts, dry cleaning and shoe shines, not to mention an outrageous retirement and health plan. There are elaborate and expensive vacations for the president and his family. How many employees assist the first lady?
Now on the news we hear about portraits of our distinguished representatives costing between $22,000 and $44,000. When questioned about this, the response was “I’m not answering, because you are talking about Small Ball.” Whatever that means.
Granted, reducing any of these benefits will not completely eliminate the deficit, but every little bit helps and would save some jobs.
Hey, they feed peanuts to elephants.