Thursday, April 01, 2010

Congress to Work for No Pay

Today, a bipartisan bill was introduced that would reduce Congress's pay to zero until unemployment is reduced below 6%. A wide range of groups applauded bill, including the Democratic and Republican National Committees. Tea Party representives commented, " This is the type of change we need in this country." AFL-CIO spokeperson said, " It's good that Congress will learn the hardships of the everyday worker first hand." Even Joe the Plumber is supporting the bill 100%.

In an unprecedented showing of bipartisan support, Congressional leaders praised the bill which is expected to get 100% yes votes. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) said, " I'd be happy to work for no pay, since many Americans don't think I do anything worthwhile anyway. " Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, "As the party of NO, we Republicans thought the American people would appreciate us saying "No Pay for Congress."

In his hourly Internet address, President Obama congratulated Congress on taking this historic step. "Let me be perfectly clear," he said, " this is only the first of major new actions the Federal government is taking to reduce the deficit. If Americans are out of work, government leaders have failed and we should not be paid. Let me repeat, we should not be paid." Mr. Obama has decided to postpone his trip to the Final Four in order to ensure Congress votes 100% for this bill.

When I was growing up, government would have never taken such a heroic legislative action. There would have been contentious, partisan battles over political pork , instead of doing what's right for the entire country. Isn't is great this generation has moved beyond that :-)

Please call your Congressional leader and ask them to vote yes on H.R. 4-1-2010, the American April Fool's Deficit Reconciliation Act.

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AS said...

Good one. I missed the hints in the earlier paragraphs, you had me going until at least the 4th or 5th paragraph!

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