Democrats step away from the cliff

June 11, 2019

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. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dems-lawmakers-pay-increase-contempt-votes-funding

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.    

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  • Lucia A. Hunter

    06/12/2019 12:17 PM

    Boy do I agree with your assessment of this topic. The audacity of Congress to think they deserve a raise when they do nothing but attack our President. It makes me want to scream!

  • Ronald K. Ball

    06/11/2019 04:42 PM

    I don't believe any elective office at this particular time deserved any raise. I also believe no elective office should ever qualify for any retirement and that includes the presidency unless the president is over 75 when he retires. That is also why I am strongly in favor of term limits. There should be no such thing as a political career.

  • Nancy Cornish

    06/11/2019 04:01 PM

    Funny how they think they need a cost of living raise when we can't get a decent raise on Social Security. When it's time for our raise, they always say the cost of living hasn't gone up. Ask any senior if their cost of living has gone up, you might be surprised.

  • Kay Melba

    06/11/2019 03:23 PM

    Totally agree with the $15.00 per hour rate. I will pay for the time clock. Only paid when WORKING. Oh, no lobbyists money. That goes to social security and Medicare to repay money stolen by Congress. Thank you

  • Shirley M Franklin

    06/11/2019 02:41 PM

    Before those obstinate DemCritters get a raise, those of us barely existing on Social Security NEED to get a substantial raise. It's OUR money, so stop hoarding it as though it were an entitlement. It is NOT an entitlement - I paid into it and my employer(s) paid into it for ME!