Make Congress Part Time Says Jindal
Jindal said the following in an interview with Human Events:
“We used to pay farmers not to grow crops, let’s pay congressmen to stay out of Washington, D.C. Mark Twain said that our liberty, our wallets were safest when the legislature’s not in session.”
“Make them part-time, give them term limits. Don’t let them become lobbyists. When they have to live under the same rules and laws they pass for the rest of us, maybe you’d see some more common sense coming out of Washington, D.C.”
Actually the quote is “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” But the meaning is the same.
The “Gilded Age” was a term that Mark Twain used to describe the period of the late 19th century when there had been a dramatic expansion of American wealth and prosperity. Twain believed that this age was corrupted by such elements as land speculators, scandalous politics, and unethical business practices.
Now I’m no Mark Twain, but seems to me that history is repeating itself. The very same problems that Samuel pointed out over a century ago, are problems today, land speculators, scandalous politics, and unethical business practices.
Take Fannie and Freddie mortgage financing (land speculators), Obama-Pelosi-Reed scandalous politics and insider trading scandal is so huge, it tops the unethical business pratice mountain and you see that things have changed very little.
If government is the problem, lets have less of it. Ronald Reagan said this about less government, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.”
Bobby Jindal is a true patriot in calling for part time congress people. I agree, let the congressmen live among the people and learn what it really means to be an American. Give them term limits and make them part time, that will keep their political power in check.
Learn from Nigeria
In Nigeria, the people are shocked by the high pay of their legislators and call for across the board part-time legislation.
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress has lent its voice to the debate on the high cost of governance, saying that Nigeria only nedds a part-time legislature at the state and federal levels.
The party said that Nigeria would make meaningful progress, if it cuts down on bureaucratic and political expenditures.
According to AC N, wastage of public funds should not be condoned.
The Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, said in a statement that legislative duties should be a part-time assignment, adding that lawmakers should keep their original jobs as they serve society in a political capacity.
“We are shocked to learn that a hefty thirty per cent of our national budget goes to the legislature for works which many Nigerians feel should be part-time work. We are shocked to learn that Nigerian legislators are the highest earning legislators in the world. We are shocked to learn that Nigerian legislators individually earn more than the Presidents of most advanced countries in the world for doing next to nothing. We are shocked to learn that Nigerian legislators smile home with a hefty sum of N180 million every year as allowances, outside their salaries in a land bristling with acute poverty and want.