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By Nancy Snyder

Just recently we learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention, if news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop? …

… For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform … in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. …

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

Winds of Change….

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*_

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.


Election 2008 Features

John I. Lebeaux

By Steven R. Maher

State Senatorial candidate and Shrewsbury Selectman John I. Lebeaux is not your typical Republican right-winger. On social issues he’s quite progressive: he’s pro-choice, supports gay marriage, opposes the death penalty, and favors stem cell research. But on economic issues Lebeaux is a bedrock conservative: he opposes tax increases, supports $450 million in property tax relief for home owners, and wants to control the growth of state government.

In short, Lebeaux is a William Weld Republican, that rare hybrid of a social liberal and fiscal conservative. In a district that includes three Republican state representatives, it positions Lebeaux well for appealing to independents and lunch bucket Democrats.

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Filling the Ed Augustus gap: the race for State Senator is on!

The campaign to succeed Ed Augustus as State Senator pits Millbury Selectman Michael O. Moore against Leicester Selectman Douglas A. Belanger. Each is packed by powerful groups within the local Democratic Party. Backing Moore is Sheriff Guy Glodis’ seasoned campaign apparatus. Backing Belanger are over 30 labor unions.Who will win is anyone’s guess.

By Steven R. Maher

The competition between Millbury Selectman Michael O. Moore and Leicester Selectman Douglas A. Belanger to succeed State Senator Edward M. Augustus in the Second Worcester District is a contest between two traditions within the Democratic Party. On one hand there is Belanger, an arch-type union backed progressive, in the tradition of Hubert Humphrey and John Edwards. On the other hand there is Moore, a pro-growth economic centrist in the tradition of Paul Tsongas and Bill Clinton.

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