WASHINGTON- Haven´t had a raise in a while? Well, neither has your member of Congress. This month, congressional salaries slid to their lowest inflation-adjusted levels since December 1990. When congressional approval ratings are at historic lows, congressional pay - $174,000 for rank-and-file senators and House members - may seem high. But some argue that shrinking paychecks for public service perpetuates a political culture where mostly the rich can afford to serve in office. Members of Congress have to maintain households in two locations, one being Washington, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country even for rentals.
Members of congress get automatic raises; they voted that in years ago. Many Americans would love to make $174,000 a year and get all the benefits, plus not have to use 0bamacare. Congress voted to exempt themselves and their staff from 0bamacare.
In "the real world" if you had a job where you had serious cost overruns, had low customer satisfaction and no plan on how to fix the above you would be worried about whether or not you are going to be fired, not whether or not you deserve a raise.
Unfortunately these undeserving "servants of the people" can convince 50% plus 1 to vote them in with the promise of more policies that will make matters worse.
They should get a very modest stipend, nothing more, say, $20,000/year. The system intended for people to serve(a component of real service is inconvenience and expense. Think The Good Samaritan)and then get back home and be productive. Of course they are supposed to be well-off. Voting and offices, the Constitution writers believed, should be restricted to men who owned businesses, property, professions,or were clergy. People fear a slippery slope. Folks, we slid a long, long time ago.
Poor bastids. No wonder they so eagerly accept the perks and investment information and disregard their constituents wishes. It´s why they need to hold benefit dinners and charity golf tournaments to help them out when they retire. Jesse Rifkin you are an ass.
The only raises I ever received during my working years were the ones I earned. I never had an employer hand me extra money in my paycheck just because I showed up. I had to not only show up, but do my job and produce.
But of course, I never was a member of the Ruling Class, either.
Boo Hoo. They had better not give themselves a raise! They haven´t earned their present salary yet. They have done nothing in the past few years except fuss and figure out ways to raise our taxes and spend our money on "bridges to nowhere". I wish we could go to term limits and also limit the pensions these creeps get.
This is what the Job pays! You have a choice,if you don´t like it don´t sign up! Now sit down!
Incidentally who negotiates on behalf of the tax payer?
I am tired having my employees (government at all levels) pay decided by those who do not represent us and ties us to future obligaion that we cannot afford! 401K´s only! These employees have to come to reality!
I´m shedding no tears. These clowns run for office knowing what the salary is but they leave as millionaires thanks to the lobbyists who line their pockets to buy their votes. IMHO, they should receive even less of a salary, maybe a nominal stipend to cover room and board and no more, until the lobbyists are eradicated from Washington DC and the Congress is back to truly doing the work of the people.
"Thanks to a 1989 law, members of Congress are subject to automatic annual pay increases. That means members can avoid taking awkward floor votes to raise their own pay". So, unless they vote to refuse a pay raise, nothing needs to be done. Where does Jesse Rifkin get his information?
I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service.
Is Congress providing a good product or providing a good service?
This is just insult to injury. Let´s not look simply at salaries, but include all compensation, including hog junkets around the world where they travel first class all the way baby. Plus, the ´business´ there law firms and other business interests receive because of their connection. And let us not forget the insider trading they greatly benefit from ... and on and on and on. They should all have to be audited every year and those audits should be posted for all to ee.
A stunning new poll of young adults aged 18 to 29 shows that in large numbers, they have turned against President Obama and ObamaCare. Among the youngest in this group, those aged 18-24, a full 52% support a recall effort that would throw Obama out of office. The number is only a little better among 18-29 year-olds, 47%. Individual members of Congress actually fare a little better with 45% of Millennials favoring a recall. A majority do, however, favor recalling Congress as a whole. Since his reelection, Obama´s overall approval with young adults has plummeted 11 points to just 41%;
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