A taxing situation

Your money goes to Washington to pay for officials' shenanigans

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When Jack and Jill trotted up Capitol Hill, they had no idea they might be tumbling down it with more than just bodily scrapes.

According to Politico.com, in 2007 there were 38 cases of sexual harassment settled among congressional employees.

Congressional policies, and American laws, don't exactly discourage such cases. And when there's an unlimited sum of taxpayer money to be had, there's all the more incentive. to sue

There are undeniably some staff members who have been legitimately abused. Then again, with a pool of money nearby, some may be self-made victims armed with exaggerated or even counterfeit tales specifically designed to invoke pity.

No matter their validity, accusations can earn aggrieved aides gigantic amounts of dough.

If you think this is a matter that doesn't concern you, you're wrong -- unless you don't pay taxes. Ill-treated aides receive $1 million for their trouble, on average.

Of your money.

In contrast, when elected officials and their minions are charged with harassment, they often don't have to pay a cent. Everyday citizens are left to pick up the financial slack.

Why is it our responsibility to shell out so much of our own money as compensation for misdeeds that may not have even occurred in the first place -- and those that happened through the purposeful malfeasance of our supposed leaders?

The congressional officials themselves should exhibit enough integrity to take responsibility for what they've done, and make amends with their own wallets.

It's not enough that we elect these people and send them to Washington on our dime, where they often eat and drink and party on lobbyists, and then get re-elected ad nauseam until they're carted out kicking and screaming. But we're also on the hook to pay for their and their staffers' extra-legal shenanigans?

That needs to be made illegal.

It's our tax dollars that are being collected from us. Shouldn't they be directed toward more productive endeavors than covering adolescent backsides on Capitol Hill?

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/18/10 - 10:43 pm
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Change the law so that

Change the law so that lawmakers are held personally responsible for their illegal actions. And while we are at it, change the campaign finance system and eliminate Congressional and Senatorial perquisites that allow lobbyists to contribute to campaigns and to wine and dine our Representatives and Senators. Unrestrained capitalism is as corrupt as any other type of economic system. Elitism and corruption make a mockery of democracy.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/19/10 - 03:43 am
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Cain, you were making sense

Cain, you were making sense until your last two sentences. "Unrestrained capitalism" doesn't exist in this country and hasn't for many decades and "elitism and corruption" makes a mockery of ALL political philosophies.
By the way, this is a representative democracy, which is much more restrained than the mob rule of democracy (which mocks itself).

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/19/10 - 03:47 am
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The elite club of congress

The elite club of congress does many things at taxpayer expense, with no oversight. Since the congress makes the rules about it's behavior and responsibilities, should we expect a change? Cain was right in his opening implication .... until the laws of the land apply to congress, we're stuck with the mess we have today.

justus4
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justus4 07/19/10 - 04:23 am
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When a government agency
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When a government agency discriminates against an individual, and records prove that the hiring authority was prejudice in his/her hiring selection or firing selection, those funds are taxpayer money. When aid to foreign countries are given annually in amount of 5 billion, 3 billion, etc, that's all taxpayer dollars. The point: We all pay money to this government and don't like all the ways they spent it.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/19/10 - 04:31 am
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So Justus4....are you saying

So Justus4....are you saying that Affirmative Action, which is when a government agency discriminates against an individual, should be outlawed? I doubt you will have the guts to answer honestly.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/19/10 - 05:47 am
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Good post TIGGER, but make it
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Good post TIGGER, but make it even clearer. Affirmative Action is a policy of discrimination based on race. Therefore, IT IS A RACIST POLICY. As for taxes, well, according to VP Joe Biden, anybody who doesn't pay more taxes is "unpatriotic." What an idiot!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/19/10 - 05:50 am
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CAIN, "change the law so that
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CAIN, "change the law so that lawmakers are held personally responsible..." Good one, Cain, like they will ever pass anything like that. While you're dreaming, why don't you dream that they will pass term limits and a balanced budget amendment. BOTTOM LINE...NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!

chascush
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chascush 07/19/10 - 09:00 am
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justice4,’ When a government

justice4,’ When a government agency discriminates against an individual, and records prove that the hiring authority was prejudice in his/her hiring selection or firing selection, those funds are taxpayer money.’
I’m amazed I didn’t think you understand. White men have been discriminated against for the last 20+ years. justice, I’m glad you are finally seeing things more clearly.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 07/19/10 - 09:35 am
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Bravo AC! Yes indeed, and

Bravo AC! Yes indeed, and regardless of which side of the aisle you support, you have illustrated one of the best arguments ever for term limits. Career politicians are anathema to the basic functions of our government, and are over time easily corrupted by the endless lobbyists who have unlimited funds at their disposal to get these politicians in their pockets. No amount of legislation is going to put a dent in an experienced career politician's ability to manipulate the system to his/her advantage. I submit that there are very few that get elected and do not benefit from the experience far beyond their normal salaries. No, indeed many leave congress far wealthier than they arrived by far, and usually set for the rest of their lives. There is also no way to dislodge a politician that is well liked by his constituents, regardless of their performance, as in the case of Barney Frank, Harry Reid, Charlie Rangel, etc, etc, etc. I firmly believe that unless we institute term limits as an amendment to our Constitution, then this will never happen, as these same folks voting to limit their terms is highly unlikely. Therefore, I have little hope that it will ever happen, so...the beat goes on....

grouse
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grouse 07/19/10 - 12:33 pm
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Congress just doesn't
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Congress just doesn't magically get re-elected. Term limits just takes away the incentive for the people to be responsible for the type of government they want.

WW1949
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WW1949 07/22/10 - 11:46 pm
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ALSO WITH TERM LIMITS, END

ALSO WITH TERM LIMITS, END THE FULL PAY RETIREMENT FOR THEM.

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