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Should Congress Slash Their Six Figure Salaries?

Kim339 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:34 PM
Actually, the amount they are paid is nothing compared to business executives, so no. However, all their 'free' handouts, perks, benefits and massive pensions? Get rid of every single one.
MudontheTires Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:50 PM
"Actually, the amount they are paid is nothing compared to business executives"

THe difference is that business executives have to justify their incomes, either to shareholders, or to the market. If a business executive isn't running a successful business, he'll lose his salary.

Congress is under no such restriction. Congress simply votes to pay themselves more with money taken from the taxpayers.

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...