First more pay, now more office space: the excesses of Colorado lawmakers

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Matt, you have taken the easy road in blaming the budget woes on the Legislators passing a recent per diem increase. Here some hard numbers to consider. Total cost for the new per diem? About $160,000. Total cost of the new hires during the Ritter and Hickenlooper Administrations, while there was a hiring freeze, $300,000,000. (Approximately 6,000 new positions added during the “Freeze”).

And let us clear up something, the Legislators do not share an office, they share cubicles in a large room. They also share Legislative Aides.  Those aides get paid a whopping $10 per hour.

While Legislators are defined as part time employees, I think they spend more time on the “part time” job than you think after the end of the official Legislative Calendar.

The reason for the increase in the budget is more due to the Growth of Government Jobs than the per diem increase and greedy Legislators.

Obviously there is a sense of entitlement when one achieves political office and the grandeur with which they hope to become accustomed.

As with Washington DC, the ‘culture of corruption’ seems to lie in the cities where powerful people congregate to do ‘the public’s bidding’.

Since it is impossible to remove the corrupting influences in the capital cities, why not remove OUR representatives from the exposure and keep them home, handy to the People and difficult to corrupt by those who would corrupt OUR elected officials?

The technology exists to allow secure communications for secrecy when necessary for the National Defense, and local offices in the districts they represent would provide the watchful eyes to defend OUR elected officials from the corrupting influences.

There would be no need for a “home away from home”, or the unnecessary travel from home to a distant capital.  Those funds could pay any additional expenses for the technological expenses of communicating with other congress weasels across the nation, or state, or even at the county level.

Citizens could sit in the outer offices and observe who entered Representatives X’s office, how long they stayed and what the stated purpose of their visit was for.

Ethics complaints would drop to zero because of the watchful eyes of the People.

Oddly enough, NEITHER major political party seems enthralled with the idea of their minions being so closely watched by the People that elected them.

It’s time for the two party system to die off and be replaced by the CITIZEN LEGISLATORS envisioned by the Founding Fathers.



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