Give Congress a big fat raise

  • Article by: Daniel Schuman , Slate
  • Updated: April 2, 2013 - 1:52 PM

Americans loathe Congress. Cockroaches, traffic jams and colonoscopies have higher favorability ratings. Important decisions are endlessly delayed because of petty bickering and political posturing. Congress’ biggest accomplishments these days are government shutdowns and a costly budget sequestration - precisely when the U.S. economy is struggling to rebound.

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herby2013Apr. 2, 13 1:56 PM

April Fool's Day was yesterday.

liberallymnApr. 2, 13 2:06 PM

How about instead we pay them $100,000 base salary and increase their pay for performance compensation based on what they get done, not by how many press releases they send out or how many speeches they make. ObamaCare is supposed to revolutionize the way we pay for medical outcomes, so it's only fitting that the body of government who gave us ObamaCare adopt the same principle to their own performance and pay.

sultan925Apr. 2, 13 2:16 PM

Isn't the reason we're in the trouble we are in because of congress? Pay raise, how about a reduction to what normal people make. They ran for the office now live with it.

ciamanApr. 2, 13 2:26 PM

Does the Slate writer truly think that this is the time to give out big raises? Yes, April first was or could have been a joke. But most the time people in Congress only work about 30 percent of the time. Sort of like the French workers do. So give them a raise to $300,000.00 and then demand that they work full time. And for every day they miss, then cut their pay. That might work? Well...sort of?

evldedApr. 2, 13 2:29 PM

Want congress to work for us? Make them live under the rules, laws, and programs they set up for us, and not the lavish perks they currently enjoy. This mess would change overnight.

garagewineApr. 2, 13 2:47 PM

I'm going to build on liberallymn's suggestion and offer the idea that Congress' compensation be inversely related to the size of the federal deficit. Want to run up more deficit spending? Be prepared to get by with less in your own household. Imagine how quickly budgetary issues would be settled.

scubadoo68Apr. 2, 13 3:25 PM

I'm sure they are doing fine with what they are making on the side using there influence with power. I too like the idea of their compensation be inversely related to the federal deficit.

twiestedmindApr. 2, 13 3:38 PM

Dear Daniel Schuman: In your compensation comparison you forgot to mention pensions, gold plated helathcare, travel expenses and lifelong kickbacks from being in office.

twiestedmindApr. 2, 13 3:39 PM

You should get paid for your first term in office and after that is should be a volunteer position.

dschachenmeyerApr. 2, 13 3:50 PM

"I'm going to build on liberallymn's suggestion and offer the idea that Congress' compensation be inversely related to the size of the federal deficit." --- garagewine, yes! I was going to suggest that we tie congressional pay to the rate of growth in GDP or the rate of growth in the median income. They can have more money, but only if the economy in general grows.


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