Rich Galen

I got a series of e-mails from the office of a United States Senator asking if I might be available for a phone call and, if so, what would be the best number. Even The Lad was contacted in California to see if he had a number for me.

What could it be? What manner of national security advice might the Senator be seeking? Was it a matter of high-level political nuance?

Nope. This United States Senator tracked me down to tell me in his own voice that I was incorrect last week when I wrote:

Members of Congress get a tax break on their housing, have health care completely paid for by you and me, and have a pretty good retirement system although the other benefits are so good you can't get them to retire much before their 113th birthday, on average.

Members of Congress pay the same premiums as any other Federal employee for their health care which, not counting the active military, is the best deal in America.

As long as he had bothered me during the middle of three hours of NCIS reruns, I pointed out to him that if corporate CEOs spent as much of their stockholders' money on their personal care and feeding as members of the House and Senate spend taxpayers' money on staff catering to their every need and whim the corporate CEOs would go to jail and rightfully so.

Just for fun, I looked up the Congressional Calendar for 2009. You can read a summary of their backbreaking schedule on the Secret Decoder Ring.

Remember when I wrote that we should start a new political party? I'm right about that.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at