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Should Congress Slash Their Six Figure Salaries?

Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 1:24 PM
Most of our elected officials are already rich. They could get by with half of what they get from us, even those who are not rich. The problem is how much money they earn outside of congress because of their connections. Now, the Fair Tax (HR 25/S 112) would go a long way towards reducing their influence over "We, the People" by being able to manipulate the current tax code to favor their campaign contributors.
SugarLandSteve Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 1:45 PM
In truth....far too many of our elected officials go into office nearly broke. They make their millions not from they Congressional salaries, but rather from what they take from under the table.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/report-nearly-half-of-congress-67-of-senate-are-millionaires/

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...