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Having Solved the Nation's Problems, Congress Gives Itself a Raise

No, this isn't The Onion. This is of course while the approval rating of Congress has hit the single digits again, and while wildly unpopular legislation bailing out failed banks and corporations is being shoved down the throats of the American people.

The Hill is reporting on this unbelievable story:
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.
I would like to propose a new law requiring all congressional pay raises to be subject to approval by the electorate. After all, we're paying for it right? Shouldn't we be the ones to decide whether or not they deserve it?

Think about it. Who determines whether you get a raise at your job? Your boss, of course. It's his money. I've had several jobs in my life, and I don't ever remember one where the only requirement for getting a pay raise was signing a piece of paper and announcing to my boss that he'll now owe me more money every year.

And they don't deserve it. Let's take their approval rating, which currently sits at a pathetic 9%. If you worked in an office, and there were 100 people in that office, and 91 of them thought you were doing a poor job, do you think you'd be able to convince your boss to give you a raise?

You'd be lucky to even have a job. In fact, the only thing separating you from a Congressman would be the fact that you actually stay at work for 8 hours a day, instead of strolling in at 11:30 (11:45 if you're Cynthia McKinney and you have trouble with security), renaming a post office, passing a "resolution" congratulating a college sports team, and eating a corn-beef sandwich before calling it a day.


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