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Dem Rep to Obama: We Really Shouldn’t Be Getting a Raise. Do our politicians deserve a raise or a kick

☆astac☆~PWCM 2013/01/01 19:26:34
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Last week President Obama signed an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, meaning that some federal workers like Vice President Biden, the Supreme Court and yes, members of Congress—will be getting a raise. The amounts—though varied—weren’t too significant in the grand scheme of things but it was the principle and timing of the matter that was troubling.

Now, The Weekly Standard is reporting that John Barrow (D-Ga), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, is moving to block the pay increase:

The move, led by John Barrow of Georgia, is to prevent the pay increase that Obama issued through an executive order from going into effect.

"At a time when American families face real hardship, it would be irresponsible to allow Congressional pay to increase," says Barrow in a statement. "Too many families face uncertainty in the New Year for Congress to get a bonus. Folks expect us to be looking out for them, not ourselves, and we should be working to lower taxes, cut spending, and get our nation's debt under control. Congress should get to work, and I urge the House leadership to do anything and everything possible to stop this pay increase for Members of Congress right away."

Barrow's office explains: "The Executive Order called for a pay increase for Members of Congress and other elected officials of 0.5 percent after March 27, 2013. During tonight's votes, Congressman Barrow will urge his colleagues to sign his letter to House Leadership urging them to bring legislation to the floor to block the pay increase."

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  • Wulfdane 2013/01/01 20:33:36 (edited)
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    Wulfdane
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    Putting aside the fact these lazy bastards in Congress deserve a *pay cut*, this pay raise is unconstitutional.

    The President has no authority issue pay raises through executive order, it is an illegal pay raise. The Constitution makes it clear that only Congress can authorize themselves a pay raise *and* such pay raises cannot take effect until the next term.

    Spending is an enumerated power belonging only to Congress, it is disgusting that neither party is fighting this.

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  • Woof 2013/01/17 21:16:57 (edited)
    A kick
    Woof
    Out. They, on the left haven't made a budget, Obama has no desire to fix it but continues to fan the flames while pointing at the republicans. The right has no understanding of how to battle the progressives because the progressives own the main stream media and can lie with their ignorant parrots echoing his every slogan . Pathetic, like hitler rolling in on the Czech republic at the brink of WWll. Albert
  • wtw 2013/01/03 04:26:51
    A kick
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    +1
    Obama is a failure at everything and refuses to actually cut spending! The last people that need a raise is congress!
  • dominic garcia 2013/01/02 16:38:35 (edited)
    Undecided
    dominic garcia
    +1
    Neither! Our politicians need to work on fixing America, they don't deserve an extra penny! We are broke! If anything they should gets cuts, for their ineptness! Borrowing so much money and squandering it has been their greatest sin!!!
  • Racefish 2013/01/02 15:32:39
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    Racefish
    +1
    At least one Democrat understands reality.
  • Bevos 2013/01/02 14:37:37
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    Bevos
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    NO PAY RAISES to ANYBODY that can't do their job. And OUR CONGRESS has NOT been doing their job for a LONG time!!!
  • Seonag 2013/01/02 13:32:17
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    Seonag
    +1
    AND a pay cut! I wouldn't be surprised to hear some of them ask for 'Holiday Double Time' for having to work New Years Eve and Day because they FAILED to do their jobs earlier in the year!

    The Congress has got to grow a pair and put a stop to the Obama ruling by executive order.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/02 12:22:37
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    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    obaaaama is really an idiot. He doesn't care what anyone thinks or what the consequences of his actions are. He would happily ruin this country for his agenda.
  • Bevos Torchma... 2013/01/02 14:34:56
    Bevos
    +1
    He IS ruining this Country!!!
  • Slayer Tudd 2013/01/02 09:13:35
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    Slayer Tudd
    +1
    Kick the usurper who apparently for the first time used an EXECUTIVE ORDER to initiate a pay increase...wtf! If politicians are brave enough on the hill to protest this I say good on em! Next I suppose Obama will issue an Executive Order to pull his pants down and show his obuttplug on national television 5 nights a week. It is so seriously time for a flat out regime change in the US.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2013/01/02 07:02:35
    A kick
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +2
    Kick to the curb.
  • kaZappoo 2013/01/02 04:29:09
    A kick
    kaZappoo
    +1
    and a 50% salary cut & 100% hike in their benefits pkgs ( which they get for 100.00 $ mo premiums ) for 4 yrs ...then no pensions till after 20 yrs service .we'll see how many dedicated ones are left in 4 yrs . and how many run for offices next !
  • Spy Master 2013/01/02 02:16:43
    A kick
    Spy Master
    +2
    a raise for what?
    for tearing the country apart?
    damnedest thing I've ever seen
  • kaZappoo Spy Master 2013/01/02 04:32:10
    kaZappoo
    +2
    show's the intent of obie " and this before his inaguration ,, the furher in training !

    too bad these fools arent subject to probationary periods for 1 yr .
  • Beccy 2013/01/01 23:21:05
    A kick
    Beccy
    +3
    They have showed us just how much we don't matter when they didn't pass something last night
  • Risk 2013/01/01 22:30:26 (edited)
    A kick
    Risk
    +4
    Like giving a thief a paycheck to steal from you. If you hired someone to clean your garage and he did a very poor job and on top of that he took some of your tools, would you feel he deserved a raise ? ? ?



