And typically unhinged
(The Hill) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.
“I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
The sequestor would cause a reduction of pay for lots and lots of federal workers, including those in Congress.
“It’s a hard question to ask me because most of my colleagues are the breadwinners in their families,” she said. “A pay cut to me doesn’t mean as much.”
Call me old fashioned, but serving in Congress was supposed to be a privileged and a duty, as well as a sacrifice, not a permanent job designed to enrich oneself. The average American household income was a bit over $60,000. Congressional electees receive $174,000 a year. Plus all the perks and ability to make lots of moola just by being a federally elected official. Meanwhile, out here in the real world, lots and lots of American citizens are taking pay cuts thanks to this Democrat run economic malaise. With the coming full implementation of ObamaCare, of which Pelosi was instrumental in passing, many Americans are seeing their work hours cut.
Scott Ott has some ideas about dealing with Congressional pay, including
Peg Congressional pay changes to changes in the median household income — down about 8.24% since 2007 — putting their pay at about $159,663. Of course, if they really wanted to identify with the people, we could set their pay AT the median household level, a cut of roughly $110,000. Members who serve inner-city districts could have their’s set to local rates.
When Nancy P regained control of the House, the country went into a deep, deep recession from which it has yet to recover. Incomes are down, the deficit is high, debt is now over $16 trillion, etc and so on.