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Nix pay for Congress until things get fixed

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

My father used to tell me that the scariest words I’ll ever hear is, “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.” He’d punctuate the joke with a loud guffaw.  What’s going on in Washington no longer seems very funny. 

Considering how messed up our government has become, I proposed that we stop paying our members of Congress and the Senate until they get things fixed. Why should parts of the government ever be forced to close because elected officials can’t agree to work together? Why should seniors, children, and the poor have to do without while senators are getting their checks? 

We have plenty of blame to go around, no matter which party you might support. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all to blame. Every single one of them. When I say everyone, I mean from the top on down. 

Maybe we should not talk about how disgusted we are with our members of Congress and just get mad. What we need is a nationwide re-enactment of a scene from the movie “Network.” The film came out in 1976, and the part I’m thinking about is when Peter Finch, portraying news commentator Howard Beale, tells his audience to go to their windows and shout, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Since this is a movie, people across the country stick their heads outside and yell the now-famous phrase. 

If such a thing were to happen in real life, would it make a difference? I’d like to think so. Maybe it would get Washington’s attention.

Something needs to be done because our elected officials are simply not getting it. We need them to compromise and fix what is broken. And we have a lot of stuff that needs to be repaired.

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