Friday, December 19, 2008

With Economy in Shambles, Congress Gets a Raise

THE HILL - A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay. Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase (from $169,300 to $174,000), amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League, a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”

HT: Ryan Stinson


At 1/04/2009 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I oppose giving Congress a pay raise this year because they have let the middle class wither away. Congress thinks the Constitution is of, by, and for the Corporation. Congress believes in free trade when it should be fair trade. If you insist on free trade then join the wage race to the bottom.
Perhaps it's time for the taxpayers to do some research and see which country has the lowest paid politicans with the fewest benefits. VOTE TO REJECT YOUR 2009 C.O.L.A. and then a new proposal and vote to lower your pay to the average of a Middle class worker.


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