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December 19, 2008

Why We Hate Congress and Their Approval Ratings are at 9% … Economy in Tatters and Congress Gets a Pay Raise

Posted in: Bizarre,Government,Joseph Biden,WTF

Is the economy really as bad as Congress is telling us or do they just not give a S%&T Let_them_eat_cakeabout “We the People”? How out of touch can these people possibly be? Congress to to their constituents … LET THEM EAT CAKE!

How sad and pathetic that we have law makers and members of Congress that could care less about “We the People”. With our economy in shambles, the mortgage industry crumbling, auto makers floundering, two million people unemployed and Congress outright demanding that corporate CEO’s freeze their salaries, what does Congress do …?

Congress in their infinite wisdom give themselves a pay raise of $4,700 a year. This will amount to a $2.5 million extra added expense to the tax payers. I am truly glad that members of Congress feel it not in their need to share the pain that the average tax payer has as a burden. Instead of practicing what they preach in telling corporate officers to freeze their wages, Congress piles on the tax payers. How on earth do members of Congress take pay raises when their constituents are in financial peril, unemployed or both?

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”

However, at 2.8 percent, the automatic raise that lawmakers receive is only half as large as the 2009 cost of living adjustment of Social Security recipients.

Still, Steve Ellis, vice president of the budget watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, said Congress should have taken the rare step of freezing its pay, as lawmakers did in 2000.

There is a reason why Congress has a 9% approval rating. That just does not happen by accident, one must earn it.

UPDATE I: Vice President-Elect Joe Biden Says the Economy will Implode if you Don’t Pass Obama’s Stimulus Package

With Biden creaming that the sky is falling and that the economy is in much worse shape than they ever thought, wouldn’t it be incumbent upon Congress to freeze their wages rather than further add more of a burden to tax payers? Is there really an economic meteor about to hit the Earth as Hot Air points out, or is this just lip service to give Obama anything he wants … fear mongering? Didn’t Democrats accuse GWB of doing this with terrorism? Some thing does not add up as one side is predicting gloom and doom while Congress is getting a raise.

Vice President-Elect Biden stated in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos that the “U.S. economy is in danger of ‘absolutely tanking’ and will need a second stimulus package in the $600-billion to $700-billion range”. WOW, really Joe? The economy is in bad shape, where have you been since the election but in hiding? As Wizbang so aptly states, the economy is in bad shape … Say it ain’t so, Joe. What was your first clue?

“The economy is in much worse shape than we thought it was in,” Biden told me during an exclusive interview — his first since becoming vice president-elect–  to air this Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“There is no short run other than keeping the economy from absolutely tanking. That’s the only short run,” Biden told me.

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