I'm not the only one. Check out this editorial from The Livingston Daily: FEDERAL PAY RAISES: Pay hikes show what Congress thinks of American workers
Remember, during the whole debate over a bridge loan for auto companies, how members of Congress kept saying autoworkers are overpaid? Some U.S. senators and representatives claimed United Auto Workers members were knocking down $73, even $75, per hour.The paper did the math and pointed out that full-time workers actually earn between $58,240 and $61,942 annually, which they point out is a decent living but won't make a person rich. Compare that to our lawmakers in Washington.
That led federal lawmakers, like U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to call for a cut in pay for auto workers as a condition of the "bailout."
It turns out the figure was wildly wrong. You can only get to figures that high if you include all kinds of things not typically considered wages — health care, benefits, vacation time, pension costs, retirees' health care, etc.
Still, it is a far cry from the $169,300 that U.S. senators and representatives were paid this year. If Congress members really work 40 hours a week for 52 weeks out of the year (and they don't), it is well over the $73 per hour rate they so objected to. It would in fact be more than $81 per hour, and that's not counting their benefits, their health care or their pension costs.They drew the following conclusion:
What's more, lawmakers are going to get a raise. Yup, that $81 an hour isn't good enough for them. They deserve more. Come January, U.S. senators and representatives get an additional $4,700 in their yearly paycheck, bringing their annual haul to $174,000. Assuming again, a 40-hour week for 52 weeks, that pay rate comes to a whopping $83.65 per hour.
So let's make sure we have the logic correct — people who actually build things, in this case automobiles, deserve a pay cut from their $29.78 an hour ... it is lawmakers who deserve a boost in pay to $83.65 an hour ... for getting their facts wrong when they debate issues, like how much autoworkers get paid.Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Lawmakers get raises when they make mistakes and spread lies. They even get them in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. That's a sweet deal.
Hypocrisy aside, higher pay was supposed to translate into better government when Congress voted to raise their pay in 1989 from $89,500 to $135,000 annually. So much for that theory. We're fighting a war based on lies, inequality is at levels not seen since the Depression, our economy is in a deep recession, unemployment numbers could be 10% or higher by summer, millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, and millions more live in poverty and/or without health insurance.
In the real world, they'd be fired for such gross negligence.