At the WFMZ-TV debate last Tuesday, independent congressional candidate Jake Towne challenged both Mr. Dent and Mr. Callahan to take some kind of paycut, not enlist in the pension plan and pay for their own healthcare. With all the job losses and paycuts in the private sector, the least either of these career politicians could do is give up a few perks. Watch the video here.
Congressmen should buy their own healthcare on the marketplace just like everyone else. The Constitution does not entitle Congressmen to free healthcare or lucrative pensions paying up to 80% of their $174,000 salary, all at taxpayer expense.
Since both Mr. Callahan and Mr. Dent spent most of their camera time bickering about Bethlehem finances, and who resembles Nancy Pelosi the most (Mr. Dent’s voting record matched 70% with Ms. Pelosi’s in the 110th Congress), a 15-minute shortened version of the WFMZ debate is now available.
Towne is a chemical engineer who worked in the semiconductor industry prior to running for office as an independent private citizen, including the past 4 years in China. Towne has promised to accept only the median household income and not enlist in the congressional health care or pension plans. The $116,000 remainder of the $174,000 salary will be donated to local non-profit hospitals after taxes. He also champions sound money and a novel-yet-simple form of accountable and transparent government, “Our Open Office.”
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