U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus recently submitted to Congress a proposal (Pay for Performance Act — HR 3887), which is right on. It proposes that whenever Congress does not pass a budget on time members of Congress will not be paid until they do. Sounds good except that we all know that it has as much chance of surviving as a snowball in hell. There is no way that our lawmakers would ever allow such a proposal to come to the floor of the House for consideration, so I guess it is being proposed just for show.
Another item of interest to all of us retired workers is the Republican stance on Medicare. Agreed, Medicare most likely needs to be changed in some manner, but to gut it the way they want to is just not right. If members of Congress had to have their medical needs taken care of through Medicare and not the gold-plated system that they now have, I am certain their viewpoint would be different.
I can remember when members of both parties had differences, but when it came to what was best for the good of the country, they always could come up with a compromise that did the job and was acceptable to everyone. Our current leaders should stop their senseless bickering and do what is best for our country. The United States of America is a great nation, but we are losing our greatness in the world due to our inability to get anything done by our elected officials.
Is there no one in Washington capable of following in the footsteps of the great statesmen of the 1950s and ’60s?
STEWART F. PATERSON