Skip to comments.Report: Phil Gingrey gripes $172K salary
Posted on 09/19/2013 3:58:31 PM PDT by Southern by Grace
In an argument against a special exemption allowing Hill staffers to buy health insurance, one lawmaker said hes stuck making $172,000 a year, while aides will go on to make in big bucks lobbying on K Street, according to a report.
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If life is so rough for you the QUIT and find you a real job that doesn't involve living off the working taxpayers.
Remember insider trading is not a crime for Con-gress Critters. Wonder how you brokerage account is doing?
Seen any fine interns lately?
Good for him. We need more Congressional reps like him who believe that the law of the land should apply to Congress as well.
He's not complaining about his salary (as Politiho would like you to believe)
Poleftico played up that aspect but he is on the right side of the argument about exempting congress from the law they passed for the rest of us.
$172k isn’t that much in DC where everyone makes that much. Most of them are overpaid IM experience.
I could be more than comfortable on less than a quarter of that, and I live in California. What a p*ssy.
hey STUCK ON STUPID, resign and go become a lobbyist. Simple solution.
He was making the case against congress and staffers getting special exemptions from bammycare and made a remark that while damning out of context was perfectly germane to the politcial a-holes in that room. Two bitchy little staffers took exception to the idea of being treated like the rest of us peons and ran to the RINO fluffers over at the National Review. Polutico then used the NR story as an opportunity to make a political enemey look bad.
Gingrey was comparing Congressional staffer salaries to his, and their opportunity to leverage their position into something better.
The staffers want to be exempted from Obamacare. He doesn't think they should.
It was a poor way to express it, but he was actually arguing AGAINST special treatment for Congress and staff.
Read the article, not just the headline please
Proudly Posting without reading the article since 1999! ;-)
Welcome to Free Republic. I shall look you over for trollish smells.
Is there a single person inside the Beltway that has their head on straight???
Now we are doing class warfare?
Let me lay some facts on the line: $172k isn’t as much money as people think. If you don’t earn that much - I’m sorry. Maybe someday you will.
I earned ~$160k last year. My wife doesn’t work, so that was the total household income. Here’s how LARGE we are living on that HUGE amount of money:
1. I have a 1853 sqft home in South Carolina where the property taxes are less than $1000/year. It’s tiny. Plus, I have my father in law living under the same roof with my wife and two kids. It’s cramped.
2. My wife and I both drive used cars - a Ford F-150 and a Sienna minivan. The cars are paid off, so that’s good, but we don’t drive anything fancy.
3. We went to Disney for vacation. Not Rome or some other exotic location.
4. We don’t have cable television in order to save money.
5. We rarely eat out. With my crazy son, it’s not really possible anyway. If we do decide to go out to dinner and a movie, we’ll easily spend over $100 - $60 for dinner and a drink each, $40 for a sitter, and $20 for the movie.
6. I have a push mower. I usually mow my own lawn but occasionally when work is really busy, I’ll hire a kid to do it. Those kids try to charge $40 for less than 2 hours of work. I have to negotiate them down to $30 or mow it myself.
7. My wife coupons, saving us ~$6k/yr. She also buys a lot of clothes and stuff at Goodwill. She gets a rush from spending $20 on a bag full of clothes for the kids. Other than that, almost all other clothes are bought second-hand, except for my work clothes. Unfortunately, to earn $160k, I have to look like I deserve it or I won’t be taken seriously.
8. I *do* manage to save $10+K per year in my retirement fund, but I often wonder if it is worth it.
When all is said and done, my $160k makes it so we can live very modestly, but without living hand-to-mouth. We aren’t living large. I don’t have a huge house. We watch our spending in order to avoid debt.
That’s about it.
Forget class warfare. When you earn $172k, you’ll suddenly realize that it isn’t all you’d think it would be. You’d be incredibly surprised.
Did this moron forget that he has the power to legislate his own wages while real American incomes have gone down in the past 20 years and all their costs have more than tripled?
Yes, it is easy to be taken in by such spinning, so I understand if you were.
But spinning, it was.
All of it.
Don’t be taken in by Politico spinning. See my message, above.
Dont be taken in by Politico spinning. See my message, above.
That’s good money.
Top 5 percenter in SC by my calcs.
For what they do, $20,000 is too much.
Actually, I work in Charlotte - live just over the border.
Sad that it doesn’t feel special. The mechanics of that amount of money really only change what is going on under the hood. Specifically, I can live without being massively in debt like many of my friends. I suppose I could overextend myself, have a much bigger house, and *appear* richer, but then I’d be in debt like them.
Most of my posts and reply’s never appear as I am on a review status for some undetermined period. Yes I know about Politico and their “balanced” approach to the news.
I just can’t stand any politician who complains about “their” problems. All of which are a holey created by them for them and for their “Johns”. Never for the citizen who elected them.
Like the prof who advocates “killing” NRA members children to the illegal aliens who rape the murder Americans. To the disgusting apologists who want to grant them “citizenship”.
No, I am not now or ever have been a troll.
Thank you as a newbie.
Again, I would suggest that is not what Gingrey did in any sense of the word. Politico spun out of the box, kept spinning his words, out of context and isolated, and added their meaning to his. Read what he actually said, in his words, apart from their spin.
Then, to top it off, they spun even harder for the title.
Every word they write is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'.
BTW, that is typical for FR. Back in the day, when moderation was much looser, we were overwhelmed with Soros-seminar trolls. That has changed since controls were applied. Be patient.
You mean Mr. Spooky dude? The self loathing Jew who turned in his own people to curry the Germans favor?
I was a fifteen year lurker who was ever to busy to find the time to post.
I had too many dependents who always demanded more even though they refused to do anything other than complain that I was not paying them enough. Paying them weekly more than anyone yet never even bothering to appear for work and even demanding that theirs be direct deposited before anyone who did show up cashed their check.
Then threatening if it was even a day late.
Now in retirement, involuntarily as it may be.
Makes you wonder why (mostly) lawyers who could be making twice to ten times as much are so keen on getting elected to these low wage jobs...< /sarc >
Interesting article here:
By choosing to be a single-income household, so my wife can be a full-time mom, I don’t even come in to the top 10% on household income. Individual income, yes. Household, no.
Interesting question: should our gubbermint representatives be “the best and the brightest?” Should they be compensated at a level that would put them well into the top ten percent of household income?
I would argue “yes.”
Even CNBC ran a program illustrating how our legislators make “market crushing” returns on their investments via insider info.
That’s why politicians spend millions campaigning for jobs that pay thousands.
That’s supposing you are being dishonest, I imagine.
What if we hired politicians and *expected* them to be honest? What if you went to Washington? How much should you make to help lead the country? Should you be top 10%? Top 5%? Top 1%? Or should you be expected to be dishonest to make it into the top 5%?
Most folks who get to DC are wealthy before they got there.
So the salary is pretty trivial to most of them.
Similar to folks who are in the cabinet, or WH staff. In reality those salaries are pretty low.
But afterwards they rotate to foundations, think tanks, lobbying groups, Goldman Sachs, etc and make ginormous money.
If you want to read about this in depth, a long time Joe Biden crony got p*ssed off and wrote a book: