“You can’t solve problems when you’re on the take. I refused a pension and will not support or endorse any candidate unwilling to pledge to do the same.” – Allen
When I consider the vision our Nation’s Founders had of the “citizen legislator,” I doubt that pensions would have ever come to mind...
Considering that they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause of forming our country, the morphing of the citizen legislator into the modern-day professional politician with the power, pay, perks and a pension to boot, seems inconceivable.
In a report by Congressional Research, “Most lawmakers in the 18th and early 19th century can be characterized as ‘citizen legislators,’ holding full-time non-political employment and serving in Congress on a part-time basis for a short number of years.” While pay and perks were almost non-existent early on, circumstances changed after the Civil War ushered in the rise of the career politician, resulting in the mess we find ourselves in today–where the political class from DC to Springfield enrich themselves on the backs of struggling taxpayers.
It is time to take a stand and return the politician to the proper place of serving the people as a citizen legislator, no pension required.