What the American taxpayer needs are representatives in the House and the Senate with enough backbone to start cutting the funding for a lot of these blood suckers. Their pay and benefit scale should be the same as that of a private sector job, no more, no less. Most of budgetary problems in this country are because of a population that doesn't talk, or keep informed, of the two most important aspects of their lives, politics and religion! Don't agree? Take a hard look at America's moral decline,and then your paycheck. Tell me they don't matter.