Saturday, December 20, 2008

Congress Gives Itself a Pay Raise

The economy is a mess, people are losing their jobs in massive numbers, companies are begging for taxpayer money to stay afloat, and every member of Congress just got a $4700 pay raise.  What's wrong with this picture?

My expectations for Congress are low -- really low.  But they are politicians.  You would think they might see some political wisdom in taking a pay freeze this year, just to show solidarity with the rest of the country, make it look like they care, and pretend to feel the pain by continuing to struggle by on a measly $169,300 a year. But no, they need that raise.  Is it any wonder the current RCP average for Congressional approval has them at 18.4%?

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