It’s a well-established fact that members of Congress more often than not leave Washington far richer than when they arrived. (Just look at how Harry Reid made his money, for example). But at a time of such high unemployment and trillion dollar-plus deficits, should members of Congress really be making $174,000 a year? Perhaps they should. But while this never-ending debate rages on, it’s comforting to know that at least some Congressional lawmakers (mostly Republicans, it seems) recognize the glaring disconnect between Washington’s rich and famous and the average working American. And, to their credit, they are trying to...
I'm not opposed to members of Congress getting paid. It certainly stings, though, when the country is running deficits in the $1T range and debt pushing $17T, and a true unemployment number around 17% and them getting any raise at all. Reducing their pay - even 50% will do literally NOTHING to reduce the debt or deficit. It would certainly help the rest of us have a better opinion of them IF they did the following: Reduce their pay by at least 20%, reduce their staffs the same amount, limit office remodeling and equipment expenditures to no more than once every 15 years OR pay for it our of their OWN pocket.
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