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  •  I'd spring to pay for some dorms. (2+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, NoBlueSkies

    It would help to loosen up the housing supply in DC and bring the cost down.  But better than that, it puts these a-holes 4 to a room with a shared bathroom.  I'd even mix the political parties! They might have to actually talk to each other and learn to work with each other.  It will also remind them how 98% of the country actually lives.  We could also spring for 4 flights home each year, coach seating, with advance purchase to keep the fares down.  We'll make sure to put this housing about 20 miles outside of DC and they can take the bus to Capitol Hill.

    We can cut their salary in half that way and STILL save money.

    Let's see who's so gung-ho to serve their country with those living arrangements.....  :-)

    "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.: Maya Angelou

    by PsychoSavannah on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 11:04:16 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, I've thought that the dorm idea (3+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, PsychoSavannah, NoBlueSkies

      was a good one for a while. The House shut down its page program in 2011. While the Senate still has pages, the House page dorms remain unoccupied. Use it for Members...

      Unapologetic Obama supporter.

      by Red Sox on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 11:16:28 AM PDT

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    •  barracks or tents... (2+ / 0-)
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      NoBlueSkies, PsychoSavannah

      There is no reason why these people -- who volunteered to serve the country -- should expect better accommodations than the soldiers and military personnel who volunteered to serve (and who get a lot less pay and face many more risks).  

      Perhaps if our "representatives" lived like the military personnel and were fed the same foods as those offered in boot camp, they would at least get a glimmer of a clue and might be less itchy to begin more wars.  

      Also, it is no secret (a) what Congressional pay is or (b) what the cost of apartments or homes is in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The Congressional crybabies have only themselves to blame if they did not bother to determine a workable budget before deciding to run for office.  

      If certain Congressional members cannot anticipate the absolutely predictable costs and develop workable budgets accordingly, they have exactly no business lecturing actual poor people about how to make-do without food stamps, unemployment compensation, medical protection and so on.

      Most of us who are poor did not have the luxury of a 12-month lead-time in which we could investigate options and plan ahead; we were either born into poverty or we were pushed into it when our employers (if any) pulled the rug out from underneath us, for instance, paying us for less hours than we worked, or shipping our jobs overseas with no warning.  

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