Dave L's Email to Representative Pete Olson
I gave you a grade of F.
Well you are another politician that has no new ideas just the same talking points that will fix nothing and sound like a broken record on both sides of the isle. Of course you will not read this as you are an ELITE and we are just peasants that are just to be tolerated once every 2 years or every 6 years. But I will put this out and maybe someone will see this and we can vote your butt out and get someone in that will do some of this.
1. Social Security is Insurance and if you make a combined income say over $52,000 a year (Gross) in pension or any income including 401K, stocks, tax free bonds etc, you do not need it. The reason it should be tied to pension or retirement income is that you may have had one year of good income and fired or laid off from different jobs due to the economy and you do not get a retirement package from the different jobs that you worked at. It is for the person that did not have a good job to retire from so do not make a minimum wage waitress or a person that is in the bad luck of the economy to work till they are 70 to retire because some people are greedy. You have to make changes or it will not be there for those that really do need it, and do not tell me that the movie stars, professional athletes and the bankers need it, so you have to start some place. If you cannot live on $1,000 + a week, then how do you expect the seniors that just live on the basic Social Security to live? That way you can not only SAVE Social Security but you can also give them a pay raise to get them out of POVERTY. Of course the middle class & rich people will scream and say it is my money and I want it, tell the it is Insurance or call it a TAX if you want. You can even say that at age 75 if you make over $52,000 a year you will get a onetime check of $10,000 rebate tax free. The idea is that it is for the people that NEED it and NOT for the people that do not need it. That is how you save Social Security or you can LIE to people like politicians always do.
2. You need to cut the 2.15 MILLION federal employees which if you figure at an average of $100,000 salary, which is most likely low, equals $215,000,000,000 per year. That means you will have approximately 30 to 40% waste for overlap as the federal government loves waste and triplicates. Now factor in the Retirement at 80% for life + Insurance = roughly $5,160,000,000,000. This would be added to the NATIONAL DEBT which is INSANE. This needs to be cut by 40%, there is no need for the federal government to be this big. There is no need for the Retirement packages to be as good as what the private sector gets also, which INCLUDES FOR YOU GUYS ALSO. Some of the Federal Departments need to go as they are in the states already, so why have the feds watch Porn and get paid? Another benefit is that cut these jobs that are not needed is reduce the Federal Deficit.
3. Term Limits need to be imposed as we have it for the POTUS for a reason. Do you think there was a reason why we should not have it for CONGRESS ALSO? Two terms for Senators and 6 terms for the House, 12 years MAX, then get out of the way and get someone else in there. No more lifelong jobs thinking you are better than everyone else. Just look at NUMBER 2 above as to why, you decided not to be part of the GREAT HEALTH CARE LAW and you voted to not to be part of the COMMON PEOPLE SOCIAL SECURTY SYSTEM and you also have your own SPECIAL RETIREMENT, you vote YOUR OWN RAISES. BELL CALIFORNIA COMES TO MIND, THAT IS IN THE NEWS NOW, AND HOW POLITICIANS VOTE THEMSELVES RAISES AND HOW CROOKED THEY ARE. CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE NO BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAVE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, AS YOU WORK FOR US. Speaking of term limits, the SCOTUS needs to be revisited. Each member should be re-evaluated every 6 years of conformation and in the case of gross incompetence they should be removed by a 2/3 majority vote in the Senate. To let a person have a job for life without some kind of sanity check is in itself INSANE. The 2/3rd vote would mean that no one side could remove someone just because they felt like it. You can remove a POTUS with 2/3 vote so why is the SCOTUS so special?
4. Sliding Scale FLAT TAX. This is something Congress does not want to talk about but it makes the most sense to bring down the debt. If you make less (Gross) than $30,000 you pay $0, $30,001 to $50,000 you pay 2.5%, $50,001 to $65,000 you pay 5%, $65,001 to $100,000 you pay 7%, $100,001 to $150,000 you pay 9%, $150,001 to $250,000 you pay 11%, $250,001 to $400,000 you pay 13%, $400,001 to $650,000 you pay %15, $650,001 to $1,000,000 you pay 17.5%, $1,000,001 + you pay 21%. The Percentage should be adjusted by bean counters so to bring down the debt and the 21% maybe to high where 18% might be the top rate. There should be NO DEDUCTIONS and does not matter if you are SINGLE OR MARRED, NO MARRAGE PENALTY, so the movie stars that have 10 homes to avoid paying taxes SOL. The Politicians that have 2 or 3 mansions that do the same, SORRY CHARLIE. The people that have 5000 kids to offset large incomes, learn to live with it. The people in New York & California will SCREAM as they have the highest mortgages, but you have to do this to raise revenue. This will make the IRS code so easy, you make this you pay this amount. Of course you will not need as many IRS people also. Another department for #2 to be trimmed.