Genocidal Austerity for Us While Congress Paid $174,000 for Working 126 Days This Year ($1,384.95 per day)

by Scott Creighton

Incomes in the U.S. dropped 3.6% in January, the biggest drop in 20 years according to Bloomberg as congress did nothing to halt the impending austerity medicine being imposed on the poorest Americans, students and workers.

But that’s OK because congress gets paid $1,384.95 per day for their good work. That’s $173.11 per hour IF they work 8 hours a day. And that is to say nothing of all the bonuses, sick days, personal days, free medical care for themselves and their families, free lunches, travel, junkets to Israel every now and again, car allowances, education reimbursements, off the books perks, and all the special interest cash they can stuff in their pockets. Oh yeah, don’t forget, they get to use the information they get as congressmen to commit insider trading without being charged. There’s a perk for you.

How do I come to that figure? It’s simple: they make $174,000 per year for working a total of 126 days according to the new congressional calender for 2013.

What’s the best job on earth? Why, of course, to be a Member of the United States Congress.

This week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proudly announced the calendar for the new Congress in 2013. Here’s the link. Working days for the entire year total 126, leaving 239 days off. This includes virtually the whole month of August, two weeks around Easter/Passover, not a single five-day work week and (God forbid) no weekends.

Members insist, of course, that they accomplish lots during those recesses — or “District work periods” as they call them. And Congressional staff members, to their credit, work extremely hard with plenty of late nights and long hours.

For this, Members of Congress receive an annual salary of $174,000 ($223,500 for the Speaker), and, if the past few years are any guide, they will enact no budget, no regular appropriations bills, nor other key legislation. (That is, the House will pass bills that die in the Senate, Senate-passed bills will die in the House, and occasionally they will agree on naming a Post Office if such things still exist in 2014.) They will, however, take plenty of taxpayer-funded “fact finding trips,” hold plenty of showboat hearings, and spend much of their time hawking for campaign contributions.

Wonder why public approval of the United States Congress stands at 16.4 percent in recent polls, up from 11 percent last March? Look no further than the calendar!! Huffington Post

7 Responses

  1. Why I have long said we should pay them $365 mil a year, and than subtract a mil for every day they show up.

  2. hey this is completely unrelated but i found this video online i think its new and i want to spread it. would love to hear thoughts and comments

  3. They’re a breed apart, these power-hungry, blood-thirsty freaks who run the world through the halls of our Congress. And, because they detest truth and despise fair play, they pollute the air with their lies and foul the Earth with their actions–even that of their own House, their own front yard, and especially that of their back yard, where most of America lives.

    So, today, dirty wins–again.

    Still, we’re expected to forgive and to forget the now, to look and to live forward in hope.

    r ap

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