Multiple Democrats come up with the same “surprising” proposals

posted at 8:31 am on June 28, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

As the mid-terms approach, some Democrats are feeling pretty nervous. But it’s encouraging to see that others are out there getting their hand in the game and developing bold new policy initiatives sure to win over the voters. One great example of this is surely Aaron Woolf who is running for Congress in New York’s 21st congressional district on the D ticket. Check out these bold plans!

No budget, no pay for Congress – for real

-No funding for, nor use of, a taxpayer-funded gym or salon and barber shop by members of Congress on the public dime…

-No funding for, nor use of, taxpayer money to pay for the rent or lease of vehicles.

-No funding for, nor use of, health care “perks” that are not available to the general public…

-No travel under the “charter jet” loophole allowing members of Congress to use political campaign funds to upgrade a privately-funded flight to first class travel.

Say, those are some bold proposals and they should be well received by fed-up taxpayers. I’m sure Mr. Woolf will do well. But wait… what’s this? Another candidate, this one in New Jersey, also has a cracker-jack list of proposals which she is sure will sway the voters.

Aimee Belgard has announced that she will reject the following taxpayer funded Congressional perks and require increased transparency when it comes to support for tax breaks that could directly benefit members of Congress:

Taxpayer funded first class airfare

Taxpayer funded luxury vehicles

Taxpayer funded members-only gym

Taxpayer funded campaign-style mailers to constituents

Hrm.. something seems oddly familiar about this. But hey. that’s probably just me being cynical. I’m sure Michael Wager, on the Democrat ticket in Ohio’s 14th district try to unseat incumbent David Joyce, will come into this battle like a refreshing breath of springtime air.

Wager commits to rejecting the following Congressional extras:

No pay raise until Congress passes a livable minimum wage
No Congressional pension as Social Security should apply to all members of Congress instead of their more generous retirement plan
No taxpayer or privately funded overseas trips except to military bases

No pay raises? No fancy plane travel or top line rental cars? In short, none of the perks that members usually soak up? And to top it all off, the first two of those candidates released these plans on the exact same day. The third was within 48 hours. So what could possibly explain this?

Well, their staff members could be engaged in one of the most blatant cases of copying off someone’s homework ever, I suppose. But they’re an awfully long way apart to be sharing cheat sheets. Or just maybe … could it be that the DNC released a new strategy sheet for the summer and these three jumped on the talking points without bothering to worry about obvious message collision or trying to significantly edit the memo to make it look more original?

But if this is the DNC battle plan of the week, why sneak it out to far flung campaigns under cover of darkness? Why not just announce a national perks reform campaign for the party on the steps of Congress? Could it be that plenty of Democrats already engage in lapping up these perks on a regular basis and they would be instantly called out on their hypocrisy? Naw, that couldn’t be it.

For the record, there are plenty of Republicans lapping up cream from the same saucer. There’s no secret about that. They just don’t seem to be so blatantly phony about it in most cases.


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Gee, corrupt and hypocritical politicians colluding with each other in an attempt to deceive and mislead the public into thinking they’re something other than corrupt and hypocritical politicians.

In other news, the sky is blue.

AZCoyote on June 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Corrupt Cholly Rangel hardest hit.

News at ten.

viking01 on June 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

obvious message collision

Don’t you mean collusion?

Naturally Curly on June 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

- No vanity tanning on the clock or the public dime even at an illegals run business.

Take that Weasel Boehner.

viking01 on June 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The real money is in insider trading. But this is an issue too, nothing that won’t eventually be solved by a good pitchfork.

Fenris on June 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Now THERE’S an original idea!

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Since the QOTD thread appears dead:

Ted Cruz should introduce the CINC / AG Mental Status Evaluation Bill of 2014.

Ogabe traded 5 of the Taliban’s worst for a deserter, takes a wrecking ball to the best health care system in history, blocks Keystone in an oil price surge, screws the VA, screws Benghazi, screws Israel and other allies and likely now thinks he’s King George III.

Sleazy Eric Holder ignores the IRS mess, the NSA mess, the border gone wild, and Ogabe’s decline into mental illness parallel to his own. Holder probably thinks he’s Heinrich Himmler and his mentor BBQ Reno only worsened his psychotic manifestations.

Dr. Charles Krauthammer could do the mental status evaluation with immediate commital of both psycho preznit and psycho AG as necessary.

That’s practically how crooked Louisiana (of its day) had to deal with the Gov. Earl Long crime syndicate; to institutionalize him. Aside from the whoring and usual kickbacks and patronage Earl Long almost looks sane in comparison to the entitled Kenyan Dictator.

viking01 on June 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

viking01 on June 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

The Brotherhood of Nod said it best – One vision, one purpose. Peace through power!

