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VIDEO: Gov Jindal: ‘Make Congressmen Part-time’
Human Events ^ | Nov. 23, 2010 | Jason Mattera

Posted on 11/23/2010 3:13:29 PM PST by La Enchiladita

It seems like an insurmountable task for GOP candidates to take out the liberal fixtures of Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, and Barney Frank in congressional elections, but how about making them part-time workers instead? Perhaps that’s one way to minimize the amount of unpopular legislation coming out of Washington these days. Bobby Jindal thinks so. According to him, it’s about time we slice and dice the number of hours lawmakers have in a work day.

“We used to pay farmers not to grow crops, let's make congressman stay out of Washington, D.C.,” the Louisiana Governor said in an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS. “Our liberty, our wallets are safest when the legislature's not in session,” he added, borrowing the line from Mark Twain.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 112th; bobbyjindal; congress; jindal; louisiana
While Jindal’s proposal may come across as overly ambitious, he points out that for most of America’s existence, Congress was indeed regarded as a part-time institution. In fact, some states, including Pennsylvania, even codified provisions in their constitutions that mandated lawmakers to hold down separate jobs from their legislature duties in order to “preserve [their] independence” and to ensure that they weren’t tempted to use their position of power to rake in personal riches.
1 posted on 11/23/2010 3:13:33 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

It will be a full time job getting things undone.


2 posted on 11/23/2010 3:15:02 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: La Enchiladita

Yes, yes, YES! As Mark Levin says, EVERY DAY CONGRESS MEETS, YOU LOSE A BIT OF YOUR LIBERTIES!!

In fact, I would gladly pay them DOUBLE if they worked HALF as much! I truly like the model of the Texas legislature.


3 posted on 11/23/2010 3:15:16 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Congress once was a part-time job. The founders never expected the legislative branch to be a full-time effort.


4 posted on 11/23/2010 3:16:14 PM PST by apoxonu
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To: La Enchiladita

I would add Senators, Governors, and President to that listing.


5 posted on 11/23/2010 3:16:40 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: screaminsunshine

Get rid of the Gov bloat and other nonsense, and make it part time like it was before. As I recall, Congress only convened about twice a year back in the day.


6 posted on 11/23/2010 3:17:52 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: La Enchiladita

And let’s pay them minimum wage while we’re at it.


7 posted on 11/23/2010 3:18:45 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: La Enchiladita

Part time would just give them more out-of-office time to do under-the-table and good-ole-boy deals.

The solution is not to make them part time.

The solution is to make them term limited and add restrictions such as:

they cannot seek another elective office unless they resign any currently held elective office.


8 posted on 11/23/2010 3:23:16 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: La Enchiladita

Put Congress on their states’ payroll instead of the federal payroll.

Let them remember for whom they work.


9 posted on 11/23/2010 3:31:58 PM PST by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: Eagle Eye
Put Congress on their states’ payroll instead of the federal payroll.

What an incredibly simple and excellent idea!

BUMP!!!

10 posted on 11/23/2010 3:35:36 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: TomGuy

Story today in the Bergen Record about state legislators working part time and then also working elsewhere.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/110060134_A_cry_from_an_unlikely_corner_on_dual_jobs.html


11 posted on 11/23/2010 3:44:58 PM PST by rocksblues (Obama, the biggest liar in the history of American politics!)
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To: La Enchiladita
Congress would probably just expedite their tax and spend damage in the shortened time period allotted to them. Plus, what kind of candidates are we going to end up with who can afford two residences on only part-time pay. If it's mainly wealthy Republicans who agree to serve part-time and run their businesses when not in Congress, it may be worth considering.

Why not tie congressional pay and their retirement benefits to whether we run a budget surplus or deficit - no surplus, no pay and no benefits. This would have to come with the proviso, however, that defense and other constitutionally-mandated spending must still equal or exceed a certain percentage of GDP (to avoid them slashing such spending to avoid a deficit).

12 posted on 11/23/2010 3:56:26 PM PST by CALawyer
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To: apoxonu

This was a big theme in Senator Tom Coburn’s book, *Breach of Trust.*


13 posted on 11/23/2010 3:57:20 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: TomGuy

It sounds like you want term limits, and ankle bracelets while they ARE serving. Just kiddin’ ya!! Jindal agrees with the term limits.


14 posted on 11/23/2010 3:58:59 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

Here is ewhat made Congress full time:

Air conditioning.

Make air conditioning policy in the federal code such that buildings will not be cooled any lower than 83F when the temperature is higher. Make the very act of being in DC in an office building from May until September a miserable existence.

Better yet, reduce the heat level in federal buildings to 50F in the winter.

Tell the public that the government is saving money and energy and reducing CO2 emissions. Wrap the move in the cloth of envirionmental preening.


15 posted on 11/23/2010 4:05:46 PM PST by NVDave
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To: La Enchiladita
Session limits are a better solution to the problem of Congress than term limits.

Moreover, they are more likely to gain approval -- and don't require a Constitutional Amendment.