    Damn country gone nuts !
  • kaZappoo Risk 2013/01/02 04:34:27
    kaZappoo
    +3
    and to think the newest / next generation is getting the mind set that this behavour is not only acceptable but promoted !

    now wonder the country is in shambles !
  • Rebel [SHP] 2013/01/01 22:06:38
    A kick
    Rebel [SHP]
  • Bill 2013/01/01 20:59:05
    A kick
    Bill
    +2
    Most of them need to be kicked........to the curb! Our reps have become arrogant and self absorbed and out of touch with the American people who voted them into office.
  • kaZappoo Bill 2013/01/02 04:37:27
    kaZappoo
    +1
    yeah and in Idaho " CRAPO " a good mormon BUSTED FOR DUI .. shows an example for ya ,,,!

    they get this mind set there all above the law !

    I hope he's kicked to the curb as well ,,in virginia "dui is a felony " and felons cannot hold public office !
  • Wulfdane 2013/01/01 20:33:36 (edited)
    Undecided
    Wulfdane
    +6
    Putting aside the fact these lazy bastards in Congress deserve a *pay cut*, this pay raise is unconstitutional.

    The President has no authority issue pay raises through executive order, it is an illegal pay raise. The Constitution makes it clear that only Congress can authorize themselves a pay raise *and* such pay raises cannot take effect until the next term.

    Spending is an enumerated power belonging only to Congress, it is disgusting that neither party is fighting this.
  • Ron in ... Wulfdane 2013/01/01 20:49:38
    Ron in Oregon
    +2
    A very interesting true fact.
    Thanks for the catch that i did not see.
  • kaZappoo Wulfdane 2013/01/02 04:40:05
    kaZappoo
    +2
    I knew this ,,but as you mentioned ..none have made that fact public ..

    talk about a tyrant in training ,,obie the furher !
  • none 2013/01/01 20:19:38
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    none
    +1
    You get a raise for good job performance and Congress does not do their job at all.
  • Matt 2013/01/01 20:18:38
    A kick
    Matt
    +1
    Politicians have no shame.

    politicians have no shame
  • kaZappoo Matt 2013/01/02 04:42:59
    kaZappoo
    +2
    havent had any in 40 yrs ( and havent been called on it so ?) ..and likely never again will posess any integrity ever again so long as 51% are sheeples !
  • gimini210 2013/01/01 20:00:13
    Undecided
    gimini210
    +2
    I think Obama is so out of touch with Americans there is no way he could understand how offensive it is to hear he gave a EO to give federal employees a pay raise when most of us have seen cuts in pay, hours and or no job at all. Our nation is over 16 trillion in debt and congress already gets kickbacks from lobbyists and insider trading. They have ensured they get the best health care coverage while ours goes down, they have spent 4 years doing nothing but spend, spend, spend. Really, what they all need is fired, all benefits removed and to be forced to live on unemployment with our insurances.
  • beachbum 2013/01/01 19:48:22
    A kick
    beachbum
    +1
    A kick and a pay cut.
  • Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy 2013/01/01 19:43:38
    A kick
    Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy
    +3
    Politicians are very efficient money-wasters
  • Mel 2013/01/01 19:42:28
    Undecided
    Mel
    +1
    I think John Barrow was right
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2013/01/01 19:39:14
    A kick
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    +1
    Realistically, once voted into congress, government salary isn't your only source of income. Most of it is questionable, but we turn a blind eye to that. BUT, even if these dudes were saints, THIS isn't the right time to dole out raises!! A large number of Americans won't get a raise because they don't have JOBS! So, uh, what is this? Let's kick them while they're down?

    The government is pretending that their 'debt' is unlike a taxpayers personal 'debt;. Well it isn't! Same rules apply. Cut whatever you can at any cost!!! There's no other way!!
  • jgh57 2013/01/01 19:38:43
    A kick
    jgh57
  • Hamilton 2013/01/01 19:36:45
    Undecided
    Hamilton
    +2
    No one deserves a raise, but only some deserve a kick.
  • JT For Political Reform 2013/01/01 19:31:49
    A kick
    JT For Political Reform
    +2
    You know how it all goes....f*ck up and move up. Seen it way too many times in my lifetime.
  • Mr Chin 2013/01/01 19:31:02 (edited)
    A kick
    Mr Chin
    +2
    Politicians are the most effective ((wasters of money)) in the world. And no way should they get a raise. People are fed up with politicians right now.
    Running a shrimp on a treadmill cost 500,000 dollars by the way.
    running shrimp gif
  • ☆astac☆~PWCM 2013/01/01 19:29:08
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    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +2
    What have they done to deserve a raise

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