Yes.....let us see. . let' s HQ] my congress. Most of them are already millionaires from their regular jobs and bribes
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#8 - John Cena (10/02/2013) [-]
except you'd have to pass a law to do that, and who passes laws???
User avatar #1 - Maroon (10/02/2013) [-]
Most of them are already millionaires from their regular jobs and bribes
User avatar #3 to #1 - Mahazama (10/02/2013) [-]
What are the names of your state senators and representatives?
User avatar #4 to #3 - Maroon (10/02/2013) [-]
Isakson and Chamblis are the senators, georgia has a bunch of representatives though. Two Scotts, Lewis, and Kingston I know off the top of my head.
User avatar #5 to #4 - Mahazama (10/02/2013) [-]
Do you know anything about their salaries or business lives to accuse them of bribery?
Sure, be wary of politicians, but it's just as naive to assume they're corrupt by default.
User avatar #22 to #5 - akkere (10/03/2013) [-]
Politicians have their own way of making lodes o' money from lobbying by corporations to pass legislatives that benefit them, or simply give an evocative speech that boosts the value of the corporations stock, which they might in turn own.
It's hard to truly pinpoint corruption to a single politician at times, but looking at the way they push for something that benefits a company might be very telling.
User avatar #27 to #22 - Mahazama (10/03/2013) [-]
So are we assuming all politicians are corrupt and immoral?
Of course, some are, but assuming this of all politicians is a naive, unproductive pessimism.
User avatar #7 to #5 - LaBarata (10/02/2013) [-]
But it's also fair to assume that if they weren't corrupt, they wouldn't have gotten their jobs in the first place. Someone willing to bribe a few people would've.
User avatar #28 to #7 - Mahazama (10/03/2013) [-]
So are we assuming all politicians are corrupt and immoral?
Of course, some are, but assuming this of all politicians is a naive, unproductive pessimism.
User avatar #14 - hellspawner (10/02/2013) [-]
"Pay them at minimum wage and see how long they last"
#17 - TCRCPRODUCTIONS ONLINE (10/02/2013) [-]
We have to pay congress though, it says in the constitution that the pay grade of a congressman in office can't be changed during there term. This is to prevent them from all agreeing to be paid more. Although this works both ways in the sense that we can't cut there pay either. Also refer to comment #8.
User avatar #9 - pfccross (10/02/2013) [-]
dont be foolish... probably 90% of politicians are already ridiculously wealthy. The ones voluntarily cutting their pay are likely just the rich ones that don't need the income in the slightest bit.
User avatar #20 - mrfumbles (10/02/2013) [-]
sorry man, 27th amendment.
User avatar #16 - fargtwo (10/02/2013) [-]
Sadly, it's constitutionally impossible. Congress's pay can't be changed while they're in office. I think the amendment was designed to keep them from getting elected and immediately raising their own pay, but it might apply in this case too.
#2 - tvveeder (10/02/2013) [-]
I would agree with you... except for the fact that they are constitutionally obligated to get paid. To infringe on that would be like them infringing on your right to free speech. I hate it, if you don't do your job you shouldn't get paid for it, but then again isn't that what half the American work force does anyway?
User avatar #6 to #2 - LaBarata (10/02/2013) [-]
Where does it say in the constitution that 'Congress must be paid, even when not working'?
#23 to #6 - tvveeder (10/03/2013) [-]
The 27th amendment where it says their compensation cannot be changed in any way over the course of their term. Whether they work or not, their money is constitutionally protected.

Just wiki the 27th amendment.
User avatar #24 to #23 - LaBarata (10/03/2013) [-]
That was a legit question, btw. I'm not american, I've never read your constitution
#25 to #24 - tvveeder (10/03/2013) [-]
I understand, and I gave you a legit answer.
User avatar #26 to #25 - LaBarata (10/03/2013) [-]
Indeed you did.
User avatar #12 to #6 - sonoobish (10/02/2013) [-]
Exactly If i have to go to work to get paid then why can congress not work and still make more in a month then i do in a year
User avatar #10 to #2 - pfccross (10/02/2013) [-]
no government, no laws, no rights. What right to freedom of speech?


i know it isn't really like that right now, but theres a point to be made. For example, should we have to pay taxes while the government is shut down? perhaps to some extent... but if our government isn't functioning to the people's standards, then they should have consequences. severe ones. Cutting pay is simply not enough. If we are going to have a congress that stops acting childish, then we need to dish out big boy punishments.
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User avatar #18 - vonspyder (10/02/2013) [-]
Actually most congressmen get their money from sources other than their paycheck. Usually investments and kickbacks.
User avatar #13 - theguywhoaskswhy (10/02/2013) [-]
So essentially your government is taking a paid vacation.
#15 to #13 - ogloko (10/02/2013) [-]
no
User avatar #19 to #13 - heartlessrobot (10/02/2013) [-]
Yes, except they gotta show up to a couple meetings and pretend they're trying to possibly get **** done for once. Then they borrow more money and put us in deeper debt.
#11 - John Cena (10/02/2013) [-]
That's not how it works.
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