LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that is fed up with the way our Congress treats the voters who put them in office.
They have no qualms about giving themselves automatic pay raises every year thus avoiding those messy floor votes, while refusing to address our ridiculous minimum wage. The average American works 250 days a year but the members of Congress worked 110 days in 2016, and got paid like a full time employee! Only once since the creation of the minimum wage in 1956 has a Republican Congress voted to raise it. All other increases have come from a Democratic controlled Congress. The last coming in 2009 when it was raised to the current level of $7.25 per hour. To just match the cost of living it should be three times that!
The current Congress is gung ho to finally repeal the ACA since they now have an idiot in the WH who is stupid enough to sign it, secure in the knowledge that they can rely on the Federal Employees Health Benefits program where the government pays 75% of their premiums. It will be a bonanza to private insurance companies when 20M Americans lose their coverage and are dumped onto the open market and the companies’ gratitude will be reflected in GOP campaign contributions.
Social Security and Medicare, erroneously labeled “Entitlement Programs” by the GOP are also on the chopping block under the newly elected administration. Ever since St. Ronnie of Reagan raided the SS fund to give tax breaks to the rich, conservatives have been drooling at the mouth to privatize it and hand it over to their Wall Street buddies. What could go wrong with that? They want to turn Medicare into a voucher program so that retirees have to pay more out pocket expenses for their healthcare with their depleted SS benefits. That way the new death rates should clear the rolls faster.
Congressional raises should be subject to a national referendum determined by the voters and not left in the hands of Congress itself. Their pension should be SS and their health benefits Medicare. If your Congressman/Senator disagrees with this, then say YOU”RE FIRED!