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John Cornynís Three Pensions Make for One Uncomfortable GOP Situation (2013)
Daily Beast ^ | 6/19/13 | LLoyd Grove

Posted on 02/20/2014 8:15:52 AM PST by jimbo123

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas likes to present himself as a deficit hawk—a red-state conservative who “believes that Congress must be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money,” as his official website declares, and that “fiscal responsibility is the cornerstone for good governance.”

So the revelation in the National Journal that the 61-year-old Cornyn is collecting three different state-government pensions while receiving his federal salary as a senator (a total of $239,383 in taxpayer-funded largesse) is slightly off-message, and just a tad inconvenient, as he gets ready to run for a third term next year.

“There’s a lot of hypocrisy there,” says Tea Party pundit Erick Erickson, proprietor of the influential RedState.com blog. “I think John Cornyn is a good guy. He didn’t create the pensions model, and there’s nothing wrong with getting multiple pensions. But this is the next front for conservatives: they need to pick a fight with government pensions. And it becomes very hard for people like John Cornyn to pick that fight when he’s benefiting so well from them.”

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But Erickson says an elite culture of entitlement has long infected politicians of both parties—so it’s undoubtedly unfair to single out Cornyn and McDonnell for special opprobrium; McDonnell, for one, isn’t running for reelection. However, Cornyn (whose spokeswoman didn’t return a call seeking comment) has already drawn a primary opponent, a Tea Partier and Iraq War veteran who might make effective use of the pension imbroglio.

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Cornyn draws 3 pensions while he cuts pensions for veterans. Typical.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 8:15:52 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

This could hurt him in a runoff.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 8:17:03 AM PST by Viennacon (M)
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To: Viennacon

If he loses, he’ll collect a 4th pension, social security and free healthcare for life. But it’s worth it to get rid of him.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 8:18:09 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Frankly, this is a non-issue, compared with letting Obamacare stagger on, and repeatedly letting Obama add another trillion to the national debt.

Talking conservative while he lets the Democrats get everything they want.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 8:19:12 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jimbo123

I think we should un-elect every elected official in the country and start over—with new rules, including term limits………….


5 posted on 02/20/2014 8:19:50 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: jimbo123

It’s cool. He’s in the nomenklatura .


6 posted on 02/20/2014 8:21:26 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Cicero

Cornyn’s pension triple-dipping while cutting veteran pensions is NOT a non-issue.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 8:21:33 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: basil

Term limits and a lifetime ban from being a lobbyist.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 8:21:59 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: jimbo123

Oink Oink!!!


9 posted on 02/20/2014 8:22:41 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: ZULU

10 posted on 02/20/2014 8:23:53 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
This story perfectly illustrates the problem with politics in America.

Elected officials should be well compensated for their time and efforts, but no elected official should ever collect a pension. For one thing, politics at ANY level shouldn't be a full-time job. Secondly, there's no reason for anyone to spend enough time in public office to consider it a "career."

11 posted on 02/20/2014 8:25:31 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: jimbo123

Cornyn stole from conservatives near Delaware
AFTER he targeted the candidate.

There is a word for that.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 8:26:49 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: TurboZamboni

Agreed!


13 posted on 02/20/2014 8:29:30 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: jimbo123

:)


14 posted on 02/20/2014 8:29:47 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: jimbo123

Senator Cornyn: Another sad example of why there should be term limits for “Public Servants.”


15 posted on 02/20/2014 8:34:54 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: jimbo123; All
Cornyn draws 3 pensions while he cuts pensions for veterans. ______________________________________________________________ If those 10 words were to get into the hands, or ears, of every person voting in the March 4th Texas GOP Primary, I guarantee you that John Cornhole would not even make the run-off. So.... What do we have to do to make that happen?
16 posted on 02/20/2014 8:38:58 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Cicero

Frankly, this is a non-issue, compared with letting Obamacare stagger on, and repeatedly letting Obama add another trillion to the national debt.
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I disagree Cicero. Most people don’t give a crap about the national debt as long as they are getting their paycheck and have money to go to the mall or fishing and buy a 6-Pack. While your points are valid and well taken, few things touch people like mistreatment of Veterans. Most adults in Texas are either a Vet or has a family member, friend or acquaintance who is a Vet. Veteran abuse ranks up there with spouse abuse and child abuse.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 8:45:09 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: jimbo123

See my Post #17.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 8:47:14 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: jimbo123

cornyn is the poster boy for political WHORES!


