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Congress proves its recession-proof
By Howie Carr | Friday, December 19, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Will you be getting a pay raise next year? No, I didnt think so. Well, guess who will be getting a little something extra in their direct deposits in a couple of weeks? The U.S. Congress - all 535 of those sticky-fingered windbags.
Merry Christmas from the taxpayers.
This is not a joke. Thanks for the subprime mortgage crisis, Barney Frank! Heres your bonus for tanking the economy - another $4,700, on top of the $169,300 you were already making.
Ho-ho-ho, and Im not referring to Barneys former live-in heartthrob, Hot Bottom.
Isnt it odd that this Yuletide pay grab is generating so little press? I spotted it yesterday on The Hill Web site, under the headline, With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise. These same statesmen have been railing against Detroits Big 3 CEOs, demanding they take a dollar a year. Yet somehow its OK for them to chow down for another heaping helping at the public trough.
And our delegation includes a couple of double-dippers - career hacks who are drawing both a congressional paycheck and a monthly kiss in the mail from the State Retirement Board.
Come on down U.S. Rep. Bilk, I mean Bill Delahunt of Quincy. As the ex-Norfolk district attorney, Delahunt has been getting a state pension check since January 1997 - currently $4,801.98 a month. That comes to $57,623.76 a year.
Then theres Rep. John Olver of Amherst. Before he went to Beacon Hill and had his mind, such as it is, kidnapped by Billy Bulger, he was a professor at UMass. Olvers been on the state dole since November 1992, and currently collects $2,263.21 a month, which works out to $27,158 per annum.
Nice work if you can get it. Every year a handful of congressmen tries to freeze the law that gives them this annual pay hike. The co-sponsors are usually reps from marginal districts. Once theyre safely re-elected a couple of times, they forget about reform. This year, according to The Hill, the pay freeze bill had 34 sponsors in the House - 8 percent of the members. Im sure there would have been even fewer if the solons had thought it was a serious proposal, which of course it wasnt.
They think theyre entitled, of course. After all, they could be making a lot more in the Dreaded Private Sector, right? Actually, well have to take their word for that, because so few of them have ever actually had a real job in the DPS. Barney Frank? Youre kidding, right? Fast Eddie Markey? Stop, youre killing me.
The nearest thing we have to a mogul among our delegation is Sen. John Liveshot Kerry, and Im not referring to his impressive credentials in the gigolo industry, but to his brief stint as a titan in the chocolate-chip cookie industry in Quincy Market.
First the Legislature gets a pay raise, and now Congress. What recession? Ho-ho-ho.
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