Skip to comments.Moran: Members Canít Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)
Posted on 04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT by Libloather
Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.
Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.
I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid, Moran told CQ Roll Call. I understand that its widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.rollcall.com ...
I’ve got a better idea. Take an old building on a military base in the area and convert it into a barracks facility for members of Congress. Let them live there free of charge while they’re in Washington doing the business of the people who elect them.
If I had my way, these bastards would be locked up in an old WWII style army barracks like I lived in when I entered back in 1968.
When the sessions are over, round their butts up and transport them to the chow hall in those semi-trailer cattle cars I’ve seen the Marines use, and then to the barracks and put under lock and key for the night. Then Rinse, Repeat as necessary.
Oops, didn’t see yours, but great minds think alike!
I’d be in favor of some appropriate townhouses being constructed at Fort Belvoir or similar.
The real problem here is that the burgeoning Federal monster has made living in DC quite expensive. Cut back on the Federal beast, and the problem goes away.
If you think you are underpaid, leave Congress and go work in the private sector. Nobody is forcing you to stay in Congress.
LOL. You’re right!
Fight the Free Sh☭t Nation
Among the Articles, Sections, clauses, and amendments to the constitution that are ignored by Rome-on-the-Potomac, is the XXVII Amendment:
“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”
They are EXEMPT and above all true Law.
And ... they ignored the destruction of America
by al Qaeda and Obama-the-Fraud.
Dormitory. This has been my idea for years. It’s a temporary assignment. Why let them get too comfortable?
I could swear they consistently brag about being public servants.....
I never hear them say employees.
Quit and get a real job Moran.
Amen to that!
Shorten the sessions, and let Congresscriters live at home where they belong. If DC is too expensive for our representatives, move the whole show elsewhere. In this age of the internet, what is the point of having that vile gaggle of elites dumping BS together? They could do conference calls.
Jim Moron wants you to think that the base salary is all they get. It’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Congressional Salaries and Allowances
He’s retiring after this term, thank God. Unfortunately for those of us who live in his district, the next fool is likely to be worse.
His retirement is the reason he was chosen to speak out about a raise.
Wow, Gaffer! That picture brings back some very unpleasant memories...the chow line, the cattle car trailers (especially to range for night firing).
But, all in all, not a bad experience when taken in its totality.
This is a very good idea for the fedgov elected elites, IMO. The founders never envisioned a full time Congress, and THAT would be a great thing.
Stay safe and FRee, Gaffer.
<>You keep quoting that pesky Constitution-thingy.<>
Yeah, a reflection of my misspent youth.
If the job’s important to you, get another job to make ends meet.
No one has a gun to your head to run for office.
I suggest building a dormitory for the bastards; and regarding the people who live in DC and worry about not having representative gov’t — no one has a gun to your head to live in DC. The town should have NO permanent residents, just hotels and B&Bs for tourists (and demostrators), dormitories for the elected, and embassies.
LOL- I've ridden in those. Yep, we called them 'Cattle Cars'.
"A-hole to bellybutton there distinguished ladies and gentlemen, a-hole to bellybutton". (We got packed in so tight that it would've been hard to fall down).
Is that possible?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Moran’s district is suburban D.C. That means he doesn’t need a second home in the district; all he does is commute like any other civil servant. So why is he complaining about his salary?
If the salary is not enough, then the should relinquish it in exchange for section 8 housing, food stamps, an Obama phone, and all of the other goodies the entitlement crowd takes. Let them live the life of ‘equality’ that they so espouse, including enrollment in Obamacare.
They used to use these at Parris Island, but I remember seeing these all the time when I was at Kadena in 69.
I worked comms at the air terminal and we’d get contracted commercial airflights of Army and Marine Corps troops in and they’d be transferred to these to go to jungle training on the island - then to Viet Nam.
Also would see the troops filtering back from Viet Nam brought in on C-130s, etc. and then put in them again to be taken to get cleaned up and sent back home. I’m a Georgia boy, and I never thought I’d see that red Georgia clay outside the state, but I saw plenty of it from those troops coming back from there.
It was caked on many them; dirty sweaty, tired, their boots worn and flattened - yet there was a broad smile on all their faces just glad to get back to the world (or on the way to it).
Of course that recent reversal of the ban on 'insider trading' probably did not hurt this trend. Add to it the perks, connections and retirements along with the prestige and isn't it interesting how so many spend so much to be so poor?
They really do believe they're the bosses of the rest of us, not our servants. Sometimes they just can't help but show their true feelings.
I agree, great idea
If you are dissatisfied with your position, I suggest you seek employment elsewhere.
The fact is that this is a band of thieves who, without authority, are attempting to seize control over the largest economic entity in the world.
How about a Murphy Bed in the office?
How about a prison......
Exactly! And they better hope we, the people, don’t progress their living quarters to prison or worse.
More the reason to cause the Congress Critters to tele-commute from their home office. While not an original idea, it seems its time has come. Ith modern internet programs that allow online meetings and full interactions, these representatives of the people could perform from locations where the people, their bosses, could watch thems and supervise them and do it for 1/10th the cost.
Why do you want to feed them? Let them farm and feed themselves. It would be a real education for them.
You beat me to it. A fantastic idea. Also, John Q. Citizen could log on and monitor much of the proceedings. Might not be much to observe at first but it sure would inform John Q. as to what the members of House and Senate are doing or not doing.
> “but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world”
And he can’t figure out how to live on $174,000.
tsk,tsk. Moran wants to further wealth inequality. After all, how many poor people in DC even get $174,000?
Oh, yes. If you live in VA-8, I’m afraid we ain’t seen nothing yet. Look at the declared candidates.
Sadly, there’s almost no chance this will go anywhere but further left
I like your idea. Especially the repeal part. Lets start by repealing them this November. Repeal the whole bunch.
In the late 1950’s and early 1960s, the Greenbrier was remodeled to add a wing that would house all of the U.S. Congress and other officials of the government in an underground bunker. This command and control bunker was to run the United States from in case of an attack by the Soviet Union.
The bunker is still there and waiting for our Congresscritter bigwigs. Although the bunker was decommissioned in 1992 after its presence was leaked, it still remains ready for occupancy. Therefore, make all the Congress use what the taxpayers bought for them; make them stay there while in-session. Make them conduct all their business away from DC and at the Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier Resort
300 West Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
It’s DC, let them live in public housing. Most of these folks believe in big government, let them enjoy the product of big government.
At $174,000 plus what they can expense out they aren’t underpaid.
The median household income in Fairfax County, VA is $103,000.
Let them live in the burbs and commute like the proles they steal from.
Many working taxpayers who commute back and forth all the way from West Virginia to DC for work every day can only dream of making $174,000 a year.
Move the Senate and House to places like Detroit and Dearbornistan.
I guarantee they would accomplish a lot more in a much shorter time and they wouldn’t be lingering around to attend elitist parties.
Two retorts spring immediately to mind. One is that they aren't decent any where so why should DC be any different?
The second is what Nero said when he completed Domus Aurea "At last I am beginning to be housed like a human being."
The Congresscritters might want to take note of his end as a warning.
Well that’s part of the provlem-nobody asked them to take over a large percentage of what should be private sector responsibilities and run them.
Most congresspersons should be getting free housing...in a prison. If they are paid so little, how do they all become multimillionaires?????