Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cranio-rectal inversion

Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

NOOOOO! no no no no.

You have it bass-ackwards, as we like to say out here in bitter-clingy country, lady.

The more I think about it, the more having the entire Capitol Hill abducted by aliens and taken to the planet Zorf (where they will be kept in a human zoo in relative comfort, but where they can no longer affect our lives, for the entertainment of the aliens), and the rest of us starting over with a new batch of legislators, would be a good idea. (And perhaps throw in the White House and the Supreme Court for good measure).

If I were re-making the rules for Senators and Congresspeople?

1. Strict term limits. Oh, I don't care about the "wah wah wah, but what if you get a good person in there?" Eventually, I think, everyone gets corrupted. They get what my father refers to as "The Washington Disease," which is a sense of entitlement combined with a desperate need for attention, and those symptoms can only be assuaged by re-election.

2. They have to follow whatever health care plan they "provide" the taxpayers with. No extra perks. No shots at whatever better-faster healthcare that might come through the military (unless they are actual veterans).

3. Salary only what is necessary to keep them and their families alive. Perhaps, even more, provide them with an apartment. A small apartment. And enough to eat on. But don't make the job attractive financially. (And that includes the pension and perks: they should have no better than the average American).

4. You try to diddle someone on your staff? You get ridden out on a rail and have to wear a scarlet S on your chest, for Sexual Harasser. (And yes. I've come to a decision about Massa based on what I've heard and read). Or if you do anything else that would get an average American fired or thrown in jail: cheating on taxes, using the postal perk for personal uses, embezzlement...

I'm sure there are more, but that's what mainly strikes me right now. Rather than having what seems like a group of 1760s French Aristocrats up there, we need small businesspeople. And farmers (real farmers; not just guys who own a lotta land). And nurses. And people who worked in factories.

I'm afraid any more that it's so expensive to run for office that we will keep getting the Entitled Class (who think they are our betters) though.


Heroditus Huxley said...

How about by law limiting their time spent in session to two months in, four months off? And by law forbidding anything added into any bills that have nothing to do with the subject under legislative discussion? And by law forbidding them to pass anything that hasn't been first read on the floor in front of C-Span's cameras? In addition to everything you suggested, mind you. I think all of it together might well do the trick.

Kate P said...

I was on board until #4. Then I was DOUBLY on board. :)