Simply Speaking: Use it or lose it
Use it or lose it, a phrase usually thrown about by those trying to motivate us, may have more validity than first thought. So, instead of responding in the usual way to things needing our attention, which goes something like, I’ll do it tomorrow or let George do it or not my job or whatever our best excuse might be, a little arming ourselves with some basic information might come in handy.
For instance, do we know certain pertinent information about those elected to represent us at the state level? If they are truly our representatives, we ought to have a reference or two for taking appropriate action whenever an occasion arises for contact. We do pay them, you know, be it ever so humble an amount. Every odd-numbered year, our representative and senator are called to the state capital for up to 140 days in a regular session. If the governor has something in mind requiring more time, special sessions may be called for up to 30 days each.
So, in an odd-numbered year, our representative or senator will head off for Austin and receive $128 a day for expenses, in addition to the $600 a month salary. Let’s multiply and add it up. One hundred and forty days at one hundred and twenty eight dollars a day expenses is $17,920. One 30-day special session on top of that would add (and multiply) up to an additional $3,840.
Totaling up, we take the $17,920 regular session and add the $3,840 special session plus the $600 a month salary for 12 months ($7,200) for a grand total of, let me see, $28,960.
This information is simply for our information. They get elected, they then represent us, we pay them a little, we should be in touch with them a lot. The minute (mine-ute) pay alone should be enough to discourage lengthy multiple terms.
State Representative Jim Pitts will be wrapping up a total of 20 years this time around, if my count is correct. I wonder what Jim has in mind for doing in the next two years that’s not been accomplished in the last 20?
Representative Pitts is seeking two more years, to probably be decided in this spring’s Primary Election go-around...and he has opponents this time around in candidates T.J. Fabby and Linda Bounds.
Something to think about, if we’re truly term-limits people, as were our founders. Has nothing to do with how good or bad we might think Jim has performed in those 20 years.
Basically the same dope on state senator as pertains to pay, but with the elected term being for four years instead of the two for state representative. Brian Birdwell is the current state senator, having just been elected two years ago, but having another go at it again this year due to…well, that’s another story, and a long one at that. Senator Birdwell does not have an opponent at this time.
Oh yes, to contact Texas District 10 State Representative Jim Pitts, a letter might be sent to 310 W. Jefferson, Ste. 1, Waxahachie, TX 75165, call 972-938-9392 or 512-463-0516, fax: 972-937-2842 or email Jim.Pitts@house.state.tx.us. District 22 Texas Senator Brian Birdwell mail may be addressed to 900 Austin Ave. Ste. #403, Waco, TX 76701, call 254-772-6225 or 512-463-0122, fax: 254-776-2843 or email Brian.Birdwell@senate.state.tx.us.
Remember the New Year’s resolutions we made…or should have made for civil government involvement in 2012? This government, well, all of them, really are ours, government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Let’s work to bring it back and keep it that way.
May Yahweh, God the Father bless us in this through Yeshua, Jesus the Christ, King of the Universe.