Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Predictable Congressional Theft

This is what happens when you elect lawyers to positions way beyond their moral-restraint capabilities:

...[T]he 27th Amendment [...] prevents Congress from passing and receiving a pay increase without an intervening election.

"No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened."

However, the canny politicians in Congress have found a way around this. They characterize their "pay increases" as "cost of living increases." And then they made those increases automatic. They go into effect without a vote unless someone introduces an amendment forcing debate and a vote. And, if you look at the history of Congressional pay raises, it's clear that, except for a brief period in the 1990s, they have all agreed to not stop their automatic pay increases from taking effect.

Here in Wisconsin, it's the same scam with different results. WE have taxation without representation, because OUR elected scuzzballs will NOT VOTE on tax increases if they are labeled "gas tax." They just increase the tax, automatically, forever and ever.

It's forgotten that the Wisconsin variation was engineered by Lee (the Walrus) Dreyfus, who was then and remains to this day an enemy of Conservatism.

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