Let’s Save Poor Congressmen Some Money

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was speaking with a buddy of mine yesterday, who is a staunch conservative. He is retired Air Force. He and his wife just got back from a nation wide tour of all the Air Force bases he was stationed at over the years. He said it was a great trip down memory lane.

His only complaint was how expensive everything was and that invariably turned into a rant about how it’s Washington’s fault and then degraded into a tirade.

Practically yelling, he exclaimed, “Do you know how much money those bums in Congress make?”

I laughed and said, “Funny you should mention it, for I was planning to write about just that thing”. So I guess now is as good a time as ever.

Thinking about it led me to recall a Democrat Congressman, just this past April, whining that they don’t make enough money. As you too may recall, it was Virginia Democrat Jim Moran, who is retiring this year.

In case you are unfamiliar or just need a reminder, the average, off the rack Congressman makes around $300,000 per year. Congresswomen make less – the war on women and all. read more

Pelosi: Pay Cut Would Diminish The Dignity Of Her Job

Speaking in the context of the sequester cuts that would have a measly effect  on Congressional pay, Nancy Pelosi said that even though a pay cut wouldn’t  effect her as much as it would others, she is still opposed  to the idea:

”I don’t think we should do it; I think we  should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity  of the job that we have rewarded.”

Politicians talk an awful lot about shared sacrifice and “fair share.” But they don’t want to be the ones sharing any sacrifice or giving up their fair  share.

Pelosi’s opposed to doing the same thing to herself that she is in favor of  doing to every American citizen. She thinks a congressional pay cut would make  her office less “dignified.” I suppose she would argue that a citizen pay cut in  the form of higher taxes would accentuate the dignity of those jobs. She  would talk about how wonderful our jobs were and how great it was that we were  all willing to sacrifice our income for the betterment of society later. Continue Reading