"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
I think this is one thing we can all agree on. They're all rich, they don't need that money. We do!
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
As unpopular as I know this opinion is, I vote no. The salaries are already usually a lot less than they would make in the private sector. Some of them leave jobs making millions a year. All of them could retire and make millions in the private sector easily just because they are former congresspeople. So I don't think cutting the salaries would really affect most of them and it certainly wouldn't save much money on the scale of the deficit. But, I think it might make it harder for non-super-rich people to run for Congress. They need to get a second home in DC, they accumulate a lot of little expenses you wouldn't think of going to like dinners for charities and whatnot and even just buying a ton of expensive suits and whanot. If a regular person decided to run for Congress they would need to blow their entire life savings on the campaign, then they need to get a second house in DC and all that... I dunno. I definitely understand and share the desire to hold them personally responsible for their inability to work this out. But, at the same time, if they cut it now, the salaries will stay cut forever probably and that might exclude normal people from office. IMO the fact that almost everybody in Congress was superwealthy before they got there is a big problem.
Its public service. Lets treat as such and demand they actually do it as a service, not a job.
Since that won't happen I guess I can live with a cut. *sigh*