Have You Heard the One Where a Congressman Claims He Deserves a Raise?

Gosh, I feel so sorry for these guys—can’t make it on $174,000 + perks beyond calculation.

Constitution Daily: “House member makes argument for notable pay raise.”

A House member is taking an unpopular stand, saying Congress should get a pay boost as the nation’s “board of directors.” Does Representative Jim Moran have a point, or does Congress get paid enough?

In a brief interview with CQ Roll Call, the Democrat from Virginia said that, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

Moran said the congressional members also should be entitled to per diem pay in addition to salaries and benefits.

“A lot of members can’t afford to live decently when they are at their jobs in Washington.” Moran said. He complained about the size of some “family units” used by House and Senate members, and said Congress should get per diem pay like states pay to their legislatures.

Tell ya what… I think a better idea is to solve the workload problem. Cut back Congress’ responsibilities to just those things explicitly listed in the Constitution. Delete all departments and cabinet-level positions which are also not Constitutional (Labor, Education, EPA, HHS, etc.) and I bet a bunch of good things will happen:

  1. Cost-of-living in DC will come down, as the demand for real estate collapses when the parasites leave.
  2. The nation’s economy experiences a major boom as the tax-load is lessened from having to support all of this non-essential nonsense.
  3. Many who have supported themselves by stealing from their neighbors through Federal programs will actually have to contribute to society by getting jobs.

I could go on and on and on… and that’s just for starters. Oh, and how about we cut back Congressional pay to the national median until they balance a budget: Outgo equal to the annual tax receipts—nothing off the books. And… a lifetime ban from lobbying for former Congressmen.

Heck, when the Republic started Congressmen didn’t even get any salary! How would that feel on today’s bunch of tax-dollar-eating cretins?

Mr. Moran (I am so tempted to change one letter there, but… I shall refrain), go home, and actually earn something for once in your life.