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Pay Raises for Me, But Not for Thee

Michelle Malkin highlights the coming battle over Sen. David Vitter’s amendment to the $410 billion spending bill that would eliminate the automatic pay raise for Congress, one of more ridiculous laws in this country.

“ ‘Congress has been receiving pay increases most years under a formula set into law 20 years ago,’ said Vitter. ‘At a time when so many Americans are losing their jobs and struggling to pay their mortgages, these raises just aren’t right. Most Americans don’t have a formula at their job that gives them automatic pay raises, and Congress shouldn’t either.’

The amendment would repeal the provision of law that set in place automatic raises for Members of Congress. The increase that went into effect for this year amounts to an additional $4,700 per year.”

This is one of those things that boggles my mind, the BALLS (and/or blatant disregard for anything resembling decency and accountability – yeah, maybe that second one) that it takes for these corrupt, failed bureaucrats to give themselves an automatic pay raise, particularly at a time like this, and have absolutely no fear of the repercussions. Maybe Schumer was right, maybe we don’t care.

Luckily for them, they probably won’t ever have to go on record on this. Harry Reid has proposed a stand-alone amendment, which as I understand it means that Dems (and I’m sure some Republicans) can vote against the Vitter amendment, and then justify it by claiming they’ll vote for the Reid bill when it comes up. Thereby allowing $410 billion more in pork to go sailing into connected coffers while enabling them to keep their raises, since Reid’s phantom bill will never see the light of day. Disgusting. Are we that weak?


03/10/2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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