It is absurd, immoral, and unethical, that the United States Congress uses taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment claims against members. There are three easy ways to not only end this practice, but to get rid of the rot gut at the root of this problem:
1. Term-limits. The only way people like John Conyers think they can get away with attending staff meetings in their underwear is because – in Conyers’ case – he has been in Congress since Lyndon Johnson was President! There are third world dictatorships that don’t enjoy this longevity. Conyers was first elected in 1964. If there had been term limits, and he knew that after 1974 he had to find another job, you’d better believe he’d have behaved while in public office.
2. Make Congress pay out of pocket retroactively. Reports suggest Congress has spent upwards of $17 million to pay off settlements. That’s money that didn’t purchase education, healthcare, fund infrastructure, or do anything other than getting members of Congress off the hook. Make them pay for it. Deduct from each of their salaries $32,000 throughout 2018. Then, make them pay out of pocket to settle future allegations.
3. Did you know Congress passes laws you have to follow but they do not? Obamacare is a great example. No member of Congress or their families receives healthcare via the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. That’s just one of hundreds of laws they are exempt from. (They are even exempt from traffic laws inside the District of Columbia). Require Congress subject themselves to the same laws everyone else is required to follow.
What we are seeing right now is a tyranny in which members of Congress have created mechanisms to render themselves outside of the scope of law. The three above named steps would bring them back in line and down to earth where they belong!