How can we stop this? I think all elected officials are there to serve the people, not themselves and deserve no benefits or pensions. They are temporary (or they should be). My idea is to take whatever pensions all elected officials think they are getting and shore up Social Security and throw them on it, it is good enough for us it should be good enough for them. Also, they can pay for their own health care and put what is saved into Medicare for the old folks. How can we go about making this happen? Oh, and they should pay their own travel expenses and receive the same salary as our soldiers...or a little less.