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How To Make $Big Bucks In Government Doing Absolutely Nothing

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Want a soft, cushy job with a great salary and the best of benefits and lots of perks? One in which there are no specific objectives to meet and you don't have to answer to anyone; a job where you can come and go as you please and work whenever you wish? Well, then the perfect job for you is to become a member of the United States Congress.

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Where in this country could someone find a position with an annual salary of $174,000, one for which there are few if any qualifications or credentials required? Unlike most management-type jobs in America that call for an applicant to meet specific requirements involving education, past experience, or special skills, there is no such requirement in Congress. Not only that but there is no one who will monitor your performance and demand that you meet and even surpass certain stated objectives.

Sure, the members of this Congress must swear to uphold the Constitution, they are responsible for enacting legislation (what a laugh), oversight of U.S. agencies (another joke), consenting to treaties, appointing federal judges, as well as other associated duties. But aside from meeting a few deadlines there is nothing that you must do to hold your job. The only curbs on your actions and those of your fellow members occur when legislation is passed that is, thereafter, ruled to be unconstitutional.

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What is it like to have no boss and answer to no one? Well, the American people used to be the boss over Congress but that was before that government sector was taken over by corporate money and power and the system became so thoroughly corrupted.

So these politicians really have it made, they are living in a kind of political Utopia or political heaven. Not a care in the world, just sit back, collect enormous salaries and when criticized or even condemned for their incompetence and lack of progress on this country's critical problems they can just say, in the words of Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine, "What me worry?

Qualifications for becoming a member of Congress:

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No one under the age of 25 may serve in the House of Representatives, and no one under the age of 30 may serve in the Senate.

Members of the House of Representatives must have lived within the United States for at least seven years prior to serving in office. Members of the Senate must have lived within the United States for at least nine years prior to serving in office.

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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