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

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  • Absolutely Nothing

    3 5.66%
  • Minimum wage + Tips

    7 13.21%
  • $25,000 to $50,000

    12 22.64%
  • $50,000 to $75,000

    4 7.55%
  • $75,000 to $100,000

    10 18.87%
  • $100,000 to $125,000

    0 0%
  • $125,000 to $150,000

    2 3.77%
  • $150,000 to $175,000 (current pay)

    5 9.43%
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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 suck during a non-election year? Can't do much about that.
    Then you showed poor judgment voting them in.

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

    Oops, I clicked the wrong option. I meant to choose more than $175,000. They are entrusted with a lot of responsibility and are grossly underpaid relative to their job description.

    Part of the reason that we have such a dearth of talent in Congress is because the best and the brightest take high-paying jobs in the private sector and avoid public service like a plague. You'll always get what you pay for. If we paid them a reasonable amount, we'd get smarter, more talented people.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Then you showed poor judgment voting them in.
    Let's direct our energies toward politicians, and not toward each other.
    Let's figure it out.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FlappyTheKinkajou View Post
    Let's direct our energies toward politicians, and not toward each other.
    That was not a directed insult towards any one. That was a reply to his question. If you don't like a politician after you elected him(hypothetical situation), then you showed poor judgment in electing him.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That was not a directed insult towards any one. That was a reply to his question. If you don't like a politician after you elected him(hypothetical situation), then you showed poor judgment in electing him.
    That was not a directed allegation of directed insults towards anyone towards you.

    We need to direct our energies at politicians.
    Let's figure it out.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That was not a directed insult towards any one. That was a reply to his question. If you don't like a politician after you elected him(hypothetical situation), then you showed poor judgment in electing him.
    Actually, the poor judgment is shown when the politician is re-elected.

    By that standard most Americans have abysmal judgment.

    As the saying goes: "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me."

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

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    Also, numbers are currently not including benefits such as retirement, staff salaries, housing allowance, etc.
    I voted up to $100,00.00 and that's being generous. Cops should get paid more than congress members.
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    Re: How much should members of the US Congress get paid?

    They should be paid absolutely nothing if they're not willing to open their books to an independent public auditor.

    If their books are clean, they can be paid the median white collar wage of DC non-government workers of similar years of service.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Actually, the poor judgment is shown when the politician is re-elected.

    By that standard most Americans have abysmal judgment.

    As the saying goes: "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me."

    That was not exactly my point, but a direct corollary of it, yes.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Oops, I clicked the wrong option. I meant to choose more than $175,000. They are entrusted with a lot of responsibility and are grossly underpaid relative to their job description.

    Part of the reason that we have such a dearth of talent in Congress is because the best and the brightest take high-paying jobs in the private sector and avoid public service like a plague.
    Politicians are not supposed to be high paid salary men,they are civil servants just like police, military, fire men, school teachers, city council members, and other civil servants. Should all those people make high salaries because some of them actually put their lives in the line of duty,some of these people dedicate long hours and some of these people sacrifice certian freedoms.

    You'll always get what you pay for. If we paid them a reasonable amount, we'd get smarter, more talented people.
    Those people you suggested would merely be more smarter and talented at screwing tax payers that the current people we have in office. Considering the fact a lot of these politicians graduated from prestigious universities your argument that those in office are brainless twits doesn't hold water.
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