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Jamie Dimon; the CEO of JPMorgan Chase made a very astute observation.


It’s hard to argue when Dimon says “we have become one of the most bureaucratic, confusing, litigious societies on the planet. It’s almost an embarrassment being an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid shit we have to deal with in this country.”

Have said it for years; the USA is the Fat Guy sitting in the corner sitting all alone that everyone makes fun of  – the Dude with a GIGANTIC zit  on the end of his nose – the slob none of the broads want to dance with and it is all his fault.

YET – YET – YET, we have the nerve to try to tell other governments how to run their country.  Our politicians are nothing but do nothing part-time employees, that are grossly over paid, under worked,  PP (political parasites) dressed I suits and sleeved dresses, who  are milking the system for all  it’s worth. If they were paid by performance as I have suggested so many times, we would see an entirely different attitude and work ethic.

They are like the athlete that signs a iron-clad lifetime contract with a sports team, gets his $oldi whether he performs or not and all he does is sit on the bench sucking it all up. What incentive do these PP-ites  have to do a good job?

Just a few of their perks:

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1. A base annual salary of $174,000
Admittedly, there should be some premium in pay for setting the laws and running the country as elected officials, and certain companies do grant their employees exorbitant pay packages, but being a member of Congress includes a minimum annual paycheck of $174,000, which is more than three times higher than the average private-sector salary of $51,986 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

2. Free airport parking
How much would you pay for an airport parking spot that was directly next to the terminal you landed at? For Congress, it’s a big fat zero. At one time in its history, long before the Airport Authority controlled Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport in the Washington, D.C., area, the federal government operated them. When the Airport Authority took over in 1987, as a courtesy, it kept 92 combined spots reserved between both airports for members of Congress. At a rate of $22 per day, that represents almost $740,000 in forgone revenue annually for Reagan National.

3. A free, on-site gym for House members
Not only are members of the House of Representatives treated to their own exclusive gym, but it also comes with flat-screen TVs, a swimming pool, a sauna and stream room, and paddleball and basketball courts. This wouldn’t be too bad, except that Congress kept its gym open during all 16 days of the government shutdown, putting the onus of cleaning and maintenance fees squarely on taxpayers. I like this one. We can tell by the looks of some of the slobs, not very many take advantage of their free membership.
4. Weakened insider trading restrictions
Despite passing the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, perhaps known better as the STOCK Act in 2012, Congress gutted the primary disclosure component earlier this year. While still making it difficult to make trades on inside information, this means they don’t have to publicly disclose their trades and potential insider knowledge. It’s laudable they passed the restrictions, but it’s hard keep them honest if it’s difficult to access the information. Beautiful; why is against the law for Joe Blow Every-day Guy to have insider information but not the politicians. Answer; they write the rules. 

