Congress – Holding Them Accountable For Performance

Congress – Holding Them Accountable For Performance

When we go to work in the public or private sectors, our performance is considered and yearly reviews reflect our work performance. Citizens should be doing the same for their congressional representatives considering we are their employers and paying their salaries. For most of the congress, their salaries are $174,000 per year not counting their status and perks. It is difficult to believe that career politicians can be multimillionaires from that salary amount.

So shouldn’t we be asking ourselves how so-called “dedicated” career officials who do not have full-time employment in any sector other than government can afford classy clothes, huge mansions or multiple homes, and large amounts in their portfolios (at least the ones reported)? Shouldn’t we be holding them accountable for THEIR performances each year?

I get where members of congress that have held many positions prior to becoming our congress members, received large inheritances from their wealthier families, owned businesses over the years, or have rave review best sellers could be wealthy but NOT those classed as career politicians who enter the halls as youngsters from less privileged backgrounds and exit into the grave after retiring.  These career members are highly suspect to me if they are wealthy enough to have huge portfolios.

Surely even the most avid liberal or Democrat must once in a while consider this?  But then they would rather regurgitate what pabulum they are spoonfed rather than consider who, where, and what bounty has been bestowed on their congress members. One wonders what their middle and lower class bank accounts look like when compared to their handlers especially given their mantras that wealth should be evenly distributed.

Most citizens rarely make a $100,000 per annum especially in light of working less than 1,500 hours during any given year. The 1,500 hours I mentioned is simply a generous guesstimate of hours given legislators are on call or at after hours functions. It is hard to come up with a realistic average without congress members clocking their total hours. On average a full-time lower management or regular employee can expect to work over 2,000 hours a year and still not achieve anywhere close to the yearly amount paid to congress members. (though in the current market, most are not so lucky)

Congressional Performance Review 

Legislative days in session:

Here are the number of legislative days for the House and Senate each year since 2009. This and other congressional work information can be found at Thoughtco.:

2016: 131 in the House, 165 in the Senate.
2015: 157 in the House, 168 in the Senate.
2014: 135 in the House, 136 in the Senate.
2013: 159 in the House, 156 in the Senate.
2012: 153 in the House, 153 in the Senate.
2011: 175 in the House, 170 in the Senate.
2010: 127 in the House, 158 in the Senate.
2009: 159 in the House, 191 in the Senate.

(The rest of the information below comes from the Library of Congress at congress.gov.)

Current legislative days for the 115th congress by month so far:

January 2017…..House…16….Senate…16
February…………House…15….Senate…14
March…………….House…19….Senate…18
April……………….House…14….Senate…12
May………………..House…17….Senate…19
June……………….House…17….Senate…17
July..(so far)……House… 3….Senate… 3
…Total……………………….101……………..99

Issued committee reports:

115th congress 332 (up to June 30, 2017)
114th congress 1376
113th congress 1094
112th congress 1056
111th congress 1131

Nominations: 

429 nominations confirmed since January 1, 2017 — 52 were president nominations, 377 were military. There have been 245 sent for confirmation by the President according to congress.gov.

Judiciary……………………..43….confirmed…7
Foreign Relations…………..41….confirmed…9
Banking………………………..23….confirmed…4
Finance………………………..23….confirmed…4
Commerce……………………22….confirmed…3
Armed Services……………..21….confirmed…5
Health/Education………….16….confirmed…3
HS/government affairs……14….confirmed…4
Energy/Resources………….12….confirmed…2
Intelligence…………………….8….confirmed…3
VA………………………………….7….confirmed…1
Agriculture……………………..6….confirmed…1
Environment…………………..5….confirmed…2
Budget……………………………2….confirmed…1
SBA………………………………..2….confirmed…1

 

Confirmations:

114th congress 2015-2016
264 confirmed
51 confirmed by June 30, 2015
(18 confirmed in 2016 of original 156 submitted by June 30, 2015)

113th congress 2013-2014
611 confirmed
61 confirmed by June 30, 2013

112th congress 2011-2012
574 confirmed
123 confirmed by June 30, 2011

111th congress 2009-2010
920 confirmed
185 confirmed by June 30, 2009

Bills that became laws from 2009-2017–many of which had no real significance except to given them hidden payments or approve higher government spending:

115th congress   43  (up to June 30, 2017)
114th congress 329
113th congress 296
112th congress 284
111th congress 385

How does this stack up to Obama’s years in office?

While Republicans may have slowed and objected to some of the confirmations, the Democrats made sure that their beloved demigod Obama received preferential treatment.  They were willing to badger, attack, and destroy reputations, careers, and indeed an entire nation in order to provide these shadow government entities all that they wanted so long as they received their own portion and coin.

