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  •  Put Congress on a salary of $600/month. Take away (15+ / 0-)

    their special health care benefits.  Ask them to pony up $104 for Medicare Part B, $120 for Medigap Plan F, and $41 for an average prescription drug plan.  And make them buy food with what's leftover.

    Then maybe they will understand what's wrong with chained CPI as a solution to anything, but political grandstanding.

    •  They won't understand (3+ / 0-)
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      Because most of them have wealth and assets way beyond their meager salaries.

      Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

      by coral on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:15:58 PM PDT

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    •  Congressional retirements and health care should (4+ / 0-)
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      be no better than Social Security and Medicare.  Period.

      They have to live on what the rest of the country gets.

      Of course, since most of them are already millionaires, that might be a pointless exercise.  

      Still, if they are serious about the deficit, they can cut their own benefits down to what the average American gets.  Since they can actually afford it, there is no reason not to do so.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:49:20 PM PDT

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    •  And this is the whole (1+ / 0-)
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      problem in a nut shell.  How can they pass down laws to us when they don't live by them, themselves.  We need a congress and senate to have a balance of average Americans instead of being all made up with wealthy people and ex-movie stars.  

      The whole political system has become insane with religious policies and financial policies that do nothing for the people, but everything for the churches, corporations and bankers.  It is a cesspool swamp.  All they do is make policy that continues to bleed off jobs, put people into further debt, and produces more austerity for those whom are not rich.  

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:41:48 PM PDT

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