Who pays elected officials?
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A simple question with a simple answer: Elected employees are, by implication, employed, and thus paid by Citizens of the United States, and charged by the Constitution to perform specific functions.The Preamble to the Constitution was established (and the Constitution was adopted) to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” The Constitution’s articles and the subsequent Amendments specify the prerogatives of Congress. They are listed in Article I, Sec. 8; Articles II-V; Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI and are there and available for study by anyone wishing to know the specifics that properly govern our nation.
However, not to get lost in the details, it is important to first understand one simple fact: Congress exists to act in the best interests of Citizens of the United States—We the people, who pay their salaries and benefits. They are employees and We the people are their employers. THAT is the essential point addressed in this petition.
It is, however, highly questionable that Congress is functioning according to Constitutional mandate, emphasized by voting for their own exclusive benefits while voting for lesser benefits for We the people. This obvious double standard cannot stand and be consistent with Constitutional mandates for Congress. Thus the purpose of this petition, which is in keeping with the First Amendment to the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This is a petition of grievances, asking that another amendment to the Constitution be established: Specifically, that Congress shall pass no laws, effecting We the people (e.g., employers) that is lesser than they reserve for themselves (e.g., employees) and shall thus be required to abide by whatever laws they (e.g., Congress) make. What is good for the goose, is good for the gander.
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