What’s Your Problem 01/22/2024

As we continue to travel around the country and listen to our constituents talk about the issues that they face, we realize how out of touch our current congressional leaders and Presidency are. As hard as it is to believe, those leading the country today seem to forget, once they’re elected, that there are REAL people back home begging them to make changes and solve problems.

Let’s see some examples, shall we?
Inflation- Most of those in Congress say, “What’s that?” Well they don’t have to worry because 

House lawmakers spent $1.4M in tax dollars for DC apartments, dining:

Your tax dollars at work … and play.

House lawmakers have spent $1.4 million in federal money subsidizing their lodging and dining in Washington, DC — with several millionaire members among those bilking Americans for the funds.

A Democrat-led provision introduced to the House rules handbook in the 117th Congress provides members with $34,000 annually to pay for rentals, hotel stays and meals while going about their official duties in the nation’s capital, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Rather than produce receipts, the members only have to list their “eligible expenses” on lodging, meals, and incidentals related to official travel and duties, the handbook states.

Now, I don’t know about you but for 40 years, I was required to keep a receipt and justify every penny I spent on a corporate account. MACA

The rules change was described as a “tax-free $34,000 pay bump” by the New York Times, which first calculated the reimbursement figure for members in January.

At least 17 Democratic lawmakers with a net worth of $1 million or more have made use of the funds, including House Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass), who has reported assets totaling up to $13.5 million, and Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), who has reported a net worth of up to $1.8 million.

Neither immediately responded to The Post’s requests for comment.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who cited reckless federal spending as a primary reason he led the effort to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in October, spent the most of any lawmaker.

The Florida Republican took around $23,000 for his living expenses and meals between January and May, with his wife Ginger sharing sumptuous images raving on social media about the “perks of having a chef husband.”

“Squad” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has complained on her Instagram account that her $174,000 annual congressional salary is barely enough to cover living expenses.

A typical work week for a US Senator is about 3 days. Usually, there are no votes on Mon and Tues and the Senate is not in session. They are off for the whole month of Aug, and significant parts of Dec and Jan. Also long breaks for Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. My guess is that the Senate is actually in session about 100 to 120 days per year. WHAT, THAT’S A THIRD OF THE YEAR?????????
SALARY: The House Speaker makes $223,500, Majority and Minority Leaders earn $193,400, and the President Pro Tempore makes $193,400. Regular members earn $174,000.
Outside income is restricted to eliminate conflicts-of-interest. However, we found significant loopholes in the ethics laws. Who knew that powerful members can be employed by federal contractors based in their districts?
For example, during a 13-year period, Vanderbilt University employed Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and paid him $250,000 in total salary (2005-2018). The university received $2.6 billion in federal contracts, grants, and direct payments from 2014-2018. The powerful congressman serves on the Budget Committee and on Oversight and Government Reform. Located in his district, Vanderbilt’s executives and employees are Cooper’s #1 campaign contributor ($135,261).
In 2012, Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) was approved for $138,400 in worker’s compensation and Social Security disability payments stemming from his bipolar disorder and depression. Jackson successfully argued that Congress made him mentally ill.

TRAVEL: Since 2005, members of Congress and their committee staffers have embarked on 16,367 trips. During this period, the top destinations were Israel, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and United Arab Emirates.

Last year, the U.S. House spent $4.3 million on overseas travel. Our auditors combed through the disclosures and found some pricey trips taken in the summer of 2019.

There is an onsite beauty salon and member-dedicated subway to shuttle members around the Hill. Taxpayers spent $10MM over the last five years on elevator doormen whose job it is to hit the buttons and hold doors.

Over the past 12 months, the Gallop public opinion congressional polling ranged from 17% approval to 31% approval. Why such disdain for Congress?

One reason could be echoed by Mark Twain who famously stated, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in.”


What does the Surprise Party propose to solve this problem?
1) Since Congress only works 3 days a week—on the fourth day of the week, to earn their money, they will be required to take out the trash (no pun intended) in every room of the capital. They will also, by assignment, sweep and mop all of the floors, dust the mantles, and generally spruce up the entire inside of the building. Finally, they will clean all of the restrooms with Spic and Span and make them smell garden fresh.
2) On the fifth day of the week, Congress will hoist the flag in the morning, stand at attention for 30 minutes after, and write down 3 things their constituents want them to do. After the flag raising, they will climb the dome tower of the Capital and polish the entire surface until it shines as bright as the sun.s 
3) Every week, assignments will rotate and will include mowing the lawn at “The Mall” between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capital, cleaning the windows at all of the buildings of the Smithsonian, and hand washing the Washington and Jefferson Memorials among other chores.
4) Any complaining on these two days will require them to give up their Chick Fil A “waffle fries” for lunch.
Our Motto for them, EARN what the people pay you!
Watch us grow and remember a vote for the Suprise Party is a vote for change in our Preschool political system!!!!!!! 
The REAL Donald and Uncle Jay 

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