The Amendment That Almost Wasn’t; The 27th Amendment

Today is the last of the Bill of Rights, next is the Declaration of

Congressional pay raises though the years

Independence…which I didn’t plan on, it just happened…The Breakdown of that document is premiering on July 1. Now I’ll show you the amendment that almost was in the Original 10. It was suggested by James Madison, yeah, that James Madison, one of the Founder.

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

You can’t vote yourself(if your serving in Congress) a raise, you can vote the next Congress a raise and hope you survive the reelection. An ongoing battle is do the automatic Cost of Living Raises count. In 2008 the Congress made 169,300.00$ and now 174,000.00$. Yeah, I kind of doubt the cost of living is that high. Why do they need a raise. Congress can:

  • Stop the raise(they have)
  • Adjust the raise(they’ve done that too)
  • the annual base pay3 adjustment of GS employees is established at a
    rate less than the scheduled increase for Members, in which case
    Members would be paid the lower rate

The document with the detail is this .pdf here. I wish they’d ask the rest of us if they need a raise. Maybe add that to the ballot in the mid-terms and presidential elections. We are supposed to be the bosses after all.

Remember that just societies have a  check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!

This was the last essay on the Bill of Rights. But I’m far from done, next is an examination of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution. Stay tuned for it next week.


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