View Poll Results: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

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  • $25,000 to $50,000

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  • $50,000 to $75,000

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  • $150,000 to $175,000 (current pay)

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    I really think that how much congress makes is pretty trivial. Pay em 100k a year, and tie their pay to the GDP. If GDP goes up, their pay goes up a like amount. If GDP goes down, so does their pay. Make it automatic, and lets never talk about it again.

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    There's precious few people worth paying over $100k a year, and a congress critter ain't one of them.

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I really think that how much congress makes is pretty trivial. Pay em 100k a year, and tie their pay to the GDP. If GDP goes up, their pay goes up a like amount. If GDP goes down, so does their pay. Make it automatic, and lets never talk about it again.
    But what if they really suck (like now)? If Congress was totally ignoring its responsibilities during a non-election year, I'd want to cut their pay. We should be allowed to have rare special pay ballots that would quickly allow citizens to voice their concerns with their representatives' wallets. If they don't listen to our voices, they will listen to the sound of empty wallets. As for GDP, that doesn't tell the whole story and members of congress who do good jobs during recessions shouldn't get hit for something largely out of their control.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    100% taxed minimum wage during periods of budget deficit or national debt, $300,000 after fiscal 2067.
    Let's figure it out.

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    But what if they really suck (like now)? If Congress was totally ignoring its responsibilities during a non-election year, I'd want to cut their pay. We should be allowed to have rare special pay ballots that would quickly allow citizens to voice their concerns with their representatives' wallets. If they don't listen to our voices, they will listen to the sound of empty wallets. As for GDP, that doesn't tell the whole story and members of congress who do good jobs during recessions shouldn't get hit for something largely out of their control.
    Vote em out if you are unhappy with the job they are doing. Employing some one you don't consider worthwhile is foolish. If you don't got the votes to do so, tough.

    Edited to add cuz I forgot: I don't mean that GDP is a great indicator of the job they are doing, only that it is easy to track(it's already done), and amounts to a COLA in the long term. It's a trivial issue, I doubt most members of Congress really care what they make, they get other compensations.
    Last edited by Redress; 05-31-09 at 06:53 PM.

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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    They should be paid based on performance rating from their constituents. Every year they are up for a raise the public should get to vote on whether or not their representative gets a raise. If the public gets to vote them to congress, it should vote on how much they get paid too.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    No more than 50K. No other perks. They pay for their own housing.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    No more than 50K. No other perks. They pay for their own housing.
    Slashing the salary certainly might deter those candidates whos primary motivations are just money and power as opposed to working for the betterment of their constituients, and I think you'd see a definite improvement in Congress in that scenario.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anima View Post
    Slashing the salary certainly might deter those candidates whos primary motivations are just money and power as opposed to working for the betterment of their constituients, and I think you'd see a definite improvement in Congress in that scenario.
    People who's primary motivation is money and power, usually have some of both before they enter Congress. There are some that I would imagine consider their base pay to be a drop in the bucket. So dropping the salary isn't going to keep them out of power. And slashing salary isn't going to reduce the power they do wield, so the power hungry mongrols will be well fed.

    And I don't think you can just give a base salary to all. $50,000 for a rep from ND and he lives ok. $50,000 for a rep who's district is in NYC, and they work part time in a sex-slave dungeoun to make ends meet.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Eliminate all Congressional pay and most perquisites--let them keep the franking privilege (but watch it like a hawk) and health benefits.

    Give each Congressman and Senator a per diem allowance for each day the Congress is actually in session, and a travel allowance to let them commute to and from their districts and states.

    The one thing I actually like about Joe Biden was he took a commuter train home to Delaware the whole time he was in the Senate. He's an idiot and a half and a double asshat in every other regard, but that's the level of travel expenditure that should be accorded to Congressmen and Senators as a rule.

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