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Tue May 26, 2015, 08:14 PM

Teahaddist Congressman are High End Squatters

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/26/1387818/-How-dozens-of-lawmakers-avoid-paying-rent
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The dozens of members who sleep in their offices are, in effect, spending their weekdays in 100 percent federally subsidized apartments.
They are not charged any rent. They receive no utility bills. They donít pay for the daily cleaning services. Microwaves and refrigerators have been installed in most suites. Thereís a half bathroom connected to each personal office, and the showers at the membersí gym open at 5:30 a.m.

In short, lawmakers who choose their offices as their crash pads are getting a valuable government freebie ó worth 10 percent or more of their $174,000 annual salary.


The Reich Wing are the true takers.

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kairos12 May 2015 OP
Fred Sanders May 2015 #1
Erich Bloodaxe BSN May 2015 #2
Fred Sanders May 2015 #3
jmowreader May 2015 #4
lame54 May 2015 #5

Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Tue May 26, 2015, 08:19 PM

1. It is a difficult question: how much compensation for politicians who come from all over America

to sit as political representatives in high rent Washington, D.C., now having to maintain two residences?

There is also the issue of the Office of a U.S. Representative literally physically and legally belonging to the Office Holder during tenure.

I am with Bernie on discussing and debating the issues and not the personalities all intended simply to fertilize outrage with no discussion of the why and how to fix.

Personally, a tax free housing allowance comparable to the average rent in an average neighborhood would seem fair, and a lesser proportional allowance if the politician opts to not rent.

Canada seems to be having multiple major scandals over the housing and living expenses fraudulently billed by Senators there, simply because the rules were written too loosely, and the politicians of course are just as greedy and not clever enough just like in America.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Tue May 26, 2015, 08:24 PM

2. I'm pretty much ok with it.

I think the government should actually provide a 'dormitory' nearby so they could all have rooms to use when in DC, rather than forcing them to find rentals or buy houses.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #2)

Tue May 26, 2015, 08:28 PM

3. Used to be that teachers got nice houses located in a nice "Teacharage", not as a perk, but as a

necessity.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #2)

Tue May 26, 2015, 10:16 PM

4. I have a little bit better idea

It wouldn't cost THAT much for the government to construct 535 respectable middle-class three-bedroom houses on a piece of land they already own - there are quite a few military installations in the DC area. Build these houses, issue one to each Member of Congress, require them to live there and run a shuttle bus from the housing area to the Capitol twice a day.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2015, 08:46 AM

5. For people who hate government...

they sure love those government jobs

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