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Yeah, and the possibility of them actually enacting any of those proposals is negative 100%.

rbj on June 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Meh…this pales in comparison to Nancy Pelosi’s infamous “most honest, most open, most ethical congress ever” and The One’s “Most transparent administration in history“.

JetBoy on June 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

But will they follow though after they are elected. And what keeps them from accepting these perks. They could refuse to use them.

Tinker on June 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM

No budget, no pay for Congress – for real

A Democrat actually said that ?

J_Crater on June 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Funny how they never mention one thing that might do this country some good—Term Limits.

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

No surprise here. The Dems are well rehearsed in this. They and the leftwing media get their talking points sent to them each Sunday morning to parrot during the following week. Like a well conducted orchestra, they start blowing their horns in unison blathering about the talking point of the week.

iamsaved on June 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Because this, along with a clean windshield and a shoe shine, will totally fix government overspending.

Totally…

Kraken on June 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

This plays into something I’ve been wanting the GOP to do for a long time. I want to see James-O’Keefe-like video of Washington galas/fundraisers. Show the chauffeured cars…especially those with gov’t plates. Show the champagne fountains, shrimp platters, wagyu beef, caviar, ice sculptures, etc. Include the designer clothes, expensive shoes. Background should be tinkling glasses and raucous laughter with sprinklings of the works “Senator” and “Congressman”. It’s been done before, but this time the public is totally fed up with the outrageous pension stories, bureaucratic lies/coverups, and seeing our tax $ going to those who simply know the right people. Americans are appalled to learn that Washington is now the wealthiest area of the country.

A second ad should show pols/bureaucrats scheming behind closed doors to come up with lies to tell the American people about some scandal du jour. And laughing about how the media will repeat anything they tell them… and the people are so dumb they’ll believe it!!!!

jeanneb on June 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

They SAY that they’ll do X, Y, and Z, but we’ve all been around the block enough to know that it’s just more BS to fool to gullible.

307wolverine on June 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Political lies = Federally protected free speech.

Fallon on June 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Democrats lie, they lie all the time. Even when they don’t have to, democrats will lie. Same goes for cheating and stealing.

jukin3 on June 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Don’t you mean collusion?

Naturally Curly on June 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Not in this case. If it were collusion we would be implying that the individual campaigns were working together in secret. This looks more like it was being fed from the top. But when multiple fronts come out on the same day with the same marketing ploy, they tend to “collide” in the media once they are exposed.

Jazz Shaw on June 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Which basically only screws any honest member of congress that isn’t using his office to rake in the cash, and actually lives off his congressional pay.
Though I’m not sure any such congressman exists.

Count to 10 on June 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

*Should have said “Constitutionally protected free speech.” Grrr…

Fallon on June 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

No BALANCED budget, no pay for ANYONE non military should be the law.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Which basically only screws any honest member of congress that isn’t using his office to rake in the cash, and actually lives off his congressional pay.
Though I’m not sure any such congressman exists.
Count to 10 on June 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Make the political parties take care of them, limited to room at a chain budget hotel, and a couple daily meals at Golden Corral.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

They’re trying to sound like Republicans ought to sound.

Akzed on June 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

jeanneb on June 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Then this would become the “scandal du jour”, and unless it was shown on any channel besides Fox, Obama would never know about it, and would be shocked…shocked, I tell you, that things like this were going on under his watch, and he will get to the bottom of it, and hold all those responsible to account.
Media is not ready for prime time.

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

No BALANCED budget, no pay for ANYONE non military should be the law.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Then get ready for near 100% tax rate on the middle class.

It is mathematically impossible to balance the budget.

Reuben Hick on June 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

It’s always true, and always has been …
The leftist policies always fail, so they always ‘find the wisdom’ to lean right, come election time.

pambi on June 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

They’re trying to sound like Republicans ought to sound.
Akzed on June 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Boner should call their bluff on this, but he won’t.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Good grief. Leave it to Jazz to ignore the fact that these are all basically Tea Party ideas.

Jaibones on June 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Don’t tell me the Tea Party is dead! Look how the leftist politicians are moving to the right. Tea Partiers keep up the fight cause we are movin’ things in the right direction! Pun intended.

Herb on June 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Then get ready for near 100% tax rate on the middle class.
It is mathematically impossible to balance the budget.
Reuben Hick on June 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Not at all impossible if you eliminate all non Constitutional functions.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Not at all impossible if you eliminate all non Constitutional functions.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Racist. Besides, the government is busy with important things, like approving the names of sport franchises and such.

Think of the reduction in commerce if you did that. The cut in government funded beer and wine sales would simply crash both industries overnight, and the states that have lotteries would have to do without those government-funded ticket sales (coincidentally, beer and lottery sales are a common combination at the cash register).

Oh, and..uh..um….the children.

BobMbx on June 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I should have been clearer: I meant for this footage to be used in paid ads.

