Someone’s dream job

The trick is finding a vacancy in one of the 535 positions:

The press likes to tell us how unpopular the President is. Congress rates even lower. Our representative earn three times the average worker, exempt themselves from the laws they pass, vote themselves junkets and vacations at the taxpayer expense, get pensions for life and complain they need a housing allowance to make ends meet. Yet somehow every one of these guys and gals leaves office a multimillionaire. I don’t care how much you save and invest, $160K a year does not turn into tens of millions in a decade unless you get Hillary to teach you about cattle futures.

Oh, they catch on fast enough, believe me.


  1. fillyjonk »

    23 July 2017 · 6:56 pm

    I still say: structure it like jury duty. You get a summons. You go serve for two years. You get paid for your time, but not an exorbitant amount (maybe we build “Congress Dorms” for them to live in). At the end of your hitch, you’re done, you go home, no re-election, no cushy pension.

  2. CGHill »

    23 July 2017 · 7:08 pm

    If we could rotate lobbyists on the same schedule, we’d have it made.

  3. fillyjonk »

    23 July 2017 · 7:41 pm

    No, staggered schedules, to cut down on overlap.

  4. CGHill »

    23 July 2017 · 8:01 pm

    And the newbie Representative then has to deal with a money-grubber with one year experience. Is that what we want?

  5. McG »

    23 July 2017 · 8:26 pm

    I like the Congress Dorm idea, and there are lots of man-camps in North Dakota from the Bakken oil boom.

    I’m not sure how Willistonites will take to having their burg go from oil boomtown to nation’s capital, but…

  6. fillyjonk »

    24 July 2017 · 6:33 am

    Yeah, but….they’d only have one year together, so less chance to form a “working relationship.”

    Also, if I ran the circus, the nation’s capital would be moved to either the geographic centroid or the population centroid of the US. (Near Lebanon, Kansas, for geographic, if you’re going traditional, or Belle Fouche, SD, if you include Alaska. And Plato, MO, for population, but that one will keep moving over time – which also is not a bad idea)

  7. ETat »

    26 July 2017 · 5:13 am

    A Russian idiom “the fish rots from the head” seems to be appropriate. Of course, they haven’t reached Russian levels of corruption yet, but looking at Clintons and Obama, and their cohorts in in all gov. branches – they strive.

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