Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers | The Weekly Standard
Do you think that now is an appropriate time for Washington to be passing out raises for people working in these positions?
Sure. Those are not high salaries at all IMO. It truly is public SERVICE without much compensation for the crap that they put up with.
A pay raise of 1/2 of 1%? Not much, really, for the work that they do.
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He'd just better be careful to not bump them over $250k~! Because then they would be RICH! And then they would get screwed.
And yes, I'm being ironic, because no one making 250K and living on the hill or in arlington or most any reasonably desirable part of DC (or the Northeast, for that matter) is in any way "rich".
Anyway, I don't really care. The amounts are minuscule.
I am surprised that he chose this time to do raises. There is so much of America that is barely making ends meet. I tried Googling the average median income in the US and got several different answers, but each website I looked at said less then a third of that these people are making.
I do not have a problem with some people making more than others. I think that is just the way it is, but it does strike me as odd in the administrations "Take from the Haves, and give to the Have Nots" attitude, that they would be giving more to the top earners.
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Average pay of a person in Congress - US Congress Salaries and Benefits
I apologize for not having the best links, but I think they give the jest of an what these workers make. I do not think a congress member's job is any more/less of a service than these other professions.
So what about people in the private sector? I got a raise this year and last as well as a cost of living increase this year on top of my raise. Should I not get a raise because someone else isn't?
Even in my job I got a higher raise than most in my dept. because I worked super hard last year and I rock at what I do. Should I not get a bigger raise because someone else got a smaller one?
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Since all of these are public, if, say, a teacher wanted to get paid what a congress person did, they should have run for congress. Teachers in our state have gotten raises, as have police officers, etc etc etc. You also can't just post their salaries without also posting their average educations, tenure, etc etc. Its silly to act as though the average Senator has a similar job and should have similar pay as the average teacher similar because they both are "public servants". That would be like arguing that since a secretary and a CEO both work for a publicly traded corporation they ought to have similar compensation. Not so.