Let’s Talk About Your Congressperson’s (State Senator’s) Pension and and Yours and My Demise


“For Profit Nursing Care is a White Collar Crime to Our Blue Collar Love” 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16

[I am certain that players in the New York Senate and Assembly get similar perks after serving for a set number of terms. I’ll look into this deeper and post findings in the near future.]

Soon, very soon I’m afraid, Americans are going to be told that their social security won’t be available until 3 to 5 years closer to death. Because John Katko voted to deliver you and me a teeny-weeny tax break, lifting executives of corporations to the financial level of Greek Gods, likewise, refusing to cut from a military budget that spends 12 times more than our best buddy trading partner totalitarian China (whose population is 5 times greater than ours), you and I will have years of our security stolen by the fat cats of Congress.

It is our money! We do not elect to congress men and women to kill us off slowly. Not one of these pretend moral representatives will be bagging groceries at a Price Chopper or Wegmans beside our mothers and fathers and ourselves some day.

Re-elected congress people will begin collecting the pension we subsidize under the following scenarios (none of which are as taxing as what congress is poised to pass on to you).

From factcheck.org:

Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at the age of 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.

Why re-elect any congressperson whom we even suspect would raise our age requirement for social security? Because he or she promises to let gun owners buy more guns? Because he or she promises freedom to people who broke immigration law? Are we upright citizens of a proud nation, or cartoon characters easily caricatured? Your father worked. Your mother worked. By law they set aside a portion of their paycheck to recollect in their golden years, preferably with interest. And here you are allowing John Katko, and the like the power to decide their financial fate like some puppy dog waiting for a kibble treat.

I promise to serve only one term, so I would not be eligible for any future pension or benefit. I also openly advocate for a two-term limit, without a pension for all elected legislators. A congressperson must seek office as a selfless service to his or her community and country. Or, the House to be filled with more avarice, more vanity, more leanings toward dystopia, for…

Politician’s got on his jogging shoes
He must be running for office, got no time to lose
He’s sucking the blood out of the genius of generosity
You been rolling your eyes—you been teasing me

-Bob Dylan

The houses of Congress have become more of a tax haven for corporatists and venture capitalist to billionaires, than buildings to conduct bureaucratic business.

At election time, a big fat pie of wedge issues gets set on the table for us to argue over. Right wing, left wing, it doesn’t matter. Price Chopper will take any old sap with arms and working fingers to put the freakin’ cheese and bread in the bag. To hobble over to aisle 9 for a price check. To load up on Friskies® Special Dinners and open up a can on Tuesday night to split with the cat.

It is your Social Security. In 2018, let’s get to the bottom of things. Dignity to our elders, not despair! Time to talk about retirement for more than five minutes before the inevitable knee-jerking wedge issues unleashed by media politics—Russia! Sanctuary cities! NRA! Smoke and mirrors! Phoeey and blah!

YOU are the lobby of your congress. Start acting like it.