Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins don’t care about your health.
Mainers think that we have elected these women to represent us, our issues, our needs, and our views in a legislative body that governs our Country. It would be awfully nice if that were true; that they actually listened to their constituency and spoke on our behalf in Congress. But that is not at all what is happening.
Why do certain individuals run for public office? I would think it would be because the individual believes he or she can offer good ideas, new ideas, to solve the problems of our nation and to better the lives of the people in it, especially the people from the State they represent. But more often than not, voters are left scratching our heads and thinking “what are these people thinking, that’s not what we want”.
People in Maine are suffering. They need to see doctors, dentists, specialists, mental health professionals, surgeons, and the list goes on and on. Maine is no different from any other State but Maine is where I live so that is what I will speak to. In a million years I never thought I would find myself in a position where I did not get the health care I need because I simply can not afford it.
Senators Snow and Collins earn about $170,000 a year, this year. They are also entitled to lifetime benefits after serving for just five years, including health insurance and a pension. Members of Congress are eligible for a pension when they reach the age of 50 if they’ve completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. When they retire, they are eligible to receive an annual salary equal to as much as 80% of the three highest grossing salary years. So even if their ONLY income was that of their Senator salary they could retire after 5 years in some cases and earn about $136,000 a year, EVERY YEAR, IN RETIREMENT. They ALSO have choices in health care too numerous to even begin to explain on this page.
What’s the bottom line? Senators like Snowe and Collins don’t have to care what happens to you and your family. They don’t care if you have health care. They just have to last long enough to retire with a government pension. And the more years they are a Senator, the bigger their pension will be. So they do everything they can do to keep the contributors happy so that the Senators can spend lots of money to get re-elected, so that the Senators can continue to amass a fortune. And if you are interested to see what a Federal Employee’s health insurance plan looks like, click here
So while Maine’s portion of the 47 million uninsured in this country continue to suffer, and while untold numbers of “under-insured” citizens in the State of Maine continue to go bankrupt and live in poverty because of health care costs, Senators Snowe and Collins don’t worry about such trivial things. They need those campaign contributions from the health care industry, and will do anything to keep those contributions coming, so that each of them can stay in Congress as long as possible, to receive lifetime health benefits and Pension benefits that are a crime when compared to the CITIZENS THAT ARE PAYING FOR THESE BENEFITS. Yes, it all comes out of your tax dollars.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that our illustrious government representatives get an AUTOMATIC cost of living increase unless they elect NOT to let it happen. What would you do if every year your salary would be adjusted upward for a “cost of living” increase unless you got all of your co-workers together and “voted” not to accept the increase. Pretty nice gig, huh?
When the first Continental Congress was formed, Benjamin Franklin proposed that elected officials not be paid for their service. In the end, that obviously did not happen. But why do U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives earn more than the national average salary. That’s what they should make, about $40,000 to $45,000 per year. That’s the average salary of all the workers in the United States. As for health care and pension benefits, they don’t work harder than anybody else and don’t deserve more than the people they represent. So they certainly should not get more in benefits that the average U.S. worker. Congress doesn’t even work a full year like the rest of us. The MOST number of days that a Senator like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins would work is 153 in 2009. Subtract from that the trips they take paid by the taxpayers, or trips they take paid for by lobbying firms, and then they get so many days off to campaign if it is an election year; what do we have left. I don’t even know the answer. Nobody will tell me the truth. HOW MANY DAYS TO YOU WORK, MS. SNOWE?…MS. COLLINS?….ANYBODY?
This government was designed to be for the people and by the people. Right now, “the people” are hurting and struggling. Yet Senators like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have a gross take home pay of about $3,270 a week. A WEEK. But that number only applies if they actually work every week. They don’t. Again, the 2009 schedule calls for Senators to work 153 days.
Nothing I am saying here is new information. I am just saying that something has to change. If you took all of the money out of politics, you would be left with people who are there because they want to be there, and want to make a difference. Instead, we are stuck with people who make a lot of money, amass retirement benefits and life long health insurance, and yet the country is suffering. Don’t you remember reading the book “Animal Farm” in junior high school?
Olympia Snowe has said that she doesn’t trust any “government-run” health care system. But she sure trusts the government enough to funnel my tax dollars into her paycheck, her pension, and her own health plan.
Like I said, Maine’s so-called “moderate” Senators are probably no different from any other Senators. But I can only speak about Maine Senators because that’s where I live. We all wish they were in it for the right reasons. But when Maine’s Senators don’t want Maine citizens to have universal health care, for all, I have to wonder why they are our Senators. What do they think they are accomplishing for us, and why are they financially benefiting so much for doing nothing except saying “no”. I have no idea what these women are “for”. I only know what they are against. At this point, they are against me; and you.
Since Snowe and Collins work for me (I help pay for their salary) and they have not fulfilled their obligations to me, I am firing them effective immediately.