In recent weeks as the members of Congress have piled one spending program on top of another and now are beginning the inevitable tax increases to cover them, my wife has repeatedly asked me, “Why are they doing this? Don’t they realize what they are doing to the ordinary, hard working people who are struggling to get by?”
I have responded to that question several times by pointing out that most of what they are doing will not affect them… they conveniently exempt themselves from these burdens they keep imposing on the rest of us!
Then I ran across the following, from Rich Galen, which condenses it to a nutshell:
How much do Members of the U.S. House and Senate make? Are they suffering as are regular people? Do they feel the pain of tax increases and new regulations?
In reverse order: No. No. And $174,000 per year.
In addition Members of Congress get a tax break on their housing, have health care completely paid for by you and me, and have a pretty good retirement system although the other benefits are so good you can’t get them to retire much before their 113th birthday, on average.
That $174,000 is for the rank-and-file, show-up-for-work four-days-a-week members of the House and Senate. You want to be really aggravated? The Speaker of the House, who happens to be Nancy Pelosi, and who happens to be one of the wealthiest members of Congress, makes $223,500.
And she gets to fly home on an Air Force jet which the rank-and-file, show-up-for-work four-days-a-week members of the House and Senate do not get to do.
So these “representatives of the people” get paid about 6 times as much as I do, only work a 4 day week (instead of the 5 or 6 the rest of us put in) and only work about 30 weeks a year. In addition, they have all kinds of perks from provided cars/drivers, free office space and supplies, free postage and on and on and on and…………
This might be a clue as why so many in Congress are sooooooooo arrogant and out of touch with the people they claim to represent. Just wondering…..