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Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:19 PM

I wish that every elected Congress critter

was required to spend a minimum of 6 months:

1) Making minimum wage, preferably in a job that they would find distasteful.
2) Having to find their own health insurance and pay for it out of pocket.
3) With a new baby in the house and no paid family leave.
4) With a sick relative in the house, and no paid family leave.
5) With a chronic illness requiring a certain amount of leave, and no paid leave.
6) In a housing situation where one missed or late payment would leave them homeless.

This list is not exhaustive, of course.

Prior experience does not count. It's too easy to forget how hard it was. I know what it was like to live in poverty. Experiencing it again, now, would leave the fresh taste our lawmakers need to have in their mouths. Unfortunately, some people become less empathetic after emerging from poverty, with the attitude that they did it themselves, it wasn't so bad, etc. That's why it needs to be experienced now by the people deciding how the rest of us are going to make it.

I know it's unreasonable. But so is denying legislation to help people who have to live in those conditions for the foreseeable future.

I guess I'm just getting impatient with the "sausage making" and the lack of urgency displayed by all Republicans and a few Democrats.



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Response to piddyprints (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:23 PM

1. Numbers 1) and 2) would do it.

The rest would be real good reinforcements, as well.

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Response to dchill (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:54 PM

2. One of our local Representatives

works at a business in his district when he is home from DC He has done everything from ride along a UPS route to work housekeeping at a hotel.

He also participated in a Congressional challenge to limit food purchases to the amount allowed by the home state's food assistance programs

These folks got mighty tired of rice and beans, hot dogs, balogna sandwiches etc.

They also got hungry.

Every member of Congress should do this Double bonus of of knowing how constituents work and live plus knowing his district very well

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Response to piddyprints (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 02:13 PM

3. I think

that both AOC and Katie Porter qualify. Also Elizabeth Warren. And there are probably others.

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Response to piddyprints (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 03:18 PM

4. I like the concept, but if these folks knew there was an end date

and they had reserves they could tap, they would learn nothing.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 03:25 PM

5. Yeah, I considered that wrinkle.

Still, most of them are so pampered that they have no idea how the rest of the country lives.

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