Wednesday, January 9, 2008

In A Show Of True Bipartisanship Congress Has Given Itself A Pay Raise Without Anybody Casting A Vote

Well, Congressmen know how to take care of themselves. It seems they will all receive $4000.00 raises this year. According to the AP the raises were quietly accomplished via a complicated COLA process linked on raises given to senior civil servants.

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, a leading critic of the COLA process, said in an interview that he's not proposing that members of Congress never get a pay raise. But he said that, in a time of budget deficits when many people are undergoing economic hardships, "at least we ought to have an up-and-down vote on it. The whole process appears so secretive."
Barack Obama is right. A spirit of true bipartisanship exists on issues of real importance. On a related topic will you receive a raise this year?