Friday, January 11, 2008

Pay Raise - 70 Cents for Little People, $4000 for Congress

It would be wrong to accept a pay raise before increasing the minimum wage, said campaigning Democrat leaders last year. Yes, indeed, it would be wrong. So, without any delay whatsoever, the very first order of business for the Democrat controlled Congress was to hike the minimum wage by 70 cents an hour. With that triviality out of the way, Congress was free to vote themselves a $4,100 raise.

The 2.5% pay raise, says the Boston Globe in a longer article, will give Legislators salaries of $169,300 this year from the $165,200 with which they've struggled to survive since 2006. Supreme Court Justices saw there salaries go from $203,000 to $208,100. Chief Justice John Roberts will receive $217,400, up from $212,100.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, will see her pay match that of the Chief Justice. Increases of $183,500 to $188,100, will be paid to the House and Senate Majority and Minority leaders, and Senate pro tempore Robert Byrd.

Vice President Dick Cheney has been voted a last year salary of $221,100, up from $215,700. The only salary that remains unchanged is that of President George Bush who receives $400,000 to inhabit the most powerful office on the planet.

The nothing but fair folks at The Huffington Post was very succinct with the exact same Federal Register story. HuffPo wrote:

Fortunately for members of Congress, their pay isn't tied to their approval ratings. Lawmakers in 2008 will receive salaries of $169,300, a boost of $4,100 over the pay they have lived with since January 2006.

That 2.5 percent increase is mirrored by similar raises for associate justices of the Supreme Court, who will see their pay go from $203,000 to $208,100, and Chief Justice John Roberts, whose pay will rise to $217,400 from $212,100.
I like the way HuffPo leaves out all mention of any specific Democrat, but leaves in, and very truthfully, the entire Supreme Court which leans to the Conservative spectrum.

Everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like salary.



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