Debt per household has increased 15-fold during Harry Reid tenure

As you know by now, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid decided to call it quits and yesterday announced he’ll be resigning from Congress. Senator Reid has been serving since 1983 – the year I went on active duty in the Army at Ft. Sill Oklahoma.

I think there should be an exit assessment of any Member of Congress in order to evaluate their effectiveness while in office. One of the basic areas of analysis is in fiscal responsibility, namely our debt.

And that is exactly what CNS News did, saying “The debt of the federal government has grown $16,955,289,814,977.42 during the 32 years that current Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has served in the United States Congress. That equals an increase of about $145,131 for every household in the country. There have been five presidents during that time, including three Republicans (Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush) and two Democrats (Bill Clinton and Barack Obama).”

“Reid was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and then was elected to the Senate in 1986. He first took office in the House on Jan. 3, 1983, the first business day in January of that year. At the beginning of that day, according to the Monthly Statement of the Public Debt for December 1982, the total public debt of the federal government was $1.97 trillion. As of March 25 of this year, the latest day for which debt numbers are available, the federal debt was $18.152 trillion. That means that since Reid first joined Congress in 1983, the federal debt has increased just under $17 trillion.”

I am quite sure many are asking, so what? Here’s the so what for you and your household. CNS News says of the current $155,378 debt per household, 93 percent of it accrued during Harry Reid’s tenure in Congress.

Now, if that doesn’t bother you at all — and mind you, this should be a bipartisan analysis — then I don’t know what will. Because as you have incurred this massive debt per household, Senator Harry Reid — whose personal wealth has grown — will walk away with a taxpayer-funded pension of nearly 70 percent of his senatorial base pay, which, if I’m correct, is just over $200,000. In comparison for those who will challenge my military pension, I receive 55 percent of the base pay for being a retired Lieutenant Colonel with 22 years service.

So what are the consequences for Congressional fiscal responsibility? We all know that you qualify for a pension after having served only 5 years on Capitol Hill. And our Founding Fathers never wished for this to be a career pursuit; they wanteded servant legislators. As a matter of fact, it was George Mason who stated on 17 June, 1788 at the Virginia Ratifying Conference for our Constitution: “Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.”

Therefore let us ask the question, what burdens do these retired Members of Congress share with the general mass of the people? What are the consequences for the irresponsible actions over a career of serving in Congress?

I can tell you simply that in the military if you’re given command of a unit and ruin that unit, chances are your evaluation report will ensure that you won’t be getting another unit. I know that so many address the “low approval ratings” of the Congress — but the incumbent reelection rate remains at or above 90 percent. So in other words, Congress — House and Senate — may stink but my representative smells like a rose. And so it becomes rather Pavlovian, and we continue to reward the abhorrent bad behavior, and unfortunately we get the government we deserve.

How about someone runs on moving Congress away from baseline budgeting, which means every year there is an increase in spending? And how about stop saying a cut to spending when all it means is a cut to the rate of increase of spending. The way it works now is, let’s say in Fiscal Year 2014, an agency had a stated budget. Subsequently in Fiscal Year 2015, they request a 15 percent increase in that budget. Congress comes back and only gives them a 12 percent increase — and that’s called a cut in spending. Instead we should move towards a zero-based budgetary system where every year the 12 appropriations bills start from ZERO, and every dollar must be justified, not taken for granted.

If we don’t get a hold of our spending problem in Washington D.C., If we don’t begin a critical analysis of individual Member records on fiscal matters –especially those in leadership and on specific fiscal committees — we are headed towards economic collapse.

I wish Senator Harry Reid happy trails ahead, but he hasn’t ensured we, the people will have them.

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minute-man
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his other ‘surprise’ for you is ushering in his brother in Treason, “Chuck” Schumer to take his place…

“hooray for the new Boss,..SAME as the old boss ”

The more ‘things change’ the more they remain the same.

If there were Justice in America, both would be hung.

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Rafael X
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Harry Reid career lasted 22 years in which I’m sure he didn’t have a leadership position. Spanned over 5 Presidents. But is whole legacy should be debt that every single elected official helped create. How many Republican ran the House or the Senate in those 22 years. Senator Reid deserves his lifetime pension. Allen West would too if he could make the cut. Lazy writers and carnival barkers will just have to find a new strawman.

thundrn
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I am sorry. Harry Reid deserves to hang, after the trial of course. If that seems to barbaric of a penalty, the people of the United States will settle for a firing squad, Pension problems solved!

Rafael X
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For what?

thundrn
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for selling out to China, and for his remarks about Americans during the Bundy stand off. Plus he is a low life POS and of course, would stand trial before he hangs!

