Thursday, June 30, 2005

House Pay Raise

When you overpay small people you frighten them. They know that their merits or activities entitle them to no such sums as they are receiving. As a result their boss soars out of economic into magic significance. He becomes a source of blessings rather than wages. Criticism is sacrilege, doubt is heresy.
Ben Hecht (1893–1964), journalist

In case you missed it. The House of Representatives have voted to increase their salaries by $3,100 to $165,200 a year. Technically this was not a raise it was only a cost of living adjustment.

The vote was 263-152 to go forward with the increase.

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) said, “Now is not the time for members of Congress to be voting themselves a pay raise. We need to be willing to make sacrifices.”

Remember the sacrifice is worth it – when it’s someone else who has to sacrifice.

2 comments:

Rags said...

What's that, about $100/hour? And what's minimum wage -- still $5.15/hour?

Hmmm... I guess you don't have to worry about cost of living increases for people who already don't make enough to live on.

B2 said...

It's about time we paid these guys what they were worth. Who can reasonably expect the House of Reps to live on only $162k a year?