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U.S. Rep. Ron Barber introduces bill to cut pay of members of congress by 20%

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John Flanagan

John Flanagan: A little grandstanding, wouldn't you agree? Democrats and Republicans alike will never see a 20 percent cut.
If Mr Barber would like to get serious about cutting costs, we might start with a reduction in executive spending, non-Congressional in nature. For example, we might cut Michelle Obama's many trips and taxpayer funded vacations, which always include an extended entourage of family and friends, with the additional security costs involved.
We might cut back on White House parties and entertainment. We might look for more pork in the existing budget, rewards for political friends and various lobby groups. We might cut government support of the abortion industry, foreign aid to build bridges in Iraq while neglecting the rebuilding of Staten Island.
Oh, had the Democrats been better stewards of our tax money while they are in charge, perhaps this current mess would have been averted. Had Obama and the Democrats been more honest with the American people about the huge cost of Obamacare, the bail outs, the defunct green energy bamboozle, we might have some money to pay our representatives and this 20 percent idea would not have surfaced.

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 12:43 pm


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