16 posted on 11/23/2010 4:12:29 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: La Enchiladita

Actually, the more appropriate way of handling this is to establish three simple requirements. First, require that all representatives and senators pack up and leave DC on 1 May and re-establish their residency for thirty days back in the home state, with no allowances for international travel or additional time in DC. If you can’t cooperate and stay in your home state for the month of May...then you lose any chance to run in the next election. It might be interesting to force them to get re-introduced to the folks who elected them.

Second...for each election year (every two years) dismiss congress and the senate by 1 July. Require that they leave the capital unless the President calls for an emergency session. This will give all a chance to go and campaign in their home state. If they want to return for a lame-duck session...fine, but there will be no business done unless a simple majority agrees to meet for the session.

Third...a congressman and senator gets a travel budget. He/she reports usage of that account each year to his home state. Every penny used for hotels, meals, and travel...even on Air Force flights...will be subtracted from your budget and reported. If you travel to exotic hotspots like Copenhagen for some global warming conference...then it comes off your travel tab.

The key here isn’t terms...because no one will agree to that but instead...keeping the boys back home in their state, and mandating it if necessary. Then you tie on travel limitations with a budget, and folks to be more accommodating on bills to get them passed in shorter bursts of time...meaning weaker bills for both sides of the coin. I suspect we’d start to forget folks even existed in DC after five years of this.


17 posted on 11/23/2010 4:20:18 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: La Enchiladita; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

They already are part-time, that’s why they don’t have time to vote for Obama’s bills before rubberstamping them. Writing legislation is a job best left to unelected, unelectable, unqualified left-wing stooges. Thanks La Enchiladita.


18 posted on 11/23/2010 4:23:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Congress could stay in their home office and conduct business electronically—web conferencing. This would save money on travel, security, housing, etc.


19 posted on 11/23/2010 4:24:32 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It would also keep them in their districts where they could actually DO the people’s business and they can be more readily accessible.


20 posted on 11/23/2010 4:26:43 PM PST by woweeitsme
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To: La Enchiladita

Congress, in fact Washington and elected persons (I will not call them officials) pretty much stayed away from DC most of they year until the advent of air conditioning.

Will Rogers I believe said that the country was not safe when Congress is in session... how true.

Shut off the AC and send the bastards packing I say.


21 posted on 11/23/2010 4:40:34 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: La Enchiladita

Two month-long sessions per year. One in January and one in July. No bill gets passed in the session it is introduced. No law is passed for the general public that does not apply equally to all, including Congress.


22 posted on 11/23/2010 4:48:20 PM PST by Faith
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To: woweeitsme

I posted this last year:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2312127/posts


23 posted on 11/23/2010 4:48:48 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: La Enchiladita

They hardly work as it is but still are able to do immense damage. We already have ten thousand more laws than we need or could ever hope to enforce. Another treaty? With whom and why?

Just empanel the Congress once a year to carve out a budget and that’s it. Then send the pompous dolts home and make them earn their living honestly.

In the meantime, bring in some efficiency experts and pay them $10,000 per $1 billion reduced from overall spending. And start paying lawyers inversely on billable hours—the longer it takes, the less you get. Take too long, and you owe us.


24 posted on 11/23/2010 4:57:16 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: La Enchiladita

What I’ve been saying for years! That will bring in those who LOVE this country and not the lechers of power and perks!

GO Gov. JINDAL!!


25 posted on 11/23/2010 5:55:01 PM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: Dan Nunn
I truly like the model of the Texas legislature.

It was one TX Gov. GWB advocated for US Congress...before he was elected POTUS.

26 posted on 11/23/2010 5:59:44 PM PST by lonestar
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To: Brad from Tennessee
True. The Founding Fathers intended for them to live at home and visit D.C. Now they live in D.C. and visit home. When they retire, they stay in D.C.

Wouldn't it be interesting to know where some of the long-termers who were defeated last election will be living.

Several years ago, our congressman at the time stuck his hand out to a woman at a university function in a neighboring town, and said, "I'm Jack Brooks, your congressman." She said, " Hello, I'm "Blah Blah,"your next door neighbor."

27 posted on 11/23/2010 6:08:17 PM PST by lonestar
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To: Faith

Luv it!


28 posted on 11/23/2010 6:14:40 PM PST by lonestar
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To: La Enchiladita
At first reading I like the idea, however, congress would probably just delegate more power to unelected, career bureaucrats to do "the work of the people".
29 posted on 11/23/2010 7:05:59 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: La Enchiladita

Agreed. And the funny things is that until about 1960 they spent a lot less time in DC than now. Even today technically the session is supposed to end on June 30. Of course it never does,


30 posted on 11/23/2010 8:51:52 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Colorado Doug

Make them turn up the thermostat to 78. DC in the summer is as bad as Rome in the summer.


31 posted on 11/23/2010 8:54:27 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Cosidering what they get done, how they get it done, and the time they’re away from their job [running for office,kissing a*s,etc.], they already are.


32 posted on 11/23/2010 8:57:11 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: La Enchiladita

Just pay them like it’s a part time job. They’ll get out of Dodge as often as possible.


33 posted on 11/24/2010 1:29:04 AM PST by MacMattico
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Whoops, “don’t have time to vote” should have been “don’t have time to read”. Mea culpa.


34 posted on 11/24/2010 6:39:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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