First Posted: 1/6/2009
Is there a money tree growing in D.C. that Congress failed to share with the rest of the nation?
I wish I had a money tree growing in my backyard, or in my employers backyard, so I could give myself a raise whenever I feel the need to swim in cash like Donalds Uncle Scrooge McDuck, who is famous for his dive into money locked up in his vault.
Yes, everyone deserves a raise at some point and time, and if they are doing their jobs properly, even the members of Congress should get a raise. But really, do they need to be making just a hair short of $170,000 a year?
Running the country takes a lot of stress and time, that is easy to understand, but Im not sure that now is the time to be voting for a $4,100 pay raise while the rest of the country is in an economic downturn, as virtually every political and financial analyst has reported.
Instead of taking money from our pockets to pay themselves, Congress should be putting that extra $4,100 a year back into our pockets.
What business allows its employees to set their own salaries and pay raises? Not one that I know of. It would be ludicrous, because employees would overset their pay and companies would go bankrupt.
Sounds like the issues major banks across the nation are having where their CEOs are making multi-million-dollar salaries and spending money on trips on top of that. Sounds like the issues the auto industry is having with the labor unions who have backed the companies into corners and forced them to pay out salaries far above what other factory-style jobs pay, forcing the companies to ask for bailout money.
It would make sense that these industries need to revisit their pay structure. Start from scratch and realign everything so that it makes sense and so that the businesses dont fold.
I dont pretend to know a lot about running the financial end of a company, but it doesnt take a genius to figure out that if the head of the company is making a little less, then that excess money could be spread out among the underlings, like myself, working in a company to help boost the workers morale and encourage better production on the line.
Congress should have thought of the rest of the nation before it gave itself a raise. That money has to come from somewhere, but where? The pockets of the taxpayers who are already struggling to make ends meet from day to day.
Its no wonder most of America looks at politicians and thinks they are crooked. While the rest of us live in the real world, they live in a fantasy, where they can give themselves raises.
Somehow I missed that dream life.
Wendy Byerly Wood is the associate editor of The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1923.