Lawmakers increase pay while telling taxpayes to do with less


Congress is out of control. There is no more denying this fact. While telling auto executives that they should live on $1 a year salaries these elected officials are raping the public coffers to line their own pockets.

The awful truth of all this is congress has these pay raises set on automatic pilot so they take effect without having to be voted on. These elected leaders know how unpopular a pay raise would be, especially when many of their constituents are loosing their own jobs, so they put this back door policy into effect so that action will have to be taken to STOP IT rather than allowing it to just go through.

clipped from thehill.com

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who
have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for
free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting
to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional
salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

However, at 2.8 percent, the automatic raise that
lawmakers receive is only half as large as the 2009 cost of living adjustment
of Social Security recipients.

“Look at the way the economy is and how most people
aren’t counting on a holiday bonus or a pay raise — they’re just happy to have
gainful employment,” said Ellis. “But you have the lawmakers who are set up and
ready to get their next installment of a pay raise and go happily along their
way.”

Member raises are often characterized as examples of
wasteful spending, especially when many constituents and businesses in members’
districts are in financial despair.

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