The budget proposals passed this morning showed some revealing attitudes on the part of incumbents. The four democrats who voted against it were those who were up for reelection for the next term. They knew the democrat favored bill was unpopular among their constituents. It makes you wonder if the same were true for the rest of the democrats who voted for the bill, but they didn’t care because they had a longer time before they would be held accountable at the polls?
What is also interesting to note is that they managed to come to an agreement before the April 15 deadline. On that magic day their pay checks would be placed in escrow until such time as they did their jobs. It’s interesting to note they made sure they wouldn’t miss a pay day but they didn’t mind making other people miss one during sequestering.
The last point of interest today is the amendment requesting them to place 20% of their income with the charity of their choice to help them feel like the rest of us. Let’s think about that for a moment. Their current government salary is $174,000. Add to that income from law practices or other income sources such as rental properties or companies they may own. There are 216 millionaire congress members. By millionaire, we mean any number under one billion dollars of net worth.
But let’s just look at the salary of $174,000 per year. Let’s just say I earned that amount of money. If I subtracted $34,800 (the 20% for charity), I would still have $112,200 income to live on. Wow. That is 2.25 times the amount of the median income per household in the U.S. Never mind the fact that their government salary alone puts them in the top 10% of citizens for national income distribution.
With this information, one has to wonder why they are so eager to pass a bill before they miss a payday when they can obviously afford to miss a few paydays the same way some of us can afford to miss a few meals. Wouldn’t it be better if those who can obviously afford to be without a government paycheck would stand up for what it right and do what is right? If pay were not a motivation for doing the deeds, we could at least give them credit for standing up for what their constituents sent them to do. It wouldn’t matter if we disagreed with some of them because we would know they were doing what they were sent to do instead of always wondering if they were doing it for some monetary gain.
As it is, they don’t seem to care about the everyday person who might miss a house payment or rent because of sequestering. But they certainly care if they miss a payday, oops, change that.
They mind if their payday is DELAYED. Remember, it would go to escrow. They would get paid later after they passed a bill.
The unfortunates affected by sequestering will never get the missed income. Their money didn’t go into escrow. Perhaps it might be better to take the 20% from congress and give it to those who suffered under sequestering. Better yet, change the salary range to match, but never exceed, the median household income. If they were honorable people, they would not object to getting paid the same as most people.
For the other points of the bill passed this morning, try reading both of the links below. They provide the same information with a clear difference of opinion by the writers who wrote the articles. Neither article is more accurate than the other, each writer just chooses to allow his opinion to infiltrate the facts.
“Senate Approves Democratic Budget after Marathon ‘vote-a-rama'” Fox News. FOX News Network, 23 Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.
Barrett, Ted. “Senate Passes Its First Budget Proposal in Four Years.” CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.