Thursday, June 14, 2007
Is The Leadership In This Country Getting Too Much Money?
Okay, I believe that people should be paid for what they do. I believe that the American worker, in many cases, is not receiving what they should for what they do. That would be because the private sector believes in profits for themselves and not for their employees. Now, that is not true of all companies but it is true for many of them.
On the other hand, it seems that the country's top lawmakers, who by the way, decide their own salaries (that is the way to go, don't you think? Oh yes, I do need another raise. Do you? No, of course not. Why do you ask?). What a great deal. They can choose a number and are paid that number.
For instance, our top Dems are getting paid handsomely though they do not need it in any way. In 2006, Pelosi and Reid got salaries of $183,500 as the minority leaders in the House and Senate. Not too bad there. Ah but then.....Pelosi married a millionaire who is that many times. Reid has gold mine claims in Nevada.
Then, the Republicans are not destitute either. Minority leader in the senate, Mitch McConnell holds property in D.C. of $1-$5 million. Of course, a large portion of the family assets come from our Labor Sec., his wife, Elaine Chao who holds investments that total $850,000-$1.9 million as well. Nice family plan. The House Republican leader, John Boehner, shows assets of $1 million to $5 million in the retirement plan of a plastics company he ran.
My question then becomes WHY DO THEY TAKE A SALARY AT ALL? Do they actually think we believe they need this? The jobs they have do are not for the purpose of gaining wealth, that's for sure. It's all about the politics so why take the money?
How about this. All of those who are currently in the congress that do not have to have the salary donate it to whatever charity that gives them the most satisfaction...that is, outside of themselves. They seem to be the rich getting richer while the rest of us have to scrape along. No, I am not jealous of their money. I am unhappy that they choose to take money when they obviously do not need it when the country could use all the money it can get to back the troops and other dire needs.
Edited on: Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:48 PM
Categories: Are You Serious?