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04 March 2010

Congress Needs To Take A Pay Cut

Tuesday, Arizona Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick introduced a bill that would cut the salary of Congress by 5% [Lorber, Janie (2010-3-3). Congressional Pay Cut Gains Support. The Caucus. Retrieved on 2010-3-4.].

In her remarks on the House floor, Kirkpatrick said, "Every day this country is falling deeper in debt. Today we owe more than $12.4 trillion, and by 2016 our debt could be as much as $20 trillion. After more than a decade of mistakes and neglect by both parties, Washington can no longer afford to ignore this issue.

"It is time for Congress to get serious about getting Federal spending under control. We should start with our own salaries."

Republicans have been screaming at the top of their lungs that we need to reign in this out-of-control government spending; that we need to balance the federal budget; that we need to make the tough choices and cut where necessary. Certain Democrats, mainly the Blue Dog Coalition, have been making these same demands as well.

Now it's time for Congress to (pardon the pun) put their money where their collective mouths are.

To the members of Georgia's congressional delegation, when are you going to sign on to this legislation? When are you going to put your money where your mouth is and take a voluntary pay cut?

I don't believe the founders of this great nation intended on elected officials to make a living off of serving the people. The primary job of an elected official is to represent the people, not make money.

Now don't get me wrong, making money is good. But to make money while the country is going under almost equals the big corporate bonuses that most everyone has railed against.

Get the debt under control. Get spending under control. Then once that's taken care of, worry about getting paid.