Saturday, November 19, 2005

Capitol Playground: Part IV - How 'Bout a Pay Raise?

And it's official; the "Capitol Playground" has become a full-fledged series on my blog. The Congress just keeps giving me material on a regular basis, as unfortunate as that is. Luckily this time they mixed business with pleasure as they spent the afternoon debating and ultimately voting on a resolution calling for immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and capped off the night by treating themselves to a $3,100 pay raise.

According to an AP article:
The Republican-controlled Congress helped itself to a $3,100 pay raise on Friday, then postponed work on bills to curb spending on social programs and cut taxes in favor of a two-week vacation.
Of course there's nothing important that needs to be done at the moment. I mean it's not like there's a huge spending crisis that needs to be fixed, or an important tax cut on the table. Oh right, there is on both accounts. It sure is a good thing they squeezed in that super-important pay raise before the break. Wouldn't want to go home with $162,100 instead of $165,200, you can't possibly expect to feed the kids on those meager wages!

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