Our Public Servants Receive 3.4 times the Salary of us Average Americans

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 19th, 2011

Week in Review

Gabrielle Giffords, the representative shot last January, is trying to put her life back together.  She begins about where she left off.  Working on an issue she felt was important back then.  And still is today (see Giffords’ office urges supercommittee to give Congress a pay cut by Beth Marlowe posted 11/18/2011 on The Washington Post).

In a letter to the debt-reduction supercommittee organized by Giffords’ Washington office, 25 lawmakers urged the supercommittee to cut lawmakers’ salaries to reduce the federal deficit…

Slashing lawmaker salaries was one of the last major issues Giffords advocated before she was shot in the head at a January 2011 constituent event. Only days before the shooting, Giffords had proposed legislation to cut the salaries of senators and representatives by five percent…

The five percent pay cut that Giffords advocated would add up to $50 million in savings over ten years, according to Thursday’s letter, which also notes that U.S. lawmakesr receive salaries that are 3.4 times higher than the average full-time wage for an American worker.

The 5% cut doesn’t amount to much in the grand scheme of things.  But it is a move in the right direction.  These are our public servants.  They shouldn’t live better than us.  Their bosses.  Yet they do.  Receiving 3.4 times the salary of us average Americans.  Their bosses.

Something is definitely wrong with this picture.  That’s our tax money they’re paying themselves with.  And they’re rather generous with our money.  Not to mention all the perks and benefits they get for just being a Congress person.  The health care for life.  The fat pensions.  Living like royalty.  For life.  And all you have to do is win one election.  Talk about winning the lottery of life.

While we, their bosses, struggle to make ends meet.  We keep paying our underwater mortgages.  And our student loans.  Yet no one protests Congress people.  They protest bankers.  And business owners.  Who work for a living.

Go figure.

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