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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    If I am not mistaken

    The airfare is covered by the government and so would be the rental of a home in DC.
    you are mistaken.

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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Any politican of either party gets paid more than the average person. This is people wanting everyone to get the same wages no matter if they are a ditchdigger or a CEO. Gotta spread the wealth ya know.
    I think the point being made is that those calling for cuts in the salaries of government employees refuse to even considering cutting their own salaries.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    I wonder what it took for him to get there? I bet he wasn't a HS drop out.
    No, just a reality T.V. star on "Real World Boston." Although to be fair he does have a Marketing degree and a law degree. But the average salary for someone with a law degree is less than half what he makes now as a politician.

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    you are mistaken.
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    I'd love to swap incomes with him, and then see if he complains about $174K.

    You seem to be complaining about your income. I bet someone would be willing to swap with you too.
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBook View Post
    you are mistaken
    Care for proof?
    ARe you saying you have proof the govenrment pays for housing for congressmen and senators, or asking me for proof they don't?

    http://dcist.com/2009/01/even_member...think_dc_h.php
    Think Progress yesterday followed up on an ABC story and Politico scoop from November about Chaffetz, a freshman representative from Utah who will shun a temporary apartment in Washington and opt instead for living in his Longworth office. (Chaffetz first came to our attention with his strident opposition to legislation that would grant both D.C. and Utah an additional seat in the House.) According to the ABC report, Chaffetz isn't a fiscal conservative just in theory, but also in practice. "I'm trying to live the example that it doesn't take big dollars in order to get where we want to go," Chaffetz said. "I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that's maybe a little bit more comfortable." He's apparently not alone -- 40 other members of the House are said to live where they work.

    We've long known that the District and the surrounding area aren't terribly affordable, especially when it comes to finding a good one-bedroom apartment. (What about a group house, Rep. Chaffetz? Rep. George Miller, Rep. Bill Delahunt, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Charles Schumer share a particularly infamous one on the Hill.) And we do respect Chaffetz for not being like the many other members of Congress who have bought homes in the District and illegally taken advantage of a local homestead tax exemption.
    I also saw mentions of a $3,000 annual housing allowance tax deductuion for congressmen (nothing seen about senators). However, that's about $250/month. Can you find a place in DC for $250/month?
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Hmmm. Did anyone force him to take the job??
    Not many, but some become politicans because they think they can make a difference. We don't know how much money they would make if they chose to stay in the private sector.
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBook View Post
    I think the point being made is that those calling for cuts in the salaries of government employees refuse to even considering cutting their own salaries.





    GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO) | TPMDC
    I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high on the hog, I've got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I'm not living high on the hog.
    Duffy also said that he pays more in health care costs and retirement savings than he did when he was a district attorney before he ran for Congress. That said, Duffy said he'd support the idea of "public employees across the board" taking a compensation cut.
    "Let's all join hands together and say 'I'll take a pay decrease, absolutely," Duffy said.
    A Duffy spokesperson told TPM that Democrats are trying to make the salary line into a partisan shot.
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high on the hog, I've got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I'm not living high on the hog.
    Duffy also said that he pays more in health care costs and retirement savings than he did when he was a district attorney before he ran for Congress. That said, Duffy said he'd support the idea of "public employees across the board" taking a compensation cut.
    "Let's all join hands together and say 'I'll take a pay decrease, absolutely," Duffy said.
    A Duffy spokesperson told TPM that Democrats are trying to make the salary line into a partisan shot.
    That's great rhetoric for Duffy to make, however there is little chance he or any member of Congress will take a cut. Can you say bull****!!!

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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    That's great rhetoric for Duffy to make, however there is little chance he or any member of Congress will take a cut. Can you say bull****!!!
    Personally, I think he probably makes a little too low, but I can't say I have sympathy for his "struggling"

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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    That's great rhetoric for Duffy to make, however there is little chance he or any member of Congress will take a cut. Can you say bull****!!!
    couldn't POSSIBLY be that you think he's a liar because hes with the GOP, now COULD it

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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    That's great rhetoric for Duffy to make, however there is little chance he or any member of Congress will take a cut. Can you say bull****!!!
    You'll like this one PB...

    Another Pay Raise For Congress | Judicial Watch
    At least one well-known politician—Alaska Governor Sarah Palin—refused her pay raise, even though it was recommended by a state compensation commission. The commission wants to increase the Republican governor’s salary from $125,000 to $150,000 and also give raises to the lieutenant governor, department heads and legislators

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