19 posted on 02/20/2014 8:47:30 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Alberta's Child

“Elected officials should be well compensated for their time and efforts,”

I think they should be paid what the national average income is.
They may travel to and from washington freely without
being harassed but that’s it. Otherwise they are subject
to the same laws, rules and regulations as every other
citizen. Their income should also be open for public
inspection and lawyers should be banned from public office.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 8:49:55 AM PST by Slambat
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To: jimbo123

What a pig, eating at the trough of government all these years. He is one of too many life-long leeches doing the same thing, but at least the Democrats don’t bleat about being “deficit hawks” while firmly attached to the shrunken teat of the nanny state.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 8:52:50 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: jimbo123
From the chambers to the chamber pot..

Void the bowels of Washington, D. C. 2014 - 2016

22 posted on 02/20/2014 8:57:52 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: jimbo123

There should be NO PENSIONS or any other post office benefits for elected officials. NONE.

This alone would serve very effectively as a de facto term limiter.


23 posted on 02/20/2014 9:01:51 AM PST by jocon307
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To: jimbo123

The closing line is really worth noting “[A] senior staffer for a conservative Washington think tank scolded: “Aren’t there more important stories out there?” The staffer added: “I personally like John Cornyn. Nobody here is going to talk to you. Everybody double-dips in Washington.”

Don’t know which think tank this is, but it shows what we are up against if this is view of somebody on “our side”.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 9:07:28 AM PST by jocon307
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To: jimbo123

He’s not the only multiple pension recipient in Congress, not that I’m letting him off the hook. Congress is often the ultimate goal of novice pols who start at the school board level and work up, collecting pensions along the way. it’s the one road in the US that is paved with gold.


25 posted on 02/20/2014 9:08:36 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Din Maker; jimbo123

I don’t disagree that these political retirement setups are disgraceful. But the solution would be to change the rules, not to fix on one politician and accuse him of triple dipping.

They ALL do that, and will continue to do so until the system is changed.

But it’s still penny-ante compared to the trillions being thrown down the rathole elsewhere, with the complicity of buys like Cornyn.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:24 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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27 posted on 02/20/2014 9:23:44 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Cicero

What you say is true. The only point I was trying to make is the Vet thing is more “politically expedient” for our team than the National Debt.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 9:52:32 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: jimbo123

I doubt that John Cornyn is the only one in Congress collecting pensions plus his salary…

why not check EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN CONGRESS..

the people who run this country are all crooks, cheats and liars..so nothing new there..


29 posted on 02/20/2014 10:21:43 AM PST by haircutter
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To: jocon307

Or perhaps elected officials could choose ONE of the pensions to collect and they’d have to forego any rights to collect the others. If the pension fund dries up or is changed in any way, they can’t change their mind and switch to a different pension.

Granted, I’m not specifically opposed to your “no pensions” idea, I’m just offering an alternative to avoid multi-dipping.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 10:28:58 AM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( 0bama's words are the distraction to the destruction ))))
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To: haircutter

Cornyn filed false ethics disclosure reports that didn’t report the pensions.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 10:33:19 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Two Kids' Dad

Yes, maybe they could be restricted to the highest paying one or something. And quite frankly I don’t think anyone should be able to start drawing a pension until they are at least 60 or 55 at the very youngest. People just live too long nowadays, you shouldn’t work for 20 years and draw a pension for 40!

I’m not saying there couldn’t be something done for them, perhaps a 401(k) with some MINIMAL contributions made for them (in addition to their own money going in). And I’m not 100% opposed to providing some protection (for a brief time) for ex-presidents and their families.

A lot of people are still calling for term limits. And not just here, I see that everywhere.

These folks must not remember that term limits were voted in, maybe as part of the Contract with America but I’m not sure, but were ruled unconstitutional. Maybe this would be worth amending the constitution over, maybe not, but I think we can find other less cumbersome ways to make 40 year careers in congress less common.

Of course, we’d still be asking these folks to run against their own selfish interests, but we might be able to shame them into it.


32 posted on 02/20/2014 10:52:38 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Graewoulf

Cornball has only been in office just over elven years; he’s a newcomer compared to many others. Same time as SC’s Loveable Lindsey


33 posted on 02/20/2014 11:07:50 AM PST by Theodore R. (Alas: TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: haircutter
the people who run this country are all crooks, cheats and liars..so nothing new there.

So who put them there?

34 posted on 02/20/2014 11:09:01 AM PST by Theodore R. (Alas: TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: All

In his first public comments since updating his disclosure forms, Cornyn said in a conference call with reporters last week that the delayed disclosures were an “oversight.”

He declined to elaborate and when asked to respond to criticism about “double-dipping,” the San Antonio Republican quipped, “I don’t think my microphone’s working, I said that’s all I have for you on that.”

http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/07/double-dipping-texas-lawmakers-receive-state-retirement-payments-while-serving-in-congress/


35 posted on 02/20/2014 12:26:52 PM PST by jimbo123
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