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  •  Not paying them doesn't solve it though (7+ / 0-)

    As I recall someone pointing out, using the "no pay" threat just means the millionaires will control Congress even more, because a threat of "no pay" will only hurt those Congressmen that actually still need a regular paycheck to survive.  The ones with deep pockets will just use the threat of no pay as a stick to club the poorer members with.

    •  And furthermore, ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, Rick B, Oh Mary Oh

      ..."no pay" would make the lobbyists even more powerful than they are now, where a congressperson's income and lifestyle would depend even more on lobbyists just for their "living wage" (so to speak, sarcastically), and not just for perks and frills and sweet investments.

      •  Texas pays state reps $7,200 per year. (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh

        Guess why Texas has a legislature that reacts to the wealthy people, banks and large corporations which dominate the state?

        That $7,200 per year has been the amount since WW II. It's in the State Constitution. It sharply limits the danger that a state rep will have to face a member of the general public in an election. No one but the lackey of some powerful organization can afford to run.

        The oil companies, banks, and utilities really like this system. The public doesn't even realize how badly they are fleeced.

        The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:39:47 AM PST

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