So, this week my rant will kind of be adjacent to last week’s stance on taking pay from congress to align with government shutdowns. I propose giving congressional leaders incentives for passing legislation. If I ruled the world every piece of legislation that congressed passed that would be substantial would yield monetary bonus. Monetary bonus would be in the form of their retirement pensions maybe yearly figure, and it would be taxed at the highest tax rate. Whether something is deemed as substantial would be categorized as legislation that is provides a new functionality, service, or benefit that doesn’t already exists. For example, renewing something that is about to expire wouldn’t count. Neither would rolling back something that previous administration passed. The amount of the bonus per bill would be anywhere from half to 1% of someone’s salary. The percentage would be voted on during presidential election years. Lastly, this would be funded by unclaimed tax returns so everyone wins.
Like many others in the country, I’m tired of being threatened with a government shutdown because our congressional leaders are too immature to negotiate like adults. One thing that has irked folks over the years is how the paychecks of Congress folks isn’t impacted by government shutdowns. In fact, members of the senate and house of representatives used to pat themselves on the back when they relinquished a paycheck while shutdowns were in play. They basically, wanted to be seen as good people for showing leadership. Instead of making that kind of real sacrifice a rare and calculated gesture if I ruled the world, I would tie the salaries of members in congress to government shutdowns. If the common citizen doesn’t get paid because of poor collaboration, then neither would the fools that are responsible for it! To make it sting even more if the government shutdown lasts more than a week, I would make sure that members of congress don’t get retro pay. Because one thing people forget is that some folks that work with the government are contractors meaning they only get paid when they actually do work. So, if they had two weeks of not monitoring a system or doing maintenance work or IT support, they won’t get retro pay. If I supply 10,000 pounds of food to government every week and they don’t need the food because they are closed a few weeks that 20,000 pounds of food I loss sales on. Congress’ yearly bickering overspending is discussing and we need to hold them accountable where it hurts.