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 Posted: Sat Jun 18th, 2011 02:06 am
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http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/weiners-fabulous-retirement-perks-1692299.story/?GT1=43001


Rep. Anthony Weiner may be resigning in shame, but he'll leave Capitol Hill with the same golden parachute afforded to all members of Congress who leave public service.




Having been in Congress since 1999 and a staffer in the '80s, Weiner will be eligible for a congressional pension of up to $46,224 each year, according to the National Taxpayers Union, which calculates all congressional pensions. He'll eventually be eligible to collect the balance of his Congressional Thrift Savings Plan, which is currently $216,011. And he'll be able to keep his high-quality health-care package, at his own expense, until November 2012.


Congressional pensions are considered extremely generous. A member becomes fully vested after five years, and pays only 20 percent of his own benefits (the other 80 percent comes from taxpayers). At 46, Weiner is not yet eligible for his pension, but he'll be allowed to access a portion when he turns 56, or the full amount if he waits until he's 62.


Weiner will also be entitled to other perks and privileges even after stepping down. Former members (except those who become lobbyists) are given access to the House floor during regular business or joint sessions, meaning Weiner could attend speeches by the president or foreign heads of state who address joint sessions.


He'll have the option to buy his office furniture ($1,000 for desks, $500 for chairs) and all of his tech equipment (phones, fax machines, refrigerators).



For life, Weiner will get free parking on the House side of the Capitol (on a space-available basis, the rules say). For 90 days, he'll be able to send mail for free, so long as it relates to his congressional duties.


Not to mention that for the rest of his life, Weiner will have access, for a small fee, to the congressional gym where he took photos of himself that he sent to women online.



Of course Weiner may also leave a sizable bill for the state of New York—a bill for a special election to choose his replacement. Election costs depend on local variables, like how many polling stations are needed and whether it can piggy-back on the ballot of a previously planned election.



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So he'll be able to keep the pension he earned and maintain his health care if he pays for it (like anyone can do with COBRA).

Am I missing the outrage here?



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sek69 wrote: So he'll be able to keep the pension he earned and maintain his health care if he pays for it (like anyone can do with COBRA).

Am I missing the outrage here?
You really think he will be paying very much for that health plan?  If all those former elected officials had to pay their fair share after they get out, no one would keep it afterwords because they wouldn't be able to afford it, much like how many people when they lose a job or are laid off, do not pay Cobra costs because the amount is way to much

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I have an idea...run for Congress, get elected, serve and collect when you're done.   Sounds like a plan.  Oh wait...you have to be raise a lot of money to run, maybe spend some some of your own money and then you have to win.  Easy.  Go for it.

He earned it and as I've said in other threads, he didn't break any laws.   



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yellowdog wrote: I have an idea...run for Congress, get elected, serve and collect when you're done.   Sounds like a plan.  Oh wait...you have to be raise a lot of money to run, maybe spend some some of your own money and then you have to win.  Easy.  Go for it.

He earned it and as I've said in other threads, he didn't break any laws.   

to be clear I was posting this as a general response and not directing it toward Mike.  He managed to slip in his post while I was writing mine. 



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Yeah, I'm agreeing with most of the responses so far. He earned it. The reason he stepped down had nothing to do with his job. It's not as if he was screwing over the taxpayers, he was just trying to get laid in his free time.

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He's earned it, I'm not going to disagree with that. I have an idea though, let's get the House back to the way it was originally conceived, where every/any Joe Blow can get elected, go up there, serve his term and his country, and then when it's over go back to working his real job instead of making a career out of being a Rep.



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Besides the perks, he also has a job offer from Larry Flynt.

 


Porn mogul Larry Flynt offered disgraced US lawmaker Anthony Weiner a job Thursday, after the New York congressman resigned over a tawdry "sexting" scandal.

Hustler founder Flynt said he would pay Weiner, who posted pictures of his intimate anatomy to a number of women on Twitter, 20 percent more than what he earned in the House of Representatives.

"After having learned of your sudden and compelled resignation from your congressional post, I would like to make you an offer of employment at Flynt Management Group, LLC in our Internet group," he wrote.

"This offer is not made in jest. To show our sincerity, Flynt Management Group, LLC is willing to pay 20 percent more than your former congressional salary," he added, also promising to pay medical cover and relocation costs.

He added: "I feel that your unfortunate resignation is a prime example of unfounded political pressure and the hypocrisy that has invaded democracy in Washington DC."

"Just as we do not undertake insincere political crusades, we do not make insincere job offers," said Flynt in a letter to Weiner, published by the TMZ celebrity news website.

The 46-year-old congressman, who was until recently seen as a leading candidate for mayor of New York city, quit after admitting sending sexually explicit messages to half a dozen women.

One of the women involved, former porn actress Ginger Lee, welcomed Weiner's resignation.

"I am glad that he has resigned. After the past three weeks and everything that transpired before that, I think that he is making the wisest decision for himself, for his family, for everyone else drawn into this scandal," she said.

"I wish him the best, and hope that the treatment that he is receiving will help him to control his impulses and make better judgments in the future," she added in a statement.

 

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/porn-mogul-offers-job-disgraced-us-lawmaker-012503291.html

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yellowdog wrote: yellowdog wrote: I have an idea...run for Congress, get elected, serve and collect when you're done.   Sounds like a plan.  Oh wait...you have to be raise a lot of money to run, maybe spend some some of your own money and then you have to win.  Easy.  Go for it.

He earned it and as I've said in other threads, he didn't break any laws.   

to be clear I was posting this as a general response and not directing it toward Mike.  He managed to slip in his post while I was writing mine. 
Its cool man, I didnt think it was directed at me.  I agree with you, if I could afford to run for my house seat, I would, but unfortunately, I don't have a spare $25 million(what the winner of my house seat raised in 2010) laying around to run.  And getting the donations being a no name would be hard  :)

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Married Jo wrote: He's earned it, I'm not going to disagree with that. I have an idea though, let's get the House back to the way it was originally conceived, where every/any Joe Blow can get elected, go up there, serve his term and his country, and then when it's over go back to working his real job instead of making a career out of being a Rep. The only way that will happen is if they implement term limits, and the odds are better that I will win a $1 billion lottery drawing than 269 elected officials passing a bill that implements them

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Married Jo wrote:
He's earned it, I'm not going to disagree with that. I have an idea though, let's get the House back to the way it was originally conceived, where every/any Joe Blow can get elected, go up there, serve his term and his country, and then when it's over go back to working his real job instead of making a career out of being a Rep.


Fully agreed here. This is one of the biggest problems that I have with our government-we've got career politicians who are nothing more than lobbyists with agendas. It seems to me that most come from a legal background too. It's a fucking mess, on both sides.

Edit-and still, for the record, I would reckon there'd be big money to face him in the Octogon on a pay-to-fight him. I'd partake....:D

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He was a Congressman for twelve years so I would say he should get his normal severance privileges.

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