M. Kondas: Walk in our shoes

I see that the federal and state governments are going after the poor and the middle class. The state is trying to make it more difficult to draw unemployment compensation and workers' compensation.

There have been proposed cuts to MaineCare but no proposal for an increase in the minimum wage.

Republicans are in the majority in Congress. They were going to create jobs. So, where are the jobs? Only Congress can make and pass laws. The president can't be blamed. The president can only veto laws. The House has a majority of Republicans who can override a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority.

By the way, why aren't federal and state elected officials proposing cuts for themselves in pay and benefits? Elections are in nine months. Those elected officials who have cut funds for the people could join the line of the unemployed.

Maybe they should try living on minimum wage or disability.

Michael Kondas Jr., Jay

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I have some bad news for you

I have some bad news for you Michael. Neither the minimum wage nor disability benefits are, never were, and hopefully, never will be intended to be a 'living' wage. Anyone who ever intends to make a life long living off the minimum wage, unless they suffer from a physical handicap, is a loser.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

Throw da bums out!

They are called public servants.HA! What a joke. They do not serve the majority, only the ones who can afford to give big bucks to their re-election.
It's time we did a little "spring cleaning" and stop the hand outs to the vermin lurking in dark corners who do nothing but suck at the gov'mint tit.

Clean sweep!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Now there's a concept a

Now there's a concept a pirate could embrace.

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Well said Michael. Don't you love it when you talk to a politician and they say "they understand and feel your pain" That is the biggest lie they ever make. All the ways they want to cut are on the backs of the rest of us, not on them whatsoever. You would think that all they have to do is cut SS and Medicare and they could balance the budget. Those that believe that well there is a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you. You can't run this country on "small businesses" when you are letting all the big businesses and manufacturing jobs flee the country. You can't buy anything that isn't "Made In China" and that includes some of the food which who knows what that went through before it reaches us.(US) All those running for re-election or election will tell you all the stuff they are gonna do it might be their intention to try but anything that takes away from their cushy lifestyle won't make it to the floor of Congress for sure. The President for at least what concerns us the most has NO POWER. Its Congress where all the PORK is and its big. It takes 6 SUV's to take the President or some of Congress across town and they want us to ride bikes to save oil. Well we went to the Middle East for oil and we are still there and whats that done for us? I know its not the answer but as it stands right now for the first time in 50 yrs. I will not vote in the Presidential election and will tell them so when they call if in fact a real person calls.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

They don't have to cut Social

They don't have to cut Social Security, Wilma. oBAMa's been doing it for a year with the so called 'payroll tax cut'. That's right, the one he's trying to extend for the rest of the year. That money, which is supposedly going 'in our pockets', is money that otherwise would have been going towards our Social Security benefits for the later years. Classic political shell game.


Warren Buffett, in an

Warren Buffett, in an interview with CNBC , offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC . "You just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP , all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail,
cell phones, etc.Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive
the message. Don't you think it's time?


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great stuff, Tina.

Great stuff, Tina. Unfortunately, the chances of any of it ever happening are about the same as the Indianapolis Colts winning next year's Super Bowl.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

If they do lose thier income

I'll be glad to hold a workshop for them to help them learn how the rest of us live.
On day one we'll go over RAMON noodles. They should pick that up in a couple of days. Then we'll move on to Sunday dinner, a big bowl of "macaroni and cheese" for dad and all the kids.
I just want them to start off on the right foot.

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There are two parts of Congress.

The House of Representatives and the Senate. Republicans have the majority in the House, Democrats in the Senate. A bill must be passed in both chambers before it becomes law. It takes a 2/3 majority in both chambers to override a veto. Just in the House, the Republican majority is nowhere near 2/3. Gridlock.

Here endeth today's lesson on the Constitution. Please pass it on to our elected officials, most of whom have never read the document or, having read it, choose to ignore it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The last four words say it

The last four words say it all. I heard oBAMa once refer to the Constitution as an obstructive document. I guess one could perceive it that way if their objective was to usurp it at every opportunity.


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