Rafael X
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The thugs at the Bundy ranch? LOL. Mr Reid also has freedom of expression. Trial on what charges? You are funny.

thundrn
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for being a Traitor. Look at my Avatar, all who stand and stood in silence will hang or die by firing squad. Again, after the short trial, their silence and their climb to wealth is no duty of the civil servant that is serving their country. It is an absolute labor of love, not a right of assention! His words cast towards the Bundy’s and all patriots of this nation as well will stand as proof. There are many who feel the same. 3,000 from 2001, 3 million since that have died. and his selling America to foreign interests. there… Read more »
mike
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You libaturds are all insane.

majorwiblit
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don’t forget to like me on Faceless!!

Rafael X
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You repugs are intellectual masturbators.

Marijw
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Charming! Is this what you learned in school?

Glenn Griffith
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LOL, you assume he went to school? You assume to much.

Rafael X
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Actually learned that from my Father.

Uncle Ruckus
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You are insane because you don’t blame republicans for anything! IDIOT!!!

majorwiblit
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FYI
Protecting parents over children: The shameless hypocrisy at the heart of right-wing Christianity
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/protecting-parents-over-children-the-shameless-hypocrisy-at-the-heart-of-right-wing-christianity/comments/#disqus

Marijw
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If you believe the junk contained in her article which is so far from most christians I’ve ever known, I feel sorry for you! You can speak of it as if it is truth but that doesn’t mean it is. Secondly, for someone who supposedly has her credentials it was poorly written, unbalanced and without supportive evidence. If you do in fact believe what she writes it is no wonder this country has the issues it does.

majorwiblit
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And so we see Christian conservatives cracking down in a desperate bid to regain control. They claim that they’re being oppressed by increasing tolerance for religious diversity. They have latched onto, with some success, the claim that “religious freedom” requires giving Christians the right to oppress others. The Republican Party is in complete thrall to the religious right, to the point where giving the Christian right one go-nowhere symbolic bill instead of another one created a major political crisis. The irony is that this panic-based overreach is just making the situation worse for the Christian right. One of the biggest… Read more »
Marijw
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What did you just say in all of that? Nothing, manufactured propaganda. Do you even have a grasp on how many different churches there are in America which represent Christianity? I suggest that the woman who wrote the article has personal issues which she needs to address; it could be argued that she may have never grasped the relationship part!

majorwiblit
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According to the book Beyond Megachurch Myths, there were 320,000 Christian U.S. churches in 2007.
Of these U.S. churches, 1,250 were megachurches with an average weekend attendance of 2,000 or more.

majorwiblit
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Religious Indoctrination of children is child abuse…
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majorwiblit
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An archaeological team, digging in Washington DC,
has uncovered 10,000 year old fossil remains
of what is believed to be the first Republican.

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Hoptologist
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Go back to bed.

Uncle Ruckus
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I’m not sleepy

merrychicago
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Gee, thanks Harry!

majorwiblit
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I wonder if anyone did an exit assessment on you??
or maybe why would they even bother since I’m sure you got so much
done in your 1 term…
you will be just a footnote in the history books, if even that
but I think you will be in good company with Shelly Bachmann, Joe Walsh…
ya know people like that,,,G’s even Quitter Palin will have a bigger write up…
but then she has become an excellent grifter

Uncle Ruckus
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He sponsored 1 BILL!! ONE!! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA….2 years then voted out QUICKLY!!! MUHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHA

GaylePutt
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In a county where there were more votes than registered voters.

Uncle Ruckus
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What doest that have to do with West doing nothing while in congress???

GaylePutt
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What scares me is that he wants Chuck Shumer to replace him!

heyblinken
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I have devised a solution to pay back the debt Horrible Harry has run up. http://fromtherightlane.blogspot.com/2015/03/debt-payback-plan.html

Uncle Ruckus
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Now I know that ALLEN (I’ve never experienced racism) West believes his readers are stupid….he wants you to believe that HARRY REID AND HARRY REID alone created the debt!! At least Harry has 22 years in the senate…how many did you serve in the house ALLEN….2?? MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Glenn Griffith
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Ruckus doesn’t comprehend to well. No where did West say that. He simply stated a fact…during Reids 22 years we amassed a HUGE debt. Grow up little one and go back to school to learn comprehension.

Uncle Ruckus
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And during ALLEN’S short 2 years in office….oh..never mind…it was only 2 years! MUAHAHAHAHAHAH

VietnamVet1967
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Wonder what will happen to the 300 Bills that he tabled, because they were House introduced

Rafael X
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Repugs hold the Senate you should ask Mcconell.

MotherBatherick
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Dingy Harry has been out of it quite some time or, as they say, “taking the big vacation”.

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