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BUDGET: Withholding pay proposal has no teeth

Letter by Joe Hendershot, Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm | No Comments »
January 24, 2013 1:13 pm

After postponing sequestration as easily as they did, who really thinks members of Congress will cancel their pay if they fail to ratify a budget by April 15? In fact, the proposal calls for the pay of the delinquent members to be deposited in an escrow account until the lawmakers adopt a joint budget resolution.

Who really thinks they’re going to lose any money on this deal? A North Carolina Republican said the salary ultimatum shows the public “we are willing to live by the same rules as the hardworking taxpayers.” If that was the case they would agree to step down if they fail. I don’t know one employer who grants the leeway legislators propose for themselves.

If they were serious they would just get to work on the nation’s problems and forgo the ridiculous pledges, promises and ultimatums. It’s disingenuous at best and smacks of bad theater. On top of that, it insults the intelligence of Americans in general.

Members of Congress have morphed from simply unbelievable to totally laughable. Except the situation is so pathetic I can’t even manage a chuckle. I suggest the costume shops in Washington, D.C., prepare for a rush on red rubber noses because Congress has become a circus full of clowns.

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