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A Decent Hourly Wage

Remember the various political entities demanding something-in-the-area of $15.00 per hour, as a minimum wage?

Well, burger-flippers, chew in THIS:


The U.S. House will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between August 1 and November 12, which means that based on their $174,000 annual salary, lawmakers will earn $608 an hour during those days in the nation’s capital.

That figure was calculated by liberal activist Ralph Nader, assuming 10-hour workdays. He sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner on Monday, writing: “While millions of Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more.”

The House took a five-week vacation from Washington on August 1 and returned on September 8.

After two four-day workweeks, members left Washington again on September 18 and are not due to return until November 12 for a lame-duck session following the midterm elections.

Their hourly wage for the eight days is several times the hourly compensation of anesthesiologists, one of the country’s highest-paid professions at an average of $113 an hour, The Hill reported.

The Senate took the same break in August and also worked just two weeks in September before leaving to campaign for the elections.

Legislators and their aides argue that time spent in Washington constitutes only part of their job, and they also spend considerable time meeting with and serving constituents in their home districts and states, The Hill noted.

But Nader said in an interview: “You are paid by the taxpayer to work in Congress at least a 40-hour week. If you want to do anything back home after that, that’s discretionary time. They don’t pay you to campaign for your re-election.”

Even when they are in Washington, lawmakers devote much time to non-legislative matters. After the 2012 elections, new members of Congress were reportedly advised to set aside four hours a day for fundraising phone calls during their 10-hour workday.

Nader’s letter comes in the wake of a Gallup poll showing that in August just 13 percent of Americans approved of the way Congress is handling its job, while 83 percent disapproved — and 53 percent said they “strongly disapprove.”

The last time Congress’ approval rating was over 50 percent in a Gallup poll was in April 2003, at 58 percent, during President George W. Bush’s first term.

The approval rating stood at 84 percent in October 2001, immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

Now, I’m not normally one to agree with Mr. Nader on anything, but, most congresscritters actually work part-time, and spend the rest of the time traveling to-and-from their constituencies or running for reelection.

$15.00 an hour sounds about right for them. For the one day a week they actually work for us!  (And, of course, working for us is a misnomer.  They work for themselves and lobbyists.  Personally, I’d like to see them all be voted out and replaced with folks who start removing current laws, rather than passing more!  –  Guffaw)

h/t Free North Carolina

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


9 thoughts on “A Decent Hourly Wage

  1. I want $15 and hour for the military too! If burger flippers deserve it, the military damn sure does!!!

    Posted by Old NFO | September 30, 2014, 9:19 am
  2. (from Tomi, who had difficulty posting a comment from work)

    Every person who works a full-time job deserves to be paid a living wage.
    Notice I said FULL TIME! Something Boehner’s House DOES NOT DO!

    One thing puzzles me, though. Everyone “hates” Congress, yet the vast majority of them get re-elected.
    I absolutely hate my Congressman, but he is sure to be re-elected, he’s not even bothering to campaign.

    How does that happen?

    Posted by guffaw1952 | September 30, 2014, 10:15 am
  3. I absolutely hate my Congressman, but he is sure to be re-elected

    How much time or money have you given to his/her opponent?
    If you want to see someone booted, then give some time to the person running against them. Walk a neighborhood and ask to put yard signs up, give some time at a phone bank making calls.

    An incumbent lying, deceitful, self serving scumbag should have to SWEAT at keeping their hands in the till.

    Posted by KM | September 30, 2014, 10:55 am
    • Good point.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | September 30, 2014, 10:59 am
    • Been super busy lately, and haven’t had a chance to reply in timely fashion.

      This has been, so far, the first campaign that I have not worked for his opponent. I have done all of the above before, trying to defeat this guy. The only reason why I haven’t so far is that I just took a new, highly demanding job that leaves me with hardly any free time (hence my late replies).

      Good reminder about the money, though. With the new job, that’s something I can do!

      Posted by Tomi | October 2, 2014, 7:29 am
  4. Well, I wouldn’t be waiting for a big change. The chances of us losing Sen. McCain are None to Impossible. Betcha!

    Posted by JD | October 1, 2014, 8:28 pm

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