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  •  I'm confused (0+ / 0-)
    Ordinary working folks are subject to "Substantial penalties for early withdrawals" from 401ks, are we not?

    No one said anything about Dodd withdrawing funds early from his pension.

    Sorry, but I find this discussion confusing and somewhat irrelevant.  Yes, Dodd is behaving badly.  Not sure what his pension has to do with that.

    "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

    by Betty Pinson on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:12:12 AM PST

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    •  I see it this way: (2+ / 0-)
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      OleHippieChick, drewfromct

      Congress paychecks are taxpayer money. At the same time, congress can vote themselves a pay raise. What a sweet deal! No other government workers can do that.

      Because of this, congress should be prohibited from conducting any lobbying or work for any lobby firm forever. And yes, the pensions and any of their wealth should be fair game for penalties. That's our money! I would also make every congress person and senator submit to a drug test each day, until they stop harassing our less fortunate citizens.

      Things are more the way they are today than they ever were before. -Jimmy Flynn

      by onionjim on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 05:18:58 AM PST

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      •  IMHO we should also (0+ / 0-)

        tax for-profit lobbying out of existence. It's one thing to exercise our rights to "Petition the government for redress of grievances", and quite another to use one's personal connections to be a conduit for bribes by and for the benefit of the ultra-rich elite.

        We should also make it a rule that campaign spending should not exceed Congressional salaries. How can we trust anybody who spends millions or even tens of millions trying to convince people to hire them for a job that pays a "mere" $174k?

        Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

        by drewfromct on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:35:11 AM PST

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    •  What was said (0+ / 0-)

      was that Congressional pensions should be made conditional in regard to the behavior of Congresspeople, just as ordinary pensions are held hostage to the behavior of ordinary workers. Those who make the law should be not only required to adhere to it, but should be held to even higher standards, due to the grave responsibilities that they voluntarily take on.

      Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

      by drewfromct on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:29:38 AM PST

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