Hey, Congress: While You Cash In Your Gov’t-Funded Perks — What Have You Done For Us Lately?

Written by Candace Hardin on November 16, 2017

Janet Jackson put out a hit about relationships What Have You Done for Me Lately?


What have you done for me lately? Used to go to dinner almost every night, dancing till I thought I’d lose my breath. Now it seems your dancing feet are always on my couch. Good thing I cook or else we’d starve to death, ain’t that a shame.

That sounds like the difference between the love and affection the voters receive from candidates when they are running for office, and the neglect they receive after the election.

At least voters aren’t counting on daily support from their candidate, or they would starve to death.

In an unprecedented election of a Washington outsider a year ago, the American public sent not only a candidate for President, but an agenda as well.

The people sent Donald Trump to accomplish a certain number of things and bring back opportunities to the “Forgotten Man”.

Trump has been plowing a hard scrabble field alone in his effort to fulfill the agenda that the People have entrusted to him. He is on the same page with his constituents, but what about the entities that are supposed to facilitate the President and the people’s To-Do list?

The House has been more cooperative. They have passed many of the bills that have been sent to them containing content imperative to the voters.

The Senate, on the other hand, have been unable to get together on much of anything except when to go on vacation.

What are the perks of being a member of the House or Senate?

The base annual salary is $ 174,000.00. They have a pension plan, and if elected after 1984, they also participate in Social Security.

They have their own great healthcare plan and are not required to participate in the “Affordable Healthcare Act”.

They have a lot of international travel.

They are free from [civil] arrest except in the case of either, “Treason, Bribery or Breech of Peace.”

The average salary in America is $ 44,148.00.

The average working person’s vacation in a 52-week year is two to four weeks or less, often decided by longevity in a position. Congress and the Senate work 140.28 days on average.

The Affordable Healthcare Act and private insurance plans have increased exponentially for the average person while quality coverage has decreased.

Congress pays $ 420.00 a year for UNLIMITED healthcare.

The average home costs $ 222,221.00 plus utilities for the working person.

Travel abroad for the average worker is often a bucket list dream.

Of course, the average citizen can be arrested on any number of charges, in fact, if the average citizen did one of the routine things that some members of Congress have done, they would already be in jail.

Bottom line:

What have you done for yourselves in comparison with those who sent you to represent them on the Hill?

Radical difference in situations and to whom much is given, much is expected.

What, if anything, has been done lately for US Constituents?

Not much it seems.

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Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on PolitiChicks.tv. and has a blog, kandisays.blogspot.com. Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.