Monday, House Democrats suddenly ended their push for a $4500 raise. They say Congressional salaries have been frozen at $174,000 since 2009, so they’re overdue for this much-needed cost-of-living adjustment. I’m sure that blue collar workers nationwide are playing tiny violins for them.
The push was killed by Democrats in swing districts who realized that giving Congress critters a raise right now would rank in popularity right up there with giving the Boston Marathon bomber voting rights (another bright idea of certain Democratic leaders.) Most Americans who work their tails off to make a median household income of less than $60,000 probably think Congress members are already overpaid, especially considering the fact that the current House Dems haven’t accomplished anything other than attacking Trump. It would be like having an office full of useless middle managers who do nothing all day but scheme to get the boss fired, and they think they deserve a raise.
Interestingly, one member still defending the pay raise is that scourge of rich capitalists, “Democratic” socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She insisted that “It’s not even like a raise,” it’s just a cost-of-living adjustment, and she compared it to her push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Okay, I’ll surprise her by agreeing with her. I am willing to pay House Democrats $15 an hour. But like other minimum wage workers who are paid only for the hours when they actually do some work, so far, that would total up to an annual salary of…zero.