5. Up to 239 days off
According to the congressional calendar released in late 2012, there were 126 congressional sessions on the docket without a single five-day work week, leaving members of Congress with 239 days to work outside of Congress. Sometimes this means working within their home state, and in other cases it can mean a vacation. Members of Congress get the entire month of August off, get two weeks around Easter off, and weren’t scheduled to work a single weekend, according to this year’s docket. Of course, the congressional docket can be changed and, as we saw as recently as the debt-ceiling debate, members of Congress will indeed work weekends as deemed necessary.
6. Congress receives health-care subsidies under Obamacare
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, individuals are required to have health insurance or face a penalty that increases each year through 2016. For individuals earning less than four times the annual poverty level (about $46,000) or families earning less than four times the poverty level (close to $92,000), they are eligible to receive a partial or full subsidy on their health insurance through Obamacare’s health exchanges. Congress, however, also gets a large portion of its health insurance subsidized by the public on Obamacare’s health exchanges despite making more than four times the poverty level.
7. A better retirement plan
According to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average Social Security recipient is going to net $15,000 a year in benefits while a public workers’ pension will average around $26,000. By contrast, a retired member of Congress who’s served 20 years will average $59,000 annually in pension benefits. In addition, Congress members (actually all federal workers) have access to the Thrift Savings Plan, a 401(k)-like investment vehicle with fees of just 0.03%. To put that into context, Bankrate notes that this means just $0.27 in fees for every $1,000 for the Thrift Savings Plan, compared with the average 401(k), which charges around $5 in fees for every $1,000! Over a lifetime, that can mean thousands less in fees for congressional employees compared to public- and private-sector workers.
8. Members of Congress fly free
OK, so not every flight is free for members of Congress, but a vast majority of flights between their home states and Washington, D.C., are funded with taxpayer money. What’s really unique is that lawmakers are afforded the ability by airlines to book themselves on multiple flights without being charged multiple times because of their very liquid schedules.
9. Death benefits
Should a member of Congress be killed while in office, the surviving family of that member would be entitled to receive at least one year’s worth of salary, or a minimum of $174,000. In contrast, family members of soldiers in the United States armed forces who perish while defending our country domestically or overseas are entitled to $100,000 in military death benefits, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
10. A $1.2 million to $3.3 million allowance
Members of the House receive a $900,000 annual allowance for a staff as well as a $250,000 budget for travel and office expenses, paid for entirely by taxpayers. Each senator, on the other hand, gets a budget close to $3.3 million based on figures from the Congressional Research Service. Again, certain companies do offer lavish pay packages and perks to employees so it may be a bit hypocritical to pick on Congress for this one point. However, I’m not aware of any business out there where all employees equally get at least $1.2 million in expenses at their disposal.

Essentially they are sending  all American citizens a message; they think they are better then us. If that was not the case, they would be bound by the same rules we have to live by.

Do any of them see the shame in all of this or fell guilty? You can bet you ass they don’t. With all of these bennies/freebees, where is the urgency for them to accomplish anything.

They write their own rules, negotiate their own pay raises, set their own working schedule (if that is what you want to call it), can not be budged with a truck load of C-4, are not accountable to anyone; how sweet is that?  Best of all; if we were to ask them if they were doing a good job, they would say; they are busting their ass!!

It was true in George W. Bush’s second term, when he couldn’t even get a committee vote on his Social Security privatization bill. It was true for the last six years of Barack Obama’s administration, after he shoved through the health care bill on a party-line vote. And it’s been true for the first six months under Donald Trump, whose strategic and policy forum includes Dimon as a member.

It doesn’t seem to matter who is sitting in the Big Chair. These professional feather-bedding, goolunie smashers are going to do it at their pace, deliberately not co-operate with the Man in the chair and can not be budged with a D-8.


Jamie Dimon is right; the USA is the laughing stock of the world.  We pass out $oldi like it is candy cane, sticking our noses into situations around the world where we have no business being. Just like a missionary that goes into the rain forest to convert the natives that were already perfectly happy but wind-up ruining their lives.

These PP-ians all have their own agenda; that being, what is good for their party, not what is best for the American people. And I the mix, they are so self-centered and arrogant, most of them can not agree with their own constituents.

The old cliché is; prostitution is the oldest occupation; my take is; a politician was her pimp, so we know who came first.

They said the fall of the Roman Empire could never happen but it did. The worst kind of dissention comes from with-in.

The primary reason BAU will never change in DC; they are too arrogant and self-centered to recognize/admit their inadequacies. That is on top of the fact; they all have part time jobs, so how can they accomplish anything?


Number of Days Congress Works in Session a Year
The House of Representatives has averaged 138 “legislative days” a year since 2001, according to records kept by the Library of Congress. That’s about one day of work every three days, or fewer than three days a week. The Senate, on the other hand, was in session an average of 162 days a year over the same time period.

They said the fall of the Roman Empire could never happen but it did. The worst kind of dissention comes from with-in.

The final chapter has not been written yet. Many of us may not be around to witness the PAY-OFF but you can bet it is coming.

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