Douche of the Week: The Congressman Who Thinks Congressmen are…Underpaid
By RU Twisted
It’s difficult to expound upon that title. I mean, really, the headline says it all. Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) actually believes that members of Congress are underpaid.
Though I’m tempted to just let his claim ride itself into the sunset and make all of you angry, it wouldn’t be very Rhino Den-ish of me to do anything less than offer a public scathing of this clearly deranged fellow. That is what we do best, after all.
While it is very tempting to go full-on libertarian mode and explain why we don’t need douchnozzles like this guy in power at all, I believe it is important to accept things as they are and work from there. The system we have is a reality and, for that reason, the responsible thing to do is to analyze what the good Congress-critter said within that framework.
First things first, Rep. Moran is retiring at the end of this term. So my guess is that, because he’s on his way out, he will speak what he truly feels. No need to impress the voters anymore, right Jimbo?
One of the things he wants to convey to the public after his, wait for it….twelve terms in Congress is that he and his fellow power hungry ruling class Representatives are, ahem, vastly underpaid.
“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid…I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
See, you were all ready to get your panties in a bunch and be mad at this guy, but you can’t because he understands that people think Congress underperforms. So he’s totally in touch with your feelings, bro. No worries.
Holy f$#!&ing [email protected]$#! balls.
Does this catastrophic waste of taxpayer dollars honestly believe that he deserves more for what he does? Unfortunately, I believe that’s an affirmative, and therefore proof that Congress as an institution may very well be well beyond repair.
Let’s take a quick reality check. Congress members start out at $174,000—a wage that is approximately three and a half times more than the median household income in the United States. It’s also over six times more than the base pay for an Army Staff Sergeant and roughly ten times more than a Private.
But hey, they’re doing really hard stuff and kicking ass at their job!
Well, no. Not at all.
Congress began 2014 with an illustrious 13% approval rating, which was a whole percentage point worse than the previous year at the same time. This genius wants a raise during a time when, for completely valid reasons, the American people are starting to realize that Congress does a whole lot of sucking and not much else.
But…but…their job is so demanding! Rep. Moran stated that, due to the horribly low pay they are receiving, some members of Congress have taken to sleeping in their offices during session or, gasp, living in super-duper small apartments!
A couple of very salient points must be made. One, I think Rep. Moran desperately needs to visit an Army barracks and take a gander at the living conditions. Then, after feeling like he needs to take a shower, he needs to realize that those barracks are substantially better than many of the COBs and FOBs regularly occupied by those same soldiers…when following the orders of jackass Congressmen like him.
Two, there was a time in this country’s history when Congress was a part-time gig. I believe strongly in bringing that concept back to the forefront. It’s no coincidence that the longer they are in session, the more of your money they spend and the more complex laws they write.
It has become a self-fulfilling stupid circle. The more time Congress is active, the more pay they think they deserve. The more pay they get, the more they feel that they should be doing “something,” and that something inevitably leads to you and I losing freedom and being deeper in debt.
Serving in Congress used to be considered just that—service. They are not royalty; they are not lords; they are not entitled. They are supposed to serve the public. And the last time I checked, that ol’ Constitution thingy is supposed to limit what they can do to me—not the other way around.
No, Jimmy, you and your ilk do not deserve more pay. You have shown time and again that Congress’s desire to rule over its serfs only increases with pay, benefits, and more time on the job. The last thing any of you deserve is an increase in any one of those areas.
Point of fact, you need far less time in those seats and many fewer dollar bills flowing into your bank account. The people of this country do not benefit by having you collect a bigger paycheck, and history has proven that very thing. Yes, I am well aware of the arguments for paying higher salaries to representatives and they are utterly refuted by this thing I call “reality.”
Representative Moran, though Douche of the Week he most surely is, only points to an already existing problem. Congress is full of individuals with his line of thinking—that they are your betters and deserve to be paid accordingly. They can’t expect to live like commoners, after all.
So a warm thank you should go out to Rep. Moran for once again demonstrating just how out of touch Congress truly is and how bad they suck.
Pay raise? Not hardly. Pay cuts all around and a massive reduction in hours would be a fine place to start, though.