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Thu Aug 22, 2019, 12:32 PM

How to "fix" America in one move...

I have thought about dozens of things that could make America functional again as a governing concept...things like term limits, public funding of elections, public funded healthcare options, etc....but one thing can make it all moot over night.

A requirement that the Congress - House AND Senate - operate under a wealth cap - similar to the idea of a salary cap in sports terms, but in this case an overall Congressional mandate to reflect the distribution of wealth in the country through the make up of the Congress.

The chances of this happening? Absolutely ZERO...the power structure of this country would NEVER allow themselves to be removed from power in such a drastic and immediate way...but if the required congress had only 5% or fewer millionaires, there would be a whole new outlook on EVREYTHING the next day...

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Reply How to "fix" America in one move... (Original post)
Moostache Aug 22 OP
Meadowoak Aug 22 #1
MANative Aug 22 #2
Amishman Aug 22 #3
GeorgeGist Aug 22 #4
AncientGeezer Aug 22 #5
Moostache Aug 22 #6
AncientGeezer Aug 22 #7
Moostache Aug 23 #8

Response to Moostache (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 12:55 PM

1. Yep, I agree 100 % those that represent us should not be worth

$1 more than the average for the district they represent. They need to live in the same world as their constituents and understand the problems we all face each day.

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Response to Moostache (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 01:00 PM

2. A sinkhole under the site of the 2020 Republican convention? nt

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Response to Moostache (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 01:58 PM

3. Would be even hard to enforce than a wealth tax

Far too easy to shield assets through trusts, overseas shell corporations, and a million other routes.

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Response to Moostache (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:18 PM

4. I thought you might say ...

Sell It to Denmark.

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Response to Moostache (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 05:19 PM

5. The House has a payroll of about $75.6mil...For the elected members

The Senate..very close to the $174k/yr...x50....$8.7mil...total $84ish mil

The Red Sox annual salary for 31 rostered players...$236+mil....Yankees $203+Mil

No...we don't want that

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Response to AncientGeezer (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 07:51 PM

6. I agree...which is why it would have to be based on net worth instead of pay...

The percentage of millionaires in Congress is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too high. It would be nigh impossible to implement, but getting the rich out of the Congress (or at least reapportioning them to match the populace) is a great start

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Response to Moostache (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 08:02 PM

7. Speaker Pelosi is a multi millionaire

Sen. Sanders and Warren....not broke...millionaires.
How many Democratic members of Congress do you want excised?

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Response to AncientGeezer (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:30 AM

8. It is an idea, not a purge...

The problem is even though you cite good examples of people with progressive values and empathetic hearts, they do NOT know the reality of people getting by on 3 temporary jobs or trying to raise a family on $10 an hour. If you play the 'what about this' game with ANY idea, you'll find reasons to stay in the status quo...that is NOT working for too many people to be the default position forever.

I don't have all the answers (or I would be 'the chosen one'), but I do know we are heading down a path that is taking away the rights of the people and giving them to the fascists at an alarming rate. SOMETHING has to change, and soon...

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