March 15, 2009 Update – Here we go again. The US House and Senate have graciously, no generously agreed to give up thier pay raise. Lawmakers were knocking each other over to get “mic” time to show their great leadership. Unfortunately, the raise that they agreed was not due until 2010. They will accept the raise this year. This is a quote from Bloomberg News (Sorry, but I could not find the link):
“Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat, accused Vitter of ‘playing politics’ with his proposal (to eliminate all congressional pay raises). Inouye said, “Most Americans have a healthy understanding of the difference between a pay raise and a pay adjustment based on inflation.”
You decide whether these folks are just out of touch or just arogant. I lean toward the later assessment.
You may read the original posting here.