Politics

Dem Leaders Demand Congressional Pay Raise

Late last week House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland strongly advocated pay raises for Congress. He was not alone in his demand. His rationale? We shouldn’t allow the pay of Hill staffers to exceed the pay of members of Congress. Of course, lowering the pay of staffers never occurred to him.

Yup, making sure both rookie and senile members of the House are better paid than the professional staff is the reason he’s reaching into your pockets to get more money for himself and the rest of Congress. You see, he can do that.

Deciding your own salary is a nice deal, huh?

Of course, we do want to reward the House of Representatives for…for…er…ummm…okay, I give up. Oh, hold on! Surely something should go to Reps like AOC, Omar, and Tlaib for the unintentional amusement they engender. And after all, AOC is used to getting tips.

But to give credit where credit is due, three Republicans and two Dems have offered amendments that would bar even a cost-of-living pay increase to members of Congress. Though before we give them further credit for integrity and political courage, all five of them know full well that any pay increase passed by the House would be quickly killed in the GOP Senate.

If the Dems had anything to do with the booming economy (they don’t) or making the border more secure (they try to do the opposite) or even just got out of the way and let the grownups do the job of governing, perhaps they’d have earned a couple of extra bucks.

However, outside of government, you don’t get a raise for abrogation of duty, leading the nation on a multiyear hoax chase, and generally poor performance at your job. In the real world you get fired for that stuff.

In 2020 the ultimate HR managers of Congress, the voters, may do just that. Until then, or until the unlikely day Congress gets their act together, they don’t deserve a penny more in pay.

The president? Now that guy deserves a bonus.

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for OpsLens.com, a writer for American Greatness, and the Editorial Director of This Week in the News with Drew Berquist. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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