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August 30, 2011

Scraping by on $174,000 a Year

Congress wants a raise: Here's a rundown of the benefits congress enjoys: After 5 years, congressmen get full federal pension and retirement benefits. They get federal health care benefits, which while not free are very lavish. They have up to 18 staff members paid up a maximum of over $150,000 a year. They are able to mail anything for free that is not "laudatory and complimentary" to the member, or mail related to a political campaign. All telephone and communications services, internet, cell phone coverage etc is paid for. All domestic travel is free. Foreign travel for specific work-related trips is free. -- Via Word Around the Net: CONGRE$$

Posted by Vanderleun at August 30, 2011 12:42 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It is the best argument I've heard for hanging the lot of them. As Sherman was noted to have remarked on his march, "Kill them all. The Lord knows his own."

Posted by: Casca at August 30, 2011 1:13 PM

I believe this is where my Department for the Repatriation of Congress comes in to play.

Posted by: Andy at August 30, 2011 1:16 PM

C'mon, Gerard,they have a 14% approval rating, surely a raise is merited.

Posted by: bill at August 30, 2011 3:16 PM

Good, they can afford to buy their own rope.

Posted by: Peccable at August 30, 2011 3:55 PM

Their wages should be docked 86% then.

Posted by: Jewel at August 30, 2011 4:52 PM

25% pay cuts for all Federal employees.

Send the recession to Washington.

Posted by: Fat Man at August 30, 2011 6:23 PM

... when asked by a Crusader how to distinguish the Cathars from the Catholics, Arnaul Amalric supposedly answered:

Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

or "Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His."


Posted by: Fat Man at August 30, 2011 6:24 PM

Modern version:

Ripley: "I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."


Posted by: Fat Man at August 30, 2011 6:25 PM

No man's life or property are secure while the legislature is in session, therefore, in self defense, I propose we reduce Congress to 2 months a year and cut salaries by 5/6ths.

Posted by: RKV at August 30, 2011 7:39 PM

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