According to ZeroHedge, 79 members of Congress have been there since Bill Clinton’s 1993 first term in the White House . There are 16 members of Congress that have been in office for at least 30 years. This list includes names such as Reid, Feinstein, McConnell, McCain, Pelosi, Boehner, Rangel and Boxer. Sadly, incumbents were re-elected at a 95 percent rate in 2014. OpenSecrets noted a 97% re-election of House of Representatives and an 87% re-election rate of Senate members in 2016.

“When there are dozens of members of Congress that know that they are going to be sent back to Washington over and over again no matter how the American people feel about things, that can cause them to become extremely callous toward the will of the people.  Instead, often these politicians become increasingly responsive to the needs of their big donors, because it takes big money to win campaign after campaign.” Michael Snyder, End of the American Dream Blog, May 17, 2015

That is a heck of a long time to formulate a takeover plan and to make sure it becomes set in stone. So why are we shocked when these people after seeing their house of cards begin to crumble are finding every way they can to obstruct and return to their comfortable and profitable way of life as they to continue their plan and goals? We shouldn’t be — since We the People have consistently allowed them to continue their unfettered takeover for over thirty years by abdication of our rights and apathy.

As we are finding since January 20, 2017, Democrat leaders and their assembly line millennial have deliberately and with loud vaudevillian performances done all they can to stop President Trump at the behest of Obama and those who believe in a one world government with a predetermined master race after a “great cleansing.” The Democrats and the RINOS have become rabid, unthinking, mindless beasts as is abundantly clear after having had interference in what they had planned and coordinated since the 1990’s and earlier. These people are being played but they refuse to listen, probably because their “fixes” are flowing as is the moola from their handlers. Shame they don’t stop and think about who will be on top of that heap if they continue their actions and somehow manage to regain control. It sure as h3ll won’t be them.

It is certainly evident in the first 100 days of the 115th Congress by looking at the information above just what is happening. Congress is wasting OUR tax dollars and receiving a lot of their wages off the backs of the citizens of all political parties who are in dire straits and friggin’ furious.

It’s time we citizens started acting like bosses and stop the waste of money that we have worked so hard to provide not to our families but to our fat, bloated, wastrel congress. Pelosi, Schumer, and dozens more Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian members who have been in office for over fifteen years need to be recalled by those they are supposed to represent.

There is no party really of the people any more, only congress members FOR the citizens of the US and their rights (which are not in the majority) –or– AGAINST them.

What we see right now are old tired birds honking the “Ah-Ug-gah” horn of the NWO,  the United Nations, the Shadow Government, and Obama in order to cover their own arses. All of these treasonous fools are against the continued welfare and national security of our republic and constitution of the United States and all it stands for be they Dems, RINOS, or plain old Uniparty.

–Uriel–

 

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10 Responses to Congress – Holding Them Accountable For Performance

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  2. Auntie BS says:

    I keep wondering who has what on McConnell. Why aren’t Hillary, Obama, Comey, Soros, and others under indictment? Why is no one going after the leakers in the deep state? WTF happened to McLame– he is too left to even be called a RINO.

    • Uriel says:

      Me too. There are times I wish I could stand before them and force congress to work. Also times I would dearly love to drag a bunch in front of a real constitution oriented judge myself. It’s friggin maddening

  3. Shar says:

    McConnell’s cover is he wants to restore the Senate to regular order. He is either naive or full of s**t. The dems would think nothing of slamming every thing thru on a majority. One of the pundits on Fox said there is no law that states the majority is 51.
    McConnell and Ryan do not want Trump to succeed. Bought and paid for. Ryan is already dragging his feet on not committing to staying a couple of weeks. Mommy wants him to come home for the summer. These two chumps need to be replaced.

  4. whitetop says:

    It has been years since al gorzorrea invented the internet and numerous improvements have been made since then. We should capitalize on this technology and require our elected servants to remain in their home district (representatives) and home state (Senators). They should have 30 days in Washington to pass a budget each year and the rest of the time they would have to be near the people who elected them. The savings to taxpayers would be enormous, they would have to answer to the people they represent and it would be costly for lobbyists to stay connected with each legislator. There should be a national referendum for the people to set the salaries of the legislators which should be low enough to discourage them from becoming professional politicians. They could pay into SS like the rest of us but receive no healthcare benefits and no pension.

  5. Shar says:

    whitetop, I like how you think.

    • Uriel says:

      me too Shar! people telconference across continents every day and school classes can be done the same way seems very reasonable to me

  6. captbogus2 says:

    Everyone wants accountability in Congress but it’s kinda like, “Who’s Going To Bell The Cat?” But while everyone wants all the other districts to elect honest, conservative representatives to government, they, themselves, want to keep THEIR representatives because he has promised to deliver new bridges, increased welfare and wages and free cheese.
    With maybe a little tongue in cheek I would propose the solution to this problem would be a national drawing where each district draws a number from a bowl. That number would represent the Representative race in ANOTHER district. No one would vote on their own district. That way everyone would be watchdogs for honest government and not electing their own special interest politicians.
    Yeah. Good luck with that.