Another Scam by the Legislature

John Seiler:

No wonder the California Legislature’s approval rating by citizens is at 10%, an all-time low. Street gangs are held in higher esteem than the Legislature Gang. Consider this sweet scam:

By convening for less than a half hour on Friday, the 80 members of the Assembly and 40 members of the Senate entitled themselves to $568 each.

That’s almost a $70,000 cost to taxpayers.

The reason? On top of their $95,291 annual salary, lawmakers can collect $142 per day when the legislature is in session. Those daily payments halt if the legislature takes off four or more days.

By convening for a short time on Friday, the legislature kept the Presidents Day holiday as a three-day weekend, meaning they could collect the daily payments while on recess Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Imagine you doing that at your job. You punch in early in the morning, then get four days off — with pay. Oh, and you get a free car, too. With a taxpayer-supplied credit card for the gas.

The Legislators can’t even do their jobs, running up deficit after deficit, year after year, the current amount being $25 billion.

And the solution of the Democratic majority in the Legislature? The same one since the Pharaohs ripped off their subjects to build the pyramids: tax slavery. In our case, $12 billion in tax increases.

Here’s an idea: Why don’t we just dissolve the state government? Let the counties and cities do what’s needed for the citizens.

Enough waste by these wastrels in the state capitol is enough.

Feb. 19, 2011

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  1. pierre
    pierre 19 February, 2011, 12:01

    Why shouldn’t our legislators collect these funds. After all they had to show up for work and since there was no work they had to cover their expenses. The mere fact that we slipped them a extra allowance for the next 3 days is only fair after all they did show up for work.

    The poor legislators probably know that if they worked for their County they would have received much more for having showed up for work as they had to get out of bed thus “screwing up their day”.

    Another reason they deserve the money is


    I hope I P ss off some of you readers with this article.

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  2. ExPFC Wintergreen
    ExPFC Wintergreen 19 February, 2011, 13:08

    This is a very commonplace trick as you know. The “easy” solution to this is to eliminate per diem altogether, but there would not be a single voter to do this in the Legislature so it would require a statewide ballot initiative. IF someone decided to go after per diem, one might as well make the the legislature a part time entity at the same time.

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  3. Sonny Campise
    Sonny Campise 29 March, 2011, 08:45

    Politicians are the largest group of theives ever assembled on the planet!!!

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