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If You Had Control Would YOU Cut Your Salary?

As part of last Summer’s debt ceiling compromise The White House has released its report on the sequestration.

Under the deal, if Congress fails to agree on and enact $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, it would trigger an automatic across-the-board reduction in spending.

But don’t worry about your dedicated and loyal representatives in Washington. Pay for members of the House and Senate will NOT be heading over the same “fiscal cliff” as their personnel and employees.

For nearly EVERY government office, salaries for employees will be cut. One example? The budgets for the Capitol Police and court security face an 8.2 percent cut.

Normal folks, like you and me, have suggested Congress look at their own fat pay checks as a place to cut spending.

After effectively giving themselves a raise a few months ago Congress has explained why a cut just can’t be done right now.

You see, they say, there’s this pesky little Amendment to the US Constitution (#27) that says that one Congress (us) cannot pass a law that affects the pay of a future Congress.

What? Really?

Amendment XXVII
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.
Originally proposed Sept. 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992.

This means the 27th Amendment prohibits members of Congress from changing their compensation until after the next election.

Isn’t this a perpetual excuse? I hear a can being kicked.

The very people who voted to put these automatic spending cuts in place, won’t see ANY change to their annual salary of $174,000.

Ironically, some tea party-backed lawmakers who campaigned on slashing federal spending are reluctant to give up their own pay.

Ironically, one of the biggest opponents of Congress cutting its pay is Nancy Pelosi – one of the wealthiest members.

America; The land of milk and honey. And working as a public servant and being able to afford both the milk and the honey.


  1. Sounds too me like THE SOCIALIST on this page are placing this all on the REPUBLICANS/ Tea Party?
    Get a Life you Communistic Swine!
    When the SUN is out, EVERYONE Gets the Heat, NOT just a selected Few!
    Over 95% of the current Politicians, Are as Crooked as a Side-winder, And Twice as Deadly, when backed into a corner.
    All the writer of this Story is interested in ,” Is shifting the Blame once again for his Lord & Master ” OBAMA “.
    If Only we could weed out these; Muslims,Socialist, Communist, & Disloyal AMERICAN’S, Then our Nation Would be on the Road to recovery, Once again!
    But First we would Need to Return to The GOLD STANDARD That made our COUNTRY GREAT in the First Place! Second, STOP Throwing Out Good Money after Bad, Over Seas!, Keep the Wealth Here at Home, & Help ONLY a Selected FEW Over Seas! Place a LAW, FOR EVERYONE! NO OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS! EFFECTED FROM THE PRESIDENT down to the HOMELESS!
    Sounds Harsh? Until you look at the Alternative, Like the ROAD too Destruction that we are Currently on!
    RE-BOOT NOW or DAS-BOOT in the Future, The Choice is YOURS?!?

  2. Amendment 27 states “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.” As I see it the current Congress IS the current Congress and NOT a future Congress! Changes are being made BY a current Congress TO a current Congress and not to a future Congress. Otherwise as Tim Young has alluded to, we have a financial perpetual motion machine here, whereby there can never be any changes made by the sitting Congress as they would supposedly affect any future Congress! Even if that were the case, which it isn’t, why couldn’t any member of our Congress voluntarily choose to reduce his or her salary as a good faith gesture to their constituents? I don’t personally know of any other occupation which is able to vote its own pay increases and takes the cowardly avenue of asking for “ayes and nays” so no one has to publicly indicate that they said yes to yet another insult to the American public!

  3. I think that every member of congress should have their finances scrutinized, and those that have made financial gains due to their political position. should have their wealth taken and distributed to reduce the national debt that they were responsible for. They may only received $174.000 in salary but career politicians have access to all kinds of back door deals and insider information that the general public does not. This is the reason that we need term limits. Every bill needs to stand on its own with no “Pork” allowed in any bill. How each and every congressman/woman voted on every bill easily found by the citizens so they can make an informed decision on whether this person is really representing them.

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