Taxpayer Funded Benefits For Congress

Taxpayer-funded benefits for members of Congress is a topic I have been bitching complaining about for ages. It’s a point of contention for me that the people who sit as the supreme overlords rulers over the rest of us are able to collect substantial benefits funded by taxpayers especially since they don’t do much to earn them – the same benefits that they seem to think the rest of us are not “entitled” to.

Democrats and Republicans have been tasked with finding a solution to the nation’s rising deficit levels. The choices are cut spending spending, increase revenues or a combination of both but we all know those on the right would rather die than do something rational like go against their Grover Norquist NO TAXES pledge.  Since the Supercommittee wasn’t able to come to any sort of an agreement DUH!!!, I wonder if they’d be open to suggestions about where to start cutting?

Towards that goal, I’m glad to see that someone else is as annoyed as I am so I’m posting this note many of us received from MoveOn.org. It’s a petition created by Michael Morrill and it is, rightfully, getting lots of attention.  If across the board cuts are being discussed, then cuts to Congressional benefits should be on the table as well.  I agree with the premise of the petition (below): members of Congress who vote against these important social safety nets should not be allowed to gain from those same benefits; sign it if you agree.

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In April, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid. And this month, even Democrats on the so-called Super Committee have offered deep cuts to these vital programs.

Essentially, Republicans in Congress are telling senior citizens and the poor that tax cuts for billionaires and millionaires are more important than providing a health care safety net for our most vulnerable.

But did you know that members of Congress get great taxpayer-funded health care?In fact, they have one of the best health care plans in the world.

It strikes us as the height of hypocrisy to be accepting government-provided, taxpayer-subsidized health insurance while denying seniors, the disabled, and the poor the basic coverage that Medicare and Medicaid provide.

That’s why we’re circulating this petition demanding that members of Congress who voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid stop accepting taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for themselves. If they believe our most vulnerable citizens should buy insurance on the corporate, for-profit market, shouldn’t they do the same?

The petition is addressed to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and says:

If you voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid, you must stop accepting taxpayer-funded health care for yourself and your family.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=267956&id=33106-5162125-92TiHmx&t=2