Okay... Anybody who follows my stuff pretty much knows, as things go, I fall on the liberal end of the scale on a lot of things (much to the alternating amusement and dismay of my conservative husband). However, I'm here on Newsvine for a lot of reasons, I like to think I listen at least as often as I rant. I'm glad Newsvine has some conservative posters who can carry on a decent conversation without falling into name-calling and finger-pointing, and I enjoy different points of view. For those of you out there who've crossed verbal swords with me in a civil manner, you may or may not have changed my mind, but I've listened.
So... Here's something back. One of the things I'm hearing from fiscal conservatives is that they want to see smaller government, smaller government payrolls. So, my suggestion.
Contact your Congressmen, your Senators, your Representatives in Washington DC. Tell them this is what you want to see... and make this suggestion.
Check out this link:
Check out your representatives, and see how much of your tax money is going to aides to help them do their jobs.
I'm going to grab John McCain as an example...
Total salary paid in fiscal year 2009: $2,544,848 to sixty or so people. Two MILLION dollars, out of your pocket and mine, just for his staff (that figure does NOT include his own salary). That's for ONE Senator, and this amount is not typical. 100 Senators times 2.5 million dollars, do the math. Reps seem to have smaller staffs, around 600,000 per year. However, with 435 Reps... Well, that adds up.
So, my suggestion.
Tell your Senators and Representatives that you hired THEM to do the job, and you're tired of seeing over $511,000.000 a year (that's half a BILLION) being paid out to people you did not elect. Let them know you want to see their staff payroll cut in half in the next twelve months. If they need extra staff to get the job done, well, let's face it, politicians have deep pockets, and hefty paychecks of their own, they can hire their personal staff from their own pockets.
If they all do it... That's a quarter of a billion dollars a year. It's a start.
What do you think?
CoH, folks. Stay off each others' backs, and this is NOT a forum to bash on your favorite politicians, let's keep it constructive, shall we?