Some Politicians Think Its Wrong to Take a Pay Raise in Economic Meltdown … Rep. Jim Matheson Says its Unconscionable


Some one in Congress has a heart and a brain …

I guess we should real reassured that there are one or two politicians who think it is entirely wrong to take a pay raise in the teeth of an economic meltdown as people lose their homes, income and jobs. That is correct, Congress will get an automatic pay raise, yet say nothing to prevent it from occurring. “We the People” are down-sized as politicians “super-size” their salaries at our expense. As if most politicians are not burden enough on the tax payers, we have selfish politicians telling others what their pay should be while they increase their own. How could anyone in good conscience accept a pay raise?

How simple could it be for Congress to have a simple vote to state that they will not take a pay raise. While they are at it, why don;t they further help the American tax payer and take a pay cut. These are the same people who rail on CEO’s for being paid bonuses and stock options for doing nothing. What exactly has Congress done lately that has benefited the country? Hmm?

Despite the country’s economic meltdown, Congress is about to receive an automatic $4,700 pay raise on Thursday — a 2.8 percent increase over the current $169,300 salary for most members.

Rep. Jim Matheson says that is unconscionable, and he’s vowing to renew his annual fight to stop such automatic raises. He says the bad economy might just help him win this year, and a government watchdog group is joining his battle to say the raise is a bad idea in such times.

“In a situation where there aren’t many people in this country who are seeing their salaries go up, and in fact a lot of people are losing their jobs, the notion that Congress should be having an automatic pay raise without even a vote just doesn’t pass the smell test,” Matheson said earlier this month.

Agreeing is Tom Schantz, president of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste — which also issued a call for Congress to stop its automatic pay raise.

“While thousands of Americans are facing layoffs and downsizing, Congress should be mortified to accept a raise,” Schantz said.



Posted December 30, 2008 by
Government, Politics, WTF | 12 comments

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    12 Responses to “Some Politicians Think Its Wrong to Take a Pay Raise in Economic Meltdown … Rep. Jim Matheson Says its Unconscionable”

    1. Sharon Chicago on December 30th, 2008 12:42 pm

      Whatcha think about this?
      > > ________________________________
      > >
      > > This is VERY interesting. It is a short video of a new
      > Ford plant in
      > > Brazil . One look at this and you will be able to tell
      > why there will
      > > probably never be another assembly plant built in the
      > USA . It will
      > > also point out why more assembly plants will go
      > offshore.
      > >
      > > After you watch this, you really need to take the time
      > to write your
      > > Congressman and Senators urging them NOT to support
      > the proposed
      > > bailout of the big three automakers. It will quite
      > obviously be
      > > another large chunk of our (taxpayers) money going for
      > a futile cause
      > > – because those companies are not ever going to be
      > able to change
      > > enough to be successful until the UAW is willing to
      > make some huge
      > > changes. And that seems unlikely.
      > >
      > > Do not be scared into thinking that Ford, GM, and
      > Chrysler are going
      > > to go under. They will survive, but their assembly
      > operations in the
      > > US likely won’t — whether we provide a bailout or
      > not. And keep in
      > > mind that a hugh percentage of the cars sold in the
      > USA are made in
      > > the USA today — not just by Ford, GM, and Chrysler –
      > but by Toyota ,
      > > Honda, and many of the rest. They are built by
      > American workers and
      > > they are being profitable. Why, you must ask?
      > Because they are non
      > > -union operations and do not have the UAW hanging
      > around their necks
      > > like large ship anchors.
      > >
      > > Watch the video.
      > >
      > >
      > >

    2. Richard on December 30th, 2008 1:13 pm

      I say that we should pay our politicians what they are worth.

      Maybe if we did, we could balance the budget.

    3. rightknight on December 30th, 2008 2:29 pm

      So, we pay these ‘servants’ of ours $170,000/year each plus all the
      health care and full up retirement they can eat plus whatever they
      can steal. In return for this compensation, what in the world are
      they doing for us aside from creating a 1929 debacle all over

    4. Rusty Bridges on December 30th, 2008 2:36 pm

      I’m so sick of these “bailouts”. They just keep rewarding poor preformance with our tax money and tell us it’s for our own good. BS

    5. Greg on December 30th, 2008 3:03 pm

      I would like to replace all the BUMS in the Congress with real people.
      People who DO NOT GIVE themselves pay raises in financial bad times.
      Our Congress used taxpayers money to bailout
      AIG, BANKS?, and the car industry.
      Wake up America! Our Congress gave away all the money to rich private for profit interests.

    6. Sweet_Thang on December 30th, 2008 3:17 pm

      Having been burned too many times for buying American cars, I will NEVER buy another one. This decision came well before any talk of Big 3 bailouts, or the UAW’s arrogance in refusing to make any concessions in the current pork-barrel contract their members have with the Big 3.

      These stiffs say “a contract is a contract”, but under the current circumstances, I think most Americans resent the $70/hour UAW member pay when Toyota workers make $45/hour. And the Toyota product is far superior throughout its entire product line.

      Not sure where this is all headed, but I think a bankruptcy could be the solution most of us want to see, since it could void the current contract and allow for one much more palatable to the consumer and to the taxpayers who are doing the bailing.

    7. Michelle on December 30th, 2008 4:06 pm

      IF we the taxpayers are going to bailout the big three does that mean I can stop making payments on my SUV? They will get more than enough to cover what I’m paying in monthly installments now.

    8. HOPE on December 31st, 2008 12:02 am

      The least they could do is give the money to us and allow us to have a new car, if we like…

      I call it nothing for nothing leaves nothing.


      This is not socialism….

      Are we in the tank, yet?

    9. scott on December 31st, 2008 8:32 am

      The failure of the American car companies is the UAW and their arrogance and brashness all the while having a $33M retreat complex in Michigan. The UAW is some of the most crooked unions in American history…PERIOD.

    10. rightknight on December 31st, 2008 1:05 pm

      Now, now, Politicians NEVER vote themselves
      a pay raise unless they are alone or with someone.

    11. rightknight on December 31st, 2008 1:23 pm

      In the OLD DAYS lawyers used to receive a lot of heat
      by being labeled scum-of-the-earth high paid sloths.
      Now the politicians are vying for those titles. Come to
      think of it, many of our politicians ARE lawyers.

      So ye SUE, so shall ye reap!

    12. BUN on January 1st, 2009 9:51 am

      Politicians giving themselves raises….wow, does a bear “GO” in the woods?????????

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