The Proposal

When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems
to happen is they reduce their staff and workers.  The remaining
workers need to find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that
their job would be eliminated as well.  Wall street, and the media
normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of "tough
decision", and his board of directors gives him a big bonus..

Our government should not be immune from similar risks.

Therefore: Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435
members to 218 members and Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per
State). Also reduce remaining staff by 25%.

Accomplish this over the next 8 years. (two steps / two elections) and
of course this would require some redistricting.

Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:

$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X
$165,200 pay / member / yr.)

$97,175,000 for elimination of the above people's staff. (estimate
$1.3 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in
staff per each member of the Senate every year)

$240,294 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel ear-marks each year. (those
members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government
pork earmarks are at $15 Billion / yr)

The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and would
need to improve efficiencies.  It might even be in their best
interests to work together for the good of our country?

We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more
efficient resolution of issues as well.  It might even be easier to
keep track of what your representative is doing.

Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in
1911 when the current number of representatives was established.
(telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few)

Congress did not hesitate to head home when it was a holiday, when the
nation needed a real fix to the economic problems.  Also, we had 3
senators that have not been doing their jobs for the past 18+ months
(on the campaign trail) and still they all have been accepting full
pay.  These facts alone support a reduction in senators & congress.

Summary of opportunity:

$ 44,108,400 reduction of congress members.

$282,100, 000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.

$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.

$59,675,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.

$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of
congress members..

$8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings. (that's 8-BILLION
just to start!)

Big business does these types of cuts all the time.

If Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like
everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits there is no
telling how much we would save. Now they get full retirement after
serving only ONE term.


Men's Brain / Women's Brain: Mark Gungor

"Tale of Two Brains" by Mark Gungor


A Letter From a Granddad

Guess you heard that 68% of the youth vote went to Obama. My granddaughter called this morning to tell me she was one of them. I replied with this e-mail:

Dear Susan,
The election of Obama comes down to this. Your grandmother and I, your mother, and other productive, wage-earning tax payers will have their taxes increased and that means less income left over. Less income means we will have to cut back on basic purchases, gifts and handouts.

That includes firing the Hispanic lady who cleans our house twice a month. She just lost her job. We can't afford her anymore.

What is the economic effect of Obama's election on you personally? Over the years, your grandmother and I have given you thousands of dollars in food, housing, cash, clothing, gifts, etc. By your vote, you have chosen another family over ours for help. So in the future, if you need assistance with your rent, money for gas, tires for your car, someone to bring you lunch, etc. ... call  202-456-1111 . That's the telephone number for the Office of the President of the  United States . I'm sure Mr. Obama will be happy to send a check from his personal or business accounts, as we have, or leave cash in an envelope taped to his front door for you, as we have.

It's like this. Those who vote for the President of the  United States  should consider what the impact of an election will be on the nation as a whole and not just be concerned with what they can get for themselves (welfare, stimulus checks, etc.). What Obama voters don't seem to realize is that the government's money comes from taxes collected from tax paying families. Raising taxes on productive people means they will have less money to spend on their families.

Congratulations on your choice. For future reference, you might attempt to add up all you've received from us, your mom, Mike's parents and others and compare it to what you expect to get over the next four years from Mr. Obama.

To congratulate Mr. Obama and to make sure you're on the list for handouts, write to:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington ,  DC   20500

Love you Susan,
but call the number listed above when you need help.