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

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    couldn't POSSIBLY be that you think he's a liar because hes with the GOP, now COULD it
    While I can't speak for pbrauer, I think he's a liar because he's a politician. Although to be fair, he never actually said he would be willing to take a cut, simply made the argument for why he shouldn't have to take a cut.
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    I think all politicians should go unpaid until the budget in balanced and there is money left over to pay them.
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    side note:

    I should think many of you would be thrilled that a politician in DC was having the same troubles making ends meet some of us do. Instead of a fat cat, rich spoiled brat, there's a regular joe with money issues in DC.

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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.
    The politicans that called for and passed a bill calling for public employees to contribute more to their health care and pensions will be covered by the exact same requirements. The politicans too will have to pay more.

    PolitiFact | Fitzgerald: Wisconsin legislators would have to give up the same amount of pay as other state employees

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

    Quote Originally Posted by buck View Post
    The politicans that called for and passed a bill calling for public employees to contribute more to their health care and pensions will be covered by the exact same requirements. The politicans too will have to pay more.

    PolitiFact | Fitzgerald: Wisconsin legislators would have to give up the same amount of pay as other state employees
    Dirty Republican bastards! How DARE they put themselves under the same draconian restrictions they foist on those poor, poor other employees.



    Oh... wait. That's a good thing, right?

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

    If a Democrat had made this statement, the Libbos would be on here saying,

    "See? See? 174 grand ain't no money!". Thereby suddenly making people who make 80 grand a year, poor and in need of government assistance.

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

    I can't believe none of you have heard of expense accounts. I always had a new truck courtesy of mileage allowance.

    I don't know where the congressman's district is located, but the mileage between Madison, Wi. and D.C. is 846 miles. He is allowed .71 cents per mile times 64 plus 10%. That comes to a little over $42,000. According to Expedia today, a round-trip on Delta, between Madison and D.C. is $420. Obviously that's 100 trips a year.

    A sum for travel based on the following formula: 64 times the rate per mile multiplied by the mileage between Washington, DC, and the furthest point in a member’s district, plus 10%.

    http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=%270E%2C*PL[%3D%23P%20%20%0A
    Congressmen get a $3,000 tax deduction for housing, but with a little creative accounting with their MRA, I'm sure they could find a little help with that.
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    In calendar year 2010, the members’ representational allowances range from $1,428,395 to $1,759,575 with an average MRA of $1,522,114.
    And some cry about teachers salary...LOL
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by BWG View Post
    I can't believe none of you have heard of expense accounts. I always had a new truck courtesy of mileage allowance.

    I don't know where the congressman's district is located, but the mileage between Madison, Wi. and D.C. is 846 miles. He is allowed .71 cents per mile times 64 plus 10%. That comes to a little over $42,000. According to Expedia today, a round-trip on Delta, between Madison and D.C. is $420. Obviously that's 100 trips a year.



    Congressmen get a $3,000 tax deduction for housing, but with a little creative accounting with their MRA, I'm sure they could find a little help with that.


    And some cry about teachers salary...LOL
    from your link...

    Second, the report provides information on allowances available to Representatives and Senators to support them in their official and representational duties as members. These allowances cover official office expenses, staff, mail, and other goods and services.
    Which of those would trips home or living expenses count as, in your opinion?

    also from your link...
    The MRA also is available to pay ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in support of official and representational duties to the district from which a member has been elected. The official office expenses allowance component of the MRA varies for each member.
    THis is where the mileage allowance comes in. Notice it's for 'ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in support of official and representational duties'....NOT for travel back and forth to see the family and such.
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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****!!!
    I think congress did take a 5% budget cut right after the 2010 election, didn't they?
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    Re: GOP Rep: I'm 'Struggling' On My $174K Salary (VIDEO)

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    from your link...



    Which of those would trips home or living expenses count as, in your opinion?

    also from your link...

    THis is where the mileage allowance comes in. Notice it's for 'ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in support of official and representational duties'....NOT for travel back and forth to see the family and such.
    The office expenses and mail allowances components vary from member to member due to variations in the distance between a member’s district and Washington, DC, for the mileage allowance, cost of office space in his or her district for the space allowance, and number of non-business addresses in his or her district for the mail allowance.
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