I’m very fortunate. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be a writer, and stringing words together has provided me a pretty good living for most of my adult life. How many people get to make their childhood dreams come true?
But what does a kid know? Lately I’ve been rethinking my career choice, and wondering if I made the wrong decision so long ago
Please don’t get me wrong, I love my job! How many people get paid to travel around the country on a perpetual vacation?
But I’m really thinking about a career in politics. My mother always dreamed that her youngest son would become President some day, but the Clinton years convinced me that I don’t have the sexual drive for that job. To quote Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, a good man knows his limitations. So I’ve set my sights lower; I’m thinking of running for Congress.
It’s a darned good gig! Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate get a salary of $174,000 per year, while Minority and Majority Leaders pull in $193,400. If I could work my way up to Speaker of the House, I’d earn $223,500.
But it doesn’t stop there – members of Congress also get an annual cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA), and they are eligible for Federal retirement plans that can pay them up to 80% of their final salary. They are also eligible for Social Security. Now throw in generous health care benefits and an annual expense account that averages $1,353,205.
Not too shabby for a job where you have nobody to answer to, you can play hooky whenever you want to, and people stand in line to “encourage” you to support their agendas. A job where you can ignore the needs and demands of the people who hired you while you can make backroom deals with your cronies in exchange for your vote. A job where the people who hired you still pay you every few years while you take time off from your duties long enough to lie to them and make any false promise it takes to convince them to keep you on the payroll.
If the recent bullshit that has gone on in Washington isn’t enough to convince this country that it’s time to take back the reins of government, I don’t know what will. We need to fire the whole bunch, on both sides of the aisle, and start over. And if we do, I’m available to fill one of those empty seats, Democrat or Republican. I can be just as shallow and self-serving as the next guy. Could Bad Nick be any worse than what we’ve got now?
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