New Bill Will Make This Major Change to Congressional Salaries When They Fail to Perform
America spends a lot of money. A lot more money than we can afford, if we're honest about things. But it seems like anyone who makes any efforts to overturn our immense deficit is immediately lambasted by progressives and Democrats for being insensitive and "out-of-touch."
But a new GOP bill sponsored by an Iowa representative would make solving America's deficit problem a much more enticing situation. Rod Blum 's Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2016 is a bill that actually attacks congressmen where it hurts, their pockets, unless they balance the budget.
Blum's proposal would lower Congressional salaries by 5 percent in the first year that the national budget retains a deficit. Each year after that budgets remain unbalanced would result in an additional 10 percent decrease in the salary of all representatives and senators in Congress.
Current Congressional salaries range from $174,000 to the highest at almost a quarter of a million dollars.
Yet, when these members of Congress pass higher and higher budgets with deficits in almost half a trillion dollars each year, they face no consequences.
Blum's act would change that and he says it's because he understands the plight of everyday Americans.
"Year after year we’ve seen the same thing: grand promises of future savings while our national debt continues to skyrocket. For the sake of our children and grandchildren who will be stuck paying off our $19 trillion debt, it’s time we make our politicians face the reality of our fiscal crisis by hitting them where it counts: their own pocketbook," said Blum in a statement.
Though Blum's proposal is well-meaning, unfortunately there is no way that it will pass. Politicians have no interest in forcing themselves to be responsible and accountable for their actions. They would much rather be forced to make changes at gunpoint, rather than do so voluntarily.
We should thank Blum, however, for his efforts in making Congress responsible. Someone needs to face the music for the outrageous debt that is crippling America. Who better than those who are making it possible?
h/t: Biz Pac Review