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    Seems as if lawmakers are working for everyone but us

    Two men held onto the bannister as they ascended a staircase in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
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    Two men held onto the bannister as they ascended a staircase in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

    Regarding last Sunday’s lead front-page story, “They go to lead, but courting cash is now job 1”: Let me see if I’ve got this straight. Our nation’s taxpayers are paying our members of Congress to spend 40 percent of their time raising money from mostly well-heeled people who are buying Congress’s allegiance to achieve goals that are not necessarily in the best interests of the nation’s taxpayers.

    Since members are expected by their party’s campaign committees to spend four hours of a 10-hour day raising money, it’s clear that when they’re working for the committee, or their own political futures, they’re not working for us.

    So, why not require the committees, and not us taxpayers, to pay that portion of their salary?

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    Then again, only Congress could make that happen.

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    Oh well.

    Mark Hopkins

    Lincoln