Letters to the Editor

Automatic raises

October 21, 2008


To the editor:

There is much congressional outrage over the AIG expenditure of tax money. Do you think there will be congressional outrage over about the same amount of taxpayer money going into their own pockets as an automatic raise?

This is the time of year that we usually hear that an approximately $6,000 raise is to be bestowed upon our congressmen. Thanks to legislation passed in 1989, it is an automatic yearly raise. Do you think they deserve a raise this year?

Haven't we learned that anything past two terms is well past the "use-by" date? The freshness is gone and corruption is setting in solidly! Isn't it time to send all new congressmen from all the states and tell them to repeal the automatic raises? Repeal is an action open to them.

Sarah Karl,


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

I think the raise would be appropriate if we ever make the requirement of congress members that being in congress is their one and only job. As it is, their real job is to raise $millions for their reelection, which usually leaves them beholden to wealthy special interests, not the voters of their state or district.

avoice 9 years, 7 months ago

Trying to make a career of being in Congress is the root of the problem. We don't want them to think of something that is supposed to be "public service" as if it is "their one and only job." What we really need is term limits across the board.

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