Of course, it would require the GOP to promise to clean up the corruption. Perhaps too tall an order!

jeanneb on June 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

OK, how ’bout cut spending (real, not growth) by 10%, get rid of the IRS, EPA, DHS, DOT, HHS, HUD, DOE (both), Labor, term limits for Congress, Federal judiciary, and civil service?

And that’s just the first year.

formwiz on June 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

The same tired old bullcrap… With gun in hand they couldn’t get this stuff passed, even if they wanted to. But once elected they won’t even remember saying these things.

arand on June 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

“They just don’t seem to be so blatantly phony”

! YES THEY DO !

Congress, nor the rest of the government, will not give up their “free stuff” perks without whining, lying, and outright subterfuge.

The only answer to the abuses/corruption of government is to have LESS GOVERNMENT. Those in government and those who want money from government will always find numerous justifications why they are entitled to some free taxpayer dollars.

pilsener on June 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Meet Judge Emmet G Sullivan: The Man Who Is Going To Put The Fear Of God Into Lerner & Co. (He Even Once Sicced A Special Prosecutor On The DOJ)

Mark July 10th on your calendars.

Resist We Much on June 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

How long before epithets of “Uncle Tom” are hurled.

davidk on June 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

They’re not even hiding it any more.

PattyJ on June 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

WHO CARES if they get haircuts or use the Gym. That’s the smallest of small potatoes.

How about subverting the Constitution. How about forced amnesty. How about Deaths in Benghazi.

Let’s stay focused on REAL.

birdhurd on June 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

And no more taxpayer financed Botox for the Minority Leader in the House.

Another Drew on June 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Blah, blah, blah…

HiJack on June 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Multiple Democrats come up with the same “surprising” proposals

…Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure!…just like “If you like your plan…you can keep your plan!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

If they do it as a National Campaign, then people will Expect them to get it done.

As long as it’s an individual promise they can always beg off that they supported the ideas, but couldn’t get the WHOLE congress to agree.

jaydee_007 on June 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

This plays into something I’ve been wanting the GOP to do for a long time. I want to see James-O’Keefe-like video of Washington galas/fundraisers. Show the chauffeured cars…especially those with gov’t plates. Show the champagne fountains, shrimp platters, wagyu beef, caviar, ice sculptures, etc. Include the designer clothes, expensive shoes. Background should be tinkling glasses and raucous laughter with sprinklings of the works “Senator” and “Congressman”. It’s been done before, but this time the public is totally fed up with the outrageous pension stories, bureaucratic lies/coverups, and seeing our tax $ going to those who simply know the right people. Americans are appalled to learn that Washington is now the wealthiest area of the country.

A second ad should show pols/bureaucrats scheming behind closed doors to come up with lies to tell the American people about some scandal du jour. And laughing about how the media will repeat anything they tell them… and the people are so dumb they’ll believe it!!!!

jeanneb on June 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I like your ideas.

MichaelGabriel on June 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I’m no fan of the Democrats, but (except for the drivel about employment-lowering “living wage”) this is not a bad thing! Even if it’s a cynical ploy for votes, it’s still good policy, and if it helps shame some of the bastards who confiscate our wages and then light their Cuban cigars with $100 bills, good!

Tzetzes on June 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

No budget, no pay for Congress – for real

I’m not sure that there has been a real new budget resolution since ObamaCare has passed, which means the same rule to repeal may still be in place.

J_Crater on June 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

That great quote from Wimpy “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”. How stupid are these politicians or how stupid are we to think any of this is really meant to be. If and I say only if they had even a smidgen of belief in what they are saying then there is more then enough time prior to the election to do some if not all of their proposals. No living breathing voters can any more afford this “vote for me today and I will see what I can do tomorrow.”

jpcpt03 on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

No Balanced budget, no pay!!

No pensions for congress or the “short termers” in the executive (like the President and his appointees)–after all these are not “jobs”, but service to their country and they are not “payed”, but compensated for their expenses.

Congress, the federal justices, and the President should also have a pay rollback (40%?) until the national debt is paid off.

KenInIL on June 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

It is mathematically impossible to balance the budget.

Reuben Hick on June 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Only if you assume the budget remains constant or increases.

yesiamapirate on June 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

That one about not paying for First Class airline tickets should be easy to keep.

The airlines automatically upgrade Members of Congress to First Class even when they only pay for Economy.

My Congressman Peter DeFazio usually gives his First Class upgrade to a military or someone who looks deserving when he flies back to Oregon on the weekend.

It’s good PR and a cheap votegetter. Gotta give him credit even though he is a Far Left Democrat.

I’m surprised that more Congressmen and Senators don’t do this.

schmuck281 on June 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

We’ll know that real reforms are on the table when the bill disappears into committee.

PersonFromPorlock on June 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Google through the 1300 Federal agencies we support, the titles are hilarious.

mixplix on June 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM