Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Congress pensions: Why should members of Congress be rewarded?

Have we ever heard of Congress’ members planning to reduce spending by starting with their own pensions? [“Lucrative pensions for Congress draw criticism,” Politics, Nov. 29].

The majority of Congress is comprised of wealthy upper-class individuals, even millionaires. For years members have been reaping the monetary benefits, and when retirement rolls along, many have garnered more money than before.

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble’s decision to pass up congressional pension when heading toward retirement may seem like a financial mistake, but it highlights the unbalanced issue that remained hidden for so many years. Continuously allowing taxpayer money to flow into the pockets of members of Congress when the average American struggles with supplying their own salary seems preposterous. In addition to sound paychecks and receiving pensions from other organizations, why does Congress need even more money?

Considering that Congress has been at a standstill with the recent action (or non-action) with immigration, when will they step up to make decisions to improve the lives of all Americans? Congress won’t do anything about changing pensions — in fact, why would they? If it’s not broke don’t fix it. I guess it depends on which side you stand, since few have pointed out the truth.

Anna Kozubczyk, Kenmore

Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Anna Kozubczyk, Congress, Pensions

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►