Never pay for a dead horse
Does your employer allow you to decide the size of your wages?
What about how often you get a raise?
Congress has done this since its beginning. We are their employer! Yet while millions of workers in the commonplace jobs have had to take wage and benefit cuts, Congress makes cuts in everything else except their wages and benefits!
I propose the cuts which would show they are serious about bringing the national debt into a manageable budget for future generations, would be a five percent cut for all federal employees, reducing their expense account by half its present cost and pass a bill to do away with all payments after they leave office!
The saving of the common people are the only retirement fund afforded to us. Paying salary to government officials after they leave office is like paying for a dead horse!