Ruth Bader Ginsburg hopes for less political gridlock ‘in my lifetime’
What a statement coming from one of the worst offenders. It would be like Jesse James saying; My most fervent wish in my life time would be to see the end to all the bank robberies.
“My hope is in my lifetime we will get back to the way it was,” Justice Ginsburg said.
Because of their very lackluster MO (mode of operation); in December 2015 Justice Roberts said he was on a mission to make the nation’s federal courts faster, fairer and more efficient. Don’t bet on it, nothing has or ever will changed.
In many ways, “it’s the cushiest job in the world,” said Supreme Court historian and University of Texas law professor Lucas “Scot” Powe.
There’s also not that much required work, and they’ve made it less over time, said Powe, who clerked for Justice William O. Douglas in the early 1970s.
Powe added; Court members get lifetime employment, steady $200,000 salaries, ample vacation and comprehensive health benefits.
By no means are these people under paid for their miniscule efforts. The 2009 reported salary of the chief justice was $223,500, and associate justices were paid $213,900, according to the Federal Judiciary Center. Eleven years before, in 1998, the chief justice’s annual salary was $175,400 and the associate justices earned $167,900. If I had to guess, I would think they must vote in their own pay raises.
It is my understanding that the robe wearing decision makers are on about the same work schedule as our members of congress who work between 130 – 140 days a year. And as Mr. Powe said; There’s also not that much required work, and they’ve made it less over time.
The issue that really rubs me the wrong way; these people are appointed for life. Take Ginsberg for instance. The old girl is 84 years old and has no intention of giving it up any time soon.
William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was an American jurist and politician who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas was confirmed at the age of 40, one of the youngest justices appointed to the court. His term, lasting 36 years and 211 days (1939–75), is the longest-serving term in the history of the Supreme Court.
He was so incapacitated he had to wheeled into chambers in a wheel chair. The old standing joke was; Mr. Douglas, blink once for yes and twice for no.
I am not making lite of the man affliction, but is this who we want making the critical decisions for our country??
If and when they decide to get their hat or bonnet, they get their full pay and benefits for the rest of their lives. Some of these critters live well into the 90’s.
Why are they appointed for life and why do they deserve to get full pay for the duration?? It is called politics.
SOOO, Ruth Bader Ginsburg hopes for less political gridlock in her lifetime. Chances of that are as plausible as PDT and BB getting divorced and hooking up together.
Just think of how much more efficient this country would be if the politicians and the court system were paid by their performance or incentive basis. Why the hell rush into anything, they are bullet proof regardless.
I came to the conclusion a long time ago. The ONLY way to change or governments system so the taxpayers could get a bang for their buck; would be to TOTALLY dismantle it and start over fresh. That is only wishful thinking and will never happen.
We can bitch and complain until we turn blue in the face, but nothing will ever change.
One suggestion I can give the old girl. She should get her bonnet and step aside. That move will surely help in eliminating a decent amount of what she calls gridlock. I call it complacency and feather bedding.