The way we’re being represented in Congress is opening up many emails to me from those who have found out what they are getting for their dollar these days.
One reader says he can’t see giving pensions to the representatives who are in there for just a few years, and even no pensions for those who have been in there too long with nothing to show for what they have accomplished. There should not be any tenure either, as we are the ones who put them in charge of our representation.
One reader said we shouldn’t be paying the representatives while they are not on the job. How many who work for a living get paid for staying home?
One reader said every representative should be paying into Social Security instead of drawing a congressional retirement. That money should go right into the system, where those who retire from being in office would participate just like the rest of us. Any other money they would need could be gotten by purchasing their own retirement package and take the chance that it is there when they do retire.
All members of Congress should abide by all laws just like we the people do. Why we, the people, sent them to represent us is that they listen to us and not the parties they belong to. Remember that we sent them to do what is best for us and not just for them.
If they decide that what we want is something they can’t do, then they should get up off their seats, pick up the phone and call us. They should tell us, “Get someone else because I am not good enough to represent you.”
When Congress was first thought of, it was to give the people a voice in all things brought before them. Are we getting that now? All those whom we sent to be our voices should do the job, and once their term is over, ask us if they did the job right. If not, then they should get out and find another job.
I get a lot of emails each day. I hear from my friends and readers. That tells me most are fed up with the way we are heading.
Many people are out of jobs, and they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Many are so much in debt. They thought it was safe to overspend way outside of what they earned. Many are retirees who wonder how far their existing resources will take them. Will they wind up with nothing or have just enough to get by?
Homes have been lost, and taxes have risen for a lot of them, but they struggle to make each penny go as far as possible. Our youngsters are graduating from college with no jobs open for them. Our cities are full of dope peddlers, robbers and molesters, but our jails are full so they roam the streets looking for something to get them by.
What I am trying to get across is that those members of Congress don’t have those things to worry about. They can just lean back and relax because their futures are locked in.
I can only write about what the fears are and wake up those who have fallen asleep on the job. Several years ago I thought that I would one day run for office to help those whom I would represent, but really I am too old to take that leap now. But just maybe there are some out there who really want to be the people’s voice. Just maybe some of them will take that leap this fall and give us a chance to be heard.
Take a look at our Statehouse and those two speakers down there and wonder how much longer we will put up with them.
• Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.