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.
The 2009 annual salary for rank-and-file senators and representatives is $174,000, up from last year’s $169,300.
The legislative pay hike comes as major U.S. employers shed jobs by the tens of thousands. Many worker salaries have been frozen or cut. Their benefits often have been slashed.
Families are pinching pennies and watching retirement accounts evaporate.In this decade, Congress has allowed the pay increase to go through for every year except 2007. The percentage increase is tied to private-sector wages and cannot be more than increases granted to general federal employees.
I am all for people getting periodic MERIT raises but this automatic increase no matter what kind of job a person is doing has bankrupted this country. Capital Hill constantly pontificates on the sacrifices AMERICA has to make and then they turn around and pad their salaries and increase their benefits packages all at the expense of the taxpayer.
As the average American family is trying to survive this government induced economic recession, Capital Hill continues to spend OUR MONEY without any regard to the hardships they are placing upon their constituents. I am proposing a spending cut starting with all federal and public employees. I propose that all federal and public employees should have their wages and benefits reduced by the same percentage as the GDP index reduces. In other words the economy has shrunk by almost 6% since Obama took office so therefore the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and all public employees and offices must reduce all spending and wages by at least 6%.
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