Have you ever wondered why people become politicians and like it so much, they cling to their position way past the standard retirement age?
As examples, here’s a list of the longest-serving current members of Congress:
Name Age Years in Congress
John Dingell (D-Michigan) 84 55
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) 86 51
John Conyers (D-Michigan) 82 46
Charles Rangel (D-NY) 80 40
Bill Young (R-Florida) 80 40
Thad Cochran (R-Miss) 70 38
Pete Stark (D-CA) 79 38
Don Young (R-Alaska) 77 38
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) 71 36
Max Baucus (D-Montana) 69 36
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) 77 36
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) 71 36
George Miller (D-CA) 66 36
Henry Waxman (D-CA) 71 36
Here’s the reason why people become politicians and never go away.
I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.
I plan to take the next 12-18 months to get reelected or find a new position.
During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.
Oh yeah, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.
I can and will do this.
Every Senator or Congressman running for reelection or for President.
Try that at your job and tell me how it works out.
H/t beloved fellow Tina.