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    Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    If the govt shuts down, should there be a law saying those in power have their pay cut (or frozen with NO back pay) as a penalty for failing to perform their job?

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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    There should be some law to that the effect, but I just can’t see Congress proposing a bill that would cause a negative outcome for them.

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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Short answer: Absolutely.

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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Why should they? WE voted them in!! We send them to do what exactly they are doing... If you don't like it then next time don't vote for him/her. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here for voters...
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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverback View Post
    There should be some law to that the effect, but I just can’t see Congress proposing a bill that would cause a negative outcome for them.
    Not only that, but they are prohibited from doing so by the 27th Amendment:
    No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
    It could be done, but as stated above the change would not take effect until after the next congressional election.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunch View Post
    Why should they? WE voted them in!! We send them to do what exactly they are doing... If you don't like it then next time don't vote for him/her. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here for voters...
    Interesting - that is exactly what I have been telling folks as well. The current congress is in place because they won election. It may be a surprise to many people to know how many of those that voted AYE to the Budget Control Act of 2011 were re-elected. That is the legislation that brought us what is know as sequestration.

    I am almost to the point of saying that anyone that votes for an incumbent is part of the problem. Almost...
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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Members of congress and essential members of their staffs will be working if the government shuts down.

    That said, it would be a nice symbolic gesture to donate what pay they (members) 'would have lost' to some sort of charity.

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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    The congress will get paid, however, their aides/staffers will NOT.

    And honestly, it doesn't matter WHO you elect. Until a 3rd party emerges, nothing is going to change. It will be nothing but partisan gridlock.
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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    If the govt shuts down, should there be a law saying those in power have their pay cut (or frozen with NO back pay) as a penalty for failing to perform their job?
    There is a small issue all of the AD should know about their paychecks possibly getting delayed. The House passed the President's budget (appropriations) request for funding all of DoD back in June to the Senate which would have removed funding DoD from being an issue in this current mess. The Senate; for some unknown reason, Harry Reid never brought the budget to the floor for a vote. Again, the main person holding back Congressional progress is Harry Reid. There are other 28 other budgets passed by the House that the Senate (Harry Reid) never brought to the floor for a vote.

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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tak View Post
    VA: Extended shutdown could stop disability pay

    WTF???

    From Air Force Times http://www.militarytimes.com/article...disability-pay
    Refer to my previous post regarding this issue. Harry Reid failed to pass the budget to fund DoD which he received from the house in June. Could this be a way for the Democrats to once again hold the troops hostage against the Republicans?

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    Re: Shutdown.. Should all politicians take pay cut/freeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by cloudFFVII View Post
    The congress will get paid, however, their aides/staffers will NOT.

    And honestly, it doesn't matter WHO you elect. Until a 3rd party emerges, nothing is going to change. It will be nothing but partisan gridlock.
    A legitimate third party would be nice, but that doesn't fix the problem. If a third party was finally able to take hold, they would just be sucked in to the DC lobotomy club in a very short time and be no different than the other 2. Instead of just Larry and Curly, you get Moe too.

    IMO, the only thing that will stop the insanity is term limits. Once these idiots get elected, their re-election campaigns begin, and even though they don't really represent the positions of their constituencies, people keep sending the same garbage back for another term. Say what you will about the Tea Party, but at least they have put some of these bastards on notice that they can be primaried and defeated. We need more groups like this, regardless of their political leaning, that are willing to challenge the status quo.

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