Time to Get Their House in Order
I have read that many of this country’s congressmen are complaining about their salaries.
According to a report from the Taxpayer’s Protection Alliance (TPA), “Members of Congress receive an annual salary of $174,000, which puts them in the highest paid 5 percent of U.S. workers. They also receive a host of additional benefits that put their total annual compensation at around $285,000. Federal legislators earn 3.4 times more than the average full-time American worker, and are among the highest paid legislators in the industrialized world.”
However, many of our representatives say that’s not enough. Some say they’re having trouble paying their mortgages or paying off college loans, and the number of hours they put in on the job makes the hourly rate not much. Even if they were to put in 60 hours a week every week of the year, their hourly rate would be $55.76.
I hope they don’t try to get sympathy from the thousands in this country who work for minimum wage or can’t find work at all. With a $174,000-per-year salary, these people are clearly living beyond their means. Do we really want people making economic decisions for our country who can’t make ends meet in their own homes?
As TPA points out, “Congress has run up a $14.3 trillion debt and a $1.5 trillion deficit, yet they are still among the best compensated employees in America. It’s time to hold our representatives in Washington responsible for their job performance. With the high salaries Congress is collecting, we don’t think it’s too much to ask that they do their jobs and get our economic house in order.”
The group also points out that if congressional salaries were cut to $100,000, taxpayers could save $39 million each year.
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