Although most legislators bewail the plight of the “poor” who have lost jobs or had to take pay cuts, they apparently can’t see the contradiction between their pious words and giving themselves a pay raise!    Oh, sure, it is only another couple of million dollars that will HAVE TO COME FROM TAXES, but “so what?”  is their attitude.  Why are we not surprised?  And, where are our representatives who were elected  to work for the common good, not their own financial advancement?

Based on the low approval rating for Congress, I think that most of us realize that those who supposedly represent us are actually using their offices for their own personal gain or re-election.  And,  by giving themselves a pay raise so soon after an election, they are quite sure that their greed will be forgotten by the next election.  They are probably right.   

It is a sad commentary on our legislators when we, the American public, are little safer than chickens in a henhouse, clucking loudly as the fox approaches.  We have little protection from their predations and little hope for the future.  Maybe it is time to bring out the hounds from hell to drive those foxes away!

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
Posted: 12/17/08 05:41 PM [ET]
A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.