Congress should have same job insecurity as Americans who elect them, should NOT vote to keep their political career
According to Money Magazine,
The New York Times shares an ABC interview with Speaker Nancy Pelosi about potential Congressional job loss due to voting for Healthcare Reform:
Ms. Pelosi was asked what she would say to House Democrats who were “in real fear of losing their seats in November if they support you now.”
“Our members, every one of them, wants health care,” Ms. Pelosi said. “They know that this will take courage. It took courage to pass Social Security. It took courage to pass Medicare. And many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.”
“But,” Ms. Pelosi continued, “the American people need it. Why are we here? We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. We’re here to do the job for the American people, to get them results that give them not only health security, but economic security.”
Once you are in Congress, odds are you will stay for a few terms. Except when actual WORK is being done and lines are drawn and talk show hosts are frothing at the mouth. Then you risk losing your job if you vote your conscience and vote how the American people want you to vote.
Good news is, we might actually get real healthcare reform. Bad news is, any members of Congress that don’t survive November elections will not be using the Republican ‘revolving door’ to lobbying firms on K Street. This vote will actually pit members of Congress AGAINST their usual Sugar Daddies: obscenely profitable corporations who want the status quo with most Americans in their sticky web of inadequate health care coverage.
The commercialization of our healthcare means that the companies profiting off the physical and mental health of Americans (by avoiding those of marginal and ill health) have the governmental power… Its the insurance companies that mount repeal campaigns, not individual voters. Understandably, the insurance companies (and banks, and lobbyists) don’t want to be in the same boat as the American people, jobless without benefits.
Sure, wouldn’t it be great to still be rolling in dough, like the insurance companies are, even though most of your workers aren’t? Wouldn’t it be great, if like Republican Bunning, you could pay yourself an additional $90,000 a year from your ’supposedly charitable’ foundation so that you wouldn’t have to live on only $170,000 a year as a Congressman?
So, Members of Congress: PLEASE VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE, not your job security. Hate to remind you, but that’s why we sent you there in the first place.
Your vacations and perks might come from insurance companies who flood you with re-election donations, and your future job might be as a million dollar lobbyist, but today, in Congress, you represent US.