Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Congressional Givebacks

It really annoyed me yesterday that there was a big fuss over Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., introducing a bill last week to cut pay for members of Congress by 5 percent, when Congressman Ron Paul has been giving back money to the Treasury for years, and hardly a word is said about it.

How about none of these Congressional Representatives get a dime as long as we have a deficit?

The current salary for a member of Congress is $174,000. Leaders earn more.

Kirkpatrick's office estimates the proposal, which if passed would take effect at the beginning of 2011, would save $4.66 million a year. Though it's slight compared with the $12.5 trillion debt, Kirkpatrick, who supported the $1 trillion health insurance overhaul, argued that it's hard to justify pay increases.

"The last time Congress took a cut in pay was 77 years ago. I don't know anyone who has not had a pay cut in 77 years," she said.

So far, 21 lawmakers -- Democrats and Republicans -- have signed on as co-sponsors. It's being considered by two House committees.

Wow... Kirkpatrick is giving a whole 5% of her pay to the Treasury....

While I find the move by Rep. Kirkpatrick refreshing and wonderful, not one mention was given at all to the fact that Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, just returned $100,000 from his Congressional office back to the Treasury.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ron Paul has continued to run his Congressional office in a frugal manner, and was able to return more than $100,000 from his allotted office budget to the Treasury this year, an increase over the $90,000 returned last year.

“Since my first year in Congress representing the 14th district I have managed my office in a frugal manner, instructing staff to provide the greatest possible service to the people of the 14th district at the least possible cost to taxpayers,” said Paul.

Laugh at him and say what you want about "the kook" Ron Paul and his followers... but this is the type of Congressional integrity that we are in dire need of.

As for Kirkpatrick, let's hope this is not just some sort of stunt to try to garner votes to save her from the November 2010 Democrat bloodbath, especially as she is a supporter of the budget busting Obama healthcare overhaul.