I nominate JoBa's AO for the first annual "Gold Rush Barbecue".
I nominate JoBa's AO for the first annual "Gold Rush Barbecue".
JoBa, that is pretty sweet there. You are in So Cal right?
"Dr. Phil is not a member of this site."
- Recondo82 -
"As far as religious beliefs go, my Labrador Retriever thinks I'm God; I hate to disappoint her."
"Besides...the fallen speak to me at night and they told me to help you with that rucksack. Let them take a knee around you and pull security while you rest once in a while. They're still patrolling."
Tread lightly. Tyrants call them 'so called rights'. Don't allow yourself to become so inert that you accept that yoke while perpetuating their lie.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Throwing the bums out on their collective asses (stripping their 100% first term pension qualification and gold plated health care to boot) and providing new guards for our security is not only our right as Americans but our responsibility. And that means that we are fully within our rights in closing down all their unlawful usurptions and abuses after they are gone.
And so it goes...CRS Report For Congress
Retirement Benefits For Members of Congress
Prior to 1984, neither federal civil service workers nor Members of Congress paid taxes to Social Security, nor were they eligible for Social Security benefits. Members of Congress and other federal employees were instead covered by a separate pension plan called the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The 1983 amendments to the Social Security Act (P.L. 98-21) required federal employees first hired after 1983 to participate in Social Security. These amendments also required all Members of Congress to participate in Social Security as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they first entered Congress. Because the CSRS was not designed to coordinate with Social Security, Congress directed the development of a new retirement plan for federal workers. The result was the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-335).
Members of Congress first elected in 1984 or later are covered automatically under the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS), unless they decline this coverage. Those who already were in Congress when Social Security coverage went into effect could either remain in CSRS or change their coverage to FERS. Members are now covered under one of four different retirement arrangements:
Full coverage under both CSRS and Social Security;
The “CSRS Offset” plan, which includes both CSRS and SocialSecurity, but with CSRS contributions and benefits reduced by Social Security contributions and benefits;
FERS plus Social Security; or
Social Security alone.
Congressional pensions, like those of other federal employees, are financed through a combination of employee and employer contributions. All Members pay Social Security payroll taxes equal to 6.2% of the Social Security taxable wage base ($97,500 in 2007). Members covered by FERS also pay 1.3% of full salary to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Members covered by CSRS Offset pay 1.8% of the first $97,500 of salary, and 8.0% of salary above this amount, into the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund.
Under both CSRS and FERS, Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.
As of October 1, 2006, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.
"Don't let yourself get treed by a Chihuahua."
"SF doesn't do harassment. No encouragement; no discouragement. You cannot be in SF if you do not set your own standards. Nobody sets it for you. They just watch what you do. If you rest when you should be working, if you drink when you should be humping, if you let your buddy carry a load too heavy for him - you're gone. No questions, just you're gone. They don't need you."
and we pay for their pensions, health care, and security for the rest of their lives . . . all the while they magically defy the laws of mathematics and turn a potential 200k into a cool 1mil
so to review regardless of what they publish on their own information sites the fact is that they enter that body poor and they leave wealthy and supported for the rest of their lives regardless of how badly they screw up. a 'term of service' is a hardship; they are serving a term of service to their fellow citizens yet while there they acquire an entitled regal mentality and leave independently wealthy.
I find that deeply wrong and unamerican that we semiannually mint new royalty to lord over us.
If they want those things they need to aquire them honestly and run their own business or work their asses of and save to have them.
My house is in San Diego, Point Loma to be more precise. It was built in an isolated area during WWII as a whore house for officers. It is redwood single wall construction. They built four of them, one large one for entertaining and parties, then three smaller ones for the ladies contribution to the war effort. Mine is one of the latter.
It was 800 sq. ft. when it was built, but is now 1,200. It was modernized and expanded in the fifties. When I bought it 29 years ago, it had been sitting empty for around two or three years, pretty much a wreck. It had beige wall to wall carpeting that I tore up. It originally had four bedrooms, a small kitchen, and one bathroom with a tub.
It now has two bedrooms, two baths, one with a shower, other with the same tub. It has a two car garage which I am turning into a wood working shop, soundproofing it and such.
I have replaced or repaired pretty much everything, new roof, baths, new heating and air, new kitchen, etc. I did all that over the 29 years I have owned it as I saved up the money to do each improvement, I didn't do anything on credit.
The original isolated area is now full of fancy homes, but my house is still pretty quiet and private.
Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.
- JoBa (101st Airborne, Co. C, 1st ABG, 502nd Inf, 1960-63)