An unnamed Republican aide told Roll Call that the sequester will be "more comfortable" for Republicans than for Democrats. Republicans believe the budget cuts will "affect Democratic constituencies more deeply than Republicans". They aren't talking about Democrats in the Senate or Democrats in the House. No, they will continue to receive their paychecks. There is no pay cut planned for Congress. Although Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has proposed a bill to do just that. Why should Congress be exempt from Federal furloughs?
Members of Congress who said "yes" to the question posed by CNN about whether they would be willing to take a pay cut can do so without any concern about their paychecks actually being reduced. The 27th Amendment prohibits any law increasing or decreasing Congressional pay until after the next election. If the bill proposed by McCaskill passes, it won't even affect this 113th Congress. And yet, some members of Congress are still opposed to the idea. Missouri Republican Billy Long who campaigned on cutting spending in Washington says cutting Congressional pay would be "miniscule."
The sequester will cut Medicare payments made to providers by 2 percent. Another 496,000 jobs in the health care industry will be cut or not filled. Headstart funding is being cut. Seniors won't get meals delivered. True, the wealthy Republican constituency won't be affected one bit by any of these things. And, they don't care one bit about any of the people who are affected. In fact, based on the quote from the unnamed GOP aide, it would appear that House Republicans want you to suffer. They want you to feel the pain to force the legislators who care about the middle class (ie. Democrats) to give in to them. This is your life that Republicans are playing with. You are the bait to get President Obama to do what they want him to do. You should be outraged at Boehner and his cronies.
If there was any doubt about Republicans not caring about the middle class, that doubt can now be erased.
There's not one Republican in Washington that cares about you if you make less than half a million dollars a year.
Call their offices every day.
Tell them how you feel. It's their job to listen to you.
Threaten them with a recall.
Here's a link to a document with information about how to recall elected officials. No member of Congress has ever been recalled, but, arguably, there's never been such a need for it.
After Boehner's out of a job, he will have more time to work on a different game.
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